Swarm – Space Based IoT Connectivity has a Dev Kit Now

Now this is interesting. Was reminded about it on the IoT Podcast this morning.

From IEEE:

Swarm, a satellite start-up that uses CubeSats about the size of a grilled cheese sandwich to provide IoT coverage, has instead developed a satellite network specifically for IoT networks that would otherwise struggle to connect to the Internet. To do so, the company has adapted the popular IoT wireless technology LoRa, turning it into a high-flying—and even longer-ranging—solution.

https://spectrum.ieee.org/swarm-takes-lora-skyhigh

And now there is a developer kit! Will have to look closer at that 🙂

Photo credit: Swarm

2019 April Space Station SSTV Event

This past weekend, I was excited to see that the cosmonauts on the Space Station were commemorating Yuri Gagarin’s flight into space with a special Slow Scan Television (SSTV) broadcast. I hadn’t set up the antenna since we moved into our new home, so I took this as the perfect opportunity to do so.

I managed to capture five images over the three days. The carrier was quite strong, but the modulated signal level was very low until the last day. And then I was able to capture a proper image:

One of these days I will have to invest in a proper rotator. Got a little wet running out into the rain to track the station. Antenna is an Arrow II Satellite Antenna:

Here are the other images I captured (all images captured using Black Cat Systems SSTV iOS App and a YAESU FT-7800):