The best space projects in the Hackster community

The best space projects in the Hackster community

Geeks love space like stars love hydrogen so December is Space Month here at Hackster. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up the best Space themed projects From our community in this cozy list for your enjoyment and inspiration.


Access to space is difficult, however seek In space is easy with the right tools (or good eyes). The $100 entry level telescope is enough to get a good view of the Moon and even look at other planets. But you can get better views more easily with powerful computer-controlled telescopes.

rDUINOScope is a “GoTo” motorized telescope mount and control system. Based on Arduino Dio The development board, uses a real-time clock and a GPS unit to determine which prominent celestial bodies are heard and which direction to aim to see them. Use the LCD touch screen to select an object and the telescope will point at it automatically. This works with a whole lot of “dumb” telescopes, so you can probably use it with any model you already own.

Small radio telescope

When most people here talk about the word “telescope,” they think of a Visual telescope. But this is just one type of telescope and there is much more to see in the sky than there is in the visible light spectrum. Radio waves are on the same electromagnetic spectrum as visible light waves, but we usually can’t see them. This is a compact and affordable radio telescope Provides a picture of radio waves in the sky.

The main components of this project include a Raspberry Pi Single board computer, satellite finder, mini satellite dish, Arduino Nano, and 2 stepper motors. Because a satellite dish is small, it cannot pick up radio signals coming from deep space. But he can see the radio waves coming from the satellites in orbit. Using stepper motors to scan the sky, he can create an image of satellite radio signals.

Compass for astronomers

If you’re on a tight budget, you don’t need a fancy motorized telescope mount. You can do things the old-fashioned way by manually aiming the telescope. But to do that, you’ll need to know your location on Earth and set your telescope accordingly in order to follow astrological charts. This electronic compass It helps you achieve this and it doesn’t even require a GPS.

This unit operates using centuries-old principles from long before the invention of GPS systems. depends on it arduino nano and an electronic compass unit for finding magnetic north and everything from there is just math – don’t worry, the device guides you through the math and does the actual math. It helps you set up your telescope so that you can find the celestial bodies visible in one hemisphere at a given time. The 3D printing The case is sturdy and small enough to carry with you to the next star party.

FPGA-based astronomy

Many of the raw images taken by optical and radio telescopes look little more than an empty square. But the sensors can capture data that, with the right processing, can turn those images into something amazing. Almost every deep space image I’ve seen requires extensive post-capture processing to separate important data from noise. This project uses an FPGA pipeline To collect as much data as possible from a low-cost image sensor, so that the data can be processed to see distant celestial bodies.

Adam Taylor started this project specifically to try and capture NEOWISE, a comet that was visible to the naked eye at the time it passed perihelion in 2020. But this project is useful for many other astronomical observations. Uses Avnet MicroZed FPGA development board and the Embedded Vision Kit, with a custom configuration written by Taylor to pull data from the OnSemi 1300 image sensor. While Taylor was unable to capture NEOWISE due to poor visibility conditions in his area, his work should be useful to many amateur astronomers.

SpaceX-inspired EDF rocket

Some people want to do more than just look into space – they actually want to visit space. Unless you’re a billionaire, this is probably a long way off. But you can at least replicate SpaceX’s work on a small scale by Build this model rocket capable of VTOL (VTOL) thanks to thrust steering just like the real deal.

This model rocket does not use combustion for propulsion, but rather an EDF (Electric Ducted Fan) engine. Like a real SpaceX rocket engine, it only provides thrust in one direction. Staying upright during takeoff and landing is due to a very precise reorientation of this direction. This form is used a Pixhawk 4 Flight controller to monitor direction and servo motors to actuate the blade to guide direction. As a bonus, the Arduino Nano controls the retractable landing gear.

As you can see in the video, it comes very close to landing successfully. On one attempt, it appears it would have landed if the landing gear had been wider. Even as it is, this is a pretty cool project. We are sure others can improve this work to make it more reliable.

SMRT: Sensor-based missile telemetry

If you don’t care about trying to replicate SpaceX’s VTOL capability, you can reach extreme heights with conventional rockets. But how will you objectively know what height your rocket can reach? This is where SMRT can help.

SMRT is a telemetry recording device For rocket model based The electron particle Development board and Infineon Sensor Hub Nano. It mainly makes use of the latest DPS310 digital barometric pressure sensor to determine altitude. The Electron records altitude readings and then displays them on an easily accessible graph on a smartphone via Bluetooth. Simply launch your rocket, recover it, and then use your smartphone to look at the graph and see how high your rocket goes!

LoRa satellite ground station

The projects we’ve covered so far haven’t exactly had practical applications, but this project is different. It is a ground station that serves as a gateway for LoRa satellites, which expands LoRa networks into space at least on a limited level. It will not allow you to send LoRa data via satellite, but instead receive telemetry data.

This makes use of the satellites of the TinyGS project and these devices can join their network of ground stations. The important component is Heltec ESP32 Lora Development Board. Other than that, it requires strength and a case that can withstand the elements. An external antenna improves reception. If you want to help improve LoRa networks, this is a great project.

Iridium satellite communications with Arduino

If you actually want to send data via satellite, This is what you were looking for. It is ideal for transmitting sensor data from remote locations that do not have cellular coverage. It will require an expensive RockBLOCK 9602 satellite modem, a Rock Seven subscription, and paid data transfer, but sometimes there is no other option.

The rest of the hardware will depend on what you want to achieve. demonstration is usedn Adafruit Ultimate GPS BreakoutAnd the a SparkFun SAMD21 Mini Breakout A development board and a small OLED display. This provides a good base from which to add sensors to collect any data you want to transmit. While this isn’t cheap, it’s great for amateurs to use satellites in space for their projects.

Receive earth images from satellites with TV tuner

If you are the more economical type and still want to play with real satellites, You can intercept satellite signals It is already transferred to your sites. There are thousands of satellites in orbit now, many of which transmit data that is accessible to anyone with the hardware to receive it. As this project demonstrates, you can even receive live images of the Earth captured by satellites.

The best thing about this project is that it is very affordable, since almost everything is done in software. All you need is an SDR (Software Defined Radio) tuner and a length of wire to act as the antenna. Connect the tuner to your computer and install the software required to start receiving satellite signals. Many of these signals are, of course, encrypted. But many of them are open for your enjoyment.

Simple Kerbal Space Program Arduino Leonardo Controller

Moving on to pure fun, we have this Custom control for Kerbal Space Program (KSP). while outwardly video gameCritics and physicists praise KSP for its precise orbital mechanics. This is probably the closest any of us will get to running our own space program and launching rockets into space.

You can play KSP with keyboard and mouse or a traditional gamepad, but this DIY controller will make the experience even more immersive. depends on it Arduino LeonardoThe ability to act as a USB HID (Human Interface Device), so any computer you plug it into will think it’s a USB keyboard. You can use the same button/switch layout shown here, or get creative and develop your own.

Spaceship dashboard game

Most of us became interested in space when we were children And a great way to foster this interest in the new generation is to build something like this. Designed by Andrew Gross and Jonathan Gross The dashboard of this spaceship to their four-year-old niece who was just getting started in space. The cool thing about this is that it integrates really well into any cardboard box based spacecraft kids might build.

This device is all about play, which means it doesn’t need to accomplish anything other than stimulate the imagination. It contains buttons, knobs and switches to press with corresponding effects. The killer feature is the ability to receive video messages, so uncles can send their niece “space missions.” This is possible because the Raspberry Pi SBC is at the heart of the project.

We can’t provide proof, but we sure do our Our uncles built one of these when we were kids and then we’re going to be astronauts now.

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