SKA antenna systems; Outlook for non-astronomy applications
Paper i proceeding, 2012

The globally endorsed Square Kilometre Array project primarily aims to advance high sensitivity radio astronomy using a distributed collection of radio telescope stations spiraling outward from the core along three to five arms out to 3000km. This planned highly sensitive instrument covering a frequency range from 70MHz up to 10GHz will be used as wideband, high resolution, wide observing field interferometer of which the first phase will be realized this decade. With the SKA telescope capabilities and with the underlying technologies, there are many space related applications outside the immediate radio astronomy domain. Examples are tracking space debris, precision orbit determination, simultaneous deep space tracking of multiple spacecrafts, GNSS and other ground segment applications, such as search and rescue tracking. After a brief introduction to the SKA, this paper will explore these potential application areas using the SKA based on its underlying approaches in the antenna and receiving subsystems.

SKA

Space applications

Antennas

Astronomy

Författare

Arnold van Ardenne

Chalmers, Rymd- och geovetenskap, Onsala rymdobservatorium

M.J. Bentum

University of Twente

Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON)

A.J. Boonstra

Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON)

Proceedings of 6th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, EuCAP 2012

1199-1203

Ämneskategorier

Signalbehandling

DOI

10.1109/EuCAP.2012.6206480

ISBN

978-145770918-0