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Small Satellites Communication Laboratory

Aim

The aim of the laboratory is to track all amateur satellites and make contributions to educational international small satellites web by providing remote access to its ground station.

Mission

The mission of the laboratory is to track and communicate (uplink and downlink) with all amateur small satellites having VHF, UHF or S-Band communication frequency, to serve the educational small satellite network in Low Earth Orbit by providing partially remote access to its ground station, thus enhancing the benefits of the missions.

Research & Application Area

Research and application area is tracking of all amateur satellites with VHF, UHF and S band (to be installed).

The Specifications of the Facilities

Omnidirectional Antenna (VHF, UHF, S Band), Automatic Tracking System, Satellite Ground Station (ITU TA1KS) – intended to be Part of Global Educational Network for Satellite Operations (GENSO)

Researcher Information

The laboratory incorporates two academic staffs and two engineers. In addition, it is used by graduate and undergraduate students for research studies.

Completed Projects

Picosatellite Design and Development (ITUpSAT1), TUBITAK: Within the concept of CubeSat Project a picosatellite with dimensions of 10cm x 10cm x 10cm was developed and sent to space in September 2009 by Istanbul Technical University, while achieving the goal of being the first university satellite of Turkey.

Other projects

TÜRKSAT-3USAT (launched in 26 April 2013), UBAKUSAT, BEEAGLESAT and HAVELSAT (expected to be launched late 2016 from ISS), and ASELSAT to be launched in 2018).