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Tracking of Low Earth Orbit Satellites with the RTL-SDR

July 24, 2013 admin

Over on travisgoodspeed.blogspot.com, Travis shows us an interesting project where he set up a satellite dish that automatically tracks and receives moving satellites, such as those in low earth orbit. Travis uses an old satellite dish salvaged from a maritime vessel as the receiving dish, a RTL-SDR for receiving the signal, and a BeagleBone for motor control and running rtl_tcp. The dish motors use satellite positional data from celestrak.com to automatically track a desired currently visible moving satellite.

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