Heard Fox-1D for the First Time Just Now

Heard the newly launched Fox-1D satellite as it passed over Seattle just 20 minutes ago. About every 3 minutes, it transmitted “Fox 1 Delta, Safe Mode.” Can’t wait to catch the Virginia Tech camera images when that hardware is enabled again.

Bringing Sustainable Enterprise to Makerspaces

This article by Will Holman ( @objectguerilla ) really resonated with me. Makerspaces really need all these things to help would-be makers develop their skills and create sustainable enterprises.

From https://placesjournal.org/article/makerspace-towards-a-new-civic-infrastructure/ :

The movement will need to embrace spaces that feature both traditional and advanced fabrication tools at affordable prices; that provide not only for tooling but also for assembly; that offer wrap-around business services for maker enterprises; that develop maker education into a rigorous pedagogy; and that help build a sustainable market for maker-made goods and services.

Photo credit

Found via https://impactdesignhub.org/2015/12/11/what-makerspaces-need-to-be-sustainable/

The Audacity of Spacecraft

I have no Morse skillz (yet), but I managed to use my iPhone to capture the audio of the CW beacon of the XW-2A cubesat as it passed through the skies to the West of our home, loaded it into Audacity and looked at the waveform to find the signature “CAMSAT” word that the spacecraft includes in its CW transmission:

XW_2A

Too cool 🙂

Got GPSD Working on the Raspberry Pi

Took just a little digging to find the correct commands to get my Arduino + Adafruit GPS based “clock” to talk to gpsd on the Raspberry Pi (the Arduino is powered and connected to a USB port on the Raspberry Pi.)  First, I did

sudo apt-get install gpsd
sudo apt-get install gpsd-clients
sudo dpkg-reconfigure gpsd

(using /dev/ttyACM0) when prompted and then

cgps

for the display below

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Clock is running https://github.com/allendav/GPSClock code

XW-2E

Using CubicSDR, a rtl-sdr dongle and the tracking software I’m developing (and a nice Arrow II dual band yagi), I picked up the CW beacon for the recently launched XW-2E cubesat this morning (see the portion of the waterfall display circled in red

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