Cheng Qi, Prof. Joshua Griffin, and Prof. Gregory D. Durgin presented a poster at the IEEE RFID 2018 conference in Orlando, FL on “Low-power, Compact Microwave RFID Reader and Sensing Tag for Space Applications”. The poster presents a design for a custom 5.8 GHz low-power backscatter reader that will be part of the main scientific instrument on a NASA CubeSat mission. The concept behind the mission is to use wireless power transfer to run off-chasis measurements of sensitive parameters such as inertial rotation, radiation, and magnetometry. Download the poster PDF.
The Georgia Tech Opportunity Research Scholars team consisting of undergraduate researchers Hiba Murali, Erik Centeno, and Evan Shi with mentor Cheng Qi captured first prize at the ORS awards ceremony on Tuesday night, 16 April 2018. The research competition award was decided from a field of 20 teams by a collection of 18 evaluating faculty members from GTRI and the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. This group, which had already presented their research twice this school year at IEEE Wireless in Space and Extreme Environments 2017 in Montreal and IEEE RFID 2018 in Orlando, had a great deal of practice and preparation. Darel Preble — a representative from the industry sponsor, the Space Solar Power Institute — was on hand to enjoy the award with the team. Well done, Hiba, Evan, Erik, and Cheng!
Hiba Murali and Evan Shi have won Presidential Undergraduate Research Award (PURA) travel grants from Georgia Tech to present their RF energy-harvesting work at the IEEE International Conference on RFID 2018 in Orlando, FL next month. These student researchers have been studying transparent rectenna technology for harvesting microwave power beamed from space. The work could enable low-cost collections stations for space solar power, delivering green energy to the grid while allowing multiple uses for the collection site. Congratulations, Evan and Hiba!