Connecting Students with Space

The GENSO project features in an article in the February 2012 edition of the free magazine ESA Bulletin.

GENSO is a worldwide network of education and amateur radio ground stations linked together via the internet.

Student satellite teams can normally only gather around 20 minutes of data per day from their satellite using their own ground station. GENSO will give them free access to potentially hundreds of stations around the globe and increase their data return to many hours per day. It will also allow them to command their spacecraft from the other side of the world.

A team from AMSAT-UK supported this project by developing a standard ground station specification together with a full set of software drivers for the different hardware items.

The software development was carried out in a cooperative effort of students and radio amateurs worldwide.

The 2008 AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium featured a demonstration and presentations on GENSO.

The five page article starts on page 39 and the amateur radio stations of Graham Shirville G3VZV, Dave Johnson G4DPZ and David Mynatt KA0SWT get a brief mention on page 43. Read the ESA Bulletin online at

AMSAT-UK and ESA co-operation on GENSO