Preliminary TLE VEGA launch

Preliminary TLE (Orbital Elements) for the upcoming VEGA launch

Cubesats Frequentie Spectrum Vega Launch

TLE-new 19-02-2012 12:00 UTC

ALMASAT-1               
1 38078U 12006B   12049.33443324  .00018909  00000-0  55604-3 0   123
2 38078  69.4856 227.8040 0775179  38.1714 327.1743 14.04552460   692
2012-006C               
1 38079U 12006C   12049.75727519  .00032984  00000-0  85788-3 0   159
2 38079  69.4840 226.8298 0780720  37.6598 327.6743 14.05826935   745
2012-006D               
1 38080U 12006D   12049.68686761  .00031213  00000-0  83232-3 0   196
2 38080  69.4860 226.9842 0779364  37.6440 327.6296 14.05613316   732
2012-006E               
1 38081U 12006E   12049.82923639  .00025595  00000-0  68592-3 0   177
2 38081  69.4839 226.6652 0779116  37.5252 327.7259 14.05593472   752
2012-006F               
1 38082U 12006F   12049.75837023  .00023781  00000-0  63742-3 0   167
2 38082  69.4805 226.8323 0779435  37.5115 327.7743 14.05534126   743
2012-006G               
1 38083U 12006G   12049.68698015  .00036831  00000-0  99391-3 0   165
2 38083  69.4810 226.9839 0778140  37.8349 327.4348 14.05605984   735
2012-006H               
1 38084U 12006H   12049.68735371  .00027952  00000-0  76090-3 0   135
2 38084  69.4877 226.9866 0778137  37.7314 327.5265 14.05465744   733
2012-006J               
1 38085U 12006J   12049.68741246  .00029832  00000-0  81206-3 0   105
2 38085  69.4808 226.9854 0778135  37.7482 327.5230 14.05456796   738

Preliminary TLE

XATCOBEO
1 00002U 12006B   12044.46627998  .00000000  00000-0  31967-3 0    16
2 00002  69.4857 238.7662 0796847  45.0971 191.9357 14.06476807    13
ESTAR
1 00003U 12006C   12044.46627998  .00000000  00000-0  28115-3 0    18
2 00003  69.4857 238.7662 0796159  45.0883 191.9444 14.06339990    10
GOLIAT
1 00004U 12006D   12044.46627998  .00000000  00000-0  26912-3 0    12
2 00004  69.4857 238.7662 0795841  45.0842 191.9484 14.06276813    11
ROBUSTA
1 00005U 12006E   12044.46627998  .00000000  00000-0  31201-3 0    10
2 00005  69.4856 238.7662 0796758  45.0912 191.9422 14.06456720    16
MASAT
1 00006U 12006F   12044.46627998  .00000000  00000-0  28115-3 0    11
2 00006  69.4856 238.7662 0796254  45.0851 191.9481 14.06356736    11
PW-SAT
1 00007U 12006G   12044.46627998  .00000000  00000-0  26588-3 0    14
2 00007  69.4856 238.7662 0796068  45.0829 191.9503 14.06319864    16
UNICUBESAT
1 00008U 12006H   12044.46627998  .00000000  00000-0  31967-3 0    12
2 00008  69.4856 238.7662 0796936  45.0885 191.9454 14.06489697    10
ALMASat-1
1 00009U 12006I   12044.46627998  .00000000  00000-0  12728-3 0    17
2 00009  69.4857 238.7662 0792733  45.0462 191.9858 14.05660435    12

Successful Vega Launch

Vega is launched successful and Satellite Signals are Heard.

Vega First LaunchThe first Vega, flight VV01, lifted off at 1000 UT from the ESA Spaceport at Kourou in the Caribbean carrying eight student built amateur radio satellites and the LARES Laser Relativity Satellite into orbit.

At 1153 UT Drew Glasbrenner KO4MA reported hearing signals from the satellites as they went past Florida. Signals were first heard in the United Kingdom at around 1208 UT.

In Germany Mike Repprecht DK3WN copied the satellites at an elevation of just 3 degress at 1209 UT, see his Satblog

A recording of PW-Sat made by Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG can be heard at this link

Watch the launch of Vega VV01

ESA Vega Launch Includes 8 Amateur Band Satellites

Vega Artist ImpressionVega is scheduled to launch on February 13, at 1000 UTC with eight student built amateur radio satellites. Internet video streaming of the launch will be available.

The launcher will first deploy the main payload, the LARES the Laser relativity Spacecraft and will then make an additional firing of the final OVUM stage before deploying the secondary cubesat payloads. The planned timing for these deployments, in order of ejection, are as follows:

  • T0+ 4245.30secs 1st PPOD, with XatCobeo, e-st@r, and Goliat.
  • T0+ 4255.30secs 2nd PPOD, with Robusta, MaSat-1 and PW-Sat.
  • T0+ 4265.30secs 3rd PPOD, with UniCubeSat.
  • T0+ 4275.30secs AlmaSat-1.

The Cubesats will not deploy their antennas until 1800 seconds after they leave their PODS. It is not known how soon AlmaSat-1 will start transmitting after deployment.

Vega Launch Cubesat Amateur Band Frequencies

AlmaSat-1 437.465 MHz 1200 bps FSK, 2407.850 MHz
E-St@r 437.445 MHz 1200 bps AFSK
Goliat 437.485 MHz 1200 bps AFSK
MaSat-1 437.345 MHz GFSK 625/1250 bps (demodulator/decoder software), CW
PW-Sat 435.020 MHz FM uplink, 145.990 MHz DSB downlink
Robusta 437.325 MHz 1200 bps FM telemetry (data every 1 min, 20 sec. burst)
UniCubeSat 437.305 MHz 9600 bps FSK
XaTcobeo 437.365 MHz FFSK with AX.25

The university cubesat teams welcome reception reports. All observers are invited to submit reports via amsat-bb and to also join the CubeSat Internet Relay Chat channel to pass on their news and comments in realtime. You will need an IRC client such as the ChatZilla addon for FireFox or mIRC to join the cubesat chat. Connect to the irc.freenode.net server. Once connected to the server the /join #cubesat command will bring you into the channel. Many users set their chat nickname to “name_callsign”.

[PE0SAT thanks www.amsat.org for the above information]