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Deployable Reflector Antenna

Abstract: 

A balloon reflector antenna for a satellite, including a spherical balloon with a surface transparent to electromagnetic waves and a reflective surface opposite the transparent surface. The balloon reflector antenna may further include a feed system extending from the center of the balloon that receives electromagnetic waves reflected off the reflective surface and/or outputs electromagnetic waves that are reflected off the reflective surface. 

Patent Number: 
10,199,711
Date Of Issue: 
02/05/2019
Inventors: 

Christopher K. Walker; Ira Steve Smith Jr.