The Fixed-Mesh Reflector Advantage
To meet the increasing demand for higher bandwidth, improved performance, and better spectral efficiency for satellite operators, L3Harris has developed the fixed-mesh reflector (FMR) as a lightweight alternative to conventional solid reflectors—without losing any of the desired RF performance.
Through the innovative use of our patented mesh reflector surface technology the FMR offers the following benefits:
- Increased aperture size
- Near-zero acoustic loads
- Increased satellite longevity
- Mass reductions of up to 40%
Approaching half the mass of conventional solid graphite reflectors, our innovative FMRs combine the advantages of the precision mesh surface used in our unfurlable reflector antennas with a fixed, thermoelastically stable composite frame. Qualified in sizes ranging from 1.5 meters to 3.5 meters, the FMR is perfect for satellite communications ranging from UHF- to V-band (to 50 GHz or higher). The FMR can be easily tailored for specific requirements and launch configurations.