Kevin Parkinson M.E. (Elec)

Kevin Parkinson M.E. (Elec)

Chief Engineer, Director General Dynamics

Prior to involvement with the Satellite Navigation and Positioning Lab at UNSW, many years spent as a contract design engineer and consultant in the electronics industry. Design work involved embedded systems for communication including synchronisation and time measurement on spread spectrum and radar systems,  FPGA’s, signal processing and antenna design.

While studying GPS technology at UNSW, created the Namuru embedded GPS receivers involving the use of FPGA’s and custom RF ASIC’s designed for GPS signal down conversion. Following the success of the Namuru GPS receiver, designed the improved Kea embedded GPS receivers series using low power custom RF ASIC’s for space flight GPS applications.

Current research focus includes GPS systems using custom RF downconverter ASIC’s to access the emerging new GNSS signals delivering greater performance and accuracy while providing good low power performance and radiation hardening for space applications. Included interest is also multi band GPS antennas to reduce problems associated with multi-path signals.

Eamonn Glennon M.E., PhD.

Eamonn Glennon M.E., PhD.

Senior Research Associate at the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research

Prior to involvement with UNSW and the Satellite Navigation and Positioning Lab, worked for many years as an embedded systems engineer on real-time GPS receiver firmware. More recently developed the firmware design for the Namuru and Kea series of GPS receivers including FPGA design for base-band signal processing.

Ongoing work includes customizing the firmware of the Kea GPS receivers for special applications, including space flight operation on small CubeSats and special applications to allow the receivers to perform remote sensing.

Current research focus includes solutions to expand GPS performance, develop low cost robust high perfomance GPS receivers for low cost space missions and all areas related to GPS based precision timing, weak signal processing and interference mitigation. Included is an interest in new emrging GNSS signals for improved accuracy and timing.

Prof. Andrew Dempster

Prof. Andrew Dempster

Professor with the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications. Director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER)

Andrew Dempster is a Professor with the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications. He is Director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER).

Currently Researching: Developing cubesats – the QB50 satellite, the Namuru GPS receiver for satellites, future space missions.

Pursuing the “Garada” Synthetic Aperture Radar Formation Flying project, originally funded under the Australian Space Research Program.

All areas relevant to GPS receiver design and signal processing, including all new GNSS systems and signals, interference, multipath, and hardware optimisation. New location technologies such as Locata and WiFi. Integrated systems such as GPS/ DSRC and machinne automation.

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