3D/Inkjet Printed Cube Satellite Transparent Antenna Design

3D/Inkjet Printed Cube Satellite Transparent Antenna Design

Internship Description

A CubeSat (Short form of Cube Satellite) is a miniaturized satellite (of the order of 10 cm3) intended for a number of space research applications in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO). CubeSat are typically launched by deployers from the International Space Center. The concept of CubeSat was introduced to lower the cost associated with launches as it can be launched as a secondary payload on the launch vehicle.

This project will focus on an innovative antenna design for CubeSat which is expected to cover the entire frequency band for the application and also provides near isotropic radiation pattern with decent gain performance. In order to lower the cost as well as weight, additive manufacturing techniques such as 3D and Inkjet printing will be employed. An important aspect is to make this antenna transparent as it should not block the light coming to the on board solar cells. So a transparent material will be explored which can be compatible with the printing processes. It will also be considered that the antenna design occupies minimum space on the CubeSat surface. This project will enable student to first design an innovative antenna in industry standard electromagnetic simulators, realize it through printing techniques with the state of the art printers in KAUST and then test it in latest anechoic chambers available in IMPACT Lab KAUST.​​​


Optimized Design of Cube Sat Antenna through EM simulations

3D Inkjet Printed Prototype

Test results of fabricated prototype

Short report of the project​

Faculty Name

Atif Shamim

Field of Study

Electrical Engineering