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Meshed Patch Antennas Integrated on Solar Cells

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2 Author(s)
Turpin, T.W. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Utah State Univ., Logan, UT, USA ; Baktur, R.

This letter presents the study of integrating meshed patch antennas directly onto the solar cells of a small satellite to save valuable surface real estate. The cover glass of the solar cell is used as the substrate for the antennas. The integrated patch antennas are designed to have sufficient optical transparency to ensure the proper functionality of the solar cells. A prototype meshed patch antenna is designed and integrated on after-market solar cells. The antenna has an optical transparency of 93%, and the measurements agree well with the design.

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Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, IEEE  (Volume:8 )