GCSP research stipend | Spring 2024

Design and Construction of a Wayfinding Method for the Completely Hackable Amateur Radio Telescope

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The Completely Hackable Amateur Radio Telescope (CHART) is an outreach tool designed by the Low-Frequency Cosmology Lab to teach K-12 students about radio astronomy and its performance. Currently, the CHART cannot identify the direction it points in, making it harder for students to use. The CHART wayfinder is designed to solve this problem by telling the observer where the radio horn is pointing in altazimuth, galactic, and RA/Dec coordinates. It is designed to be a standalone project that any student could build themselves.

Student researcher

Ritwik Sharma

Aerospace engineering

Hometown: Fremont, California, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2024