A New Generation Programmable Phase-Amplitude Measurement Receiver

Authors: Charles H. Currie
Publication: AMTA 1981
Copyright Owner: NSI-MI Technologies

A new generation programmable, phase-amplitude measurement receiver has been developed which advances the state-of-the-art of antenna pattern measurements. The new receiver features microprocessor-based control and data processing systems resulting in improved performance and versatility.


Mechanical Alignment of Solid Reflector Antennas on Spacecraft

Authors: D. L. Jones
Publication: AMTA 1981
Copyright Owner: NSI-MI Technologies

The mechanical alignment of a reflector antenna involves both the reflector shape and also the relative orientation of the feed and subreflector. The requirements for alignment are derived from the system requirements for antenna functional performance, including pointing...


Configuration of Spherical Near-Field Ranges

Authors: Doren W. Hess
Publication: AMTA 1981
Copyright Owner: NSI-MI Technologies

In principle, spherical near-field scanning measurements are performed in the same way as conventional far-field measurements except that the range length can be reduced. This provides a natural advantage to scanning in spherical coordinates over other coordinate systems due to the ready availability of equipment. However, special considerations must be given to near-field range design because of the necessity for phase measurement capability, mechanical accuracy and the need to handle large quantities of data.

Based on experience with spherical near-field measurements carried out during verification testing of a spherical near-field transformation algorithm, we discuss the practical aspects of constructing a near-field range. In particular we will consider range alignment procedure, engineering of the RF signal path and times for data collection and processing.



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