Designing the MK2

A project log for SATRAN - Satellite Tracking Antenna

3D-printed, wifi-enabled and android controlled antenna rotator.

Daniel NikolajsenDaniel Nikolajsen 07/31/2021 at 12:000 Comments

I figure its about time I tell you about the new upgraded version I am designing. The MK1 is very affordable and works for occasional mobile setups, but perhaps not when you want a permanent setup on a rooftop. Thats why I've started thinking about a new version, but it is still not sure if it will reach market or not. Its such a niche product and it costs a lot both to develop and produce, but hopefully I can figure something out. 

To be able to focus entirely on the new design, I am soon gonna have a final sale in the shop to sell out the stock of "old" MK1s, so subscribe to the newsletter at so you dont miss out!

Here are some of the improvements I am planning for MK2:
- Digital compass, so it automatically finds north
- Shielded power cable 
- Waterproof housing
- Stronger injection molded plastic parts instead of 3D-prints
- Faster, accelerated motion and simultaneous az/el rotation
- Quality needle bearings instead of cheap metal pellets
- Better gear ratio, for heavier antennas up to 1 kg (2lbs)
- Stronger antenna bracket out of powder coated metal

Lets hope I can find a decent design, without breaking the bank...