Putting satnogs station to work

If I want my station to work at full capacity do I need to install autoscheduler on my RPI or can I just target utilization to some value and others will be able to schedule observations? I’ve tested if it returns any usable signal and I just want it to do some work before I figure out how to upgrade it.

Right now I schedule and flag stuff manually. Of course if someone could vet my classifications that would be awesome as well, I’m trying my best when comparing to other classifications and reading documentation examples.


My station makes about 1,500 observations per month (50 observations per day on average).

Of these, about 66% are run by my own auto scheduler task.

My task cron job looks like this:

*/15 *  * * * ~/satnogs-auto-scheduler/schedule_single_station.py -s 1272 -d 0.3 -m 80

Every 15 minutes, the auto scheduler adds observations for the next 20 minutes (0.3 hours). This way, my station is always available to anyone who plans their observation at least 20 minutes in advance (which most people do), but unused time is filled with observations whenever possible.

So far my station has uploaded a bit more than 500 GB of IQ files to Dropbox.


Thanks I’m now trying it out only added

~/satnogs-auto-scheduler/env/bin/python before script name since I had it installed in virtual env. Those IQ files is the raw data collected by the station right? Is it also stored somewhere on station premises or in cloud?

wav.xz - so they are simply xz-compressed wav files containing raw data? Nice, I’ll need to dig into that - I have more background in image processing of astronomical data, but this looks sweet.

Yes, the raw data. They are uploaded from the ramdisk on the station to Dropbox and deleted locally to make room for the next observation. I decided to compress them before upload because that saves quite a lot of space. More details in Uploading compressed IQ files to Dropbox (or any other cloud storage provider)

Also take a look at this addon for using gr-satellites with SatNOGS. Then you will be able to decode more satellites: