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Integrated Solar-Pannel Antennas (APS Montréal)
March 16, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Conformal Integration of antennas with solar panels has wide applications, from small spacecraft, Mars rovers, to self-powered wireless sensors. It is particularly beneficial when the surface real estate is a major challenge, such as a CubeSat. A strategic integration not only reduces the development cost, promotes a robust communication link, but also increases the mission capacity by allowing more science instruments to be mounted on the CubeSat. This lecture covers different conformal antenna designs for solar panel integration, from UHF to Ka band. It includes antennas integrated under solar cells, around solar cells, and optically transparent antennas integrated on top of solar cells. It also covers low gain and high gain design. The high gain design mainly focuses on reflectarray antenna, which may be beneficial to those who wishes to study the subject. As these antennas are integrated with solar panel, a unique and complex subsystem, effects of solar cells on the antenna and vice versa need to be analyzed and quantified. The lecture presents analysis of a typical space-certified solar cell, extracted model, experimental set-up to quantify the interaction between solar cells and the integrated antennas. Co-sponsored by: Staracomm Montréal, IEEE Young Professionals, IEEE Montréal Speaker(s): Prof. Reyhan Baktur, 2500 chemin de polytechnique, Polytechnique Montreal, Montréal, Quebec, Canada, H3T1j4, Virtual: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/304250