High frequency antennas support next generation weather satellites monitoring precipitation, hurricanes, and other atmospheric phenomena. Deployable antennas will support larger apertures and/or smaller, more affordable launch systems for these missions. High frequencies are also targeted for next generation communications requirements offering dramatic increases in data transfer rates for RF systems that can also be supported by this technology.
There are a wide variety of military, civil, and commercial users with significant interest Ka/V/W band frequency spectrum. All of these are influenced by the same trend to use deployable antenna technologies to fit their needs onto smaller satellites that are more rapidly developed and launched within smaller budgets while preserving the maximum data output/throughput value.