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  Space Symposium 2019









2019 AMSATSA Space Symposium 16 March 2019


Copies of the following papers are now available for download

Keynote address :

Current activities in the ITU with respect to small satellites

Speaker: Linden Petzer, Chief Director: Radio & Satellite Communication DTPS

The genesis of small satellites was in the amateur-satellite service. However today these satellites are being used for a wide variety of missions and applications, including remote sensing, space weather research, astronomy, communications, technology demonstration and education, as well as commercial applications, and therefore may operate under various radiocommunication services. Nevertheless, these satellites are still being registered as “amateur satellites”.

The ITU has issued 2 reports pertaining to small satellites.

A simplified regulatory regime for the co-ordination, notification and recording procedures for frequency assignments pertaining to non-GSO Satellites with short duration missions is required.

There is also work underway within the ITU-R Study Groups on the TT&C Spectrum Requirements for non-GSO Satellites with short duration missions.

These latter two issues will be discussed at the forthcoming ITU World Radiocommunication Conference in Egypt in November 2019.

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The SatNOGS opensource ground station and network
Speaker: Tom van den Bon ZR6TG

The SatNOGS system is completely opensource and allows you to develop and build on it. All Satellite ground station owners also have access to other stations around the world. Using nothing more than
antenna, SDR and Raspberry PI you can build your own DIY Satellite Ground Station that can be used to track and decode various telemetry/data from different satellites that pass over South Africa.

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