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INTREPID 300 3.0m radio telescope as ground station

For satellite communication

INTREPID 300 is the compact and affordable radio telescope to be used as ground station (by adding third party receiver or transceiver) that provides very good performance at a cost that is compatible with a satellite mission on budget. The INTREPID radio telescope is capable of supporting a wide range of missions with very high flexibility of operations, that can also be remotely controlled through the Web.

The radio telescope is composed of 3 meter mesh dish antenna and with support for S band feed. On top of the large dish, a dual band and high gain Yagi antenna is installed perfectly parallel to the main dish and it’s used for VHF and UHF bands. Antennas are installed on the high precision WP-100GS mount that is fixed on a concrete base provided by the customer. Special design of the mount with high-torque brushless motors, coupled with gear box, offers a perfect structure mechanical balance and a wind survival speed of 150 km/h.

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An affordable radio telescope with 3,0 meter diameter mesh dish antenna and high gain UHF/VHF Yagi antenna for satellite communication.

Thanks to specially developed technologies, Radio2Space radio telescopes can be to support spacecraft exploration and satellite missions in Earth orbit. The user is able to use this ground station to record telemetry data transmitted to Earth via radio signals from spacecraft or perform radio science by analyzing the signal emitted by spacecraft (by adding receivers or transceivers not included with INTREPID). Radio2Space radio telescopes have very precise mounts that allow accurate tracking of spacecraft, using high directivity antennas – this reduces background noise helping to detect faint signals from spacecraft. Radio telescopes are remotely operated to control antenna position, to detect even weaker signals.

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Much more than an amateur radio telescope.

The INTREPID 300 radio telescope does not use an amateur radio antenna rotator, but the WP-100GS waterproof computerized mount that we have specially designed and built to be more robust, precise and reliable. Equipped with automatic tracking and goto system controlled by the radio telescope software, it allows you to frame and track your target with great precision. The WP-100 mount has 100 Kg load capacity with very high precision pointing and tracking (encoders with a read resolution of 0,0015°). It can also be equipped with a special electronic security system (optional) which “parks” the antenna pointed at the Zenith (the vertical position) when the wind exceeds 50 Km/h, offering the lowest resistance to the wind where it is safely locked.

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INTREPID: Apollo 12 Lunar Module that landed on the Moon just 600 feet from the planned target (Surveyor 3 probe).

INTREPID radio telescopes are named in honor of the Lunar Module “Intrepid” that landed on the Moon during the Apollo 12 mission in November 1969. Astronauts were able to land the Lunar module in the Ocean of Storms just 600 feet from the planned target: the unmanned Surveyor 3 probe that previously landed on Moon surface on April 1967. Credits: NASA.

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