Three-dimensional radiation pattern measurement strategy for ground station antennas

Michael Nygaard Pedersen, Jürgen Letschnik, Lars Schelde, Henrik Karstoft, Fritz Schurig, Ulrich Walter

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This article describes how to measure a three-dimensional antenna radiation pattern and the most effective method to achieve this. We present a new automated three-dimensional measurement scheme, inspired by the seed pattern of a sunflower seed head, where the seed placements are arranged in a way so that rotational symmetry is obtained to compromise the circular shape of a dish antenna radiation pattern in the three-dimensional space. This new AU-TUM Antenna Radiation Measurement Strategy has produced superior results. It has been shown by this scheme that for instance the three-dimensional transmission pattern of a dish antenna can be measured automatically and easily checked against present regulations. The generic AU-TUM Antenna Radiation Measurement Strategy was verified on a 4.8-m Ka-band dish antenna. It was concluded that a three-dimensional radiation pattern can be measured two to thirteen times faster than the best performing current strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-50
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • antenna pattern
  • ground station
  • measurement strategy
  • three-dimensional


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