UAS-APE provides a reliable method of identifying the transmit co-polar and cross-polar off axis components of a satellite antenna, using an unmanned aerial system.
The system can perform the following measurements:
- Principal cuts in Azimuth & Elevation.
- Raster scans.
- Gain, beam-width and cross-pol discrimination measurements. The system is designed for Ku-band (with X & Ka band in Q2-2020).
The measurements are taken in the far-field region and can be performed with or without an antenna radome.
The cuts are performed by flying the UAS in a user preprogramed flight plan, whilst keeping the antenna pointing fixed.
The system currently requires two operators: one UAS operator and one technician for the control of the ground station.
Test results are documented in a report, and based on customer preferences, selected overlaying masks can be applied.
Other preferences in terms of data handling, comparison between different antennas, et cetera, can be performed upon customer request.