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Here is what I've found after specifically researching a bit about PCB antennas specifically: Temperature Variation: Important to any discussion of small spacecraft structure is the material of the structure itself. Typically a spacecraft’s structure is made up of both metallic and non-metallic materials. Metals are commonly homogeneous and isotropic, ...


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Off the top of my head, here are a number of things you would need to address "apart from the electrical specifications". In reality, this is a great case for strong systems engineering in your satellite. Since there will be major tradeoffs between power, pointing, mass, and RF performance/throughput. Materials. This is mostly easy, since by ...


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Read this book and then learn about link budgets and EM interference. Consider: The band you are transmitting on The type of antenna (your cubesat will likely significantly impact the choices you have here, but there are many types of antenna with many advantages and disadvantages) The output power (if it is an isotropic antenna, this is simpler, but if it ...


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