Tech Talks: Communications

Amplifying Satellite Communications: Next-Generation Deployable Antenna Mesh


Deployable antenna mesh is frequently used in communication satellites for transmitting and reflecting radio frequency signals. How does this highly sought-after material remain so resilient in the extreme conditions of space?

This Tech Talk explores the unique properties and customizable parameters of gold-plated antenna mesh, which make it ideal for satellite communication. It also includes a behind-the-scenes look at how experts design and manufacture next-generation deployable antenna mesh.

Topics include:

  • How antenna mesh is designed to meet specific electrical, mechanical, thermal, and environmental requirements
  • How knitting parameters, such as wire size, stitch pattern, and openings per inch, impact desired frequencies and other functions
  • The advanced knitting technology and equipment used from beginning to end


Jon Shultz, Sustaining Engineering Leader, Product Development, Secant Group, LLC


Lisa Arrigo, Tech Briefs Media