Reflector antenna by L3 Harris designed for smallsat missionsNews
March 10, 2020
MELBOURNE, Fla. L3Harris Technologies has introduced a new small satellite (smallsat) reflector antenna that will help decrease the size, weight, and overall time to produce smallsats.
L3 Harris officials claim that the new Smallsat Perimeter Truss (SPT) is lighter and more compact than legacy designs, and leverages L3Harris’ advanced Perimeter Truss design, while optimizing its mass to make the unit lighter and smaller to package onto small satellites.
Offered in diameters up to four meters, and specifically designed for use on smallsat platforms, the Ka-band SPT is one-third the size and 50% the weight of previous designs. When stowed, the reflector is about the size of a commercial office fire extinguisher, according to officials.