This paper addresses the structural integration of a Ku-band SATCOM antenna in the fuselage of an aircraft. The phased array antenna consists of 25 antenna tiles that are integrated in an orthogrid fuselage panel. The specific electromagnetic aspects of the antenna integration will be discussed in this paper; this concerns the lightning protection of the antenna tiles and the electromagnetic interaction of the CFRP orthogrid and GFRP fuselage skin with the array antenna. The structural properties and thermal management of the antenna will be discussed in separate papers [1,2,3].

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[1] “Structural Analyses of Orthogrid Fuselage Panel for Integrated Ku-band SatCom Antenna”, Francesc Turon, Fermin Otero and Xavier Martinez

[2] “Automated manufacture of grid stiffened panels”, Peter Nijhuis, J. Marcelo Müller

[3] “Cooling of Active Components in Structurally Integrated Phased Arrays Antennas”, Jens Leiß, Thomas Ebert, Marta Martínez-Vázquez and Rens Baggen

[4] ITU recommendation S.1428-1 “Reference FSS earth-station radiation patterns for use in interference assessment involving non-GSO satellites in frequency bands between 10.7 GHz and 30 GHz”

[5] ETSI 302 186 “Harmonised Standard for satellite mobile Aircraft Earth Stations (AESs) operating in the 11/12/14 GHz frequency bands”

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Published on 15/02/21
Accepted on 03/03/21
Submitted on 03/03/21

DOI: 10.23967/emus.2019.010
Licence: CC BY-NC-SA license

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