What is MetaSat?
MetaSat is an open, collaboratively developed metadata schema that anyone can use to document small satellite missions. The on-going development of MetaSat is led by the Wolbach Library in collaboration with the Libre Space Foundation and NASA’s Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute.
The in-development MetaSat schema will initially be piloted by the Libre Space Foundation on their platform SatNOGS and incorporated into various NASA systems for small satellites.
MetaSat and the Space Library
MetaSat is part of the Space Library, an initiative led by the staff at Wolbach Library to develop projects that both help new communities participate in satellite missions, and engender public engagement in space science. The Space Library currently has as two projects underway: MetaSat and LSTN, the Library Space Technology Network.
Library Space Technology Network (LSTN)
To engage novices with the MetaSat schema and satellite infrastructure, and for them to assess their capacity to use these technologies, we are installing open satellite ground stations at five public libraries. Installing ground stations in different library settings will enable our team to test the MetaSat schema’s ability to capture the full mission lifecycle from the perspective of novice participants in the ground station network and supplement feedback from people already participating in small satellite missions. These five libraries will be the first participants in LSTN. We plan to expand LSTN and develop educational resources to support libraries participating in LSTN pending the success of our pilot.