r2Cloud: Software for Automatically Decoding APT/LRPT Weather Satellites and Cubesats on a Raspberry Pi with RTL-SDR

Thanks to a tweet by @rf_hacking we recently came across an interesting project called "r2cloud". This is an open source program provided on a ready to use image for the Raspberry Pi that can be used to set up an automated satellite recording station for NOAA APT and Meteor LRPT signals, as well as for CubeSats.

The software presents a web based user interface that is easy to setup and view decoded images on. It appears that the software also communicates with a public server that can aggregate and log your data, and also provide it to SatNOGS and provide FunCube satellite telemetry to FunCube Warehouse.

Block Diagram for the r2cloud software.
Block Diagram for the r2cloud software.


  1. John

    Documentation is very limited, installed it this morning. First issue is the certificate.
    After finally logging in, didn’t configure DNS or r2server.
    Configured only NOAA and Meteor for now. TLE page was empty but was updated today. Didn’t see any next passes, unsure if I had to reboot or not.
    Not home now but when I left we had a NOAA15 pass but didn’t see disk space use increasing.

  2. Jon Fear

    Very nice but has anyone got this running under Debian, Ubuntu or Linux Mint on an x86 system? If not how difficult is it to port over to an x86 or even x86_64 system? I have given up with the Pi, just run up a new VM and pass through the RTL device…

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