Building the Next-Generation Space Antenna

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The antenna was designed by a large academic team from the University of Waterloo's CIARS in close collaboration with industrial experts from COM DEV International (now Honeywell Canada) and space qualification testing specialists at the Canadian Space Agency's (CSA's) David Florida Laboratory (DFL). CIARS has some 35 to 40 active researchers, including 18 to 20 post-graduate students. Many of them were involved in this research. The core research team was made up of a principal investigator, a lead researcher and two PhD students.

Research Team

Left: Professor Safieddin (Ali) Safavi-Naeini – Director, Centre for Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems (CIARS) and Principal Investigator. (Centre: Dr. Aidin Taeb (PhD candidate during the project), Feed structure design and simulation. Right: Dr. Reza Rafi (Assistant Director of CIARS), Lead researcher in the computational simulation and design optimization of the antenna system. Absent: Dr. Mehrbod Mohajer (PhD candidate during the project), Simulation and design of the antenna.)