Cubesat deployable antenna using bistable composite tape-springs

  • Costantine J
  • Tawk Y
  • Christodoulou C
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Abstract

In this letter, a new conductive composite tape-spring is proposed for CubeSat deployable antennas that is constructed using a glass fiber reinforced epoxy with an embedded copper alloy conductor. The tape-spring is bistable enabling the antenna to be elastically stable in both the deployed and stowed states. A dipole antenna is designed, simulated, and tested to prove the viability of the electrical properties of this material.

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  • Cube Sat
  • deployable antennas
  • space communications

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Authors

  • Joseph Costantine

  • Youssef Tawk

  • Christos G. Christodoulou

  • Jeremy Banik

  • Steven Lane

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