Accession Number : ADP007444

Title :   Performance of The TDRSS Space Deployable Antenna,

Corporate Author : HARRIS CORP MELBOURNE FL GOVERNMENT AEROSPACE SYSTEMS DIV

Personal Author(s) : Lynch, Michael J.

Report Date : FEB 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : 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 1980's. 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.

Descriptors :   *ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES, *SATELLITE ANTENNAS, *SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS, ANTENNAS, CORPORATIONS, DATA RATE, DIAMETERS, GAIN, MESH, ORBITS, RATES, RELAYS, SEARCHING, SPACE TO SPACE, TERMINALS, TRACKING.

Subject Categories : Radio Communications
      Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE