Title

Valpo-Sat: The Rotator Software and Hardware for the SatNOGS Open-Sourced Satellite Ground Station

Faculty Sponsor

Dan White

College

Engineering

Department/Program

Department of Electrical Engineering

Document Type

Poster Presentation

Celebration Date

Spring 5-2-2015

Abstract

This project attempts to utilize the open-sourced SatNOGS project in order to create and operate a satellite communications ground station at Valparaiso University, IN. SatNOGS is an open source ground station, optimized for modularity, and is built from readily available and affordable tools and resources. The long term goal of SatNOGS is to establish a world-wide network of operator-less ground stations.

As part of implementing the SatNOGS project at Valparaiso, Zach Scheve is ordering a thermoplastic box as well as trying to find a suitable source that other teams could use. The thermoplastic box is used to house the stepper motor as well as the driver for the motor. Kaitlin Werth and Elise DeVol are also working on the hardware for the rotator and the software for it. The rotator is constructed from a stepper motor which is controlled by a motor driver and the Arduino. Continuous updating is necessary to stay up to date with the ever-evolving SatNOGS design.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Kaitlin Werth is a senior electrical engineer from Niagara Falls, NY. Elise DeVol is a junior electrical engineer from Norridge, IL. Zach Scheve is a junior electrical engineer from Palatine, IL.

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