Quickstart: Configure a contact profile

Configure a contact profile with Azure Orbital to save and reuse contact configurations. It's required before scheduling a contact to ingest data from a satellite into Azure.


Sign in to Azure

Sign in to the Azure portal - Orbital.

Create a contact profile resource

  1. In the Azure portal search box, enter Contact profile. Select Contact profile in the search results.

  2. In the Contact profile page, select Create.

  3. In Create contact profile resource, enter or select this information in the Basics tab:

    Field Value
    Subscription Select your subscription
    Resource group Select your resource group
    Name Enter contact profile name. Specify the antenna provider and mission information here. Like Microsoft_Aqua_Uplink+Downlink_1
    Region Select a region
    Minimum viable contact duration Define the minimum duration of the contact as a prerequisite to show you available time slots to communicate with your spacecraft. If an available time window is less than this time, it won't show in the list of available options. Provide minimum contact duration in ISO 8601 format. Like PT1M
    Minimum elevation Define minimum elevation of the contact, after acquisition of signal (AOS), as a prerequisite to show you available time slots to communicate with your spacecraft. Using higher value can reduce the duration of the contact. Provide minimum viable elevation in decimal degrees.
    Auto track configuration Select the frequency band to be used for autotracking during the contact. X band, S band, or Disabled.
    Event Hubs Namespace Select an Event Hubs Namespace to which you'll send telemetry data of your contacts. Select a Subscription before you can select an Event Hubs Namespace.
    Event Hubs Instance Select an Event Hubs Instance that belongs to the previously selected Namespace. This field will only appear if an Event Hubs Namespace is selected first.

    Contact Profile Resource Page

  4. Select the Links tab, or select the Next: Links button at the bottom of the page.

  5. In the Links page, select Add new Link

  6. In the Add Link page, enter, or select this information per link direction:

    Field Value
    Direction Select the link direction
    Gain/Temperature (Downlink only) Enter the gain to noise temperature in db/K
    EIRP in dBW (Uplink only) Enter the effective isotropic radiated power in dBW
    Center Frequency Enter the center frequency in MHz
    Bandwidth MHz Enter the bandwidth in MHz
    Polarization Select RHCP, LHCP, Dual, or Linear Vertical
    Endpoint name Enter the name of the data delivery endpoint
    IP Address Specify the IP Address for data retrieval/delivery
    Port Specify the Port for data retrieval/delivery
    Protocol Select TCP or UDP protocol for data retrieval/delivery
    Demodulation Configuration (Downlink only) Refer to configure the modem chain for options.
    Decoding Configuration (Downlink only) If applicable, paste your decoding configuration
    Modulation Configuration (Uplink only) Refer to configure the modem chain for options.
    Encoding Configuration (Uplink only) If applicable, paste your encoding configuration

    Contact Profile Links Page

  7. Select the Submit button

  8. Select the Review + create tab or select the Review + create button

  9. Select the Create button

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