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TMSAT Status

Today the TMSAT gravity gradient boom was deployed under an automatic sequence on board the spacecraft.  This was commanded from the Bangkok control station HS0AM.
Telemetry data from the deployment showed that the 6.2 meter boom deployed perfectly with less than 1.5 degrees of oscillation from vertical.  The satellite is now stabilised earth pointing and spinning at a rate of 0.6 degrees per second for thermal stabilisation.  The libration rate is currently 10 degrees and this is reducing as the attitude control task controls the stabilization process.

Over the next day or so the attitude will continue to be improved, and testing of spacecraft payloads will commence.

The satellite downlink is still only being used over Bangkok and Europe at this time.

Chris Jackson G7UPN / ZL2TPO
(HS0AM - Bangkok)
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