Antenna Elements Integrated into the Parachutes of Planetary Entry Probes

dc.contributor.author Corral van Damme, Carlos en_US
dc.contributor.author van der Vorst, Maarten en_US
dc.contributor.author Guidi, Rodolfo en_US
dc.contributor.author Benolol, Simon en_US
dc.contributor.corporatename CIMSA Ingeniería de Sistemas, S.A. en_US
dc.contributor.corporatename GMV S. A. en_US
dc.contributor.corporatename IDS Ingegneria Dei Sistemi S. p. A en_US
dc.contributor.corporatename European Space Research and Technology Centre en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-20T20:18:00Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-20T20:18:00Z
dc.date.issued 2008-06-25
dc.description This presentation was part of the session : Ongoing and Proposed EDL Technology Development en_US
dc.description Sixth International Planetary Probe Workshop en_US
dc.description.abstract The canopy of the parachutes of planetary entry probes may be used to integrate elements of the antennas in charge of the communications with the orbiter spacecraft during the descent. The additional surface provided by the parachute may allow the implementation of higher gain antennas compared to more conventional solutions where the antenna is installed on the lander. For missions where the acquired scientific data needs to be transmitted during the descent through the atmosphere, the higher gain could maximize the scientific return of the mission. In this paper, designs for a steerable S-band patch array antenna located on the canopy of a disk-gap-band parachute are presented. A retrodirective technique is used to point the antenna beam in the direction of the orbiter. The design concept is flexible and can be adapted to different mission requirements and constraints (frequency band, etc.). Different configurations are analysed in terms of the antenna performance, the aerodynamics of the parachute, the link budget, and the impact on the mission at system level. A system prototype is being built and will be dropped from a balloon for testing. Finally, recommendations on the developments required for this technology as well as on its potential applications are provided, including the analysis of the possible use of these antennas for planetary exploration balloons. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship European Space Agency en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1853/26441
dc.publisher Georgia Institute of Technology en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries IPPW08. Ongoing and Proposed EDL Technology Development en_US
dc.subject Planetary entry probes en_US
dc.subject Communications en_US
dc.subject Parachutes en_US
dc.title Antenna Elements Integrated into the Parachutes of Planetary Entry Probes en_US
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dc.type.genre Proceedings
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local.contributor.corporatename Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering
local.contributor.corporatename College of Engineering
local.relation.ispartofseries International Planetary Probe Workshop (IPPW)
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