Assembly slims Ka-band antenna system profile
For use in stabilised antennae of both commercial and military Ka-band satellite-on-the-move (SOTM) communication systems, Link Microtek has introduced a compact, integrated rotary joint and slip-ring assembly (RJSA).
The antenna systems are deployed on mobile ground vehicles, ships or aircraft to provide broadband network access for high-data-rate applications such as real-time high-definition video or transmission of telemetry data.
By combining the functions of the microwave rotary joint and slip ring into one device, the AM28RJDSR integrated assembly helps SOTM system manufacturers minimise the height of their antenna radomes.
The dual-channel AM28RJDSR uses a central 27.5 to 31.0GHz channel, implemented in WR28 waveguide and K-type coax, for transmitting RF signals with a power of up to 40W. A DC-2.15GHz SMA coaxial outer channel is provided for L-band receive signals. The integrated slip ring conveys electrical power from the SOTM system’s stationary pedestal to components on the rotating side, including motors, encoders and GPS receivers.
The RJSA offers excellent microwave performance, claims Link Microtek, with a VSWR of 1.3:1 and a typical insertion loss of just 0.5dB on the transmit channel. The receive channel has a power rating of 1.0W, a VSWR of 1.5:1 and a typical insertion loss of 0.4dB. Isolation between the channels is specified as -25dB.
Designed for lock-on and dither operation with 360 degree rotation in both directions, the device is fabricated from lightweight aluminium and is suitable for use in ambient temperatures ranging from -40 to 60 degrees C.
In addition to the AM28RJDSR, Link Microtek offers RJSAs to meet customers’ particular requirements including, for example, configurations suitable for Ku-band and X-band applications.