Satellite Overview


Project DaVinci's mission is to light up minds around the world using a satellite that anyone can use. The satellite will be a 3U, or three unit, satellite that is 4”x4”x12”. This satellite will have the standard capability to communicate with a ground station and any receiver kits tuned to receive the correct frequency. The satellite will also be blazing the trail for internet in space with the first satellite to satellite internet communication using GlobalStar. Project DaVinci’s satellite will have the added capability to take pictures and send them back to the ground station where the team will upload them to this website for public use.

Radio Frequency Communication

From the Project DaVinci ground station, the team can control messages sent and received to and from the satellite. The team is partnering with schools around the world and, using a radio receiver dongle (left), students can receive messages and informational packets from our satellite. Using specific frequencies such as 145.1 MHz (uplink) and 436.5 MHz (downlink), the team can upload information to the satellite and those with a receiver dongle can receive the information and decipher it. This information will include the “health” of the satellite as well as an inspirational message to students encouraging them to pursue their dreams in STEM related fields.

Morse Code

Messages received will be in Morse code requiring students to download a translating app or to translate it themselves. The satellite’s radio frequency pings will sound similar to the pings transmitted by Sputnik in the 1950s. These pings will be messages in the form of long and short tones that make up letters in Morse Code. The messages will be set by the Project DaVinci Team at their ground station and will repeat continuously as the satellite circles the earth.

GlobalStar: Internet in Space

What if you could tweet from SPACE! The Project DaVinci satellite will allow you to accomplish that and more. The team has partnered with GlobalStar, a subscription based internet service that uses satellites to allow users to access the internet nearly everywhere on Earth. The Project DaVinci satellite will be doing something very different though- it will be connecting with GlobalStar is space! Project Davinci is the first group to have a satellite connect with the GlobalStar Satellite in Space. This is a satellite to satellite connection instead of the standard satellite to ground connection. With this internet connection in space, Project DaVinci’s satellite will tackle the first Bitcoin transaction in space, and bring space to the general public by allowing users to upload social media while the satellite is in orbit.

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