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.
Areas of study and research
- Health Research
- Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA)
- Centre for Cancer Biology
- Centre for Drug Discovery and Development
- Centre for Population Health Research
- Centre of Research Excellence for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Rural and Remote High Risk Populations
- International Centre for Allied Health Evidence
- Medicine and Device Surveillance CRE
- Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre
and Social Sciences
- Art, Architecture and Design
- Communication, International Studies and Languages
- Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
- Hawke Research Institute
- Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
- Australian Centre for Child Protection
- Barbara Hardy Institute
- Centre for Research in Education
- Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
- Centre for Islamic Thought and Education
- International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding
- Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
- Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b)
IT, Engineering and
- Future Industries Institute
- UniSA College