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SUNSAT DELAYED NOW 15 JAN 1998



DELAYED BY 24 HOURS launch coverage now 15 January 1999
10:00 ­ 11:30 UTC

SUNSAT LAUNCH TO  BE COVERED LIVE ON SHORTWAVE

South Africa’s first satellite, SUNSAT, will be launched on 15 January
from van den Berg Airforce Base. Live coverage will be broadcast by
ZS6SRL on short-wave and various Amateur Frequencies, The short-wave
broadcast will run from 10:00 UTC till 11:30  on the following
frequencies:
31 metreband     9525 kHz  100 kW Omni Directional antenna
16 metreband    17870 kHz   250 kW beamed 19 degrees
13 metreband  21530 kHz   500 kW beamed 340 degrees

SUNSAT was built by students at the University of Stellenbosch  who have
done the detailed design and software development while system level
design was carried out by lecturers, some of whom have studied at the
Universities of Surrey, Stanford and MIT


SUNSAT has several payloads with two of the  focus areas on Amateur
Radio and School Science projects. In addition SUNSAT will carry  NASA
experiments and an experimental pushbroom imager.


The transmission will carry back ground interviews  and live coverage
from the launch site.

QSL to SARL P O BOX 1942 Hillcrest 3650 South Africa. Email to
sarlnews@intekom.co.za





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