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Fabric Circuits and Method of Manufacturing Fabric Circuits

Abstract: 
NASA has developed a method that employs conductive fabric to form complex circuits. Unlike other attempts, this new technology yields dimensionally stable conductive elements that have predictable and stable impedance characteristics and high surface conductivity, allowing operation at radio frequencies. The layout is achieved such that it is compatible with conventional computer-aided design methods used to fabricate printed antennas. The fabric antennas can withstand the kind of flexing normally encountered in garments. Prototype fabric antennas have been developed and tested. Possible applications include clothing-based antennas, stealth and surveillance electronics, battlefield communications systems, fabric-skinned aircraft and balloons, sensors and sensor networks on fabric structures, and others.
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Patent Number: 
8022307
Internal Laboratory Ref #: 
JSC-QL-0019
Patent Status: 
Until Patent Expiration Date: 2030-06-19
Patent Issue Date: 
January 1, 1970
Agency
NASA
State: 
Texas
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