Integration into the wing of a drone
“The fuselage of an aircraft is full of antennas,” says Verpoorte, “but the demand for communication and navigation antennas keeps growing because there are more and more – and more extensive – wireless applications. Think of the increasing numbers of people with their own personal communications devices, for instance, or improved navigation, or the Internet of Things, in which devices are connected to a network and can exchange data over that network. Increasing demand means that more antennas are going to be needed on a platform. So investigating how antennas can be combined is interesting because it can provide more space and better coverage, as well as sending and receiving more capacity.”
In the ISABELLE project, antennas are being integrated into a part of the aeroplane that is not traditionally used for antennas: the wing.