2014 ECSSE Senior Design: Eagle-Eye Receive Only Earth Station

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Testing the ROES. From left to right: Richard Tubbesing, Anthony Bonds and Mathew Alombro

Testing the ROES. From left to right: Richard Tubbesing, Anthony Bonds and Matthew Alombro

Setting up and testing the ROES. From left to right: Mathew Alombro, Anthony Bonds and Josh Pyles

Setting up and testing the ROES. From left to right: Matthew Alombro, Anthony Bonds and Josh Pyles

The Eagle-Eye team’s Receive Only Earth Station will be capable of tracking active satellites using information from the Two-Line Element (TLE) sets obtained from Spacetrack.org. This TLE data will be processed to produce a display interface allowing a user to select an active satellite in the Earth station’s available viewing window. The Earth station will orient the antenna to follow the satellite’s predicted path while collecting and saving the satellite frequency spectrum data for further science and engineering applications.

Team Members

Eagle Eye Team: From left to right: Anthony Bonds, David Franklin, Richard Tubbesing, Leslie Brabham, Josh Pyles, Mathew Alombro and Richard Day

Eagle Eye Team: From left to right: Anthony Bonds, David Franklin, Richard Tubbesing, Leslie Brabham, Josh Pyles, Matthew Alombro and Richard Day

  • Matthew Alombro, BS Electrical Engineering, Spring 2014
  • Anthony Bonds, BS Electrical Engineering, Spring 2014
  • Leslie Brabham, BS Electrical Engineering/MS Electrical and Computer Engineering, Fall 2015
  • Richard Day, BS Electrical Engineering, Spring 2014
  • David Franklin, BS Software Engineering, Spring 2014
  • Josh Pyles, BS Electrical Engineering, Spring 2014
  • Richard Tubbesing, BS Electrical Engineering/MS Electrical and Computer Engineering, Spring 2015

Project Advisors

  • Dr. William C. Barott, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
  • Dr. Al Helfrick, Professor of Electrical Engineering
  • Jorge Torres, BSEE, May 2013; MSECE, December 2014
The ROES Emulator. This receives the information from the Orbital Software via the personal computer and sends the information to the antenna motors.

The ROES Emulator. This receives the information from the Orbital Software via the personal computer and sends the information to the antenna motors.

Helical feed antenna. This antenna was simulated in EM PRO software and then built and tested.

Helical feed antenna. This antenna was simulated in EM PRO software and then built and tested.