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Re: PICPOT Power!

Hello Bill.
Looks like we all missed that satellite although it is detailed on the  IARU 
list showing an original launch date of March 2006.
    Supporting Organisation  Politecnico di Torino   Contact Person   
dante.delcorso@polito.it.no.spam  Headline Details: A  picosat scheduled for an March 
2006 DNEPR launch into a 700km 98 deg  inclination orbit. Intends to take 
pictures and communicate on UHF and S  band at 9k6 AX25 using "FSK and GFSK 
modulation.The coordinated  frequenices are UHF:437,445 MHz and S Band 2440.00 MHz  
 Applications Date:  11/03/2005  Freq coordination completed on 28/12/2005
It's really nice to see those hi res pictures on the site but looking at  the 
solar cells its highly unlikely that it could produce anywhere near 1W  
output unless it runs a negative power budget and is only switched on over  Italy.  
It looks like it has 2 cells per side with none on the axis that holds the  
camera and helix. If the cells are similar to the Tecstar ones then it's  
possible to roughly estimate the power budget.  The Tecstar cells are  
characterised with a load of 337mA and typically produce between 1.6 and 2.54V.  If we 
take 2.0 as a working value, then we get 1350mW per side.
If there are 2 sides illuminated then it has 2.7W (ish) of DC input.
For a 'cubesat' it looks really robust!  But I hope they've put enough  
Kapton on it. - There is a lot of exposed aluminium remaining which will get  very 
Fingers crossed.  - Time to dust off my 'Arsene'  2450 down  converter.
David   G0MRF
In a message dated 23/07/2006 00:50:11 GMT Standard Time,  
bill@hsmicrowave.com writes:

It does  appear after reading the info on their web site that the U and S
band  downlinks will be running 1 watt output. The 437.485 MHz signal goes to
a  helix which would appear to have decent gain so I'm not sure if they  are
taking about 1 watt ERP or 1 watt into the antenna.

The S band  output goes to what amounts to a patch antenna, also with some
gain. So  same question there.

In any event, the satellite should offer a "large"  U and S band signal
(albiet 9600 baud noise) to monitor.

Good luck  to all on this upcoming launch. We'll have a bunch of new signals
to track  and monitor.

Regards...Bill - N6GHz
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