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Giant expandable space antennas and solar arrays

•, brian wang

Their approach is one of agile development and validation where success is measured in proven hardware and customer commendations. This exemplified by the setting of two industry records with the successful deployment of the OSS AstroTube boom: from concept to orbit in under 30 months with the world's longest retractable cubesat boom.

Thales Alenia Space UK has selected Oxford Space Systems to provide a deployable antenna based on OSS' proprietary novel materials. The UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is the end customer for the mission to study the upper atmosphere due for launch in 2020. This low earth orbit mission, builds on the flight heritage of the OSS AstroTube boom currently on orbit on the UK Space Agency's AlSat platform.

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