P20571: Solar Radio Telescope Callisto Solar Spectrograph


Project Summary Project Information

A Callisto Solar Spectrograph is a type of satellite dish that takes RF emissions from the sun in response to solar flares and sends it to a server in Zurich, Switzerland for scientists and data analysts to study. These RF emissions serve as a warning for any kind of solar flare induced blackouts on the electrical grid or loss of satellite coverage, allowing people to prepare for these kinds of events and respond to them quickly. Additionally, the solar spectrograph can be repurposed at night to detect the top 40 brightest RF objects in the night sky.

The goal of this project is to complete system integration of the solar spectrograph satellite with the system software, allowing for complete automation of the spectrograph's operation throughout day and night with little need for human intervention. This goal will be achieved with current hardware and any new hardware required for automation, as well as any existing codebase from previous Solar Spectrograph iterations where applicable and reasonable.

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Team Sponsor

Team Sponsor

Project Name
Callisto Solar Spectrograph
Project Number
Start Term
Fall 2019
End Term
Spring 2020
Faculty Guide
Martin Pepe
Primary Customer
Martin Pepe, Astronomy Section Rochester Academy of Science (ASRAS)
Sponsor (financial support)
Astronomy Section Rochester Academy of Science (ASRAS)

Team Members

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The Shady Dishmakers

Member Role Contact
Adam Smith Computer Engineer / Team Leader axs3960@rit.edu
Mustafa Kamran Computer Engineer / Scheduling mmk7218@rit.edu
Zackary Gutberlet Industrial Engineer / Budgeting zxg4397@rit.edu
Khiem Tran Electrical Engineer / Documentation kdt1864@rit.edu
Deric Bristow Electrical Engineer dxb7573@rit.edu

Work Breakdown: By Phase


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)