Operations and control

We received the ground station from Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) in 2008. It was the first of the VHF/UHF reception ground stations to be developed as part of the ESA GENSO Project (Global Educational Network for Satellite Operations) under Professor Tanya Vladimirova.

The station is now the primary VHF/UHF transmitting and receiving our missions.

Ground station

Our ground station is used for undergraduate, postgraduate, and research projects using the equipment, computers and soldering stations. We offer any amateur satellite support where possible! Our current equipment includes:

  • LNA - 430-440 MHz SP-7000 LNA pre-amp and 140 MHz SP-2000 LNA
  • HPA - Discovery-2 VHF 400-1500 W valve amplifier and Gemini-70 UHF 300 W solid-state amplifier
  • Rotator - Yaesu G-5500 controller
  • Radios - ICOM 910H
  • Terminal node controllers - Paccomm Spirit-2, Symek TNC2H & Kantronics 9612+
  • Software defined radio tools - Ettus USRP B210, Fun cube dongle (FCD), DVB dongles
  • Desktop computers - Windows (Orbitron, SDR#) and Linux (gnuradio, custom interfacing and data processing programs).

For availability and information, contact Dr Chris Bridges, or Mr Richard Duke.


STRaND-1 ground station communications: ICOM radio and Spirit-2 TNC

Pre-launch testing with Engineering Model (EM) from Surrey Space Centre (SSC) and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL).

Receiving NASA phoneSat with gnuradio at Surrey Space Centre

Requires Linux and gnuradio.