A Deployable High-Gain Antenna Bound for Mars: Developing a new folded-panel reflectarray for the first CubeSat mission to Mars.

  title={A Deployable High-Gain Antenna Bound for Mars: Developing a new folded-panel reflectarray for the first CubeSat mission to Mars.},
  author={Richard E. Hodges and Nacer Chahat and Daniel J. Hoppe and Joseph D. Vacchione},
  journal={IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine},
This article describes the development of a deployable high-gain antenna (HGA) for the proposed Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSat mission to Mars. The antenna is a new folded-panel reflectarray (FPR) designed to fit on a 6U (10 ? 20 ? 34 cm<sup>3</sup>) CubeSat bus and support 8.425-GHz Mars-to-Earth telecommunications. The FPR provides a gain of 29.2 dBic with right-hand circular polarization (RHCP). Small stowage volume is a key advantage of the FPR design, as it only consumes ~4% of the usable… 
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Choice of basis functions for accurate characterization of infinite array of microstrip reflectarray elements
  • S. Rengarajan
  • Mathematics
    IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters
  • 2005
The integral equation of an infinite array of microstrip elements in the form of patches or crossed dipoles excited by a uniform plane wave is solved by the method of moments. Efficient choices of
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter