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APM for a Constellation Intersatellite Link - EM Qualification and Lessons LearnedFor an Intersatellite Link (ISL) of a future constellation program, a study phase was initiated by ESA to design a mechanism for Radio Frequency communication. Airbus DS Friedrichshafen (ADSF) proposed a design based on the Antenna Pointing Mechanism (APM) family with modifications that met the stated needs of the constellation. A qualification program was started beginning in September 2015 to verify the launch and thermal loads and the equipment performance (Radio Frequency, Pointing, Microvibration and Magnetic Moment). Technical challenges identified with the Engineering Model will be discussed within this paper.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Ames Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Hartel, Frank
(Airbus Defence and Space Friedrichshafen, Germany)
Kozilek, Horst
(Airbus Defence and Space Friedrichshafen, Germany)
Date Acquired
June 30, 2016
Publication Date
May 4, 2016
Publication Information
Publication: 43rd Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium
Subject Category
Space Communications, Spacecraft Communications, Command And Tracking
Mechanical Engineering
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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