HSL Ground Station - 4X4HSC

The HSL's Ground Station for satellite communications is a radio facility built in a joint effort by the project's students and the Israeli Amateur Radio Club.

It is one of the only civilian/academic satellite ground stations in the country, and primarily serves the Duchifat series of satellites, and their accompanying educational project.

Within, there are two main transceivers – one, an HF capable transceiver hooked up to a massive 20m band yagi antenna which rises 15 meters above the ground – on the lab's roof; it is used for over-the-horizon earth communications.

The other transceiver is an all-band transceiver hooked up to a pair of VHF/UHF centered yagi antennas, capable of duplex transmission\reception (meaning it has the ability to listen in on one frequency and transmit on another at the same time – especially useful for communication satellites and transponder-carrying satellites) – which is primarily used for space communications with our in-house satellites – Duchifat-1 and HOOPOE, and for various weather and OSCAR satellites.

Additionally, a small electronics workshop is located in the station for the students' various needs within the project – scientific or educational.

Clean Room

The clean room in the Herzliya Science Centre is the optimal working space for building satellites and protecting their fragile components.

The clean room's temperature and humidity control system was built by project students. This system includes many sensors which measure the temperature and humidity of the clean room, then send the data to a "Raspberry Pi" computer which sends messages to the room operators when there is an abnormal reading.

In addition to the temperature and humidity control system, professional clean room air filters regulate the air flow into the room, keeping the minimal amount possible of contaminated particles in the room and an elevated air pressure.

Along with all this, the students built a "Softwall Clean Room" - a miniature tent within the clean room – which contains the satellite itself. The room was built entirely by students from the Herzliya Science Center and is operated by them till this day.