[amsat-bb] Satellite telemetry in the classroom
zleffke at vt.edu
Fri Oct 14 02:51:29 UTC 2016
We used the FunCube telemetry downlink here at VT for a class project
for the undergrad Satellite Communications class in the ECE department.
More specifically, we examined the AO-73 to FO-29 crosslinks that happen
every so often. The students had to simulate the orbits, determine when
chains were established between AO-73 to FO-29 to the VTGS, and then do
a full link budget and doppler computation in one second time steps for
each chain event. The project culminated with a couple attempts to
monitor FO-29, searching for the AO-73 downlink, according to the
prediction software. We got lucky and were able to dig out a few
packets that married up perfectly with the students' simulation software.
We have had a number of other projects for undergraduate independent
study credit, but those were mostly case by case basis. I also do
satellite demos as part of a High School outreach camp run by the VT
Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED) where a
number of high school senior girls attend the camp and get introduced to
many different fields of engineering in an effort to convince them to
attend VT. For the demos I usually use FunCube telemetry direct
reception and the dashboard to show them what its like to download data
from a satellite. Additionally, we try to track ISS and monitor packet
traffic, and occasionally I try to make a voice contact or two via
FO-29 (also, wanted to go after Fox-1 this year for TLM and voice
comms, but the schedule with the campers didn't line up quite right with
If you would like more info on what all we've pursued here at VT, let me
know (a number of other previous and ongoing projects, directly related
to Amateur Satellites).
If you are talking more specifically about actually looking at the
decoded telemetry data for the purpose of tracking trends over time, or
something along those lines, then no we haven't really dug into
Hope this helps, feel free to let me know if you would like more details.
Ted & Karyn Hume Center for National Security & Technology
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Work Phone: 540-231-4174
Cell Phone: 540-808-6305
On 10/13/2016 3:05 PM, skristof at etczone.com wrote:
> I'd like to hear from anyone who has used amateur radio satellite
> telemetry as part of a lesson in a classroom. Any grade level (k -
> undergraduate college) is fine.
> Feel free to contact me on-list or off-list as may be appropriate for
> your response.
> Thank you!
> Steve Kristoff
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