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Project: Thermal Blanket with Low RF Reflectivity

Acronym: RFMLI
Main Objective:
The primary objective of this study is to propose a series of concepts based on metamaterials in combination with the typical materials used in thermal blankets in order to reduce the blanket’s RF reflectivity in specific frequency ranges. Concepts will be explored at the C-, Ku, Ka and Q/V bands.

The new blankets are required to maintain their thermal and mechanical properties as much as possible and be designed with space flight in mind using space qualified clean-room compatible materials. Further requirements include cost effective fabrication compatibility, and reduced added mass compared to traditional multi-layer blankets.

Reference: 4000106436/12/NL/NR
Funding: HPS-Portugal, ESA
Start Date: 01-11-2012
End Date: 01-11-2015
Team: Mário Goncalo Mestre Verissimo Silveirinha, Stanislav Igorevich Maslovski, Carlos Antonio Cardoso Fernandes, Jorge Manuel Lopes Leal Rodrigues da Costa, João Marcos
Groups: Antennas and Propagation – Co, Antennas and Propagation – Lx
Local Coordinator: Mário Goncalo Mestre Verissimo Silveirinha

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