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From prototype to flight: qualifying a Ka-band Parabolic Deployable Antenna (KaPDA) for CubeSats

Show simple item record Sauder, Jonathan Chahat, Nacer Hirsch, Brian Hodges, Richard Peral, Eva Thomson, Mark W. Rahmat-Samii, Yahya 2019-05-20T22:21:32Z 2019-05-20T22:21:32Z 2017-01-09
dc.identifier.citation AIAA SciTech 2017 & Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Grapevine, Texas, January 9-13, 2017 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 16-2297
dc.description.abstract CubeSats have experienced a number of exciting technological advancements in the past several years. However, until recently, there has been very limited development in the area of high gain CubeSat antennas, which are critical for both high data rate communications and radar science. A Ka-band high gain antenna would provide a 10,000 times increase in data communication rates over an X-band patch antenna and a 100 times increase over state-of-the-art S-band parabolic antennas. Because of this, three years ago the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) initiated a research and technology development effort to advance CubeSat communication capabilities, with one of the key thrusts being the Ka-band parabolic deployable antenna (KaPDA). This antenna started with the ambitious goal of fitting a 42 dB, 0.5 meter, 35 Ghz antenna in a 1.5U (10 cm x 10 cm x 17 cm) canister. This paper discusses the process of taking the antenna from a first prototype to the flight design, which is flying on the RainCube mission, and earth science CubeSat. The prototype antenna was constructed in early 2015, and then upgraded to an engineering model at the end of 2016 to compensate for lessons learned. The flight version is currently under construction, and scheduled to be finished in 2016. KaPDA is the second deployable parabolic antenna to fly on a CubeSat, and the first of its kind to operate at Ka-band enabling a number of opportunities for high rate deep space antenna communications and radar science. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2017 en_US
dc.title From prototype to flight: qualifying a Ka-band Parabolic Deployable Antenna (KaPDA) for CubeSats en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US

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