Antenna technologies from 435 MHz to 356 GHz for ESA's candidate Earth Explorer satellite missions

C.C. Lin, F. Hélière, F. Fois, V. Kangas, N. Gebert, K. van 't Klooster, M. Arcioni, B. Carnicero, M. Kern, S. Kraft, J. Langen, A. Lecuyot, K. Scipal, C. Mangenot, P. Rinous

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As a result of down-selection after Phase 0 for the 7th Earth Explorer mission following the User Consultation Meeting held in Lisbon, Portugal in Jan 2009, three candidate missions were selected for further feasibility investigations (Phase A) [1]. Each of the candidate missions is now being defined in detail through two parallel and competing industrial system studies and supporting complementary science and technology studies, aiming to the final down-selection in 2012, followed by the mission implementation with a planned launch in the 2017 timeframe. The microwave payloads of those candidate missions cover the frequency range from 435 MHz to 356 GHz. The BIOMASS candidate mission aims to measure the global forest biomass at P-band (435 MHz) using the synthetic aperture radar (SAR) technique. Due to the long wavelength and large distance between the satellite and the Earth, a very large antenna aperture is required (50 - 100 m2). The CoReH2O candidate missions aims to quantitatively measure the global distribution of snow over land and sea ice at X-(9.6 GHz) and Ku-band (17.2 GHz) using the SAR technique. The PREMIER candidate mission, carrying an infrared limb sounder and a microwave limb sounder, the latter covering the frequency range of 313 - 356 GHz, aims to measure atmospheric composition in the upper Troposphere and lower Stratosphere. Three very distinct antenna technologies are required for enabling those satellite missions. This paper describes the different antenna concepts proposed and corresponding technology developments which are on-going.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 International Workshop on Antenna Technology (iWAT)
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4244-9134-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-9133-9
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event2011 International Workshop on Antenna Technology (iWAT 2011) - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 7 Mar 20119 Mar 2011


Conference2011 International Workshop on Antenna Technology (iWAT 2011)
CityHong Kong


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