- Making an high gain & directional motorized antenna mount which can track the satellites automatically.
- Making an AI model to predict weather using the data received from satellites.
Status : Completed Mar 23, 2019
There are lots of satellites orbiting around the earth which broadcasts radio signals. If we have the right hardware, we can receive those signals to extract data. A few of these satellites are used for weather monitoring by taking pictures of the earth. For receiving these signals a Software Defined Radio(SDR) can be used.
SDR is a radio in which the physical layer functions are software defined. Which means tuning, filtering, demodulating of radio signals are performed using software. Generally SDRs are expensive devices. But there exist a cheap low performance SDR dongle called RTL-SDR which I used for this project. This device receives radio signal and converts it into raw digital form and feeds that signal into a computer or laptop. Then the signal processing is done using software in the computer.
I successfully received signals from American NOAA weather satellites and Russian Meteor weather satellites. These satellites transmit radio signals with unencrypted data at around 137 MHz. I used appropriate antennas tuned to 137MHz to receive the signal.