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Connecting with textile antennas

February 1st, 2011 / By: / Advanced Textiles, New Products

Thanks to the efforts of a Finnish company supported by the European Space Agency (ESA), clothes could send and receive messages through the use of textile antennas. Through the ESA Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) 5 project ‘Textile Antennas,’ Patria Aviation Oy, Halli, Finland, has demonstrated that an antenna can be built using textiles that can be worn and used for personal satellite communication. The demonstrator antenna looks like a simple patch of cloth and is capable of operating in the iridium and GPS frequency band as part of clothing. The technology could be particularly useful in emergency response occupations.

SOURCES ESA Telecommunications and Patria Aviation Oy

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