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ARRL Teachers Institute: Controlling a Robot from Orbit


This week, as part of the Teachers Institute hosted at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, teachers were shown a number of ways to use Amateur Radio to captivate students and spark their interests in technology.

Instructor Mark Spencer, WA8SME, demonstrated how it was possible to control the movement of a robot via data packets sent through the International Space Station (ISS) digipeater on 145.825 MHz.

The satellite station at W1AW tracked the ISS during a pass that began at 1642 UTC on July 10. W1AW received and decoded movement instructions sent by Matt Severin, N8MS, in Eau Claire, Michigan. The data was then transfered to the robot through a wireless UHF link.

Click here to watch the demonstration on the ARRL YouTube channel.



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