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Spacing Considerations for Multi-Antenna Systems

By Mike Ball / 02 Apr 2021

Southwest Antennas spacing article

Southwest Antennas has released an article outlining key concepts and general best practices to consider when determining antenna spacing in multi-antenna systems. MIMO and MANET mesh radio systems with multi-antenna deployments are becoming more and more common for UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and unmanned systems, and design engineers and system integrators need to consider the spacing of antennas in order to maximize the dependability and throughput of their communications.

Read the full article on Southwest Antennas’ website

The article covers:

  • How to achieve multi-antenna spatial diversity
  • The problem of antenna coupling
  • How to determine the wavelength of an antenna, as well as determine proper spacing
  • Additional considerations for directional sector antennas
  • Element spacing within multi-element antennas for multi-port MIMO and MANET radio systems

MIMO and MANET radio systems can take advantage of multiple antennas per radio to achieve high network performance in challenging RF environments, but in order to get the most out of these installations, antenna spacing must be carefully considered. To find out more, read the full article on Southwest Antennas’ website.

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact