Desktop Satellite Antenna

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Description

Desktop Satellite Antenna

The Pinshape community voted and this model won the award for Top Integrated Electronics Design of 2016!

This model won 3rd place in the Design for Electronics Contest!

A wide variety of interesting components were used to create this 3D printed satellite antenna model. With a WiFi enabled microcontroller, GPS receiver, magnetometer (compass), and two stepper motors, this unit is capable of tracking celestial objects in real-time.

The main body of the satellite antenna is completely self contained and can be lifted from the base without needing to detach wires or clips. The base section uses an inductive charging set to wirelessly transfer power to the main body components. This enables continuous rotation on the horizontal azimuth track, but also introduces a challenge faced by many space robots: The inductive charging set will not deliver enough power to continuously run the motors and other modules, so we’ll need to selectively power off modules and charge a battery until we have enough energy to perform a particular operation.

Video of the Desktop Satellite Antenna

Arduino library code is available here

The complete component list and build guide can be found here

NEW: Expansion Base with a Pi Zero mount:

https://pinshape.com/items/30758-3d-printed-expansion-base-pi-zero-for-the-desktop-satellite-antenna

Update 10/27/16:

Added support for SRC022A-6 slip rings and a mounting adapter for attaching NeoPixels to the dish. 

The new base and main_mount files ending with _SRC022A-6.stl are compatible with both the inductive charging set and the SRC022A-6 slip ring.

admin@hyperplaneinteractive.com

Design Files

File Size

HMC5883L.STL
46.8 KB
connector_SRC022A-6.STL
52 KB
neo.STL
55.6 KB
base_SRC022A-6.STL
1.67 MB
main_mount_SRC022A-6.STL
547 KB
bar_left.STL
26.7 KB
bar_right.STL
26.7 KB
base.STL
1.61 MB
corner_left.STL
114 KB
corner_right.STL
114 KB
dish_nosupports.STL
3.19 MB
dish_part1.STL
2.07 MB
dish_part2.STL
1.62 MB
gps_base.STL
101 KB
gps_top.STL
33 KB
inductive_fram_mount.STL
45.8 KB
m0_driver_mount.STL
260 KB
main_mount.STL
529 KB
motor_mount.STL
166 KB
opt_mount.STL
84 KB
sat_shoulder.STL
220 KB
stepper_gearx2.STL
158 KB
wheel_mountx3.STL
75 KB
wire_clip.STL
13.2 KB
ant_9dof.STL
426 KB
bar.STL
26.3 KB

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