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Deployable antenna with 10-m maximum diameter for space use

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8 Author(s)
Takano, T. ; Inst. of Space & Astronaut. Sci., Kanagawa, Japan ; Miura, K. ; Natori, M. ; Hanayama, E.
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This paper describes a large deployable antenna which is used at L-, C-, and Ka-bands on an artificial satellite in space. The main reflector with 10-m maximum diameter is formed using the tensioned truss concept which was proposed by one of the authors. The mechanical structure of the antenna is briefly explained and a more detailed description given of the electrical design of the antenna and the verification method of electrical characteristics. This antenna was successfully launched and deployed in space in 1997 and is used for a Space VLBI mission.

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Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:52 ,  Issue: 1 )