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Design, analysis and demonstration of a hybrid analog/digital retro-directive antenna system for satellite communications

Winterstein, Andreas (2019) Design, analysis and demonstration of a hybrid analog/digital retro-directive antenna system for satellite communications. Dissertation, Technische Universität München.

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Abstract

Retro-directive antenna systems are a promising solution to the challenges found in satellite communications. This thesis encompasses the complete development cycle of an innovative hybrid retro-directive antenna system architecture: analytic description, simulations in continuous and discrete time, implementation, and validation by measurements. Thus, it allows the reader to comprehend all aspects of the presented retro-directive antenna system. The thesis is organized as follows: After an introduction to the concept of retro-directivity, a comprehensive overview of past and current retro-directive antenna systems is presented. Taking the requirements of modern satellite communication systems into account, a suitable analog/digital hybrid system architecture is proposed. Its distinctive features are full-duplex operation, usage of array gain on transmit and receive, and array squint correction. System theoretic investigations founded on phase transfer functions are conducted to predict the system performance. The obtained results are validated by continuous time simulations. Finally, the system is implemented using analog and digital hardware. The resulting demonstrator is used to proof the retro-directive capability of the proposed system concept by monostatic and bistatic measurements in an anechoic chamber.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/133581/
Document Type:Thesis (Dissertation)
Title:Design, analysis and demonstration of a hybrid analog/digital retro-directive antenna system for satellite communications
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Winterstein, AndreasAndreas.Winterstein (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5239-5556
Date:2019
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Number of Pages:153
Status:Published
Keywords:Satellite communications; retro-directive antenna; hybrid; Simulink; ModelSim; FPGA
Institution:Technische Universität München
Department:Lehrstuhl für Netzwerktheorie und Signalverarbeitung
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Communication and Navigation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R KN - Kommunikation und Navigation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Multimedia Satellitennetze
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Communication and Navigation
Institute of Communication and Navigation > Navigation
Deposited By: Haas, Susanne
Deposited On:15 Jan 2020 14:32
Last Modified:15 Jan 2020 14:32

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