Antennas deployed in airborne vehicle communication require a distinctive design approach from the rest of the applications. In this paper, planar microstrip antennas are conformed to non-planar structures suitable for deployment in airborne vehicles of various sizes. The design procedure for these non-planar curved microstrip patch antennas, derived from the basic rectangular microstrip patch antenna design, is explained briefly. Antenna parameters such as radiation pattern, return loss, VSWR, gain, directivity and radiation efficiency are analyzed for various degrees of curvature over the patch.
A. S. Selvin, K. Ravi, B., Darwino, G. S., Harishankar, R., Jitha, R., and Dr. Jayakumar M., “Design and Studies on Non-planar Conformal Patch Antennas for Airborne Vehicles”, Technical Report of ECE, Electron, Special Issue, Proceedings of National Conference on Recent Trends in Communications and Signal Processing. Coimbatore, pp. 57 – 62, 2009.