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Rocket Lab to Demo Small Satellite With Membrane Antenna for DARPA Mission

Rocket Lab to Demo Small Satellite With Membrane Antenna for DARPA Mission - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Rocket Lab to Demo Small Satellite With Membrane Antenna for DARPA Mission - top government contractors - best government contracting event

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has selected Rocket Lab to launch a satellite as part of a program to demonstrate radio communications in small space vehicles through the use of a reflect array antenna technology.

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DARPA is scheduled to launch its Radio Frequency Risk Reduction Deployment Demonstration mission with the goal to space-qualify an antenna prototype based on a very thin Kapton membrane and designed to expand up to 2.25 meters in diameter once it reaches low-Earth orbit., Rocket Lab said Tuesday.

The company’s Electron satellite, which weighs 330.7 pounds, will lift off at a launch complex located on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand to support the R3D2 mission. Electron is equipped with a kick stage that will deploy the R3D2 payload to a circular orbit and a second stage that will be subject to an atmospheric drag while in a highly elliptical orbit.

Rocket Lab noted the mission could support efforts to verify emerging concepts of a sensor and data transport layer that may help lay the groundwork for a space internet platform.

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Written by Nichols Martin

a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, produces articles on the federal government's technology and business interests. The coverage of these articles include government contracting, cybersecurity, information technology, health care and national security.

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