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