Measurement of the Horizon Elevation for satellite tracking antennas Located in Urban and Metropolitan Areas Combining Geographic and Electromagnetic Sensors

Farjas Abadía, Mercedes and Nieves-Chinchilla, Jesús and Martínez, Ramón (2017). Measurement of the Horizon Elevation for satellite tracking antennas Located in Urban and Metropolitan Areas Combining Geographic and Electromagnetic Sensors. "Measurement", v. 98 ; pp. 159-166. ISSN 0263-2241. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.measurement.2016.11.030.

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Title: Measurement of the Horizon Elevation for satellite tracking antennas Located in Urban and Metropolitan Areas Combining Geographic and Electromagnetic Sensors
Author/s:
  • Farjas Abadía, Mercedes
  • Nieves-Chinchilla, Jesús
  • Martínez, Ramón
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Measurement
Date: February 2017
Volume: 98
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Antenna elevation mask; CubeSat-LEO missions; Data capturing Antenna elevation mask; CubeSat-LEO missions; Data capturing sensors; Data fusion; Interfering signal; Measurement setup; Simulation
Faculty: E.T.S.I. en Topografía, Geodesia y Cartografía (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Cartográfica y Topografía
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

In urban and metropolitan areas presence of nearby obstacles and signal interference sources surrounding tracking antenna locations reduces satellite communication times. In low orbit missions these obstructions are even more relevant due to a few minutes per satellite pass. In this scenario a best estimation of the antenna elevation mask in the mission frequency band is proposed to test the antenna design for a given site by applying mission simulation software before the installation stage. If needed, to improve efficiency in satellite tracking operations, mitigation techniques will be proposed either in the redesign or relocation of the antenna. This paper describes a methodology for deriving the horizon elevation diagram, which includes a measurement setup when different data capturing sensors are used: geographic and electromagnetic. Application results which have contributed in the selection of the antenna location can be seen in the case study of the new CubeSat-LEO tracking antenna at Cal Poly University.

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Item ID: 44018
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/44018/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:44018
DOI: 10.1016/j.measurement.2016.11.030
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0263224116306753
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 21 Mar 2017 14:47
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 12:43
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