NLR started R&D about structural integration of antennas in 1998. NLR was involved in computation and measurement of classical antennas installed on a scaled model of a Fokker 100 aircraft. Among NLR developments :
- Dual-frequency band antennas which were integrated in a CFRP composite hood-like structure
- Prototype planar phased array antennas for broadband Ku-band satellite communication for satellite TV reception and Internet on board aircraft
- Electronically steerable antenna arrays to be integrated into light weight structures of air vehicles, which are subject to aero-mechanical vibrations.
Dr. Harmen Schippers
Dr. Harmen Schippers is a senior scientist with more than 30 years’ research experience in aerodynamic, aero-acoustic, structural and electromagnetic modelling with applications to flutter analysis, noise reduction through cabin walls, bucking of fuselage panels and antenna analysis.