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Discovering Signal and Data Processing/Analysis Through Satellite Communications

Author: Christopher Kitts

This project involves the design and use of a simple, low-cost, receive-only satellite communication system compatible with numerous on-orbit spacecraft that continuously broadcast publicly available, amateur radio data signals. In general, this type of system solves the problem of remotely communicating with and controlling satellites (or other remote systems), a function that is necessary in order to cost-effectively provide satellite-based services such as global communications, weather monitoring, and scientific exploration. The receive-only communication system developed for this project accomplishes this task by supporting functions such as a) pointing the station antenna to the satellite (which may or may not be moving across the sky), and b) wirelessly receiving satellite audio signals. This laboratory allows students to explore concepts such as orbital motion and wireless communications. It also provides team-based hands-on prototyping and use of the station. A follow-on laboratory will be available in the future in order to extend the station with functions to decode digital telemetry signals and to process this data to support interpretation and analysis.

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