CubeSat Deployable Ka-Band Mesh Reflector Antenna Development for Earth Science Missions

@article{Chahat2016CubeSatDK,
  title={CubeSat Deployable Ka-Band Mesh Reflector Antenna Development for Earth Science Missions},
  author={Nacer Chahat and Richard E. Hodges and Jonathan Sauder and Mark Thomson and Eva Peral and Yahya Rahmat-Samii},
  journal={IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation},
  year={2016},
  volume={64},
  pages={2083-2093}
}
CubeSats are positioned to play a key role in Earth Science, wherein multiple copies of the same RADAR instrument are launched in desirable formations, allowing for the measurement of atmospheric processes over a short evolutionary timescale. To achieve this goal, such CubeSats require a high-gain antenna (HGA) that fits in a highly constrained volume. This paper presents a novel mesh deployable Ka-band antenna design that folds in a 1.5 U (10 × 10 × 15 cm3) stowage volume suitable for 6 U (10… 
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