gr-satellites is a GNU Radio out-of-tree module encompassing a collection of telemetry decoders that supports many different Amateur satellites. This open-source project started in 2015 with the goal of providing telemetry decoders for all the satellites that transmit on the Amateur radio bands.
It supports most popular protocols, such as AX.25, the GOMspace NanoCom U482C and AX100 modems, an important part of the CCSDS stack, the AO-40 protocol used in the FUNcube satellites, and several ad-hoc protocols used in other satellites.
This out-of-tree module can be used to decode frames transmitted from most Amateur satellites in orbit, performing demodulation, forward error correction, etc. Decoded frames can be saved to a file or displayed in hex format. For some satellites the telemetry format definition is included in gr-satellites, so the decoded telemetry frames can be printed out as human-readable values such as bus voltages and currents. Additionally, some satellites transmit files such as JPEG images. gr-satellites can be used to reassemble these files and even display the images in real-time as they are being received.
gr-satellites can be used as a set of building blocks to implement decoders for other satellites or other groundstation solutions. Some of the low level blocks in gr-satellites are also useful for other kinds RF communications protocols.
Releases and branches
Currently there are the following series of releases in the history of gr-satellites:
v3.x.yis the result of a large refactor that introduces a lot of new functionality and improvements. The refactor started on September 2019 and was finished in May 2020.
v2.x.yis a series of releases compatible with GNU Radio 3.8 that existed between September 2019 and May 2020. The functionality in this series is equivalent to the
v1.x.ythe original series of releases, which was compatible with GNU Radio 3.7. Development in this series stopped on September 2019 with the appearance of the
v2.x.yline, but some bugfix releases have been published afterward.
The repository is organized in the following branches:
masteris where the active development happens. From time to time, features will be frozen in a new release.
maint-3.8is the branch where releases in the current
v3.x.yline are published. This branch is compatible with GNU Radio 3.8.
maint-3.8-v2is the branch where releases in the
v2.x.yline are published. This branch is compatible with GNU Radio 3.8.
maint-3.7is the branch where releases in the
v1.x.yline are published. This branch is compatible with GNU Radio 3.7.
In general, pull requests should be submitted to
The installation procedure of gr-satellites is roughly the usual of a GNU Radio out-of-tree module. Detailed instructions about the required dependencies and how to build and install gr-satellites are given in the documentation.
Support for gr-satellites is handled only through Github issues so that the whole community can benefit, rather than through private channels such as email. Please understand this when asking for support.
Satellite teams interested in using gr-satellites for you groundstation solution, please read this note, especially if you will be using Amateur radio spectrum.
CCSDS TM and TC Space Datalink and SpacePacket blocks
Athanasios Theocharis made under ESA Summer of Code in Space 2019 a collection of blocks covering several CCSDS blue books. The documentation for this blocks can be found in CCSDS_README.md.