Dr. Sudakhar Rao

Dr. Sudakhar Rao

Technical expertise and engineering leadership in the areas of design, development, innovation, and test of antenna systems and payloads for communication satellites for commercial and military applications, advanced antennas for aircraft. missiles, and ground communications. Industry recognized expert with international reputation. Developed and successfully implemented novel and advanced antenna systems and payloads for more than 90 different satellite programs.


President & CEO - RaoS Consultants LLC

Technical Fellow - Northrop Grumman Space Systems

Senior Technical Fellow - Lockheed Martin

Chief Scientist & Technical Fellow - Boeing Satellite Systems

Staff Scientist - Spar Aerospace Limited (now MDA), Canada

Research Associate - University of Manitoba

Post-doctoral Fellow - University of Trondheim

Scientist - Electronics & Radar Development Establishment (LRDE)

Research Associate - Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Techical Officer - Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL)


IEEE Judith Resnik Technical Field Award in 2009

Asian American Engineer of the year for the year 2009

IEEE Benjamin Franklin Key Award in 2006

IEEE Delaware Valley Engineer of the year in 2009

IEEE Region 6 "Outstanding Engineer of the Year" in 2017

President's Award for Innovation IN 2017

Technical Fellow - Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Asian American Enginner of the Year IN 2008

Key Innovator Award BY Lockheed Martin Space Systems

Senior Technical Fellow bY Lockheed Martin Corporation IN 2005


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Design Principles and Guidelines for Phased Array and Reflector Antennas

IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, Vol. 62, pp. 74-81.Apr 1, 2020

A Reconfigurable Reflector Antenna System With a Hybrid Scanning Method

IEEE Antennas & Propagation Magazine, Special Issue on "Satellite Antennas" .Oct 1, 2019

"Handbook of Reflector Antennas and Feed Systems" Volumes 1-3.

- Authored and co-edited three textbook volumes titled "Handbook of Reflector Antennas and Feed Systems" with Artech House publishers in 2013. May 31, 2013

Technical Papers

Several international journals and conferences

Published over 175 technical papers for international journals and conferences during the period 1978 to 2019.


Low-Cost Space-Fed Reconfigurable Phased Array for Spacecraft and Aircraft Applications

L-Band Array Element with integrated triplexer for GPS payloads

Low-cost duplexed multiple beam integrated antenna system for LEO satellite constellation

Compact cross-link antenna for next-generation global positioning satellite constellation

Integrated antenna and RF payload for low-cost inter-satellite links using super-elliptical antenna aperture with single-axis gimbal

Antenna array using sandwiched radiating elements above a ground plane and fed by a stripline

Dual-band multiple beam antenna system for communication satellites

Low-cost space-fed reconfigurable phased array for aircraft and spacecraft applications

Antenna for multiple frequency bands

Dual-band feed horn with common beam widths

Dual-band antenna using high/low-efficiency feed horn for optimal radiation patterns

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