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SSETI Express News Flash

Hi Everyone.

We have just heard from ESA that the launch date for SSETI Express and the
three cubesats UWE-1, Xi-V and NCube II has now been confirmed as Thursday
August 25th 2005 with the next day 26th as a back-up.

Pre-launch keps are expected to become available within the next few weeks
and will published as soon as possible.

The satellite has now completed all its pre-launch tests and is presently
back in the cleanroom where everything is having a final checkout and where
the cubesats are currently being "loaded"into their T-POD launchers.

Current plans show that the satellite will be packed and ready for despatch
to the launch site during the last week of June.

The webcam http://sseti.gte.tuwien.ac.at/WSW4/webcam.htm remains available
and other fotos and the integration logbook ( 27+MB) can be found at

SSETI Express will automatically downlink general telemetry at 9k6 on 70cms
and it will also be possible for radio amateurs to request specific
downloads. In addition it is planned that the 38k4 telemetry transmitter on
2.4GHz will also be available for amateur voice operation as a Mode U/S
transponder after initial tests on the satellite have been completed.

Fingers crossed!


Graham G3VZV
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