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Flying Boresight Source for Improved Testing and Calibration of Tracking Antennas and Advanced Flight Path Simulations

Häfner, Dennis and Kimpe, Andreas and Altenbuchner, Ludwig and Turner, Peter (2014) Flying Boresight Source for Improved Testing and Calibration of Tracking Antennas and Advanced Flight Path Simulations. In: Proceedings of the 34th European Telemetry and Test Conference, pp. 158-160. 34. European Telemetry and Test Conference, 2.-5. Juni 2014, Nürnberg, Deutschland. DOI: 10.5162/etc2014/9.1 ISBN 978-3-9813484-7-7

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Official URL: http://www.ama-science.org/proceedings/details/1834


The application of ground-based boresight sources for calibration and testing of tracking antennas usually entails various difficulties, mostly due to unwanted ground effects. To avoid this problem, DLR MORABA developed a small, lightweight, frequency-adjustable S-band boresight source, mounted on a small remote-controlled multirotor aircraft. Highly accurate GPS-supported, position and altitude control functions allow both, very steady positioning of the aircraft in mid-air, and precise waypointbased, semi-autonomous flights. In contrast to fixed near-ground boresight sources this flying setup enables us to avoid obstructions in the Fresnel zone between source and antenna. Further, it minimizes ground reflections or other multipath effects which affect antenna calibrations. In addition, the large operating range of a flying boresight simplifies measurements in the far field of the antenna and permits undisturbed antenna pattern tests. A unique application is the realistic simulation of sophisticated flight paths, including overhead tracking and unusual trajectories of fast objects such as sounding rockets. Likewise, dynamic tracking tests are feasible which provide crucial information about the antenna pedestal performance, particularly at high elevations, and reveal weaknesses in the autotrack control loop.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/102140/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Flying Boresight Source for Improved Testing and Calibration of Tracking Antennas and Advanced Flight Path Simulations
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Häfner, Dennisdennis.haefner (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Kimpe, Andreasandreas.kimpe (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Altenbuchner, Ludwigludwig.altenbuchner (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Turner, Peterpeter.turner (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:September 2014
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the 34th European Telemetry and Test Conference
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
DOI :10.5162/etc2014/9.1
Page Range:pp. 158-160
Keywords:Boresight, Antenna, Tracking
Event Title:34. European Telemetry and Test Conference
Event Location:Nürnberg, Deutschland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2.-5. Juni 2014
Organizer:The European Society of Telemetry
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Mobile Raketenbasis (MORABA)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Mobile Rocket Base
Deposited By: Stamminger, Dr. Andreas
Deposited On:26 Jan 2016 10:34
Last Modified:10 May 2016 23:42

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