Date of Award
Undergraduate Honors Thesis
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
CubeSats communication links are typically slow due to their power and size restrictions. However, a low power, high speed down link connection can allow for greater data collection and relaying, pushing the capability of 1U CubeSats beyond what is traditionally thought possible. Investigated here is the feasibility of a 11 Mb/s down link connection on a 1U CubeSat, accomplished via 2x2 helical antenna phased array operating on the 802.11 standard. Using a phased array also allows for beam steering to secure connection with the ground station when the on board ADCS may not provide precise pointing capability of the CubeSat, as 1U systems often do not.
Digital USD Citation
LaCalli, Kameron, "Phased Helical Antenna Array for CubeSat Application" (2016). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 32.