A solar panel-integrated modified planner inverted F antenna for low earth orbit remote sensing nanosatellite communication system

Touhidul Alam, Mohammad Tariqul Islam, M. D. Amanath Ullah, Mengu Cho

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Abstract

One of the most efficient methods to observe the impact of geographical, environmental, and geological changes is remote sensing. Nowadays, nanosatellites are being used to observe climate change using remote sensing technology. Communication between a remote sensing nanosatellite and Earth significantly depends upon antenna systems. Body-mounted solar panels are the main source of satellite operating power unless deployable solar panels are used. Lower ultra-high frequency (UHF) nanosatellite antenna design is a crucial challenge due to the physical size constraint and the need for solar panel integration. Moreover, nanosatellite space missions are vulnerable because of antenna and solar panel deployment complexity. This paper proposes a solar panel-integrated modified planner inverted F antenna (PIFA) to mitigate these crucial limitations. The antenna consists of a slotted rectangular radiating patch with coaxial probe feeding and a rectangular ground plane. The proposed antenna has achieved a −10 dB impedance bandwidth of 6.0 MHz (447.5 MHz–453.5 MHz) with a smallsized (80 mm× 90 mm× 0.5 mm) radiating element. In addition, the antenna achieved a maximum realized gain of 0.6 dB and a total efficiency of 67.45% with the nanosatellite structure and a solar panel. The challenges addressed by the proposed antenna are to ensure solar panel placement between the radiating element and the ground plane, and provide approximately 55% open space to allow solar irradiance into the solar panel.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2480
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Volume18
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018

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Remote Sensing Technology
Nanosatellites
nanosatellites
Climate Change
low Earth orbits
Orbit
Electric Impedance
telecommunication
remote sensing
Remote sensing
Communication systems
Orbits
antennas
Earth (planet)
Antennas
antenna design
Antenna grounds
climate change
space missions
ultrahigh frequencies

Keywords

  • Deployment free
  • Modified PIFA
  • Nanosatellite
  • Remote sensing CubeSat
  • UHF antenna
  • UHF communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biochemistry
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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A solar panel-integrated modified planner inverted F antenna for low earth orbit remote sensing nanosatellite communication system. / Alam, Touhidul; Islam, Mohammad Tariqul; Amanath Ullah, M. D.; Cho, Mengu.

In: Sensors (Switzerland), Vol. 18, No. 8, 2480, 01.08.2018.

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