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 no control over this issue.

You may also contribute through a special “crowd sourcing” fund.  (We regret the extended delay.  The 24 hours we were expecting turned out to be closer to 24 days due to several interlocking bureaucracies.  We do appreciate your patience!) The “crown sourcing” fund is now open for donations.!

SHERPA-Q3-2015

Spaceflight Inc.’s SHERPA system with integrated cubesat dispensers

 

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 eoportal.org) 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, http://funcube.org.uk/, and http://amsat-uk.org/ 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: http://www.isispace.nl/HAM/qb50p.html

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

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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 http://www.zarya.info/Calendar.php and http://www.spaceflight101.com/dnepr-launch-updates—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
436.100
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.

UNISAT-6
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