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Evolved Antenna

Artifically evolved antenna for ST5

Among the new technologies to be tested aboard the ST5 spaceraft is an antenna that was designed by a computer running a simulation of Darwinian evolution. This evolved antenna was discovered by an evolutionary algorithm running for days on a supercomputer. Its unusual shape is expected because most human antenna designers would never think of such a design. However, this design works very well in meeting the mission requirements. In addition, this particular design was rapidly evolved after the orbit changed from the original orbit. Each ST5 spacecraft will have one evolved antenna installed.


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   Last Updated:  01 / 04