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Low RF reflectivity spacecraft thermal blanket by using high-impedance surface absorbers

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4 Author(s)
Costa, F. ; Dept. of Inf. Eng., Univ. of Pisa, Pisa, Italy ; Monorchio, A. ; Carrubba, E. ; Zolesi, V.

A technique for designing a low-RF reflectivity thermal blanket is presented. Multi-layer insulation (MLI) blankets are employed to stabilize the temperature on spacecraft unit but they can be responsible of passive intermodulation products and high-mutual coupling between antennas since they are realized with metallic materials. The possibility to replace the last inner layer of a MLI blanket with an ultra-thin absorbing layer made of high-impedance surface absorber is discussed.

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Aerospace EMC, 2012 Proceedings ESA Workshop on

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21-23 May 2012