Student-run ‘beach ball’ antenna will test cubesat communications

University of Arizona students have constructed a cubesat to demonstrate what they hope will be the answer to high-speed, low-cost space communications and data transmission for small satellites.

The two-tone antenna that lends credence to the communication device’s beach ball comparison will be launched in a stowed and folded configuration. Once in the earth circuit, the antenna will be inflated using a combination of helium and argon, increasing its original surface area to provide increased downlink speeds.

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