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Integrated Solar Array and Reflectarray Antenna (ISARA)

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Integrated Solar Array and Reflectarray Antenna

The ISARA mission will demonstrate a Ka-band reflectarray antenna that will increase downlink data rates for small spacecraft from the typical existing rates of about 10 kilobits per second (kbps) to approximately 100 megabits per second (Mbps). This technology maintains compatibility with existing ground stations and is extensible to antennas for radar systems. For the demonstration mission, the reflectarray antenna has been integrated onto the back side of a commercial deployable solar array that is easily stowed along the body of the 3U CubeSat.

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