The Space Industry podcast – episode 6

Podcast

Innovation in satellite antenna technology and additive manufacturing for space – with ANYWAVES

A discussion about how satellite antenna technology is changing to meet the needs of the modern space industry.

In this episode we speak with Nicolas Capet, the CEO of ANYWAVES – a French space company based in Toulouse and specializing in the design and development of satellite antennas. We discuss:

  • Changes in antenna design brought about by greater demand in the NewSpace industry
  • How additive manufacturing is used to create antenna systems for new applications
  • The use of ceramic materials to enhance performance and efficiency
  • Where the satellite antenna market is heading and the opportunities of deep space missions

About ANYWAVES’ products and services

A <1U S-band antenna designed for Telemetry and Telecommand (generic Tx/Rx) applications. The antenna has a hemispherical radiation pattern with a gain of > 6.5 dBi at boresight and operates in the frequency range of frequency 2025 — 2290 MHz.

frequency

2025 to 2290 MHz

realized gain

> 6.5 dBi at boresight
> 4.5 dBi at ± 30°
> 0 dBi at ± 60°

polarization

RHCP
LHCP

mass

132 g ± 2 g

Designed for smallsats in LEO, the X-band antenna was created for high data rate payload telemetry uses. It operates in the 8.025 — 8.4 GHz frequency range, and offers greater than 10 dBi gain over +/-10° in all planes. The material and processes have space heritage with the CNESAdvance Label.

frequency

8.025 to 8.4 GHz

realized gain

12 dBi at 8.2 GHz

polarization

RHCP
LHCP

mass

59 g ± 3 g

A 3D-printed ceramic antenna designed to provide high radiation tolerance in a <1U envelope. It has been specifically developed to withstand harsh environments without thermal protection due to construction material selection and solder-less feed system.

frequency

1.563 — 1.587 GHz (L1)
1.559 — 1.591 GHz (E1)

realized gain

> 5.5 dBi at boresight
> 4.3 dBi at ± 30°
> 1.1 dBi at ± 60°

polarization

RHCP

mass

86 g ± 2 g (with connector)

A <1U antenna optimized for smallsat missions and designed to cover all GNSS frequencies and the INMARSAT L-band. It has a gain variation of less than 0.6 dBi in all individual sub-bands and features a radome to protect from radiation and electro-static discharges for polar orbit missions.

frequency

1160 — 1610 MHz (GPS L1/L2/L5, Galileo E1/E5a/E5b/E6, Glonass G1/G2/G3, Beidou B1/B2a/B2/B3)
1525 — 1559 MHz (Inmarsat L-band)

realized gain

> 0.15 dB @ boresight

polarization

RHCP

mass

123 ± 4 g (with connector)

ANYWAVES also offers custom antennas for various mission and frequency bands, as well as an antenna optimization service.

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