Title

Valpo-Sat: The Software and 3D Models for the SatNOGS Open-Sourced Satellite Ground Station

Faculty Sponsor

Dan White

Department/Program

College of 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, Joshua Wawak is re-designing the 3D models for the mechanical components in order to optimize them for the northwest Indiana climate. Michael Good is assembling, programming, and maintaining the single board computers for the project software. Continuous updating is necessary to stay up to date with the ever-evolving SatNOGS design.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Joshua Wawak is a mechanical engineering major at Valparaiso University, class of 2015. He has previous experience in component design and optimization. Joshua is currently interning at a communications engineering firm and joined the project in order to gain further experience in that field. Michael Good is a computer engineering major at Valparaiso University, class of 2015. He has previous experience with large group development in an open source format. Michael plans to pursue a career in software engineering and joined the project in order to gain experience.

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