Radboud Radio Lab


The objective of the RRL is to provide continuity in the availability of specific expertise related to the design, manufacturing and testing of astronomical ground-based and space-based instrumentation (hardware and software) in general, with a focus on radio instrumentation and mm-VLBI.



To be recognised nationally and internationally as the Dutch lab with specific experience and expertise on the development, prototyping and testing of hardware and software instrumentation for space-based and ground-based astronomy. The RRL seeks to take the lead engineering (architect) role in projects and facilitates the translation from science to technical requirements to prototype development. In the coming years the focus will be on the development of the next generation radio receiver, aiming both at ground-based (SKA, Auger) and space-based (low-frequency radio astronomy) facilities, aiming for a high-performance and low-power solution. In addition, the RRL actively supports the Event Horizon and BlackHoleCam projects in both hardware and software (data processing) developments and aims at extending the mm-VLBI network with the Africa Millimetre Telescope, and will provide support to other projects such as BlackGEM and MeerLICHT.


Mission Statement

The RRL takes the knowledge from projects like LOFAR, Auger and Stratos II to play a key role, i.e. a leading role or provides experts for critical roles in projects, in the development of hardware and software instrumentation for new science goals. The RRL wants to be involved from the early stages in these projects, i.e. from the proposal stage, to make sure that the science case and all crucial requirements and roles are well defined. In this the RRL seeks active collaboration with existing labs of NOVA/Astron, SRON and the Technocenter and actively will seek collaboration with industry partners.