Open Journal of Antennas and Propagation

Volume 6, Issue 4 (December 2018)

ISSN Print: 2329-8421   ISSN Online: 2329-8413

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Development of Broadband LHCP Pyramidal Horn Antenna with Septum Gaussian Profile Polarizer for CP-SAR Sensor Onboard Microsatellite

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DOI: 10.4236/ojapr.2018.64007    677 Downloads   1,126 Views  

ABSTRACT

Horn Antenna has many applications such as communication, radar, and standard reference antenna for measurement. In this research, we designed a pyramidal horn for a Circularly Polarized Synthetic Aperture Radar (CP-SAR) sensor onboard a microsatellite. We utilized a 3D printer with Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) technology for fast, low-cost, and low-weight production. Polylactide (PLA) material was used to construct 3D structures, and a copper conductive coating was painted on its surface. Gaussian distribution function was employed to create a septum polarizer profile. NPC-220 A with 1.6 thickness and 2.17 dielectric constant was used to make a microstrip monopole antenna and stripline feeding to feed the pyramidal horn to generate TE01 mode at one side of the waveguide. The design, parametric studies, and measurements are discussed in this paper. The designed antenna can achieve wide bandwidth 28% of 3 dB axial ratio, and more than 22% of s11 ≤ 10 dB in working frequency that is acceptable for CP-SAR requirement on the microsatellite.

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Wahyudi, A. , Santosa, C. and Sumantyo, J. (2018) Development of Broadband LHCP Pyramidal Horn Antenna with Septum Gaussian Profile Polarizer for CP-SAR Sensor Onboard Microsatellite. Open Journal of Antennas and Propagation, 6, 73-83. doi: 10.4236/ojapr.2018.64007.

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