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Fox-1D Satellite Set to Launch this Week, China to Launch Five New CubeSats

from The ARRL Letter on 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 http://www.amsat.org's Fox-1D https://www.amsat.org/fox-1d-integrated-ready-for-launch/ CubeSat 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.

TY2

435.350; 2403.000, 5833.000 MHz Down

5653.000 MHz Up

TY3

435.875; 2406.000, 5836.000 MHz Down

5656.000 MHz Up

TY4

435.925; 2409.000, 5839.000 MHz Down

5659.000 MHz Up

TY5

436.025; 2412.000, 5842.000 MHz Down

5665.000 MHz Up

TY6

436.100; 2415.000, 5845.000 MHz Down

5667.000 MHz Up

Source:

The ARRL Letter

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