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Faculty of Science
Department of Physics and Astronomy

PHYS 4330 3.0 W17/18
Radio Science and Techniques For Space Exploration



Chapter 1 (4 - 30 January, 1 February)
Chapter 2  (6 - 27 February)
Chapter 3 (1 March, 20 March)
Chapter 4 (Document, assignment, 20 March -
               with info on how to write the summary document (due 29 March 2018)
Chapter 5 (22 March, 5 April)

Midterm exam (27 February) and info
Final exam (21 April) and info
Final exam equation sheet (will be attached to the exam papers)
Equation sheet




Course Description: The course will cover the theory and application of modern radio and radar techniques as they are currently used in deep space exploration and space navigation.

Evaluation Scheme:

Breakdown of Final Grade


Total (%)

In-class quizzes

Term work (4 to 7 "normal" assignments)


Midterm test


Summary document

Final Exam





Professor Norbert Bartel (Course Director)
Room 331 Petrie Science and Engineering Building

Tel: 416-736-5424
E-mail: bartel@yorku.ca

Class Schedule:

Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays
14:30  - 16:00 
  CC 318

Special Dates:



First class

January 4, 2018

Assignment #1 - #7


Midterm test

March 1, 2018

Summary document
  March 29, 2018

Last class

April 3, 2018

Final Exam (Chapters 1 - 5)

April 21, 2018


Office Hours

Come by my office and see whether I have time, or on
  Tuesdays 16:30 17:30:
Room 331 Petrie Science and Engineering Building

Required Texts (on 2h reserve in Steacy Library):

Signals and Systems, S. Haykin and B. Van Veen (Wiley)

                                                                                Radio Astronomy, J. D. Kraus (Cygnus-Quasar)

                                                                                Document (Chapter 4)
                                                                                Radiometric Tracking Techniques for Deep Space Navigation,
                                                                                JPL Pub. 00-11, C. L. Thornton and J. S. Borders (Web document)

Introduction to Radar Analysis, B. R. Mahfza (CRC Press)

Alternate Texts:

-- Principles of Digital and Analog Communications, second edition, J. D. Gibson (Prentice Hall)
-- Interferometry in Radioastronomy and Radar techniques, R. Wohlleben, H. Mattes and Th. Krichbaum (Kluwer Academic Publishers)

Course Contents

  1. Signal Processing Fundamentals

  2. Radio Astronomy Fundamentals
  3. Radio Observatory and DSN Instrumentation Fundamentals
  4. VLBI and DSN Applications for Spacecraft Navigation
  5. Introduction to Radar Systems (Radar Fundamantals)

                                          Course Syllabus

Academic Policy Issues:

If illness (or some similar disruption) prevents you from writing a test or from handing
in an assignment, you must notify the instructor on or before the due date. Only in truly
extraordinary circumstances is notification after the due date acceptable.
Students *must* be aware of University policies regarding: a) Academic Integrity
[http://www.yorku.ca/phall/acadintegrity.pdf & http://www.yorku.ca/tutorial/academic integrity/]
and b) Religious Observances [http://calendars.registrar.yorku.ca/examschedules/policy.htm].
Please read the policies in full. As a summary, the rules are as follows:
a) Students are encouraged to work together, but must not plagiarize. So it's OK to work
together to find a solution to a homework problem, as long as you write up the answer independently.
You must write assignments in your own words; identical answers will result in
zeros for all parties involved. Whenever an idea, passage, or data are taken from another
person, this must be acknowledged by using quotation marks where appropriate and by
proper referencing such as footnotes or citations. Plagiarism is a serious academic offence.
Students must also not cheat or impersonate another individual during quizzes or exams.
b) While religious observations are respected, it may well be that a conflict occurs in the
scheduling of assignments or exams. Should a conflict occur, the student should contact
the course instructor before, and not on or after, the due date. By default, assignments
must be handed in before and not after the due date in such cases.

Send comments to: bartel@yorku.ca