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Structureless antenna and inflatable antennas for cubesats

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Posted in Science on 11th Sep, 2013 04:10 AM by AlexMuller
MIT have come up with a design that may significantly increase the communication range of small satellites, enabling them to travel much farther in the solar system: The team has built and tested an inflatable antenna that can fold into a compact space and inflate when in orbit. 
 
The antenna significantly amplifies a radio signal, allowing a CubeSat to transmit data back to Earth at a higher rate. The distance that can be covered by a satellite outfitted with an inflatable antenna is seven times farther than that of existing CubeSat communications.
 
“With this antenna you could transmit from the moon, and even farther than that,” says Alessandra Babuscia, who led the research as a postdoc at MIT. “This antenna is one of the cheapest and most economical solutions to the problem of communications.”
 
An inflatable antenna is not a new idea. In fact, previous experiments in space have successfully tested such designs, though mostly for large satellites: To inflate these bulkier antennae, engineers install a system of pressure valves to fill them with air once in space — heavy, cumbersome equipment that would not fit within a CubeSat’s limited real estate.
 


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Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-11
+8
Congratulations to MIT on the development of this inflatable antenna that can fold into a compact space and inflate when in orbit. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-11
+7
As we progress into the space future we are going to need better space communication. This is a start and the fact that it is smaller and inflatable will be to its benefit. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-11
+7
These scientists are saying that this antenna is one of the cheapest and most economical solutions to the problem of communications. Great job MIT, good work. Reply
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Posted: 2013-09-12
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Ib1lK6 I really liked your article post.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on... Reply
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52MI2C wow, awesome blog article.Much thanks again. Want more. Reply
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Posted: 2013-09-13
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ya2orE I truly appreciate this blog article.Thanks Again. Cool. Reply
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Posted: 2013-10-16
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1WkolV Thanks so much for the post.Much thanks again. Great. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-25
+0
y5wx7a Thanks-a-mundo for the blog post.Much thanks again. Great. Reply


 

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