UKube-1 with FUNcube-2 payload launched!

UKube-1, courtesy of Clyde Space

UKube-1, courtesy of Clyde Space

UKube-1 was successfully launched and deployed today from the Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat-M launch vehicle as a secondary payload. The launch took place as planned at 15:58 UTC from Baikonur in Kazakhstan. The primary payload was Russia’s Meteor-M2 weather satellite. Additional secondary payloads (according to included:

  • Baumanets-2, a technology microsatellite (~100 kg) of BMSTU (Bauman Moscow State Technical University)
  • Monika-Relek (or MKA-PN2), a Russian microsatellite (solar and magnetosphere research)
  • Venta-1 / V1-QSPnP1 (V1-QuadSat-PnP-1) the first nanosatellite (7.5 kg) project of Latvia built by LatSpace SIA of Ventspils.
  • TechDemoSat-1 of SSTL, UK with a mass of ~160 kg
  • DX-1 (Dauria Experimental-1) of Dauria Aerospace, Russia’s first private microsatellite with a mass of 22 kg.
  • SkySat-2 of Skybox Imaging Inc. of Mountain View, CA, USA, a commercial remote sensing microsatellite of ~100 kg.
  • AISSat-2, a nanosatellite with a mass of 6.5 kg of Norway.

UKube-1 is a 3U cubesat and carries a FUNcube educational beacon and linear transponder similar to AO-73 (FUNcube-1). Beacon signals were heard soon after launch by the UKube team at 19:16 UTC.

Frequencies in use by UKube-1 include:

  • 145.840 Primary telemetry downlink CW or 1k2-9k6 BPSK
  • 145.915 FUNcube-2 telemetry 1k2 BPSK
  • 145.930-145.950 FUNcube-2 transponder downlink, 435.080-435.060 uplink
  • 2401.0 S-band downlink (QPSK-OQPSK)
  • 437.425-437.525 myPocketQub spread spectrum

Transponder and data downlinks operation will be variable during checkout and early operations. Check ANS,, and for the most recent updates.


CubeSats QB50p1 and QB50p2 Awarded OSCAR Numbers

AMSAT-NA OSCAR number coordinator Bill Tynan, W3XO has announced that:

“I have received your request for OSCAR Numbers for CubeSats QB50p1 and QB50p2 and from everything I can determine these spacecraft meet all of the requirements necessary to receive OSCAR numbers. Therefore, by the authority vested in me by the AMSAT-NA President, I hereby confer the designation European OSCAR 79 to CubeSats QB50p1 and European OSCAR 80 to CubeSat CubeSats QB50p2. These designations can, of course, for convenience be shortened to EO-79 and EO-80. I, and the entire amateur satellite community, hope for successful missions for both EO-79 and EO-80 and congratulate AMSAT-NL and the ISIS team as well as  all who contributed to these new Amateur Radio satellites for their success in building, testing and launching these new OSCARs.”

On behalf of the AMSAT-NL Qb50p team, Wouter Weggelaar, PA3WEG replied:

“Thank you very much for awarding these OSCAR numbers. They underwrite the collaborative nature of the mission, the help of radio amateurs, and the importance of amateur radio to the CubeSat community. I am very proud to receive these numbers.  We anticipate the transponders to be activated about six months into the mission, and will update the AMSAT-BB on the activation and well being of the satellites.”

QB50 Precursor Mission Page:

EO-79 and EO-80 (Thanks to ISIS for the photo)

EO-79 and EO-80 (Thanks to ISIS for the photo)

Dnepr Launch with 37 satellites on June 19th


Dnepr Space Head Module, courtesy of ISIS Launch Services

ISC Kosmotras has launched another Dnepr from the Yasny facility in Russia. This launch carried an astounding 37 individual satellites to orbit, eclipsing the record set just last November by the previous Dnepr launch (including AMSAT-UK’s FunCube-1 aka AO-73). The Dnepr is a converted R-36M ICBM, now retasked to launch satellites instead of nuclear warheads. Launch was Thursday, June 19th, 2014 at 19:11:11 UTC.

While a complete listing of the satellites onboard can be found at and—2014-cluster-launch.html , we have compiled a list of the amateur and amateur related payloads below:

Satellite (Click Link) Downlink Mode Uplink Mode
ANTELSat 437.575 1k2 FSK/AFSK, SSTV 145.86
437.280 CW 145.xx
2403.000 500k GFSK/MSK
DTUSat-2 2401.835 1k2-38k4 MSK data 1268.9 9k6 CPFSK
 DUCHIFAT-1 145.980 1k2 BPSK or DSB voice 435.XXX
NanosatC-Br1 145.865 435.XXX
PACE 437.485 1k2 AFSK/CW
PolyITAN 437.675 1k2 AFSK/CW
POPSAT-HIP1 437.405 1k2-9k6 CCSDS
QB50p1 (FUNCube-3) 145.935-.965 transponder 435.035-.065 transponder
145.815 1k2 BPSK/CW
QB50p2 145.880 1k2 BPSK/CW
145.840 9k6 FSK
UniSat-6 437.425 9k6 GMSK 437.425 9k6 GMSK
BugSat-1 437.445 9k6 GMSK
Aurora-Tabletsat 435.550
437.050 D-STAR Parrot Repeater

The Unisat-6 team has published preliminary keps that should provide approximate tracking for the first few days at most. Be advised to listened before and after the pass times these keps predict.

1 00000U 00000    14169.02083330  .00000831  00000-0  10000-3 0 00009
2 00000 097.9760 063.7300 0060000 225.6000 206.7270 14.69750000000017

OSCAR Number for LituanicaSAT-1



In a message to the LituanicaSAT-1 team, AMSAT-NA OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO announced, “LituanicaSAT-1 has met all of the requirements for an OSCAR number. My findings from information provided to AMSAT-NA and IARU officials confirm this to be true. Accordingly, under the authority vested in me by the AMSAT-NA President, I do hereby assign LituanicaSAT-1 the designation LituanicaSAT OSCAR-78, or LO-78. I, and all of the amateur radio satellite community, wish LituanicaSAT OSCAR-78 a long and successful mission.”

On behalf of the LituanicaSAT-1 team, Simon Kareiva, LY2EN replied, “It is my honor and pleasure to accept this assignation. Our team is focused to keep LO-78 operational for the benefit of amateur radio as long, as it is possible for a small cubesat. Thank you very much, Simon LY2EN.”

The LituanicaSAT-1 team has announced activation of the FM transponder. A general rule to find out if the transponder is working at the moment is to monitor the beacon frequency on 437.275 MHz. If you can hear CW FM beacon it means that transponder is off, if you cannot hear it –  the transponder is on. The transponder frequencies are approximately 435.1755 MHz (+/- 10 kHz Doppler shift) for the downlink and 145.950 MHz for the uplink with 67 Hz CTCSS.

[ANS thanks Bill Tynan, W3XO, AMSAT-NA OSCAR Number Administrator for the above information]