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A 1.2-meter reflectarray antenna has been designed to accomplish the requirements of a Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) mission, which provides a South America transmit-receive coverage in Ku band. The antenna has been designed by applying first of all a pattern synthesis technique to obtain the required phase distribution on the reflectarray at several frequencies in transmit and receive bands. Then, the patch dimensions have been optimized in a configuration made of three stacked layers of varying-sized patches in order to provide the required phase distribution at transmit and receive frequencies. An antenna demonstrator has been manufactured and tested. The measured patterns are in good agreement with the simulations and they are close to fulfill the coverage requirements in both transmit and receive bands.
Date of Publication: Sept. 2011