Performance and uses of a refurbished 30-m former satellite communications antenna: The Georgia Tech Woodbury Research Facility
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
Copyright 1999 by the American Geophysical Union.
Volume 34, Issue 4, pages 991–1003, July-August 1999
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1999), Performance and uses of a refurbished 30-m former satellite communications antenna: The Georgia Tech Woodbury Research Facility, Radio Sci., 34(4), 991–1003, doi:10.1029/1999RS900033., and (
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 MAR 1999
- Manuscript Received: 22 DEC 1998
A class of large satellite communication antennas built in the 1970s for commercial purposes comprises a potential set of large antennas useful for education, research, satellite communications, or radio astronomy upon upgrade. Many of these facilities were abandoned as the advent of low-noise electronics obviated the need for such large antennas with their associated maintenance costs. Although many have sat idle and decaying over the intervening years, these facilities remain a potential resource for research and education. One such facility located south of Atlanta near the town of Woodbury, Georgia, was acquired for use by the Georgia Institute of Technology. This facility consists of a pair of 30-m antennas built in the mid-1970s that were used by AT&T through the early 1980s for satellite communications. Initially as a set of small-scale student projects and later as a full-scale project funded by the SETI Institute, one of the 30-m antennas has recently been fully renovated and used for radio astronomy and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). This paper discusses the process and results of refurbishing the Woodbury facility.