PrimaLuceLab team

PrimaLuceLab designs, develops and install all over the World the advanced but affordable R2S radio telescopes and ground stations for Radio Astronomy and Space Communication.

Thanks to a brilliant staff of engineers, PrimaLuceLab develops technologies that allow the use of compact antennas to capture even very weak signal coming from Space. This way PrimaLuceLab is able to offer professional-level technologies to the educational (schools, universities, science museums) and research (science institutes, space agencies) markets at an affordable price: in-house design, integration, test and delivery!



The innovative company

Radio2Space radio telescopes and ground station antenna systems are innovative instruments designed, developed and produced by PrimaLuceLab SpA, the italian company founded in 2013 by entrepreneurs Filippo Bradaschia and Omar Cauz to bring to market innovative solutions for remote Space exploration. The company started in Pordenone Science Center “Polo Tecnologico Alto Adriatico Andrea Galvani” and in 2017 moved in the new and larger headquarter to build the large instruments. Today the company’s team is composed by 15 persons and it has headquarters in Porcia (PN – Italy) with laboratory, warehouse and workshop.


Radio2Space radio telescopes by PrimaLuceLab, the innovative company


An history of innovations

Radio2Space radio telescopes have been presented in 2014 with the launch of the SPIDER 230C model, the first world compact radio telescope that allows amateur astronomers to discover the fascinating world of radio astronomy. In 2016 we presented SPIDER 300A, the first turn-key radio telescope developed to bring professional radio astronomy technologies within the reach of schools and universities. In 2017 we launched SPIDER 500A, the 5 meter radio telescope designed to make professional radio astronomy accessible to everyone. In 2019 we presented INTREPID, the first line of affordable ground station antenna systems specifically developed for space communication.


Radio2Space radio telescopes by PrimaLuceLab, a history of innovations


Radio2Space radio telescopes and ground station antenna systems around the World

Radio2Space radio telescopes and ground station antenna systems by PrimaLuceLab are already used by schools, universities, institutions and agencies all around the World: from Europe to Africa, from Americas to Asia. Starting by 2015 they have been shown in the most important astronomy and space events like American Astronomical Meeting, International Astronomical Union, SpaceCom and Space Tech Expo.


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After Karl Jansky’s discovery of radio waves coming from the Milky Way, Grote Reber builds the first parabolic reflecting antenna to be used as a radio telescope.



Ewen and Purcell at Harvard University detect the 21 cm line (1420.4 MHz) emission of the neutral Hydrogen. Their data is confirmed by Dutch astronomers Muller and Oort, and by Christiansen and Hindman in Australia.



Jet Propulsion Laboratory deploys portable radio tracking stations and receives telemetry from Explorer 1, the first successful U.S. satellite. In the same year NASA is officially established.



Frank D. Drake, radio astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, carries out humanity’s first attempt to detect interstellar radio transmissions: Project Ozma, the foundation for future SETI.



SPIDER is the name of the first LEM (Lunar Excursion Module) to flight in space with astronauts during Apollo 9 mission.



The Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope, composed by twenty-seven 25-meter radio telescopes deployed in a Y-shaped array, is inaugurated. It is the largest configuration of radio telescopes in the world.



International Union of Radio Science (URSI) establishes a group to begin a worldwide effort to develop the scientific goals for a next generation radio observatory: the SKA.



China begins construction of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST), the world’s largest filled-aperture radio telescope. FAST will have the first light on 2016.



A first in the market, Radio2Space SPIDER 230C is the first turnkey system designed to convert a telescope equatorial mount into a compact radio telescope.



SPIDER 300A advanced and SPIDER 500A professional radio telescopes for radio astronomy bring professional-level technology to educational (schools, universities, science museums) and research (science institutes, space agencies) markets at an affordable price.



INTREPID is the first line of affordable ground station antenna systems designed for space communication.



We presents the next challenge – To develop the first affordable radio interferometry system for SPIDER radio telescopes and radio astronomy!



We presents SPIDER MarkII radio telescopes, the most advanced 3 meter and 5 meter diameter instruments ever developed that let everyone make real radio astronomy!



We launch “Radio2SpaceCom”, the groundbreaking platform designed to revolutionise the integration and remote operation of INTREPID ground stations for space communication.

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