A Spaceborne Telemetry Loaded Bifilar Helical Antenna for LEO Satellites

A Spaceborne Telemetry Loaded Bifilar Helical Antenna for LEO Satellites

Abstract

In this paper we describe the design, manufacturing and measurement of an antenna with an isoflux type radiation pattern used in the space segment TT&C subsystem. In particular, the antenna corresponds to the flight model of mission SAC-D/AQUARIUS, which is a LEO earth observation satellite. The chosen solution is a loaded bifilar helical antenna, which presents a higher gain than a typical hemispherical antenna but which doesn’t require the use of a beam forming network like the classical quadrifilar Kilgus type antenna. This reduces the number of required parts, and due to its loading, smaller dimension and higher structural stiffness are achieved.

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A Spaceborne Telemetry Loaded Bifilar Helical Antenna for LEO Satellites
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