Validate a flexible communication
Antenna folding scheme and successful deployment under ZeroG conditions.
NSLComm develops a unique deployable reflector antenna for high bandwidth communications. Testing the antenna on Earth under gravity is complicated due to the fact that it does not hold its own weight. Therefore a deployment and surface shape test must be performed under continuous ZeroG (unlike the 22 seconds of a zero G flight). The accuracy of the main reflector should be tested using dedicated 3D cameras that capture photogrammetry targets that are placed on the antenna. The test is the last qualification activity of the Antenna before the launch of NSLSAT-2.