Recent developments in a large inflatable antenna

Ira Steve Smith, Ethan A. Chaffee, Christopher K Walker

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Abstract

The Large Inflatable Antenna (LIA) concept represents a game-changing breakthrough towards realizing high-gain antennas using small spacecraft volumes. It makes use of the simplest and lowest energy structure in nature: the sphere. The LIA technology program is a cooperative effort between the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and the University of Arizona (UA). The approach represents a cost-effective opportunity to create a scalable technology for a wide variety of applications for looking into deep space as well as Earth remote sensing. This paper addresses: 1) potential applications, 2) orbital parameters and 3) the spherical reflector design and fabrication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2018
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages1-8
Number of pages8
Volume2018-March
ISBN (Electronic)9781538620144
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 25 2018
Event2018 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2018 - Big Sky, United States
Duration: Mar 3 2018Mar 10 2018

Other

Other2018 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2018
CountryUnited States
CityBig Sky
Period3/3/183/10/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Smith, I. S., Chaffee, E. A., & Walker, C. K. (2018). Recent developments in a large inflatable antenna. In 2018 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2018 (Vol. 2018-March, pp. 1-8). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/AERO.2018.8396633