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Nayif-1 CubeSat with Amateur Radio Transponder Launched from India:

from The ARRL Letter on February 16, 2017
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Nayif-1 CubeSat with Amateur Radio Transponder Launched from India:

AMSAT-UK reports the Indian Space Agency (ISRO http://www.isro.gov.in/) on February 15 successfully launched the Nayif-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat, along with 103 other satellites -- a record for a single launch. The Nayif-1 1U CubeSat includes a full FUNcube https://funcube.org.uk/ communication package. Nayif-1 carries a U/V linear Amateur Radio transponder for SSB and CW and a telemetry transmitter. Nayif-1 started transmitting about 1 hour after launch, and radio amateurs on the west coast reported the first signals.

Nayif-1 is a joint project of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC https://mbrsc.ae/en) and American University of Sharjah (AUS https://www.aus.edu/). The United Arab Emirate's first nanosatellite, Nayif-1 was developed by Emirati engineering students from AUS under the supervision of a team of engineers and specialists from MBRSC. The partnership between the two entities was aimed at providing hands-on satellite-manufacturing experience to engineering students.

Telemetry is transmitted on 145.940 MHz, 1.2 kb BPSK (FUNcube standard). The SSB/CW transponder uplink passband is 435.045-435.015 MHz, and the downlink passband is 145.960-145.990 MHz.

A mission-specific telemetry dashboard http://download.funcube.org.uk/Nayif-1_Dashboard_1038_installer.msi is available. In a manner similar to that of the FUNcube-1 dashboard, this one will be capable of uploading the telemetry received to a central data warehouse. More information https://funcubetest2.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/nayif-1_dashboard_notes_release_1-0b.pdf on the telemetry dashboard is available, as is a test file http://download.funcube.org.uk/nayif1_testfile.funcubebin.

Initial spacecraft operation will be in a low-power "safe" mode, with just the telemetry transmitter activated.

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The ARRL Letter

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