[amsat-bb] FUNcube-1 is in its POD

Graham Shirville g.shirville at btinternet.com
Wed Sep 4 09:52:26 PDT 2013

The AMSAT FUNcube team are delighted to be able to announce that the FUNcube-1 CubeSat has now completed all its final testing and been placed into its launch POD.

This work was completed during a three day programme at the premises of ISIS BV in Delft in the Netherlands and was finished, on time, late this afternoon.

FUNcube-1 is actually the middle 1U CubeSat of three sharing a 3U ISIPOD.  It is sharing the ISIPOD with ZACUBE-1 from South Africa  and HINcube from Norway. ZACube-1, in addition to carrying VHF and UHF communications equipment also has a 20 metre beacon which will operate on 14.099MHz  This ISIPOD, with the spacecraft inside, will be transported to Russia, early next month,for launch and will eventually be attached directly to the launch vehicle. 

FUNcube-1 carries a U/V linear transponder and the educational telemetry beacon using 1k2 BPSK for school outreach purposes.

The current launch info has lift off scheduled for November 21st at 07:11:29 UTC

Full intial orbit details and TLE’s, together with decoding sofwtare will be made available over the next few weeks

best 73

Graham G3VZV – Wouter PA3WEG – Jim G3WGM

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