Spartan satellite with an inflated antenna

Spartan satellite with an inflated antenna

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Caption: Inflated satellite antenna. Spartan 207 satellite (upper centre) and with an inflated antenna (lower frame) over the city of Newport News (at lower right) in Virginia, USA. Seen here fully deployed, this antenna is part of the Inflatable Antenna Experiment (IAE), a programme to develop space structures which are inflated like a balloon once in orbit. This will reduce the weight that has to be carried into space. The Spartan satellite is a platform for short-duration scientific experiments. Viewed from the space shuttle Endeavour as part of Mission STS-77 (19-28 May 1996) during which the Spartan 207 was deployed and retrieved. The IAE was ejected before Spartan was recovered.

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