Modeling and simulation of a helicopter-mounted satcom antenna array

Mark S. Reese, Constantine Balanis, Craig R. Blncher, George C. Barber

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A seven-element helicopter-mounted microstrip-patch switched-beam antenna array for satellite communications (SATCOM) is described. The performance of the array antenna was simulated. A prototype was constructed, and measurements of the antenna's patterns were made. The effects of the blades of the helicopter on the patterns of the antenna were investigated. Fluctuations of 10 dB or more in magnitude due to the effects of the blades were observed in the patterns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5949326
Pages (from-to)51-60
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011


  • Array antennas
  • helicopter antennas
  • microstrip antennas
  • satellite communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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