Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar Series

Designing an antenna for space applications


Kerry Clapham


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Time & Place

Fri, 07 Aug 2020 14:00:00 NZST in Link 309 Lecture Theatre


Spacecraft telecommunications are typically overlooked despite being essential to mission success. This talk presents the practical experience of designing a telecommunications link. Over the past two years, UC Rocketry and Great South have converted an old 1960’s valve-controlled weather radar into a digitally controlled state-of-the-art positioning system. Important considerations we’ll discuss are the link budget, antenna selection, scheduling and environmental effects. This work has captured a lot of interest from several major space companies and has good potential for future commercialisation.