Inflatable satellite antenna

How come I didn’t think of this?! Satellite antennas are usually heavy, aluminium-based dishes used to transmit and receive radio signals whether data or voice. Although there are umbrella-like portable antennas for man-portable satellite communications applications, semi-fixed applications usually means transporting one of the heavier aluminium-based antennas.

GATR Technologies of Huntsville, Alabama has solved this problem with an inflatable antenna – since a satellite dish is already a half-sphere, why not just make it a full sphere and save weight in the process by making it out of inflatable rubber instead of aluminum? Ingenious!

It’s now used in Afghanistan.