AMSAT-UK is working on a new amateur satellite project – The FUNcube Project– that features a 435 to 145 MHz Linear Transponder for SSB/CW operation. FUNcube-1 is a complete educational single CubeSat project with the goal of enthusing and educating young people about radio, space, physics and electronics.
The primary and secondary mission objectives are summarized below:
Provide an in-orbit tool for science education and outreach, by means of the following:
- Perform a materials science experiment in space.
- Provide for telemetry which is receivable by un-trained teachers and schoolchildren using a handheld receiver.
- Provide a message service similar to Text/Twitter messages. These messages to be uploadable by designated control stations, and to be transmitted. These messages to be known as “Fitter” messages.
Provide a linear transponder which can be used by radio amateurs to make 2-way radio contacts using a modest equipment setup.
Name AO-73 NORAD 39444 COSPAR designation 2013-066-AE Inclination (degree) 97.792 RAAN 94.182 Eccentricity 0.0063808 ARGP 9.793 Orbit per day 14.77396470 Period 1h 37m 28s (97.47) Semi-major axis 7 016 km Perigee x apogee 593 x 682 km Drag factor 0.000272590 1/ER Mean Anomaly 350.449
145.935 MHz CW
145.935 MHz BPSK 1200 BPS
145.950 – 145.970 MHz SSB/CW Transponder
435.150 – 435.130 MHz SSB/CW Transponder (inverting)
Satellite will be launched with a number of other spacecraft from a DNEPR rocket sometime in the third quarter of 2012. Launched and active.
FUNcube update by G5LVB:
02-September-2013: AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NL are delighted to be able to announce that they have been advised that the launch date for FUNcube-1 is now expected to be November 21, 2013. This date is still subject to final approval by the authorities.
QSL Certificate of Achievement.
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