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SatNOGS is an integral part of the Libre Space Foundation. The project aims to build a global network of satellite ground stations. Designed as an open source participatory project based on the users operating a ground station that is accessed via a web page for all of the network users. A basic ground station can be made up of commercial off the shelf components that are commonly available with a static through to more complex stations with multiple movable antennas.

If you would like to build your own ground station and have limited knowledge then it is recommended that you follow a non-rotator build with a simple RTL-SDR dongle and a Raspberry Pi. This will get you on to the network quickly and allow you to start scheduling observations. There are a few choices to be made but he community are available to help if you need it. More complex, movable, antenna systems can be steered with either the SatNOGS designed rotator or a commercial unit such as the Yaesu GS5500, Spid XY or similar. It is recommended that these types of builds are for more experienced operators but there is no reason why these can not be put into operation, they just require more work.

The reference design uses a Raspberry Pi 3 + RTL-SDR dongle + either a VHF or UHF antenna. A Raspberry Pi image is available to make software installation simpler. Much of the decision making is down to personal choice but sometimes additional hardware is needed to help filter out local noise, such as strong broadcast stations. Both the community and Matrix / IRC offer support and assistance.

What is SatNOGS?

Introduction to SatNOGS

What is a ground station?

Glossary

Build

Quick start

Learn how to get started

Build a ground station

Rotators

Antennas

Signal Reception

Operate

SatNOGS Network

Scheduling your first observation and operating your station

Tuning and adjusting your station

Satnogs DB

Decode Telemetry and Packets

Audio Editing Tools

Telemetry Dashboards

 

Contribute

Software contribution

Provide documentation

Satnogs DB

Troubleshooting

Get in touch and ask for help

 

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