MK05 TinyGS Kit

Regular price $250.00

Tax included.

We've developed a kit to support the LoRa community, wanting to build TinyGS ground stations. 

Build a ground station capable of receiving telemetry from currently 14+ active satellites. Become a valuable member of a network with 1000+ ground stations.
Based on the TinyGS ground station solution, you will build and “program” a stand-alone ground station. The software will auto-tune to a 70cm/±433MHz LoRa based satellite currently in a polar-orbit, allowing you to listen in everywhere on earth.

In the kit:

  • 1 x Extended core with ESP32 processor, SD card interface and LoRa connector
  • 1 x LoRa radio board (400 - 540 MHz)
  • 1 x USP power and programming interface
  • 1 x OLED display
  • 8 x 10 pin connectors

Not supplied with the kit, yet recommended:

Workshops:
CDW 2022 - To celebrate the launch of this kit, we'll be running in-person, hands-on workshops at the CubeSat Developers Workshop in late April 2022. 
Please book for these workshops at this link and receive a 25% discount on the kit. You'll receive your kit at the workshop to take home with you.

Virtual workshops - from May 2022 we'll be running monthly workshops for all kit owners to collaborate and access support from our technical team. This page is updated regularly with workshop dates.

Background:

Bjarke Gotfredsen issued a post in March 2022, here is the post:
I configured one of the extended cores with a LoRa radio in the 400-450 MHz range. I downloaded the firmware from https://tinygs.com/, did a few mods, and tested it with a duplicated setup with standard small dipole antenna. When I confirmed a test packet from the one to the other worked, I downloaded a 3D quadrifilar helicoidal antenna .scad file, calculated an antenna for 436MHz (using http://jcoppens.com/ant/qfh/calc.en.php), and spent 18 hours printing the antenna in the picture. Added some wire to the groves, found an unused antenna cable and got it connected to the LoRa radios U.Fl/Ipex antenna connector. Waited overnight to get some sats flying over and got my first packets a few hours ago. Notice the 800 miles distance in the screen shot. I have ordered another antenna from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B086YV2QLS. Follow my ground station here https://tinygs.com/station/Domino4@1739593222. Don't worry about the black chips in the picture, they are just prototypes of our white production chips. This TinyGS project is a fun way of engaging the space community, especially where I am sitting at the end of the world. We have a close relationship with the South African Space Agency, and they have previously installed our xChips for a weather station on Antartica. We plan to get one of these TinyGS ground stations to Antartica, when they go back next summer in November. If you are interested, I will be updating https://github.com/domino4com/TinyGS as I go along.