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I am the designer of this antenna at JHUAPL. It is actually still under development, and the slot pattern shown is an artist's rendition and would not result in a working antenna. The current baseline antenna is similar to the antenna JHUAPL built for DART: There are some technical papers on this antenna if you google ...


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The James Webb Space Telescope (finally scheduled to launch mid December 2021) with its folded-up sunshield and primary mirror counts as an origami spacecraft. Those structures need to unfold themselves after launch in an automated fashion. The JWST has 344 single points of failure, several of which are criticality 1, which means the vehicle is essentially ...


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It's a mixture of a number of factors, but the mechanisms required for "origami" spacecraft tend to make them heavier, more complex, more expensive and more prone to failure than a single piece spacecraft and therefore tend only to be used when necessary. Furthermore, with the exception of solar arrays, most rockets have a large enough faring that ...


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