The AMSAT UK team is composed of four students from the University of Surrey and two radio amateurs who collaborate with the Surrey Space Centre. Together they have developed a communications unit for ESEO that uses an L-Band downlink to connect a global network of students and amateur radio users to a single ground station.
Involving students and amateur radio users around the world
The ESEO AMSAT UK Payload is an education and communications system that can be used by students and amateur radio users around the world. It performs digital signal processing to communicate with both the ground and subsystems on the spacecraft, and offers a real opportunity for schools, colleges, and universities to develop their understanding of science and engineering. It can also be used as a regular voice transponder for amateur ‘ham radio’ users, and builds on the concept started with the FUNcube-1 CubeSat.
The ESEO mission has enabled students to develop new algorithms, processor systems, and radio systems during their university studies. The hardware and software development, together with the interaction with ESA and ESEO partners, is something that students rarely have access to. The payload also provides a redundant communications link for the mission and a linear transponder for voice communications and ranging experiments across the Earth.
Listen to Live Digital Data from space - direct to the classroom:
The mission objective of the AMSAT payload experiment is to provide a new educational outreach opportunity for schools and colleges, and a new communications system for radio amateurs.
- The payload offers a real opportunity for schools, colleges, and universities to develop their understanding of science and engineering
- It provides a new STEM resource for future generations of engineers and scientists
- It provides, free, continuous, real-time and historical (Whole Orbit) data from ESEO directly to the classroom and new, advanced processor and communications research for schools and universities.