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Optical Technology For Spacecraft Antennas
Author(s): P. R. Herczfeld
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Paper Abstract

The persistent trend to use millimeter wave frequencies for satellite communications and surveillance presents the challenge to design large aperture phased array antennas for various space applications. These arrays, now under consideration, will comprise of thousands of elements utilizing monolithic microwave integrated circuit modules, and will have a fiberoptic distribution network. New space vehicles, such as the space station, will contain several remotely-located antennas which must be connected to central processing units. The interconnecting of these remotely-located antennas will be done via fiber-optic links. Therefore, the two most important applications of fiberoptic distribution networks in spacecraft are antenna remoting and phased array distribution networks. These will be considered in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 December 1987
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0840, Fiber Optic Systems for Mobile Platforms, (3 December 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.942605
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P. R. Herczfeld, Drexel University (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0840:
Fiber Optic Systems for Mobile Platforms
Norris E. Lewis; Emery L. Moore, Editor(s)

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