With a diverse range of facilities at our disposal, the Institute for Telecommunications Research is able to service both research and developmental needs
The Institute for Telecommunications Research houses many industry standard and bespoke software and hardware development tools as well as laboratory test equipment. In addition, we are constantly updating our rapid prototyping capabilities through a facility dedicated to taking research concepts quickly to proof of concept through to demonstration for evaluation.
Our Mawson Lakes facility incorporates a fully operational and maintained satellite ground station facilities. These currently include VHF, UHF, L-band, S-band, X-band (all steerable). We also have the ability to provide fixed C and Ku-band links.
Other facilities available for collaborative use include:
- software defined radio laboratory
- hybrid optical/ radio frequency channel measurement range
One of only a few available in the southern hemisphere - the Institute for Telecommunications Research operates two satellite facilities.
Our satellite ground station facilities are available for both research purposes, as well as for commercial use by industry.
L-Band and S-Band facility
With our involvement in the Cooperative Research Centre for Satellite Systems (CRCSS) in the late 90's, and the major development involving the implementation of a research satellite, FedSat, an S-band tracking facility was developed at the Institute for Telecommunications Research to allow it to be the primary ground station for telemetry, tracking and control (TT&C) on this project.
The 3.0m steerable antenna operates in the S-band frequency range, and the corresponding indoor facility provides one of few such systems in the southern hemisphere.
The facility has undertaken a number of other missions involving tracking other satellites, and was involved in tracking an Ariane 5 rocket carrying the ATV headed for the International Space Station.
In 2016, the antenna has been upgraded to also allow reception in L-Band.
The Institute for Telecommunications Research has operated this 6.8m steerable antenna commercially since 2003 where it has been receiving data from the French SPOT satellites. The Ground Station system is set up to receive earth resource satellite data.
The Institute for Telecommunications Research has an omni-directional and steerable Yagi VHF/UHF facilities for use with low earth orbit satellite applications.
An advanced experimental research capability for implementation of flexible radios and networks
Our software defined radio (SDR) facility was developed for physical layer and cross-layer experimentation and research. A particular focus is on rapid model-based design and development.
The laboratory has a range of state-of-the-art SDR platforms and associated development tools including a number of Ettus USRP SDRs.