Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/613887
Title:
Active Retrodirective Array for Microwave Power Transmission
Author:
Chernoff, Ralph C.
Affiliation:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Issue Date:
1979-11
Rights:
Copyright © 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:
An active retrodirective array (ARA) is a phased antenna array in which retrodirectivity of the transmitted beam is produced by electronically conjugating the phase of the pilot signal received by each element of the ARA. ARA's can be easily modified to function as receiving, as well as transmitting, arrays. Due to their inherent failsafe characteristics, ARA's are particularly attractive for microwave power transmission from solar power satellites. Communication satellites and deep space probes are other possible applications. The "Central phasing" principle, in itself a simple generalization of the phase conjugation principle, avoids the need for structural rigidity implicit in conventional phase reference distribution systems. We describe a phase reference "tree" for implementing central phasing in very large ARA's, as well as a new kind of "exact" frequency translating phase conjugator which provides both input-output isolation and freedom from squint. The effects of doppler, aberration, impedance mismatches and multipath are discussed. We report on the performance of an experimental two element ARA, and on the design of an eight element ARA now being built at JPL.
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.titleActive Retrodirective Array for Microwave Power Transmissionen_US
dc.contributor.authorChernoff, Ralph C.en
dc.contributor.departmentJet Propulsion Laboratoryen
dc.date.issued1979-11-
dc.rightsCopyright © International Foundation for Telemeteringen
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
dc.publisherInternational Foundation for Telemeteringen
dc.description.abstractAn active retrodirective array (ARA) is a phased antenna array in which retrodirectivity of the transmitted beam is produced by electronically conjugating the phase of the pilot signal received by each element of the ARA. ARA's can be easily modified to function as receiving, as well as transmitting, arrays. Due to their inherent failsafe characteristics, ARA's are particularly attractive for microwave power transmission from solar power satellites. Communication satellites and deep space probes are other possible applications. The "Central phasing" principle, in itself a simple generalization of the phase conjugation principle, avoids the need for structural rigidity implicit in conventional phase reference distribution systems. We describe a phase reference "tree" for implementing central phasing in very large ARA's, as well as a new kind of "exact" frequency translating phase conjugator which provides both input-output isolation and freedom from squint. The effects of doppler, aberration, impedance mismatches and multipath are discussed. We report on the performance of an experimental two element ARA, and on the design of an eight element ARA now being built at JPL.en
dc.description.sponsorshipInternational Foundation for Telemeteringen
dc.identifier.issn0884-5123-
dc.identifier.issn0074-9079-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/613887-
dc.identifier.journalInternational Telemetering Conference Proceedingsen
dc.typetexten
dc.typeProceedingsen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.telemetry.org/en
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