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SETTI Express launch date

Hi all,

  The following was in the weekly news from RSGB:

The script of the weekly GB2RS News
Sunday 5 June 2005
SSETI Express Launch Date Announced 
The launch date for SSETI Express and three ‘cubesats’ has now been confirmed as 25 August, with the next day, the 26th, as a back-up. The satellite has now completed all its pre-launch tests and is presently back in the clean room where everything is having a final checkout and where the cubesats are being loaded into their launchers. Current plans show that the satellite will be packed and ready for despatch to the launch site during the last week of June. SSETI Express will automatically downlink general telemetry at 9K6 on 70cm and it will also be possible for amateurs to request specific downloads. 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. AMSAT-UK provided the 2.4GHz transmitter for the satellite and a presentation on SSETI Express will be given at the AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium to be held from 29 to 31 July at the Univ!
 ersity of Surrey in Guildford. All amateurs and SWLs are welcome to attend. 

   A couple more satellites are on the way!


Edward Collins
Dayton AMSAT Hamvention Coordinator
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