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Inflatable Parabolic Reflectors for Small Satellite Communication


Abstract CubeSats offer a compelling pathway towards lowering the cost of interplanetary exploration missions thanks to their low mass and volume. This has been possible due to miniaturization of electronics and sensors and increased efficiency of photovoltaics. Interplanetary communication using radio signals requires large parabolic antennas on the spacecraft and this often exceeds the total volume of CubeSat spacecraft. Mechanical deployable antennas have been proposed that would unfurl to form a large parabolic dish. These antennas much like an umbrella has many mechanical moving parts, are complex and are prone to jamming. An alternative are inflatables, due to their tenfold savings in mass, large surface area and very high packing efficien... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Chandra, Aman (Author) / Thangavelautham, Jekanthan (Advisor) / Huang, Huei Ping (Advisor) / Oswald, Jay (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Aerospace engineering / Mechanical engineering / Systems science / Antanna / CubeSat / Deployable / Gain / Inflatable / Rigidization
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 67 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Mechanical Engineering 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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