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Conformal Lightweight Antenna Structures for Aeronautical Communication TechnologiesThis project is to develop antennas which enable beyond line of sight (BLOS) command and control for UAVs. We will take advantage of newly assigned provisional Ku-band spectrum for UAVs and use unique antenna designs to avoid interference with ground systems. This will involve designing antennas with high isotropic effective radiated power (EIRP) and ultra-low sidelobes. The antennas will be made with polymer aerogel as a substrate to both reduce weight and improve performance, as demonstrated in an Aero Seedling. In addition, designing the antennas to be conformal to the aircraft fuselage will reduce drag.
Document ID
20170009091
Document Type
Presentation
Authors
Meador, Mary Ann
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
September 27, 2017
Publication Date
September 20, 2017
Subject Category
Aircraft Communications And Navigation
Report/Patent Number
GRC-E-DAA-TN46071
Meeting Information
Convergent Aeronautic Solutions (CAS) Project Showcase(Hampton, VA)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 713030.01.04.06.01
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Keywords
antennas
polyimide
beamforming
aerogels

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