SatNOGS Operations Manual
- 1 Requirements
- 2 Adding a new Satellite
This manual assumes you have SatNOGS moderator access on Network and DB. If you don't please reach out to our channels for gaining access and helping with SatNOGS Operations!
Adding a new Satellite
0. Should we add it?
In principle SatNOGS DB aims to capture all information about satellites regardless of their origin, ownership or purpose. So the simple answer is "Yes you should add it". That said we do prioritize the satellites that can be (and will be) tracked by the SatNOGS Network and especially the ones that have been pro-active in reaching out and sharing as much information as possible.
1. Find new satellites
Besides the missions that will actively reach out to us by filling issues in satnogs-ops repo, we need to track launch activity to ensure we are adding new satellites in our DB. Some resources for tracking launches:
Tip: As of 2020 we are not adding any swarm satellite entries (e.g. Starlink, OneWeb etc)
2. File the issues in satnogs-ops
Once you have the information it is needed then navigate to satnogs-ops repo and open new issues containing all the information needed.
Some websites and online resources for digging up information (if not already provided by the mission teams):
- Search Google and Twitter for mission posted information!
3. Add satellite in DB
4. Add and approve transmitters in DB
5. Sync SatNOGS Network
Go to Network Site Settings and click on "Sync"
6. Update provisional TLEs (~12 hours before launch)
- Acquire provisional TLEs (either constructed from the community or shared by the launch provider)
- Go to "Add new TLE" on network.satnogs.org
- Fill out the TLE (don't forget the TLE 0 line too)
- Enter "manual" as source
- Save the TLE
- Go to "Satellites" in Admin of network.satnogs.org
- Find and Edit your satellite
- Check "Manual TLE" field
- Save the Satellite
7. Schedule LEOP
8. Review results