Study of Comparative Costs for Far-Field Antenna Patterns Determined by Near-Field Measurements and by Far-Field Measurements.
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Antenna pattern measurement costs for both acceptance testing and production testing of a large phased array were determined for both near-field and far-field measurement techniques. Operating costs depend on the thoroughness to which the antenna is tested. Extremely large amounts of data can be generated very efficiently using the near-field technique. However, most test programs are limited by budget and time considerations to a relatively small volume of data. Since requirements for more data would always favor the near-field techniques, a limited set of measurements comparable to previous far-field measurement experience was used. Modified author abstract
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