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CubeSat Deployable Antenna Using Bistable Composite Tape-Springs

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5 Author(s)
Costantine, J. ; Electr. Eng. Dept., California State Univ. Fullerton, Fullerton, CA, USA ; Tawk, Y. ; Christodoulou, C.G. ; Banik, J.
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In this letter, a new conductive composite tape-spring is proposed for CubeSat deployable antennas that is constructed using a glass fiber reinforced epoxy with an embedded copper alloy conductor. The tape-spring is bistable enabling the antenna to be elastically stable in both the deployed and stowed states. A dipole antenna is designed, simulated, and tested to prove the viability of the electrical properties of this material.

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Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, IEEE  (Volume:11 )