Getting started with satellite connectivity
We have a huge amount of respect for the developers, educators and enthusiasts who utilize our services for creative and often unique applications. We’re proud that we’ve helped hundreds of academic research projects and developers take their first steps connecting devices via satellite.
From using smart buoys to help contain oil spills, to launching high altitude balloons into space; sending autonomous boats across the oceans to piloting drones beyond visual line of sight – Ground Control’s reliable, robust, well-priced solutions make pole-to-pole connectivity possible.
Low cost, plug-and-play satellite modems
The RockBLOCK is compatible with Arduino, Windows, Mac and Linux computers, including Raspberry PI, and many other platforms with serial or USB ports. It connects users to the Iridium Low Earth Orbit satellite constellation, allowing coverage anywhere on Earth.
Why work with Ground Control for satellite connectivity?
Fully featured APIs
We make it easy for you to activate, suspend, deactivate and review billing information programmatically via your own system. Using our fully featured API, you can take full control of your devices and integrate them with your own platform.
Live tracking data
Cloudloop, our online platform, provides the facilities needed for you to efficiently manage your fleet, monitor alerts from devices, setup geo-fences to provide early warning if a device has gone inside/outside a certain area etc.
If you're testing a concept and / or only need a small number of devices and airtime, we've got you covered. We have a line rental and credits-based option which means your costs are completely transparent and can't exceed your limits.
From the home of the RockBLOCK in Southampton, UK, to our US headquarters in Atascadero, CA, wherever you are in the world, you'll be able to speak to one of our expert team to get the support you need for your project.
IoT data security is an increasingly hot topic, so it's good to know that you have several options with Ground Control to ensure your data is only accessed when authorized. Ranging from firewalls to VPNs to completely private networks.
You'll find plenty of people developing and sharing code around the RockBLOCK series of products, in addition to our own extensive developer docs. That means it's super simple to get your project satellite-enabled.
Get inspired by these creative projects
August 15, 2021
Epsom College and the Microtransat Challenge
Epsom College are competing in The Microtransat challenge and are trying to build a robot boat that can sail from England to America autonomously. It has been attempted approximately 25 times by Universities, Businesses and Individuals; however, it has never been completed.
November 12, 2019
Maker Buoy Populated Board
Ground Control Partner Maker Buoy has developed a new populated board to get people up and running using the RockBLOCK 9602/9603 quickly for offshore buoy telemetry applications.
August 3, 2021
Kraken – Ocean Drifter Buoy
‘Kraken’ is a project by Sutton Grammar School. The main concept behind the buoy is its primary use as an oil response system. The system is based around an oil response unit that aims to make it easier for oil companies to clean up spills quickly and effectively.
March 8, 2018
Balloon-Borne Imaging Telescope
Compensating for the many distorting kilometers of the Earth’s atmosphere is usually done by adaptive optics or by placing a telescope in orbit. But both solutions are notoriously expensive and difficult.
August 3, 2021
LOHAN – High-Altitude Rocket
LOHAN is a madcap project involving using a high-altitude balloon to launch a glider to the edge of space then have it released from the balloon and navigate itself down to a designated landing spot. The unit needed a way to communicate when out of normal GPRS coverage.
If you need any help...
If you prefer, you can purchase the Rock series of products directly via our website, and then register the device / purchase your airtime when you're ready; it's completely possible to self-serve.