Developed by the University of Southern California.
The primary payload speaks to a mission with global reach: tracking cargo containers over the open ocean with a 1-watt WiFi-like transceiver. A current tracking system for cargo containers, designed by our primary payload provider iControl Inc., is capable of identifying the container within a mile from shore, but loses all contact for the majority of the open-water journey. For both government and non-government entities, the ability to track containers in transit is highly valued. This mission uses a custom-built deployable mesh antenna, and stretches the attitude control and power generation capabilities of the Colony I bus to its limits. The secondary payload is an experimental, next-generation, radiation-hardened flight processor. The result of many government-funded research initiatives, this ITAR-controlled processor is at risk of staying in the “unholy valley” between research and development. On Aeneas, the processor will be space-qualified by performing self-diagnostic checks and reporting the results back to the ground. We hope that by raising the technology readiness level (TRL) we can provide a path to service for this high-performance chip.
Name AENEAS NORAD 38760 COSPAR designation ? Inclination (degree) 64.670 RAAN 83.503 Eccentricity 0.0207344 ARGP 228.430 Orbit per day 14.81474863 Period 1h 37m 12s (97.20min) Semi-major axis 7 003km Perigee x apogee 479 x 770 km Drag factor 0.000243070 1/ER Mean Anomaly 129.883
437.600 MHz 1k2 AFSK AX.25, FM
Launched and active, but weak signals.
Latest TLE data:
Updated November 11, 2013
AENEAS 1 90038U 0 13315.56547375 +.00007494 +00000-0 +69725-3 0 03040 2 90038 064.6682 177.8625 0178629 168.3568 192.1787 14.83628011050950
Decode raw data using the Aeneas decoder software
$ java -jar BeaconDecoder.jar 30092012.txt
AENEAS Beacon Data Decoder Opening file at 30092012.txt AENEAS Beacon TLM Packet found: ---------TELEMETRY-BEGIN---------- Total length: 29 Type:64 Unused: 0x02 0x00 Time: 1/1/11-6-0:9:0 Reboots: 2047 Last Reboot Cause: 0 Flash Status: 0 Bit 0 = 0 : Device is ready. Bit 1 = 0 : Device is NOT write-enabled. Bit3&4= 1 : All sectors software-protected. Bit 4 = 0 : WP is asserted. Bit 5 = 0 : Last op successful. Bit 7 = 0 : Sector Protection Registers unlocked. Payload Write Pointer: 3551488 Telemetry Pointer: 7729152 Radio Status: 65 No detailed Radio info yet Misc Write Pointer: -1052436736 ---------TELEMETRY-END---------- Done: End of stream reached.
Download Decoder Software Please send RAW telemetry information recieved to the following e-mail with “Pass” in the title of the e-mail: aeneas [at] astronautics.usc.edu
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