Information for radio amateurs
This page is dedicated to the amateur radio community and lists information related to our active satellite missions.
Want to get involved? Find information  on what we offer at TU Berlin, including a list of our operators and hams who we helped to obtain their license.
LEOP and Commissioning Timeline for SALSAT
- 2020-09-28 11:20:32 UTC Launch at Plesetsk Cosmodrome
- 2020-09-28 14:46:12 UTC Separation
- 2020-09-28 23:11:37 UTC First contact (callsign DP0WER)
See the TUBIX10-COM document  for Communication System Specifications incl. preliminary LEOP TLE. To import the TLE data directly into your orbit prediction tool you can use this source  hosted by DK0TU.
|BEESAT-9||44412||435.950 MHz||GMSK||4k8 or 9k6||DP0BEM|
|S-Net B||43187||435.950 MHz||AFSK||1k2||DP0TBC|
|S-Net C||43189||435.950 MHz||AFSK||1k2||DP0TBD|
|S-Net D||43186||435.950 MHz||AFSK||1k2||DP0TBE|
All missions use half-duplex communications. Therefore, the above listed frequencies are valid for Up- and Downlink.
A GNU Radio out of tree (OOT) module is published on GitHub  which can be used to demodulate raw data frames from our satellites. It demodulates the bit stream modulated with GMSK and also the Mobitex data-link layer protocol. Additionally, the Soundmodem  from UZ7HO supports demodulation of Mobitex frames.
To launch the GNU Radio modules, use the flowcharts provided in the
grc subfolder of the GitHub  repository. For BEESAT-1 use
tnc_b1.grc and tnc_nx.grc for BEESAT-2,-3,-4 and -9. The flowcharts
provide a TCP sever connection on port 9000 which is used to transmit
demodulated messages to other programs.
The format of the messages is described in the files below.
The standard baudrate is 4800 bps but can be switched to 9600 bps for increased channel capacity at higher elevations. Each transmission at the higher baudrate is announced by a small 4800 bps header to allow for adaptive receiver re-configuration. The output power of the satellites is 27 dBm (0.5 W) for all BEESATs and 30 dBm (1 W) for TechnoSat using quarter-wave monopole antennas with toroidal radiation pattern.
On the data-link layer - as described by the OSI model - all BEESATs and TechnoSat make use of the Mobitex protocol. The modem chip used on BEESAT-1 to -4 is CML CMX909b . It includes scrambling and interleaving features and forward error correction is also performed internally.
The transport layer uses individual frame headers for addressing multiple satellites and for handling variable length messages. Additionally, backward error correction adds to data consistency and transmission safety when needed. Both protocol features are realized by the attached microcontroller of the on-board and groundstation TNC.
TUBIN will be launched in 2020 and use the same telemetry format as TechnoSat. Any changes in the format will be announced prior to launch, however the modulation and coding will not change and the same TNC/ gr-tools can be used as for BEESAT and TechnoSat.
Terminal Node Controller (TNC)
- © TU Berlin / P. Werner
Telecommand uplink and telemetry downlink always passes the terminal node controllers which are responsible for failure tolerant communication between the on-board computer and the groundstation's telemetry and telecommand server.
You may find a schematics of the TNC in the download section of this page for reference.
TUBiX10: Mission S-NET and SALSAT
The telemetry format description of TUBiX10 protocol, currently implemented in mission S-NET and SALSAT , can be download under "Files for Download ".
Submitting Telemetry Frames
The Chair of Space Technology operates a telemetry collector server to receive raw data frames via the Simple Downlink Share Convention (SiDS) . Frames can be submitted through the URL http://fachgebiet.rft.tu-berlin.de/ham/telemetry/send 
Files for Download
- BEESAT-1_Digipeater_Format ODS, 15 KB
- BEESAT-1_Telemetry_Format.pdf PDF, 92 KB
- BEESAT-2_Telemetry_Format.ods ODS, 36 KB
- BEESAT-3_Telemetry_Format.ods ODS, 22 KB
- BEESAT-4_Telemetry_Format.ods ODS, 69 KB
- BEESAT-9_Telemetry_Format.ods ODS, 62 KB
- BEESAT 10...13 Telemetry Format ODS, 21 KB
- TechnoSat_TUBIN_Telemetry_Format.ods ODS, 45 KB
- TUB-TNC-V1.6 PDF, 33 KB
- TUBIX10 3800 TN03 TM Frame 01 PDF, 622 KB
- TUBiX10 COM PDF, 1 MB
Modules: github.com/kappiman/beesat-sdr 
Also included in gr-satellites  repository by EA4GPZ
Telemetry Collector Server: fachgebiet.rft.tu-berlin.de/ham/telemetry/send 
Telemetry Decoders by DK3WN: www.dk3wn.info/p/?page_id=75524