How the Apollo "S" Band High Gain Antenna Was Made - Pete Taggett - AIAA Hampton Roads Section - Lec

When:  May 20, 2022 from 12:00 to 13:00 (ET)
Associated with  Hampton Roads Section
Pete Taggett

I started with the USMC aviation, and worked as an air frames and structural mechanic on fighter aircraft on land and sea. After serving 4 years I went to The University of Vermont Technical College (Mechanical Technology). My first job out of college was with International Harvester with a Aerospace contract for the Apollo missions to the moon, My part was the final assembly and testing of the first and only prototype. Successful! After that exciting 5 year period in San Diego I returned to Vermont. I started a small one man business, ending with 25 employees, manufacturing products for the stove and mail order catalog industry (as a master blacksmith). I have two patents to my credit.

How the Apollo "S" Band High Gain Antenna Was Made

As part of a research lab we were charged to develop and build the "S" band high gain parabolic antenna reflectors for the Apollo moon program. There are three things that had to be solved for this to work; it had to be 30 inches in diameter, each reflector had to weigh less than 3 pounds, and it had to be indestructible as it was vital to the mission.


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