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Validation of a unique concept for a low-cost, lightweight space-deployable antenna structureAn experiment conducted in the framework of a NASA In-Space Technology Experiments Program based on a concept of inflatable deployable structures is described. The concept utilizes very low inflation pressure to maintain the required geometry on orbit and gravity-induced deflection of the structure precludes any meaningful ground-based demonstrations of functions performance. The experiment is aimed at validating and characterizing the mechanical functional performance of a 14-m-diameter inflatable deployable reflector antenna structure in the orbital operational environment. Results of the experiment are expected to significantly reduce the user risk associated with using large space-deployable antennas by demonstrating the functional performance of a concept that meets the criteria for low-cost, lightweight, and highly reliable space-deployable structures.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Freeland, R. E.
(JPL Pasadena, CA, United States)
Bilyeu, G. D.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Veal, G. R.
(L'Garde, Inc. Tustin, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 1993
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Report/Patent Number
IAF PAPER 93-204
Meeting Information
Meeting: IAF, International Astronautical Congress
Location: Graz
Country: Austria
Start Date: October 16, 1993
End Date: October 22, 1993
Sponsors: IAF
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