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README.md

Simple toolkit to decode Iridium signals

Requisites

  • Python (2.7)
  • NumPy (scipy)
  • crcmod

License

Unless otherwise noted in a file, everything here is (c) Sec & schneider and licensed under the 2-Clause BSD License

Example usage

Either extract some Iridium frames from the air or a file using gr-iridium (recommended) or use the legacy code located in the extractror-python directory if you don't want to install GNURadio (not recommended).

It is assumed that the output of the extractor has been written to output.bits. Iridium frames can be decoded with

python2 iridium-parser.py -p output.bits

if you want to speed up that step you can install pypy and instead run

pypy iridium-parser.py -p output.bits

Frame extraction

See gr-iridium (recommended) or extractor-python (not recommended) on how to extract Iridium frames from raw data.

Voice Decoding

To listen to voice calls, you will need an AMBE decoder. There are two option:

The easier option is to use tnt's AMBE decoder. You can use the extracted decoder if you want to create bit correct output. There almost no audible difference between the two options. Make sure that either ir77_ambe_decode or ambe is in your PATH. Also select the installed one in play-iridium-ambe.

Make sure that the main folder of the toolkit is in your PATH variable: export PATH=$PATH:<this directory>

Steps to decode voice:

  • Decode your captured and demodulated bits using iridium-parser and put the result into a file: pypy iridium-parser.py output.bits > output.parsed
  • Use stats-voc.py to see streams of captured voice frames: ./stats-voc.py output.parsed
  • Click once left and once right to select an area. stats-voc.py will try do decode and play the selected samples using the play-iridium-ambe script.

Frame Format

Partial documentation: http://wiki.muc.ccc.de/iridium:toolkit#frame_format

Main Components

Parser

iridium-parser.py

Takes the demodulated bits and tries to parse them into a readable format.

Supports some different output formats (-o option).

mkkml

mkkml

Converts IRA frames to a kml file to be viewed in google earth.

Run as grep ^IRA output.parsed |perl mkkml tracks > output.kml to display satellite tracks

Run as grep ^IRA output.parsed |perl mkkml heatmap > output.kml to create a heatmap of sat positions and downlink positions

Reassembler

reassembler.py

Takes the parsed bits (from iridium-parser.py) and reassembles them into higher level protocols.

Supports different modes with the -m option.

Usage: (it is assumed that the output from iridium-parser is in output.parsed)

reassembler.py -i output.parsed -m <mode>

Supported modes are currently:

  • ida - outputs Um Layer 3 messages as hex
  • lap - GSM-compatible L3 messages as GSMtap compatible .pcap
  • page - paging requests (Ring Alert Channel)
  • msg - Pager messages
  • sbd - Short Burst Data messages

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