The countdown to the launch of PSLV-C40 carrying AMSAT’s Fox-1D satellite is underway! The 28 hour countdown began at 23:59 UTC on January 10, 2018. Fox-1D is scheduled for launch into a sun-synchronous orbit at 03:59 UTC on January 12, 2018 (10:59pm EST on Thursday, January 11th) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. Further information about the PSLV-C40 mission, including a mission brochure and photo gallery can be found on the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s website at https://www.isro.gov.in/launcher/pslv-c40-cartosat-2-series-satellite-mission.
Handy links for tonight are below:
Further information about the Fox-1D satellite and early operations, including preliminary Keplerian elements can be found at https://www.amsat.org/getting-ready-for-fox-1d/.
Fox Telemetry Leaderboard (With links to FoxTelem)
AMSAT Live OSCAR Satellite Status Page (Report Fox-1D reception here)
In addition to the live blog, updates will be found on AMSAT’s Twitter account (@AMSAT). Note that you do not need to be a Twitter user to view AMSAT’s tweets.
The latest prelaunch Keps can be found in AMSAT’s Keps distribution. Any tracking software using the AMSAT Keps distribution should identify new object “99934” after refreshing your Keps.
Live video from ISRO will begin at 03:30 UTC