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NIST Develops Robotic HF Antenna Measurement System

research and development RDThe National Institute of Standards and Technology has built a robotic arm meant to calibrate high-frequency antennas for remote sensing, imaging, radar and communications equipment.

NIST said Monday it aims to characterize antenna systems as well as calculate radiation frequency of up to 500 gigahertz with the robotic measurement device.

“We designed this system to address a need in the antenna community for high-precision and configurable scanning at short, millimeter wavelengths,” said Joshua Gordon, an NIST robot designer.

NIST added it believes the instrument has potential to facilitate development of advanced communication and environmental monitoring systems.

The agency has calibrated antennas for military and industrial organizations and seeks to transfer the robotic measurement and calibration technology to industry.

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