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1. WO1997049190 - UNIVERSAL COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM FOR SPACE APPLICATIONS

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What is claimed is:

1. A universal communication system comprising: an antenna structure mounted to a first end of a boom structure via a rotating and articulating mounting; and a universal mounting assembly coupled to a second end of the boom and to a payload module, wherein the universal mounting permits rotation and articulation of the boom structure.

2. A universal communication system as claimed in claim 1, further comprising means for providing dedicated communication between payload elements located within the payload module and at least one of a ground station and an orbiting station via the antenna structure.

3. A universal communication system as claimed in claim 1, wherein the payload module is located within a cargo bay of a space transportation vehicle and wherein the universal communication system further comprises means for coupling an internal communication system of the space transportation vehicle to the antenna structure.

4. A universal communication system as claimed in claim 1, further comprising means for automatically disconnecting the boom structure from the universal mounting assembly.