The Deep-Space Network Telecommunication CubeSat Antenna: Using the deployable Ka-band mesh reflector antenna.

  title={The Deep-Space Network Telecommunication CubeSat Antenna: Using the deployable Ka-band mesh reflector antenna.},
  author={Nacer Chahat and Richard E. Hodges and Jonathan Sauder and Mark Thomson and Yahya Rahmat-Samii},
  journal={IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine},
In the near future, CubeSats will be deployed beyond low-Earth orbit (LEO) to perform scientific tasks in deep space. To do so, these CubeSats will need high-gain antennas (HGAs) that fit in a highly confined volume. In this article, we present an innovative, deployable Ka-band antenna that folds in a 1.5-U (10 ? 10 ? 15 cm<sup>3</sup>) stowage volume suitable for 6U (10 ? 20 ? 30 cm<sup>3</sup>)-class CubeSats. This antenna is designed for telecommunication and is compatible with NASA's deep… 
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