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SATNOGS Satellite Database Open for Contributions

The SatNOGS project aims to provide low cost satellite ground stations (where one critical component is currently an RTL-SDR dongle) along with free networking software in order to create a crowd sourced satellite coverage network. The SatNOGS project was also the grand prize winner of the 2014 Hackaday prize which saw them take away almost $200k US dollars of prize money.

Recently the SatNOGS team announced the release of their new satellite database which can be used to look up satellite transmitter information such as downlink frequencies. It is described as “an effort to create an hollistic, unified, global transmitter database for all satellite transmitters”. The database is open to everyone and requires contributions in order to grow.

The database can be found at db.satnogs.org.

The SatNOGS Database
The SatNOGS Database

The SatNOGS Story

In a previous post we talked about the SatNOGS project which aims to provide low cost satellite ground stations (where one critical component is currently an RTL-SDR dongle) along with free networking software in order to create a crowd sourced satellite coverage network. The SatNOGS project was also recently the grand prize winner of the Hackaday prize which saw them take almost $200k US dollars of prize money.

Today Hackaday has written a post promoting their project and explaining what it is all about. Check out their post here http://hackaday.com/2015/02/19/ground-stations-are-just-the-beginning-the-satnogs-story and go and support this project by checking out the SatNOGS community.

The internal of the current SatNOGS ground station.
The internal of the current SatNOGS ground station.

SatNOGS – Hackaday Prize Winner uses RTL-SDR in Design

The popular Hackaday blog recently announced the winner of their grand competition to win a trip to space or $200k. The goal of the competition was to design and build the best example of “an open, connected device”. The winner of the competition is SatNOGS, a system that hopes to enable a low cost network of satellite ground stations thus enabling greater access to satellite data. The radio receiver used in the SatNOGS hardware is a standard RTL2832U R820T RTL-SDR dongle.

The SatNOGS hardware is a system that uses high gain antennas, tracking motors, a RTL-SDR and a PC running GNU Radio and other software to automatically track, receive and record satellites as they pass over head. The open source software works to automatically schedule observations and record them to an online database.

More information about SatNOGS can also be found on their website https://satnogs.org/.

The third prize winner of the Hackaday prize was the ‘PortableSDR’, which we posted about previously.

SatNOGS Hardware Tracking a Satellite
SatNOGS Hardware Tracking a Satellite
SatNOGS Hardware with RTL-SDR Dongle Visible
SatNOGS Hardware with RTL-SDR Dongle Visible
SatNOGS Project - THP Finals