Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB) is one of the oldest universities in the UK, its roots going back to the Belfast Academical Institution in 1810. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading research universities in the UK, and in the top 1% of global universities. In 2014, the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2014) placed Queen’s 8th in the UK for Research Intensity. Queen's academic structure is based on three Faculties containing a total of 20 Schools and one of these, the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS), is where most of QUB’s space-related activities take place.
Over the past 20 years, our research engineers have developed space qualified Frequency Selective Surfaces (20-700 GHz) and electronic radiometer calibration switches for remote sensing instruments on EO satellites, Liquid Crystal and Electrochromic based electronically tunable phase shifters and antennas, and thin microwave absorbers suitable for integration into thermal blankets. Clients have included European Space Agency, and Airbus.