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Ever since the early days of the space race, people have been fascinated with satellites. And rightly so; the artificial moons we've sent into space are engineering marvels, built to do a difficult job while withstanding the harshest possible environment. But while most people are content to just know that satellites are up there providing weather forecasts and digital television, some of us want a little more.
Enter SatNOGS. Since winning the very first Hackaday Prize in 2014, SatNOGS has grown into exactly what Pierros Papadeas and the rest of the team envisioned: a globe-spanning network of open-source satellite ground stations, feeding continuous observations into an open, accessible database. With extensive documentation and an active community, SatNOGS has helped hundreds of users build ground stations with steerable antennas and get them connected. The network tracks hundreds of Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites each day, including the increasingly popular, low-cost cubesats that are heading to orbit.
Join us as the SatNOGS crew stops by the Hack Chat to give us an update on their efforts over the last few years. We'll discuss how winning the Hackaday Prize changed SatNOGS, how the constellation of satellites has changed and how SatNOGS is dealing with it, and what it takes to build a global network and the community that makes it work.