Satellite Ground Communications

We foster hands-on satellite communications training and active research projects using two large antennas on the USC main campus.  

One antenna is a 4.5 meter dish that is a fully Azimuth/Elevation tracking-capable through computer control and able to track LEO/MEO/GEO satellites at a variety of frequencies from L-C Band.  The other set of antennas are Yagii's that support UHF and VHF frequencies, and are also Az/El capable and computer controlled from a central control room.   The SERC ground control room provides spectrum analysis and spectrographic output for various RF signals, and provides students and researchers a lab level environment to test algorithms for orbital ephemeris updates, satellite communications research, and orbital track analysis.

Finished Antenna   

 

Check out the course being taught using the antenna out of Department of Astronautical Engineering (ASTE 566),

https://classes.usc.edu/term-20191/classes/aste/

 

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