Introduction

IntegratedSolar-PanelAntennaArrayforCubeSats(ISAAC)isahighgain,efficient,lightweight,conformalX-bandantennaarraythatisintegratedwithsolarpanelsofaCubeSat.Itpromisesaverylowpayloadandhighdatarate(50Mbps)downlinkthatcannotbereachedbytoday’sSbandorUHFsystems.Theantennadesignismodularandindependentfromthesolarcells,andthereforeallowsoff-the-shelfcomponents.Inaddition,theantennadoesnotcompeteforvaluablesurfacerealestate.ISAACwillsuitamulti-unit(≥3U)CubeSatthathassufficientareaforsolarcells(hencetheantennas),oraCubeSatwithdeployedpanels.CurrentvalidationoftheISAACconceptistousea6UCubeSatasaplatformandaNearEarthNetwork(NEN)radio,buttheproposedsubsystemtechnologyiscompatiblewithSpaceNetwork(SN),andDeepSpaceNetwork(DSN)communicationneeds.  

ThegoalofthisseminartalkistouseISAACasanexampletopresentanoverviewofUtahStateUniversity’snear-earthmissionsintherecentyears.ThosemissionsspanfromCubeSatprojectstosoundingrocketpayloads,andshareacommonfeatureofbeingsmallinsize.Accordingly,oneneedstobalancethemissioncapacityandpayloadincludingtheantennadesign,whichisthemainfocusofthistalk.

 

About Speaker

Dr.BakturiscurrentlyanAssociateProfessorattheElectricalandComputerEngineeringDepartment,UtahStateUniversity.Dr.Baktur’sresearchinterestsincludeantennasforsmallsatellites,miniaturizedmultifunctionalmicrowavecircuitsforwirelesscommunication,andcomputationalelectromagnetics.Sheteachescoursesinareaofappliedelectromagnetics.

SincejoiningUSUin2006,Dr.Bakturhasestablishedanupdatedfacilityforantennacharacterization,extremelylowcostinkjetprintingmethodforprototyping,andadesignlaboratory.HerresearchprojectsarefundedbyNationalScienceFoundation,USNavy,NASA,andtheSpaceDynamicsLaboratory. Athersparetime,Dr.Bakturlikespaintingandworkingongarage-projectssuchassettingupahomesecuritysystem.