My friends from YO5KUC Ham Radio Club embarked on a very ambitious project: they want to participate in the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. Now, for those of you that are not familiar with ARISS, this is a awesome educational project run by NASA: “ARISS lets students worldwide experience the excitement of talking directly with crew members of the International Space Station, inspiring them to pursue interests in careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and engaging them with radio science technology through amateur radio…“. You can read more about this on ARISS official website.
Due to the complexity of satellite communication, they chose to tweak an industrial FANUC robotic arm and use it to secure the antenna and ensure the precise movement pattern that they need for tracking the satellite.
Most of the work was done by Pavel, YO5QDX and Dan, YO5DSG. Here are some pictures from my visit to Pavel’s workshop.