Faculty Advisor

Makarov, Sergey N.


A study was made to design a single-feed, single-band circularly polarized patch antenna at 437 MHz mounted on a metal platform (nano-satellite). ANSOFT HFSS v.9.0 software is chosen as a design and optimization tool. Antenna beamwidth, axial ratio, and return loss are subject of optimization, to meet the required specifications. As a result of this study, the antenna shape, size, location, as well as the dielectric substrate parameters are determined. Optimized antenna design was assembled and tested. Experimental results were conducted at Hanscom Air force Base at Ipswitch. Theoretical and experimental antenna design meets the project specifications. The outcome of the study will be used in the design of the satellite antenna for the PANSAT program. the results were also presented at the 20th Annual Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) [Conference]. A copy of the conference paper submitted is attached in Appendix A.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2004


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering