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Re: tracking

Robert McGwier wrote:

>Sounds like a perfect match to a Linux based "Set Top Box".
>These things are flying onto the market and are really cheap.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-AMSAT-BB@amsat.org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@amsat.org]On
>Behalf Of Marc Vermeersch (mvermeer)
>Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 2005 12:42 AM
>To: amsat-bb@amsat.org
>Subject: [amsat-bb] tracking
>to William Leijenaar
>I understand from your posting on [amsat-bb] that you are looking for an
>tracking mechanism that is independent from a PC.
>I'm currently working on porting sdp4sgp4 to a microcontroller. I would
>be interested in receiving your "requirements" for such a system.
>The system that I'm working on has the following:
>- USB connection to PC but it can run independently
>- Serial ports to control 2 radio's
>- Serial port to connect GPS for position detection
>- Elevation and Azimuth control plus brakes
>- LCD readout for autonomous use

Another low-cost hardware platform would be one of these ADSL routers 
(i.e. Linksys , Netgear etc.), which are based on ARM7 CPU or similar. 
Unfortunately all these, settop boxes and routers are wasting a lot of 
power. Nevertheless it may be worth taking a look on similar equipment.

73, Karl DL3DA
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