Flying Boresight Source for Improved Testing and Calibration of Tracking Antennas and Advanced Flight Path Simulations

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/577445
Title:
Flying Boresight Source for Improved Testing and Calibration of Tracking Antennas and Advanced Flight Path Simulations
Author:
Haefner, Dennis; Kimpe, Andreas; Altenbuchner, Ludwig; Turner, Peter
Affiliation:
DLR Mobile Rocket Base
Issue Date:
2014-10
Rights:
Copyright © held by the author; distribution rights International Foundation for Telemetering
Collection Information:
Proceedings from the International Telemetering Conference are made available by the International Foundation for Telemetering and the University of Arizona Libraries. Visit http://www.telemetry.org/index.php/contact-us if you have questions about items in this collection.
Publisher:
International Foundation for Telemetering
Journal:
International Telemetering Conference Proceedings
Abstract:
The application of ground-based boresight sources for calibration and testing of tracking antennas usually entails various difficulties, mostly due to unwanted ground effects. To avoid this problem, DLR MORABA developed a small, lightweight, frequency-adjustable S-band boresight source, mounted on a small remote-controlled multirotor aircraft. Highly accurate GPS-supported, position and altitude control functions allow both, very steady positioning of the aircraft in mid-air, and precise waypoint-based, semi-autonomous flights. In contrast to fixed near-ground boresight sources this flying setup enables us to avoid obstructions in the Fresnel zone between source and antenna. Further, it minimizes ground reflections or other multipath effects which can affect antenna calibrations. In addition, the large operating range of a flying boresight simplifies measurements in the far field of the antenna and permits undisturbed antenna pattern tests. A unique application is the realistic simulation of sophisticated flight paths, including overhead tracking and unusual trajectories of fast objects such as sounding rockets. Likewise, dynamic tracking tests are feasible which provide crucial information about the antenna pedestal performance, particularly at high elevations, and reveal weaknesses in the autotrack control loop.
Sponsors:
International Foundation for Telemetering
ISSN:
0884-5123; 0074-9079
Additional Links:
http://www.telemetry.org/

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titleFlying Boresight Source for Improved Testing and Calibration of Tracking Antennas and Advanced Flight Path Simulationsen_US
dc.contributor.authorHaefner, Dennisen
dc.contributor.authorKimpe, Andreasen
dc.contributor.authorAltenbuchner, Ludwigen
dc.contributor.authorTurner, Peteren
dc.contributor.departmentDLR Mobile Rocket Baseen
dc.date.issued2014-10en
dc.rightsCopyright © held by the author; distribution rights International Foundation for Telemeteringen_US
dc.description.collectioninformationProceedings from the International Telemetering Conference are made available by the International Foundation for Telemetering and the University of Arizona Libraries. Visit http://www.telemetry.org/index.php/contact-us if you have questions about items in this collection.en_US
dc.publisherInternational Foundation for Telemeteringen
dc.description.abstractThe application of ground-based boresight sources for calibration and testing of tracking antennas usually entails various difficulties, mostly due to unwanted ground effects. To avoid this problem, DLR MORABA developed a small, lightweight, frequency-adjustable S-band boresight source, mounted on a small remote-controlled multirotor aircraft. Highly accurate GPS-supported, position and altitude control functions allow both, very steady positioning of the aircraft in mid-air, and precise waypoint-based, semi-autonomous flights. In contrast to fixed near-ground boresight sources this flying setup enables us to avoid obstructions in the Fresnel zone between source and antenna. Further, it minimizes ground reflections or other multipath effects which can affect antenna calibrations. In addition, the large operating range of a flying boresight simplifies measurements in the far field of the antenna and permits undisturbed antenna pattern tests. A unique application is the realistic simulation of sophisticated flight paths, including overhead tracking and unusual trajectories of fast objects such as sounding rockets. Likewise, dynamic tracking tests are feasible which provide crucial information about the antenna pedestal performance, particularly at high elevations, and reveal weaknesses in the autotrack control loop.en
dc.description.sponsorshipInternational Foundation for Telemeteringen
dc.identifier.issn0884-5123en
dc.identifier.issn0074-9079en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/577445en
dc.identifier.journalInternational Telemetering Conference Proceedingsen
dc.typetexten
dc.typeProceedingsen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.telemetry.org/en
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