Origami Being Used To Create Antennas To Deploy In Space - Part 2 of 2 Parts

Part 2 of 2 Parts (Please read Part 1 first)
     Parabolic reflectors are an obvious choice for use in space applications because they either pick up or send information in a specific direction. However, their bowl-shape makes it inconvenient to store in a launch vehicle with limited room. This is an even bigger problem when many antennas need to be launched on the same vehicle.

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Is Working On A Plasma Thruster That Uses Magnetic Reconnection

     I have posted about a number of different propulsion systems for spacecraft. Currently it can take years to carry out missions to the outer solar system. Now there is a new concept being explored that would use the mechanism behind solar flares to speed up the exploration of space.

European Space Agency And Kayser Italia Collaborate On Bioreactor Express Service On The International Space Station

     The European Space Agency (ESA) has partnered with Kayser Italia to offer the Kubik facility on the International Space Station (ISS) to commercial customers.  Kayser Italia is a Small Medium Enterprise (SME) private independent aerospace system engineering company.

Sumitomo Forestry and Kyoto University Are Working On Constructing Satellites From Wood

     Sumitomo Forestry is part of the Sumitomo Group of Japan which was founded over four hundred years ago. They have joined with Kyoto University to work on developing wooden materials that are highly resistance to damage from temperatures changes and sunlight found in space. They intend to be the first to build satellites out of wood with a target date of 2023.