FUNCube-1 now AO-73, transponder operational during eclipse

FUNCube-1 has applied for and been granted AMSAT Oscar 73 (AO-73). Congratulations to AMSAT-NL and AMSAT-UK!

After a brief periood of testing, AO-73 has been switched to autonomous mode, where the educational beacon runs at 300mw while the spacecraft is illuminated. During eclipse, the beacon runs at low power, and the mode U/V transponder is activated. (If any part of the footprint of the satellite includes a sunlit area, the satellite is illuminated. When the entire footprint is dark, the satellite is eclipsed)

Reports are in that many QSOs have been made, with generally strong signals. It should be noted that until Keplerian elements stabilize, full Doppler CAT tuning may not be very successful. When tuning manually the convention is to tune the higher of the two frequencies, in this case the uplink.

Frequencies are as follows:

• 145.935 MHz BPSK Telemetry 30 or 300 mW

• Inverting SSB/CW transponder 300 mW PEP

– 435.150 – 435.130 MHz Uplink (reports indicate this has shifted~10kHz higher)

– 145.950 – 145.970 MHz Downlink

Video of AO-73 transponder over Europe

Amateur Radio Satellites Ready to Fly on Dnepr Launch Nov 21

UPDATE: LAUNCH SUCCESSFUL!

Signals heard from Funcube-1 and Triton-1 on first pass over EU.

A Russian Dnepr rocket is set to launch on November 21 at 07:10:11 UTC from Dombarovsky near Yasny. This launch is expected to deploy 32 satellites, many of which are amateur radio or experimental using amateur radio frequencies.

Nader, ST2NH has developed graphics depicting the known satellites on the launch, as well as published frequencies of those using amateur radio. Nader’s blog can be found at http://st2nh-blogger.blogspot.co.uk/

A full list of known payloads can be found at http://www.zarya.info/blog/?p=1745

ST2NH

list

Several of these satellites are expected to provide opportunities for two-way amateur communications via linear transponders, FM to DSB repeaters, or digital links.

FUNcube-1 from AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NL is a 1U cubesat that includes an educational beacon and 20 kHz wide linear transponder. Detailed info is at: http://funcube.org.uk/ and http://amsat-uk.org/funcube/funcube-cubesat/

 Preliminary keps:

FUNCUBE-1
1 99991U 00000    13325.30956308  .00000106  00000-0  10000-3 0 00010
2 99991 097.7956 038.2570 0059925 198.5190 336.5388 14.77841394000015funcube
Delfi-n3Xt is a 3U cubesat from Delft University of Technology that includes a 40kHz wide linear transponder and high speed S-band downlink. Detailed info may be found at http://www.delfispace.nl/index.php/delfi-n3xt

delfi-next__1Triton-1 is a 3U cubesat from ISIS-BV (Innovative Solutions In Space BV) with a AIS (ship location service) radio science experiment. After the experiment is complete (est. 3 months), the spacecraft radios will be reconfigured to U/V FM to DSB (“AO-16 mode”) repeaters open for amateur use. More info is at http://www.isispace.nl/cms/index.php/projects/triton-missions and http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=224SCubeBug-2 is a 2U cubesat from the Argentinian Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, INVAPS.E., Satellogic S.A., and Radio Club Bariloche
It is a technology demonstration mission, with digipeater and data downloads open after initial experiments. See http://2.cubebug.org/ and http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=310

CubeBUG-2_SatelliteAdditional launch information will be added as it becomes available.

NASA ELaNa-4 Cubesats Set to Launch Nov 19 with ORS-3 Minotaur from Wallops, VA

NASA ELaNa-4
NASA ELaNa-4

LAUNCHED!

Eleven cubesats from NASA’s ELaNa Educational Launch of Nanosatellites program are set to launch on the ORS-3 mission on a US Air Force Minotaur-1 from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Launch is currently scheduled for 2330 UTC on November 19, 2013, with a target orbit of 500km circular, and 40.5 degree inclination.

Cubesat.org recently published a list of those satellites in the amateur service, or those using amateur frequencies under an experimental license. The list includes frequencies, modulation, beacon periods, and links to the individual project web pages, and can be found at http://cubesat.org/index.php/missions/upcoming-launches/135-ors3-launch-alert

Up to the minute launch data can be found at Spaceflight Now’s web site at http://www.spaceflightnow.com/minotaur/ors3/status.html

Real time discussion regarding the launch can be found via IRC, with details posted at http://www.cubesat.org/index.php/collaborate/ground-operators

UPDATE

Preliminary Keplerian elements have been released; refer to http://cubesat.org/index.php/missions/upcoming-launches/135-ors3-launch-alert for P-POD order assignments.

ORS3-2.2A
1 99900U 00000 13324.06792882 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 0005
2 99900 40.5215 249.9769 0002852 187.8940 351.5057 15.19723466000006
ORS3-2.3A
1 99901U 00000 13324.06827604 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 0007
2 99901 40.5215 249.9769 0002954 196.7779 344.5267 15.19722048000009
ORS3-2.3B
1 99902U 00000 13324.06827604 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 0008
2 99902 40.5215 249.9769 0002954 196.7779 344.5267 15.19722048000000
ORS3-2.3C
1 99903U 00000 13324.06827604 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 0009
2 99903 40.5215 249.9769 0002954 196.7779 344.5267 15.19722048000001
ORS3-2.5A
1 99904U 00000 13324.06862326 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 0000
2 99904 40.5214 249.9768 0003075 205.2431 337.9664 15.19728651000009
ORS3-2.5B
1 99905U 00000 13324.06862326 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 0001
2 99905 40.5214 249.9768 0003075 205.2431 337.9664 15.19728651000000
ORS3-2.5C
1 99906U 00000 13324.06862326 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 0002
2 99906 40.5214 249.9768 0003075 205.2431 337.9664 15.19728651000001
ORS3-2.6A
1 99907U 00000 13324.06827604 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 0003
2 99907 40.5215 249.9769 0002954 196.7779 344.5267 15.19722048000005
ORS3-2.6B
1 99908U 00000 13324.06827604 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 0004
2 99908 40.5215 249.9769 0002954 196.7779 344.5267 15.19722048000006
ORS3-2.6C
1 99909U 00000 13324.06827604 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 0005
2 99909 40.5215 249.9769 0002954 196.7779 344.5267 15.19722048000007
ORS3-2.7A
1 99910U 00000 13324.06792882 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 0006
2 99910 40.5215 249.9769 0002852 187.8940 351.5057 15.19723466000007
ORS3-2.7B
1 99911U 00000 13324.06792882 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 0007
2 99911 40.5215 249.9769 0002852 187.8940 351.5057 15.19723466000008
ORS3-2.7C
1 99912U 00000 13324.06792882 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 0008
2 99912 40.5215 249.9769 0002852 187.8940 351.5057 15.19723466000009