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<p>SatNOGS is an integral part of the [https://libre.space Libre Space Foundation]. The project aims to build a global network of satellite ground stations. Designed as an open source participatory project which is straightforward to build using commonly available parts and some 3D printed elements. A ground station is built to interact with a website that holds key satellite information. The web interface allows a user to schedule a satellite observation of any of the networked ground stations.</p>
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[[File:SatNOGS_explanation.png|right|300x300px]]
<p>Here you can find more information on how to get started with SatNOGS, building and operating a satellite ground station and joining the SatNOGS Network.</p>
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<p><big>[https://satnogs.org SatNOGS]</big> is an integral part of the [https://libre.space <big>Libre Space Foundation</big>]. The project aims to build a global network of satellite ground stations. It is 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 [[Omnidirectional Station How To|omnidirectional antenna]], to more complex stations with multiple movable antennas.</p>
<p>A SatNOGS ground station can be made in a variety of ways. The reference design uses a Raspberry Pi and RTL-SDR dongle with either stationary antennas or either a SatNOGS rotator or a commercial amateur radio rotator. There is provision to use amateur radio transceivers or alternative SDR technology. The image below explains the system.The image below explains the system.</p>
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[[File:AZ EL Ground Station.png|alt=AZ/EL Ground Station with VHF and UHF Antennas|left|thumb|Yaesu G-5500 Az/El Rotator w/ M2 VHF/UHF Antennas. [https://network.satnogs.org/stations/2 SatNOGS Station #2]]]
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<p>If you would like to build your own ground station and have limited knowledge then it is recommended that you follow a [[Omnidirectional Station How To|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 G-5500, 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.</p>
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<p>The reference design uses a Raspberry Pi + 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.</p>
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<h2>What is SatNOGS</h2>
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[[Category:Community]]
<p>[[Intro|Intro to SatNOGS]]</p>
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[[Category:Build]]
<p>[[Ground Stations|Intro to ground stations]]</p>
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[[Category:Hardware]]
<p>[[Glossary]]</p>
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[[Category:Software]]
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[[Category:Operate]]
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[[Category:Main]]
<h2>Build</h2>
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[[Category:Develop]]
<p>[[Get_Started|Learn how to get started]]</p>
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[[Category:Infrastructure]]
<p>[[Build|Build a ground station]]</p>
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[[Category:Satellite]]
<p>[[Rotators|Rotators]]</p>
 
<p>[[Antennas|Antennas]]</p>
 
<p>[[Receiver|Signal Reception]]</p>
 
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<h2>Operate</h2>
 
<p>[[Development Environment]]</p>
 
<p>[[Production Environment]]</p>
 
<p>[[Satnogs DB]]</p>
 
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<h2>Contribute</h2>
 
<p>[[Software contribution]]</p>
 
<p>[[Provide documentation]]</p>
 
<p>[[Satnogs DB]]</p>
 
<p>[[Troubleshooting|Troubleshooting]]</p>
 
<p>[[Get_In_Touch|How to get in touch and ask for help]]</p>
 
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Latest revision as of 15:41, 20 January 2020

SatNOGS explanation.png

SatNOGS is an integral part of the Libre Space Foundation. The project aims to build a global network of satellite ground stations. It is 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 omnidirectional antenna, to more complex stations with multiple movable antennas.

AZ/EL Ground Station with VHF and UHF Antennas
Yaesu G-5500 Az/El Rotator w/ M2 VHF/UHF Antennas. SatNOGS Station #2

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 G-5500, 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 + 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.