Antenna System for 6U/12U CubeSats

11.000

• Suitable for CubeSats from 6U and up
• Various RF antenna configurations for UHF/VHF communications
• Circular or linear polarization
• Automated sequential deployment
• Individual antenna element deployment
• Dual redundant deployment system
• Software safe/arm implementation
• Safety watchdog
• Multiple mounting positions
• Extensive telemetry availability: deployment feedback, antenna temperature, etc.

STEP file

SKU: 100110 Category:
New

Description

The Antenna System for 6U/12U CubeSats design is based on the successful ISISPACE deployable antenna system for 1U up to 3U CubeSats. This system has been redesigned from a more modular approach, to fit into 6U/12U structures while, at the same time, providing the same capabilities. The antenna system allows the same options in antenna configuration such as 4x monopole, 2x dipole, 1x turnstile. Other configurations such as hybrids between dipole and monopole are also available that can cover from the VHF to UHF frequency ranges and they are deployed under user command.

Specifications

Mass: 90-115g (depends on configuration)
Envelope stowed (l x w x h): 98x98x6.6mm
Antenna length: UHF: 17cm average
VHF: 55cm average
Power consumption: Nominal: < 30 mW
During deployment: < 2.3W
Interfaces: Electrical: Miniature 9 pin OMNETICS connector
Data: I2C
RF input/output: MMCX female 50 ohm
Operational temperature range: -20°C to +80°C
Antenna main beam gain: UHF: 0 dBi
VHF: 0 dBi
Max RF Power: 2W
Bandwidth: UHF: >50 Mhz (-10db bandwidth)
VHF: >10 Mhz (-10db bandwidth)
Antenna element deployment duration: <3s at 15°C

 

Configuration

  • RF Antenna configurations
    • Single/multiple monopoles (UHF and/or VHF)
    • Single/dual dipoles (UHF and/or VHF)
    • Combination of monopole and dipole
    • UHF or VHF turnstile
  • Supply voltage 4V to 17V
  • RF Harness length and connector type and orientation (MMCX, MCX, SMA)
  • Customization and simulation on request

 

Qualification and Acceptance testing

Test QT AT
Functional
Vibration
Mechanical Shock
Thermal Cycling
Thermal Vacuum

*QT is performed on the design/qualification model
*AT is performed on the unit to be shipped

 

In the box:

  • Hardware: antenna, RF harness, refurbishment kit for flight preparation
  • Documentation: user manual, test and build reports
  • Services: fine-tuning, functional and thermal testing