Student-guided ‘beach ball’ antennas will test communication with cubesat

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

The two-tone antenna, which lends credence to the communication device’s beach ball equation, launches in a stowed and folded configuration. Once in Soil orbit, the antenna will be inflated using a combination of helium and argon, increasing the initial surface area to provide higher downlink speeds.

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