The deployable precision flexible shell-membrane reflector smart

Horst Baier, Leri Datashvili, Norbert Nathrath

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Large deployable reflectors usually are composed of (metallic) meshes as reflecting surfaces being tensioned via a stiffening structure. In order to overcome the inherent deviation of their shape from the ideal one, a new type of reflecting surface is investigated together with a stiffening structure composed by tensioned membranes. It is made of carbon fibre reinforced silicone generating a double curved non-tensioned shell-membrane. Relevant RF and thermo-mechanical characteristics are presented. The overall reflector concept is also discussed together with first results obtained from scaled laboratory models.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of The European Conference on Antennas and Propagation
Subtitle of host publicationEuCAP 2006
StatePublished - Oct 2006
EventEuropean Conference on Antennas and Propagation: EuCAP 2006 - Nice, France
Duration: 6 Nov 200610 Nov 2006

Publication series

NameEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Volume626 SP
ISSN (Print)0379-6566


ConferenceEuropean Conference on Antennas and Propagation: EuCAP 2006


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