Friday, June 10, 2016

Rocketing to success

Congratulations to the EirSpace club at ENSEIRB-MATMECA, Bordeaux Institute of Technology,
The Project Artemis rocket lifts off

who won the Prix Espace et Industrie (Space and Industry Prize) awarded by the French government space agency CNES for their rocket, Artemis.
This is an experimental sounding rocket designed to show the team’s skill, and releases a CanSat payload. The team used CST STUDIO SUITE to design the dual-band antenna which transmits the all-important payload and telemetry data.
Antenna design for a rocket is tricky for a number of reasons. Not only does it have to be as lightweight and compact as possible, it also needs to have a wide coverage to maintain contact with the base station throughout the flight and be aerodynamic to reduce drag. The team chose to use a bicone antenna covered by the nose cone of the rocket. You can read more details about this on our website or in their article which has been published in IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters.

The antenna prototype under test
The team used an educational licence, a special low-cost licence for universities. For more information about our university program, see www.cst.com/academia.

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