SKA antenna systems; Outlook for non-astronomy applications

A. van Ardenne, M. J. Bentum, A. J. Boonstra
2012 2012 6th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EUCAP)  
The globally endorsed Square Kilometre Array project primarily aims to advance high sensitivity radio astronomy using a distributed collection of radio telescope stations spiraling outward from the core along three to five arms out to 3000km. This planned highly sensitive instrument covering a frequency range from 70MHz up to 10GHz will be used as wideband, high resolution, wide observing field interferometer of which the first phase will be realized this decade. With these SKA telescope
more » ... ities and with the underlying technologies, there are many space related applications outside the immediate radio astronomy domain especially in the ground segment area. Examples are tracking space debris, precision orbit determination, simultaneous deep space tracking of multiple spacecrafts, GNSS and for other ground segment applications such as search and rescue tracking. After a brief introduction to the SKA, this paper will explore these potential application areas using the SKA based on its underlying approaches in the antenna and receiving subsystems.
doi:10.1109/eucap.2012.6206480 fatcat:uruoh73jbvb23jlzl4dln2gfoi