Rocket Lab Launching DARPA Membrane Antenna Satellite

Today Rocket Labs is counting down to launch a DARPA called Radio Frequency Risk Reduction Deployment Demonstration (R3D2) that will test technologies for deployable antennas. Once in orbit, R3D2 will deploy a Kapton membrane that will expand to a diameter of 2.25 meters to demonstrate the ability to small satellites to carry large deployable antennas needed to support high-bandwidth communications.
SOURCES – Rocket Lab, Twitter, DARPA, Youtube Written By Brian Wang

3 thoughts on “Rocket Lab Launching DARPA Membrane Antenna Satellite”

  1. This is great news. What is needed at some point soon is a deployment of similar satellites with “packages” that can amplify, re-transmit and store data. Each satellite would be set to deploy and proceed outward from home position. The pattern of deployment would need to be analyzed to maintain a web pattern (each satellite being a point, you draw a line between all of them not exceeding transmission distances). At the widest points of the web you will lose transmission but as the process proceeds another satellite will be directly behind the previous which is now able to intercept the previous paths signalling. As time goes on I feel scientists will find a way to augment this network of satellites to crate a new for of radio telescope technology.

  2. Not really, there are scale effects that increase at different rates as the item is increased in size.

  3. Seems to me if it’s entirely 3D printed, then you can just get a bigger 3D printer, scale your cad files by 4 times bigger and then print an electron rocket the size of a falcon 9 with minimal development cost…

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