Anyone who has been following this site knows that satellites are in many different roles, accomplishing many things beneficial to humanity. But none this really matters without a way to communicate with them. If a satellite takes a picture, how does that picture make its way to Earth? If a satellite requires an element set […]Read More DIY Space: DIY Satellite Ground Station
Part 1 Well, somebody has to mention it to sell the papers sometime, and this time it was the Times of India. The story is that the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is predicting bad guys are going to be able to launch their own nefarious satellites on rockets owned by private companies. Even […]Read More Is Space Becoming More Accessible for Terrorists?
Well actually, it’s not any kind of furniture made of “some oak and some pine and a handful of Norsemen” (although listening to Jonathan Coulton’s song, it sounds like it could be), but it is another ground station. It’s time to write about the Tromso Satellite Station (however, if you want to start with a smile, […]Read More Tromso–this is not your father’s Ikea furniture
Labor Day took its toll, but I’m back to write more (hopefully) interesting articles for you. What a space operator should know about satellite systems and space operations fills several volumes of books, folders and checklists. But, in essence, a space operator and space operations crew worries about three things: the satellite ground system, the […]Read More Why space matters: Imaging satellite operations, part 10–short bus schooling
Okay, okay…this article’s idea has been floating around for a few decades. Given, that in my imaging operations posts we’ve only talked about low earth orbiting (LEO) satellites, and imagery ones at that, there are a few issues with this that you might be acquainted with. But the premise is right. You could set a […]Read More MORE POWER!!!