Artem Kamenev, a student at the Faculty of Radiophysics under Professor Vladimir Yakubov, intends to create a cheap and easy antenna to provide high-quality communication in open space. With this project, he won the third All-Russian Engineering Competition.
- Today, parabolic reflectors are often used to communicate in open space, - said Artem Kamenev. – It is necessary to maintain an accurate parabolic shape for their smooth operation that is quite difficult for antennas with a large diameter. Furthermore, they may deform.
Also, the design advantage is a high rate of deployment, which reduces energy costs. An antenna-ball with a diameter of 2-3 meters will be exposed in orbit for 2-3 minutes, while the analogs do this for 5-6 minutes.
The device will be developed by 2018; the researchers are now selecting the most appropriate materials for it. After that, they will submit an application for a patent and will negotiate with the companies to establish production. Antennas will be installed on local satellites to provide high-quality communications in open space.