Fox-1D Satellite Set to Launch this Week, China to Launch Five New CubeSats
The ARRL Letter
January 11, 2018
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Fox-1D Satellite Set to Launch this Week, China to Launch Five New CubeSats:
The launch from India of AMSAT-NA
will take place on January 12 (UTC). The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle
(PSLV) flight had to be rescheduled from December 30. AMSAT Vice
President Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, delivered Fox-1D to
Spaceflight Inc. in Seattle last November for integration.
In addition to a Fox-1 U/V FM transponder, Fox-1D will carry several
university experiments, including a MEMS gyro from Pennsylvania State
University-Erie, a camera from Virginia Tech, and the University of
Iowa's High Energy Radiation CubeSat Instrument (HERCI) radiation
mapping experiment. Fox-1D also carries the AMSAT "L-Band Downshifter,"
which gives the option of utilizing a 1.2 GHz uplink for the FM
transponder. The Fox-1D downlink will be on 145.880 MHz, and uplinks
will be on 435.350 and 1267.350 MHz (67 Hz CTCSS), switchable.
The PSLV also will carry the French PicSat
https://picsat.obspm.fr/data/telemetries?locale=en, which carries an
Amateur Radio V/U FM transponder. PicSat will perform space
observations. The transponder uplink is 145.910 MHz, the downlink is
435.525 MHz. Some 30 smaller secondary payloads from India, the US, and
other international entities will also be on the launch, AMSAT News
Service has reported.
AMSAT will release Fox-1D's Keplerian elements on its website as soon
as they are known and seeks telemetry data on the CubeSat to assist
with commissioning. "Participation in telemetry collection by as many
stations in as many parts of the world as possible is essential as
AMSAT Engineering looks for successful startup and indications of the
general health and function of the satellite as it begins to acclimate
to space," AMSAT said over the weekend. AMSAT said the on-orbit
checkout procedure could be completed in a few days. AMSAT asks the
Amateur Satellite community to refrain from using the transponder
uplink while on-orbit testing is under way.
Meanwhile, AMSAT-UK reports that China will launch Hunan Amateur Radio
Society's constellation of five similar 6U CubeSat spacecraft on
January 17 from its Jiuquan Space Center. Identified as TY-2 through
TY-6, the satellites will carry out ionospheric transmission-detection
experiments, in addition to Amateur Radio HF/VHF/UHF re-transmitting
experiments in any narrow-band mode. The constellation will also carry
out inter-satellite communication experiments that include Amateur
Radio loads, Li-Fi high-speed LED digital downlink, and CW lamp signal
communication experiments. Downlinks are on 70 centimeters using 9.6
kbps GMSK and on 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz using 5 Mbps OFDM.
435.350; 2403.000, 5833.000 MHz Down
5653.000 MHz Up
435.875; 2406.000, 5836.000 MHz Down
5656.000 MHz Up
435.925; 2409.000, 5839.000 MHz Down
5659.000 MHz Up
436.025; 2412.000, 5842.000 MHz Down
5665.000 MHz Up
436.100; 2415.000, 5845.000 MHz Down
5667.000 MHz Up
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