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The SANTANA project

Geise, Alexander and Jacob, Arne F. and Kuhlmann, Karsten and Pawlak, Holger and Gieron, Roman and Siatchoua, Patrice and Lohmann, Dirk and Holzwarth, Sybille and Litschke, Oliver and Heckler, Marcos V. T. and Greda, Lukasz and Dreher, Achim and Hunscher, Christian (2007) The SANTANA project. In: 1st CEAS European Air and Space Conference, pp. 481-486. 1st CEAS European Air and Space Conference, 2007-09-10 - 2007-09-13, Berlin, Germany.

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Abstract

Smart antennas employing digital beamforming (DBF) at Ka-band frequencies will be key elements for the next generation of broadband satellite communication systems. This frequency band offers high bandwidth and therefore high data rate capability, whereas digital beamforming provides a high degree of system flexibility. Within the SANTANA (Smart Antenna Terminal) project, key elements of advanced DBF satellite communication terminals at Ka-band frequencies have been developed. SANTANA is a joint project of IMST GmbH and TU Hamburg-Harburg with DLR Oberpfaffenhofen, EADS Astrium GmbH. Industrial support is provided by Lewicki Microelectronics GmbH, RHe Microsystems, and EPAK GmbH. The project is funded and supported by the German Space Agency (DLR) on behalf of the German Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). Within the SANTANA project framework of phase 1 (2001 - 2003) and phase 2 (2003 - 2007), a complete medium size DBF system has been realised. It consists of separate transmit (30 GHz) and receive (20 GHz) units with 64 antenna elements each. This DBF system has been successfully demonstrated by establishing bidirectional communication links to moving platforms (car and aircraft) equipped with a conventional transmit/receive unit. The aim of the current project phase 3 is the adaptation of the present technology towards large arrays, the verification of the terminal within a moving environment, and the further industrialisation of several building blocks. The paper describes the whole system and reports the essential experimental results obtained during the field tests.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/47953/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:The SANTANA project
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Geise, AlexanderTU Hamburg-HarburgUNSPECIFIED
Jacob, Arne F.TU Hamburg-HarburgUNSPECIFIED
Kuhlmann, KarstenTU Hamburg-HarburgUNSPECIFIED
Pawlak, HolgerTU Hamburg-HarburgUNSPECIFIED
Gieron, RomanIMST GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Siatchoua, PatriceIMST GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Lohmann, DirkIMST GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Holzwarth, SybilleIMST GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Litschke, OliverIMST GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Heckler, Marcos V. T.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Greda, LukaszUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dreher, AchimUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hunscher, ChristianEADS Astrium GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Date:13 April 2007
Journal or Publication Title:1st CEAS European Air and Space Conference
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 481-486
Status:Published
Keywords:SANTANA Project, digital beamforming, DBF, antenna arrays, microstrip antennas, Antenna Group, Projekt SANTANA, digital Strahlformung, Antennengruppen, Streifenleitungsantennen, Antennengruppe
Event Title:1st CEAS European Air and Space Conference
Event Location:Berlin, Germany
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2007-09-10 - 2007-09-13
Organizer:Council of the European Aerospace Societies (CEAS)
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:L SF - Safe and Efficient Air Traffic Guidance (old)
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L SF - Safe and Efficient Air Traffic Guidance
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Effiziente Flugführung und Flugbetrieb (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Communication and Navigation > Navigation
Deposited By: Heckler, Marcos Vinicio Thomas
Deposited On:24 Sep 2007
Last Modified:15 Jan 2010 00:31

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