Performance of The TDRSS Space Deployable Antenna,
HARRIS CORP MELBOURNE FL GOVERNMENT AEROSPACE SYSTEMS DIV
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Satellite communication applications are continuously searching for ways to either reduce earth terminal antenna size or increase the data rate of the communication link. The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System TDRSS space deployable mesh antennas provide an alternative for increased satellite antenna gain. The TDRSS space-to-space link uses a 4.8 meter diameter deployable mesh antenna. Harris Corporation delivered two deployable antennas for each of the six TDRSS satellites built during the 1980s. As of July 1991 six of these antennas are on orbit. Harris Corporation has nearly completed two more antennas for the seventh TDRSS satellite, designated F7. F7 provides an opportunity for the presentation of current measured data for a deployable mesh antenna. This paper presents the technical performance of this multifrequency S-band and Ku-band tracking antenna.
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