Large Membrane Reflectors

Conference: EuCAP 2009 - 3rd European Conference on Antennas and Propagation
03/23/2009 - 03/27/2009 at Berlin, Germany

Proceedings: EuCAP 2009

Pages: 5Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Datashvili, Leri; Baier, Horst (Institute of Lightweight Structures, Aerospace Department, Technische Universität München, Boltzmannstr. 15, 85748 Garching, Germany)

A family of space reflectors based on a Shell Membrane Antenna Reflector Technology (SMART) composed (mainly) by membranes are discussed in the paper. These reflectors are based on the newly developed carbon fiber reinforced silicone (CFRS) composite material. Different analysis and test results are presented in the paper. Shape accuracy is also discussed according to tests under 0g conditions via parabolic Airbus flights as well as in the laboratory conditions. Reconfigurable surface aspects are addressed also in the paper.