A Compact Dual-Band UHF Microstrip Patch Antenna for CubeSat Applications


This paper presents a slitted, dual-band, square, microstrip patch antenna for CubeSat application. Compared to recently reported works, the originality of this design is the capability to operate at dual-band UHF, using a single feeding point, and, in this way, reducing the risks inherent to wire antennas. The antenna resonates at 399.025 MHz and 431.600 MHz frequencies and it is limited at 100 mm x 100 mm area in a CubeSat face. Forty slits, on the perimeter of a square patch, ten slits on each edge, and a high relative permittivity substrate was used to decrease the operating frequencies. An asymmetry between the slits allows the operation in two different frequencies. This slitted square patch may be up to 48% smaller in area than a square patch without slits, both with the same operating frequency. The design, simulation, manufacturing, and measurement details are presented. Simulated and measured results reveal that the gain, the radiation patterns, the bandwidth, and other parameters are adequate for CubeSat applications.

Author Biographies

Antonio L. P. S. Campos, Dr, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte

Dr Campos was born in Natal, Brazil in 1972. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal RN, Brazil, in 1996 and 1999, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at the Federal University of Para\'iba, Campina Grande PB, Brazil, in 2002. He is currently involved in the areas of FSS, scattering of electromagnetic waves, antennas, and planar devices. He is a member of the Brazilian Microwave and Optoelectronics Society (SBMO).

Juan Rafael Filgueira Guerra, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte

Guerra was born in Mossoró, Brazil in 1992. He received the B.S. degree in energy engineering in 2014 and M.S. degree in electrical engineering in 2016, both from the Federal Rural University of Semi-Arid, Mossoró RN, Brazil. Since 2017, he has been working towards the Ph.D. degree at the Postgraduate Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PPGEEC) in Technology Center, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil. His research is about applying FSS and antennas on technologies to structural health monitoring systems.

How to Cite
da Silva, W., Campos, A., & Guerra, J. (2021). A Compact Dual-Band UHF Microstrip Patch Antenna for CubeSat Applications. Journal of Communication and Information Systems, 36(1), 166–172. https://doi.org/10.14209/jcis.2021.18
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