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SatNOGS #1 in Athens, Greece

A project log for SatNOGS - Global Network of Ground Stations

SatNOGS is an open source ground station and network, optimized for modularity, built using affordable tools and resources.

Pierros Papadeas 01/05/2015 at 15:470 Comments

10 days ago we deployed a SatNOGS v2 on top of hackerspace.gr in Athens, Greece. This is the first SatNOGS deployed on the field and we couldn't help but thinking that this is a huge milestone and brings great pride to the team!

(obviously the front cap is closed at the finished deployment)

The deployment was pretty straightforward, with one UHF helical antenna (our VHF is still up for matching) and no SatNOGS client controlling it (still under development for connection to Network). We simply controlled it with gPredict and Gqrx. POE for powering it up and minimal weather shielding (just some silicone on and around the bolts of the box)

We were able to track and record many different satellite passes and we encountered some software issues with our arduino homing code (see https://community.satnogs.org/t/arduino-problem-with-gpredict-and-rotctld/101/10 for details) which we hotfixed.

Congratulations to the whole SatNOGS team for the first deployment!

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