DSPIRA Guided Tour

Digital Signal Processing in Radio Astronomy (DSPIRA) is an NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science Site at the West Virginia University Lane Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Check out this short video for a quick introduction to DSPIRA


As explained in the video this program was designed to be provide teachers the training and materials in the field of Radio Astronomy. This acts as a stepping stone for an eclectic journey through science and engineering with the given context in Astronomy. The culmination of this program are lessons and exercises designed by the participating cohort of teachers themselves. These lessons involve all aspects of Radio astronomy from building a radio telescope to its operation:

Telescope Hardware Setup

A horn telescope, which consists of 3 major parts: the antenna, the support stand, and the back-end electronics, is easy to build. The cost is only a few hundred dollars. Click here for detailed instructions for constructing a horn telescope.

Telescope Software Setup

The horn telescope uses digital signal processing (DSP) technology to operate, which requires proper software to use. Click here for computer hardware and software options and detailed instructions for installing.

Telescope Operation

You’ve built a horn telescope. Now what? How do I set it up. How do I take measurements with it? No problem! Click here for detailed instructions for operating a DSPIRA horn telescope.

Digital Signal Processing


The radio horn telescope to be used for some basic observation and research that could be done at the high school level, or for enthusiast hobbyists. Click here to access the Astronomy Module, which delves into the topics within astronomy that can be investigated using a horn telescope.

All of the modules are organised in this page:

Lesson Modules

These lessons are in the form of posts tagged according to user confort levels from teachers in schools to afficianados:

User Levels

All of our offerings are here:

All Lessons

If you would like to contribute to your own radio astronomy lessons please email us and use this:

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