The REVOLVE Fellows
Welcome to the 2nd edition of the REVOLVE project Newsletter......
The second edition of the REVOLVE Newsletter puts the spotlight on our REVOLVE Fellows....
Each of the Fellows was asked to take part in a 3 minute video describing REVOLVE.
In the video, Thomas described how REVOLVE enables the collaboration between people of diverse backgrounds....how experts from different fields of engineering are brought together providing opportunities to experience both academic and industrial technical innovations.
Claire explains how the facilities of all of the REVOLVE partners fosters a sense of community. She views her time in REVOLVE as an adventure..... a chance to meet people from diverse backgrounds and foster strong friendships.
REVOLVE’s research topics are based upon potential developments of telecommunication perspectives driven by the growth of the world’s needs. Haris believes that the demands are increasing and REVOLVE has been set up in parallel with these demands. These demands are in the frame of connectivity and communication around the world, as well as faster data-rates for multimedia services, earth navigation and space exploration.
Andrea explains how REVOLVE focuses on new technologies, design for antennas and for radio front ends. Each of the seven doctoral students will present a topic around 'innovative technologies' such as, for example, reconfigurable payloads, advanced synthesis of reflectarrays and large deployable structures for antennas.
For Petros REVOLVE brings the opportunity to cooperate with a dynamic team all of whom are working towards implementing innovative antennas that provide promising solutions to the future space missions. Petros would like to invite you to follow REVOLVE on social media, share your ideas and help to create a network connecting European Research Institutes and industrial partners with a common interest in innovative antennas for space missions.
Women in Engineering
PRODINTEC has been invited to organized a special session on additive manufacturing for antennas and RF components in the next European Microwave Week, which is scheduled to take place in Madrid during 23-28 September 2018. The registration deadline for is end of February. To register: http://www.eumweek.com/. This is a great opportunity for REVOLVE dissemination activities and promoting the partnerships built by the project. Submission deadline for contributions for this special session may be flexible. All REVOLVE fellows and partners are encouraged to participate. For more information please get in touch with Dr.René Camblor Díaz at PRODINTEC.
EUropean microwave week
PhD Fellow, Claire Benteyn, REVOLVE
REVOLVE is dedicated to promoting Women in Engineering….the aim of REVOLVE is to foster an environment where women are encouraged, supported and developed... helping them reach their full potential both in academia and in their research aspirations.
PhD Fellow, Claire Benteyn, joined the REVOLVE project in October 2017 and is currently working on the ESR5 project studying smart reflector surfaces with processing capability based on actuated flexible thin organic large area surfaces. During her placement at Thales Alenia Space (France) Claire made the following video:
Now that Claire has settled into her new role on the REVOLVE project we asked her to comment on her experience as a Woman in Engineering: "The first time I heard about the topic of 'Women in Engineering' was during my first year of Engineering School. In fact, the School was historically one of France’s first Grandes Ecoles to train women in this field. As the years passed, I heard comments such as, “It is a man’s world” and “It will be hard”.
These comments may have discouraged some and it is true that there aren’t many women (yet!)…but in my experience I have found that women are always welcomed. The opportunities for women in Engineering are endless.
I am the only woman in the group of the REVOLVE fellows and I really hope that our project will motivate a lot of space dreamers. So far, there is no princess on the moon…..think about it"
Maria Jesus Sanchez, PhD student, heriot-watt university
Congratulations to Maria Jesus Sanchez Canavate Sanchez, PhD student in Microwaves Research Group, who won Best Poster 'Closed Form Predistortion for APSK Signals in Solid-State Amplifiers' at the Institute Winter Poster Event!
More about Maria and her research interests can be found on her webpage.
“I really hope that our project will motivate a lot of space dreamers.”
PhD Fellow, Louis Dufour, REVOLVE
The Revolvers are in the process of starting their own blogs. In each edition of the Newsletter we will showcase one of the Revolver's and their blog...REVOLVE Fellow, Louis Dufour, has updated his blog and added a new post: “Deployable structures for antennas” – what is it? And why does it have to be “deployable”?
When a telecommunication satellite is launched, it's main goal is to talk with the Earth, to listen on one side, and to repeat the message on the other side. It works a bit like a phone in a way: it allows two people, two computers or two machines to discuss. But a satellite can be very, very far from the Earth, so how can he listen, or talk, to you? He needs really big ears, and a really big megaphone. Ok, the comparison stops there, because it's not sound but radio waves that are used, and it doesn't really have ears nor a mouth.
But it does have big, sometimes very big antennas.
How big? you see the small antennas on the side or the roof of some building, pointing at the sky?...
Those are actually used to "listen" to TV satellites that broadcast to all kind of channels. Even more interesting is that they are probably about 50cm in diameter. Well, it is pretty common for satellite antennas to measure 2 or 3 m in diameter! And some are even much bigger: the largest antenna flying measures close to 20m in diameter...... that's a 6 floor high building!
So now that we have those big antennas (and I have only mentioned telecommunication, but they can also be used for earth or space observation, radars, etc...), how do we launch them? See, the problem is that you cannot put this 20m antenna in a rocket, it would not fit. The last stage of the rocket, where the satellite is, has a diameter of 4m for the biggest rockets. Because of that, even for a "small" 4m diameter antenna, there is only one solution: you have to fold it, and once up there, open it up.
There is something really similar that is used really often here, on earth. It can be very small, fit in your bag, but when it rains it get big enough to keep you dry: that's right, I'm building a giant umbrella, for a satellite.
Does it look like an umbrella? Hmm, not really, but the idea is there. How do you do it then? Well, that's the whole point of my thesis! I wouldn't spoil it all and tell you now, right? However, iI can show you what LSS, a partner of the REVOLVE project, has been doing recently. you can view my video entitled Large Deployable Reflector Demonstration at ESTEC/ESA:
She obtained her PhD in 2017 and is currently involved in the research department at Thales Alenia Space. Her main research interests are focused on advanced photonic systems for free space optical communications as well as optical inter-board interconnects for high throughput on-board processors.
Anaëlle talks about her passion for Engineering and her experiences as a woman in engineering.
“Deployable structures for antennas” – what is it? And why does it have to be deployable”
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Deployable structures for antennas
Large DEPLOYABLE REFLECTOR demonstration