AN ENGINEERING STUDY OF A POST-ATTACK ANTENNA SYSTEM
GOODYEAR AEROSPACE CORP AKRON OH
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Efforts were directed toward an engineering study program for a post-attack, survivable antenna installation. The purpose of the program was to determine the feasibility of an air supported, integrated, radome-antenna con figuration that can be packaged in a small volume, stored underground in a hardened enclosure, and capable of being quickly and automatically erected. Performance characteristics are to be comparable to a conventional 25 by 18 foot parabolic reflector. The results of the study and test program show that an antenna system consisting of a rotatable feed inside a non rotating inflatable structure that serves as both a radome and a reflector is feasible. An inflatable structure can be fabricated to a specified contour, surfaced with a reflector consisting of closely spaced parallel conductors, and after inflation maintain this contour such that it will successfully meet radiation and environmental requirements. Also an inflatable antenna of this type can be practically stowed in and deployed from a hardened enclosure de signed to withstand nuclear attack.
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