UWE-3 News: Today UWE-3 is celebrating his 6th birthday
On a drizzly day in November 2013 for the first time UWE-3 saw the lights of the stars. Since this 21st of November in 2013 six years passed by in which UWE-3 and the team had a lot of work and fun together.
Day by day many radio amateurs from around the world send us UWE-3 beacons to supply us with the health state of UWE-3, which is still excellent. For example the batteries are still in a good shape:
Since the very first day we received great support from the radio amateur community. Our database counts already 291.104 external beacons sent to us from you.
Hopefully, UWE-3 will keep its good shape and the great support from you!
Last week our Team returned from the Vostochny Launch Site (Russia) where we performed the last check out tests of UWE-4 before launch. The satellite will be launched through the German integrator ECM Space on a Soyuz-2 mission using a Fregat upper stage on 27th December 2018 at 02:07:18 UTC. UWE-4 transportation to Far East of Russia was very smooth, so only a last software update and recharging of the batteries needed to be performed. By now, UWE-4 has been successfully integrated into the launch deployer followed by the integration with the upper stage, the fairing encapsulation will occur today.
Amateur astronomer Scott Tilley made international headlines when he rediscovered NASA’s IMAGE satellite 13 years after it mysteriously disappeared. In this interview with Freethink, Scott discusses his role in the satellite’s recovery, why he enjoys amateur astronomy, and how citizen scientists like him have contributed to our knowledge of space from the space race to the present day.
Dear HAM Community, a QSL Card is a great achievement but what about being thanked directly by a satellite? In a few days, UniSat-6 will thank each radioamateur and enthusiast who has been tracking it during these years. Stay tuned!!
On Tuesday 20 March 2018 PicSat suddenly fell silent, after two successful morning passes over Europe. Attempts to re-establish contact have failed, nothing has been heard from the satellite, no sign of life. On Thursday 5 April 2018 the team decided to call the mission to an end. A “pot” (French for party / drink) was organized at noon at the Paris Observatory in Meudon. Sylvestre Lacour did a short speech. Four radio amateurs who have been PicSat fans and great support joined in via a dedicated Google Hangout.