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News Release – LOGAN, UTAH, Sept. 20, 2016 – A researcher at Utah State University is one step closer to solving a complex problem that has puzzled the space industry for decades: How do you equip space satellites with high-gain antennas without the added weight and mechanical complexity of a bulky dish?
Reyhan Baktur, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at USU, has developed an innovative solution. She demonstrated how a high-gain antenna can be printed directly onto a satellite’s solar panel. Using a materials printer and conductive ink, she and her team can print a variety of antenna onto virtually any surface including glass solar panels that power communication and small research satellites, known as CubeSats.
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USU College of Engineering, "A Clear Solution: Electrical Engineering Researcher Prints Transparent Antenna onto Glass | College of Engineering" (2016). College of Engineering News. 100.