AMSAT-NA Announces New Fox Satellite Launch in 2015

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Fox-1C

AMSAT is excited to announce a launch opportunity for the Fox-1C Cubesat. AMSAT has teamed with Spaceflight Inc. for integration and launch utilizing Spaceflight’s SHERPA system to a sun-synchronous orbit in the third quarter of 2015.

Fox-1C is the third of four Fox-1 series satellites under development, with Fox-1A and RadFXsat/Fox-1B launching through the NASA ELANA program. Fox-1C will carry an FM repeater system for amateur radio use by radio hams and listeners worldwide. Further details on the satellite and launch will be made available as soon as released.

AMSAT has an immediate need to raise funds to cover both the launch contract and additional materials for construction and testing for Fox-1C. We have set a fundraising goal of $125,000 to cover these expenses over the next 12 months, and allow us to continue to keep amateur radio in space.

Donations may be made through the AMSAT webpage at www.amsat.org, by calling (888) 322-6728 or by mail to the AMSAT office at 10605 Concord Street, Kensington, MD 20895, USA. Please consider a recurring, club, or corporate donation to maximize our chance of success with this mission. Also watch our website at www.amsat.org, follow us on Twitter at “AMSAT“, or on Facebook as “The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation” for continuing news and opportunities for support. AMSAT is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and donations may be tax-deductible.

You may donate here via PayPal.  Donations will be marked specifically for Fox-1C.  Note that PayPal usually allows you to donate with a credit card, even if you do not have a PayPal account.  However, PayPal requirements differ depending on your country.  We have not control over this issue.

You may also contribute through a special “crowd sourcing” fund.

SHERPA-Q3-2015

Spaceflight Inc.’s SHERPA system with integrated cubesat dispensers

 

2014 Symposium Commemorative Shirts Available for Order

2014 Annual Symposium

2014 Annual Symposium Logo

This year AMSAT will again have the popular commemorative polo shirts featuring the 2014 Symposium logo.  These shirts will not be available through the AMSAT Store.  Orders must be received by 10 September in order to have them available at the Symposium.

You may download the order form.

2014 AMSAT Symposium Commemorative Shirt Order.

Note that the order form shows the logo from last year.  These shirts will have the new 2014 logo shown above.  The lettering will be white on blue shirts, blue on white shirts, with the red number on both.

Fox-1A Engineering Unit Testing Videos

A couple of short videos showing some of the Fox-1A Engineering Unit testing are now on YouTube.  Each video is a time-lapse condensation of a segment of testing, to give you a look at some of what is going on.  More videos will be added as Fox-1A moves forward.

A 2 1/2 minute video showing about 25 minutes of testing.

A 3 minute video showing about 30 minutes of testing.

Fox-1 Engineering Unit Back on Test Bench

After a couple of weeks of tweaks and upgrades, the Fox-1 Engineering Unit is back on the test bench in AMSAT VP Engineering NØJY’s shack on July 22, 2014.

A full suite of tests are being performed including on the air use of the transponder. Fox-1 Team members participate in the testing via GoToMeeting and a PTZ IP camera in the NØJY shack, from their homes throughout the U.S.A.

You can read more about the Fox-1 testing process in the July/August 2014 edition of the AMSAT Journal.

Fox-1 Engineering Unit

Fox-1 Engineering Unit

Fox-1 in the Sun

Fox-1 prepares to catch some rays. Just pull the RBF pin!

Fox-1 EU transponder on the air

Fox-1 EU transponder on the air connected to N0JY’s attic antennas. Local hams in Granbury and Hood County TX help with QSOs and signal reports.