AMSAT-OSCAR 16 aka PACSAT
NASA Catalog Number:
January 22, 1990
Kourou, French Guiana
Sun-Synchronous near-Polar LEO (Low Earth Orbit)
226 x 226 x 223 mm
Digital Transponder - Mode JD
- 1200 bps AX.25 protocol store-and-forward PACSAT Protocol Suite communications system.
- Dedicated Store-and-Forward File Server
- Whole Orbit Data (WDO) Collection
- Digital Repeater (Digipeater)
- Very Similar in construction and operation to LO-19, IO-26, and MO-30.
- 1200 bps Manchester FSK Uplinks:
- 145.900 MHz
- 145.920 MHz
- 145.940 MHz
- 145.960 MHz
- 1200 bps BPSK Downlinks:
- 437.051 MHz
- 437.026 MHz
- 2401.143 MHz
For a description of AO-16, read John Magliacane's, KD2BD, Spotlight On: The Microsats
originally published in The AMSAT Journal.
Telemetry decoding programs are available from the AMSAT anonymous ftp server. Here is a listing of Microsat Programs.
Harold Price, NK6K, has compiled a history of the Microsat program, complete with photographs.
- D. Conners, "The PACSAT Project,"ARRL Amateur Radio Second Computer Networking Conference, pp. 1-3, March 19, 1983.
- T. Clark, "AMSAT's Microsat/Pacsat Program,"Proceedings of the AMSAT-NA Sixth Space Symposium, Atlanta, GA, pp. 41-47, Nov 1988, ARRL.
- L. Johnson and C. Green, "Microsat Project - Flight CPU Hardware,"Proceedings of the AMSAT-NA Sixth Space Symposium, Atlanta, GA, pp. 104-106, Nov 1988, ARRL.
- H. Price and R. McGwier, "PACSAT Software,"Proceedings of the AMSAT-NA Sixth Space Symposium, Atlanta, GA, pp. 145-149, Nov 1988, ARRL.
- T. Clark, C. Duncan, J. King, B. McGwier, "The First Flock of Microsats,"The AMSAT Journal, May 1989, pp 3-10.
- D. Loughmiller and B. McGwier, "Microsat: The Next Generation of OSCAR Satellites," Part 1,QST, May 1989, pp 37-40; Part 2,QST, Jun 1989, pp 53-54.
- Doug Loughmiller, "Successful OSCAR Launch Ushers in the 90's,"QST, Apr 1990, p. 52.
- Six for the Price of One - Part I,"The AMSAT Journal, Vol. 13, No. 1, Mar 1990, p. 1; Part II:The AMSAT Journal, Vol. 13, No. 2, May 1990, p. 1.
- John A. Magliacane, "Spotlight On: The Microsats,"The AMSAT Journal, Vol. 15, No. 4, Sep/Oct 1992
- Martin Davidoff,The Satellite Experimenter's Handbook, 2nd edition, The American Radio Relay League, Newington, CT., 1990.
- Mike Crisler,PACSAT Beginner's Guide, AMSAT.
Last update May 31, 2003 - N7HPR