I am designing a CubeSat 6U in which I am using Software Defined Radio with SIGINT capability as my payload. The payload has 3 reception ports and 2 transmission ports and hence transceiver or transmitter is not necessary but I need an antenna.

This is the SDR, I am using with SIGINT application.

I have this question with respect to the antenna. For my mission, I need to receive radio emissions from S-band, X-band and L-band terrestrial radios/radars. I can map these terrestrial emissions to my reception ports in my SDR. However, with respect to the antenna, Should I choose only the S-band patch antenna and dynamically switch freq configuration onboard to receive signals from these three bands (S, X and L) or should I use a dedicated antenna for each one of this reception.

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    $\begingroup$ It would be best if you included a direct link to the technical material instead of just telling the reader only what you think they need to know. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:19
  • $\begingroup$ Do you have a plot of your S-band antenna gain vs frequency? $\endgroup$
    – Ng Ph
    Oct 10, 2021 at 21:01


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