“The Groundstation keeps BLUEsat well… grounded.”

Victor Tse

Victor Tse

Team Lead, Groundstation

Getting to know the Groundstation Team

BLUEsat UNSW’s Groundstation Team works on communication with satellites. In the Groundstation Team, students from UNSW Sydney work on projects to develop radio, microwave and visible/Infra-red Light communication systems.

About the Groundstation Team

BLUEsat UNSW also operates and maintains a radio groundstation for use in ongoing space missions and telecommunication education.

The team provides a platform for students to learn communication with electromagnetic radiation, satellite telecommunications and the operation and maintenance of radio hardware. In May of 2016, the BLUEsat ground station completed it’s Stage 1 re-commissioning by bouncing an APRS packet off the International Space Station.


The BLUEsat Ground Station Team is associated with ACSER (Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research) in their operation of the EC0 CubeSat, which was Australia’s first satellite in 15 years.  

ACSER is also a group under UNSW Sydney that focuses on space related technologies and research, often providing guidance for BLUEsat.

The groundstation is located in Sydney, Australia with capabilities in VHF and UHF. Our system is automated with tracking capabilities for remote operation and service for satellite communication. BLUEsat UNSW also facilitates an Amateur Radio exam allowing for the certification and legal use of Amateur Radio frequency bands. This is in association with the St George Radio Society who provides the examination and staff.Our projects involve the use of Visible/Infra-red Lasers for optical communication with Visible\Infra-red Light and the use of computer software to receive and process radio and microwave signals. We give students Telecommunications Engineering challenges which involve software, radio and electrical knowledge. Members are trained in these areas, even without prior knowledge.

More info

The aim of the project is to gather research on thermospheric conditions and their interactions with aerospace equipment.

Our ground station operates from UNSW Sydney’s Kensington Campus. If you are a university or amateur group who need Southern Hemisphere groundstation support we may be able to help (depending on our volunteer’s availability, workload and other constraints).

Groundstation Specifications

Frequencies of Operation:

UHF (Ultra High Frequency, ~436MHz)

VHF (Very High Frequency, ~144MHz)

Power Output: 17dBmAntennae Directionality:

VHF 13.1 dBi gain, 36deg half-beam-width;

UHF 17.6 dBi gain, 25 deg half beam width

Location: 33.918900 S, 151.231303 E

Current role opportunities: