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RE: Satellite ranging



Thanks James

I am curious, do you pulse the transmitter, or transmit and pulse an audio
carrier ?

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Andrew Rich - VK4TEC
Satellite Ground Station for PCSAT2
vk4tec@tech-software.net
www.tech-software.net
Brisbane AUSTRALIA

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Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Satellite ranging


On 2005 Oct 09 Andrew Rich wrote:

> Has anyone done ranging experients, using a two channel CRO and sending a
> signal via a satelite and working out
> the slant range from delay ?

Satellite Ranging
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Yes. All Amsat P3 satellites had/have ranging capabilities.  Either the
flight
computer could regenerate and return a 400 bps signal, or a transponder
could return anything.  The resultant range measurements were used to
determine the satellite's orbit, and will do so again for P3E.

When AO-40 was working you could send pulses through the transponder, and
watch the changing delay.  Pulse-at-a-time measurements are of course noisy,
and you can do far better by sending a rapid stream of pulses.  These can be
faster that the round-trip time allows if you make the pulses a unique
stream
of +pulses and -pulses, which manifests itself as a quasi-random data
stream.
With this you can, with suitable mix of hardware and software, get both
uplink pulses and downlink pulses "into" a computer and do all the time to
range range conversion automatically to remarkable accuracy (sub km).

An article about this is at:

  http://www.amsat.org/amsat/articles/g3ruh/123.html

Hope useful.

73 de James G3RUH  - (AO-10), AO-13 and AO-40 command station

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