Origami deployable reflector antenna for cubesats

Louis Dufour, Leri S. Datashvili, Francois Guinot, Hervé Legay, George Goussetis

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3 Citations (Scopus)


Compact, deployable reflector antennas on CubeSats are now a key enabling technology for many telecommunication and scientific missions. This paper presents a novel concept for center-fed deployable reflector antennas for CubeSat using carbon-fiber reinforced elastomer materials and origami techniques for doubly-curved surfaces, called the roll-ribs reflector concept. The origami design methodology and the reflector concept optimization process are illustrated through the design of a 0.5 m, Ka-band front-fed Cassegrain reflector antenna folding into 1.3 U, with a deployable origami reflector and a deployable subreflector. The reflector antenna concept presented in this paper uses the FlexRS® materials family developed by Large Space Structures GmbH, and the origami folding methodology is coined OriFlex®. A demonstrator is built and tested for folding and deployment, and RF performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA Scitech 2021 Forum
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
ISBN (Print)9781624106095
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2021
EventAIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 11 Jan 202115 Jan 2021


ConferenceAIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2021
Abbreviated titleAIAA SciTech Forum 2021
CityVirtual, Online

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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