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Aerospace 2015, 2(2), 312-324; doi:10.3390/aerospace2020312

Development of UAS Design Based on Wideband Antenna Architecture

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, 3141 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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Academic Editor: Dimitri Mavris
Received: 31 January 2015 / Revised: 12 May 2015 / Accepted: 27 May 2015 / Published: 4 June 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Unmanned Aerial Systems 2015)
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An Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) has been developed which is based on an aerodynamically functionalized planar wideband antenna. The antenna utilizes a planar circular dipole metallization scheme. The aerodynamic structure implements a planform similar to the Nutball flier, a hobbyist flight architecture. The resulting codesign achieved a large impedance bandwidth defined by a voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR) less than 2 from 100 MHz to over 2 GHz and omnidirectional dipole-like radiation patterns at the lower frequency region and more directional patterns at higher frequencies. View Full-Text
Keywords: unmanned aerial system (UAS); micro air vehicles (MAVs); electromagnetics; remote sensing; vehicular antennas unmanned aerial system (UAS); micro air vehicles (MAVs); electromagnetics; remote sensing; vehicular antennas

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Drummond, F.; Huff, G. Development of UAS Design Based on Wideband Antenna Architecture. Aerospace 2015, 2, 312-324.

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