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A Hands-On Education Project: Antenna Design for Inter-CubeSat Communications [Education Column]

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2 Author(s)
Ramón Martínez Rodríguez-Osorio ; ETSI de Telecomunicación, Avenida Complutense, 30. 28040 Madrid, Spain ; Enrique Fueyo Ramírez

CubeSat platforms have become a de facto standard for universities willing to initiate space-technology activities with students. These small satellite platforms ease the implementation of hands-on education projects and opening the apertures of new research areas. Moreover, due to the limited volume (a 10 cm cube) and power (1 W), the application of imaginative solutions is mandatory. This leads to new innovation processes in the course of CubeSat projects. In this paper, we present a hands-on education project the aim of which is the specification, design, building and measurement of an antenna for communication between nanosatellites and, in particular, CubeSats. The project lies within the framework of ETSIT-UPM innovative education activities in the area of space technology, where students play a leading role in real engineering projects.

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IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine  (Volume:54 ,  Issue: 5 )