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SSETI-ESEO Launch Date



SSETI-ESEO Launch Date

The launch date for SSETI-ESEO, the ESA led student satellite project intended
for Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO), has been delayed by approximately one
year. It had originally been hoped that this satellite would be a secondary
payload on Arianespace launch from Kourou in late Nov 2008 but it now seems
that the expected secondary payload opportunity will not be available.

Although this delay is regrettable it will give the various teams much needed
extra time to finalise and test their systems.

A BBM - "Breadboard model" of the satellite systems and payloads is being
produced at the ESTEC facility in the Netherlands for testing purposes. This
will commence operations during this summer.

Work continues to develop the AMSAT-UK communications package that is planned
to provide a 435 to 2400 MHz (Mode U/S) linear transponder using both analogue
and DSP based systems. It will additionally downlink telemetry at 400 bps and
provide command and ranging facilities.

Full details of the project are available at http://www.uk.amsat.org/ click on
"News Archive" and then "SSETI".

There will be a presentation on SSETI-ESEO at the AMSAT-UK International Space
Colloquium which is being held at the University of Surrey, Guildford, England
from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd July. 

This event is open to all Amateurs and SWL's and there will be a special
beginners session aimed at newcomers to the exciting world on Amateur Satellite
operating. For further information see http://www.uk.amsat.org/colloquium 

AMSAT-UK produces a newsletter Oscar News packed full of Amateur Satellite
information. For membership details contact the secretary Jim Heck G3WGM
Tel: +44 (0)1258 453959
Email: g3wgm@amsat.org 
Website: http://www.uk.amsat.org/ 






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