S3 EP10: Decoding Satellite Antenna Testing

Series 3

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Satellite antennas are the unsung heroes of space missions, enabling vital communication and data transmission between spacecraft and ground stations. However, ensuring their reliability and performance in the harsh conditions of space is no easy feat. That’s where satellite antenna testing comes into play, where rigorous evaluation and experimentation are conducted to guarantee their functionality, durability, and efficiency.

Throughout this episode, we will uncover the intricacies of satellite antenna testing, discussing the various methodologies, challenges, and advancements in this field. We will also delve into the impact that meticulous testing has had on the success of space missions and provide details of state-of-the-art facilities that can helps SMEs on their development journey.

Episode Guests


Evangelos Mellios

Antenna & RF Engineer

Satellite Applications Catapult

Harvinder Nagi

Senior System Architect - Future Networks

Satellite Applications Catapult

Miro Blicharz

Operations Director

Helix Geospace

Martyn Lees

Senior Antenna Engineer


Episode Host


Dallas Campbell

Broadcaster and Writer

Dallas presents some of television’s most popular factual programmes, his immersive documentaries lift the curtain on our human planet, giving audiences of all ages and backgrounds an exclusive backstage pass to some of the world’s most fascinating stories, ideas and places.

Beyond television, Dallas is an author, speaker, and ambassador for STEM education. He works closely with several major outreach initiatives which help kids across the UK think creatively about technology and innovation. He works internationally with the British Council’s FameLab project, designing and running workshops for early career academics, helping them hone their science communication skills.


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