3D/Inkjet Printed Cube Satellite Transparent Antenna Design


Project 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.​​​​​​
Program - Electrical Engineering
Division - Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering
Field of Study - ​Electrical Engineering

About the

Atif Shamim

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Atif Shamim
​Professor Shamim's research is focused on applications like personal area network, automotive radars, wearable and implantable wireless sensors, wireless powering and renewable energy. The following specific research projects are being pursued
  • CMOS RF SoC design (RFICs with on-chip antennas)
  • Antenna design, integration and miniaturization techniques
  • 3D IC packaging and embedded passives in LTCC, LCP and IPD environments for SoP applications
  • Ferrite LTCC based tunable and reconfigurable circuits carbon-based nano radio design (Carbon nano-tube and Graphene mediums)
  • Flexible RF electronics (inkjet printing on paper, plastics, etc)
  • Energy harvesting through ambient resources (infrared, EM)
  • Wearable and Disposable wireless sensors

Desired Project Deliverables

​Optimized Design of Cube Sat Antenna through EM simulations3D Inkjet Printed Prototype Test results of fabricated prototype Short report of the project​