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Center Independent Research & Development: GSFC IRAD

Wideband S-Band Wrap Around Microstrip Antenna

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This project aims to use innovative antenna design techniques to dramatically improve the bandwidth of currently used S-band wrap-around antennas employed by sounding rockets. Present S-Band wrap around antennas have a bandwidth limited to approximately 40 MHz, and there are four separate models at 2215, 2235, 2251, and 2279 MHz needed to cover the band.  We will design, fabricate, test, and deliver a prototype S-Band (2200 – 2290 MHz) wrap around antenna with the target bandwidth of 100 MHz, which will cover the whole band with one antenna.  A new wideband design, which will consolidate multiple antenna models into one model that can be built in-house, will significantly reduce costs and improve program efficiencies.

 

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