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The Development of Inflatable Array Antennas

John Huang

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Huang, J. (2002). The Development of Inflatable Array Antennas. Automatika, 43 (3-4), 145-150. Retrieved from
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Huang, John. "The Development of Inflatable Array Antennas." Automatika, vol. 43, no. 3-4, 2002, pp. 145-150. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.
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Huang, John. "The Development of Inflatable Array Antennas." Automatika 43, no. 3-4 (2002): 145-150.
Huang, J. (2002). 'The Development of Inflatable Array Antennas', Automatika, 43(3-4), pp. 145-150. Available at: (Accessed 03 December 2021)
Huang J. The Development of Inflatable Array Antennas. Automatika [Internet]. 2002 [cited 2021 December 03];43(3-4):145-150. Available from:
J. Huang, "The Development of Inflatable Array Antennas", Automatika, vol.43, no. 3-4, pp. 145-150, 2002. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 03 December 2021]

Inflatable array antennas are being developed to significantly reduce the mass, the launch vehicle's stowage volume, and the cost of future spacecraft systems. Three inflatable array antennas, recently developed for spacecraft applications, are a 3.3 m × 1.0 m L-band synthetic aperture radar (SAR) array, a 1.0 m-diameter X-band telecom reflectarray, and a 3 m-diameter Ka-band telecom reflectarray. All three antennas are similar in construction, and each consists of an inflatable tubular frame that supports and tensions a multi-layer thin-membrane radiating surface with printed microstrip patches. These antennas demonstrated that inflatable arrays are feasible across the microwave and millimeter-wave spectrums. Further developments of these antennas are deemed necessary, in particular, in the area of qualifying the inflatable structures for space-environment usage.

antennas; inflatable structure; planar arrays; reflectarray; spacecraft

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