NASA Testing New Conformal Antenna Technology on 'Ikhana' Aircraft

NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center recently partnered with NASA Glenn Research Center to test an antenna measuring system in preparation for building a new conformal antenna aboard NASA's Ikhana  aircraft. The new conformal antenna will be placed under Ikhana's radome, which is a structural enclosure on the aircraft that protects the antenna, and is designed to minimize unwanted radiation in undesired directions from the antenna. NASA engineers are validating the technology and preparing it for use during flight tests scheduled for September 2018.