KySat-2 LogoKySat-2 is the second satellite to be entirely designed, built, and tested by students of the University of Kentucky and Morehead University. Development of the satellite began in 2011, shortly after the launch of KySat-1


The primary objective of KySat-2 is proof of concept. Using lessons learned from KySat-1, SSL has spent the past two years designing, revising, and optimizing KySat-2. KySat-2 will demonstrate key technologies developed by University of Kentucky and Morehead University students. These include a distributed network computing architecture, power and radio systems, and a “stellar gyroscope” for attitude determination. If successful, KySat-2 will serve as a standard on which to base future satellites built by the lab.

  • Stellar Gyroscope: KySat-2 will demonstrate the stellar gyroscope concept in orbit
  • Passive Magnetic Stabilization: KySat-2 is equipped with a passive attitude control scheme known as Passive Magnetic Stabilization.

Orbital parameters

Name                 KySat-2
NORAD                39384
COSPAR designation   2013-064-E
Inclination (degree) 40.499
RAAN                 207.826
Eccentricity         0.0015695
ARGP                 253.163
Orbit per day        15.41349107
Period               1h 33m 25s (93.42 min)
Semi-major axis      6 820 km
Perigee x apogee     431 x 453 km
Drag factor          0.001472000 1/ER
Mean Anomaly         106.806


437.405 MHz 9600 FSK 1W output Beacon Period: 15-45 seconds





1 39384U 13064E   14271.14379904  .00063491  00000-0  14720-2 0  3592
2 39384  40.4992 207.8260 0015695 253.1627 106.8056 15.41349107 47837


To help decode packets from KySat-2, we have developed software radio amateurs can download and install.  Both are available here: Amateur-radio-operators

KySat-2 Telemetry


Not active. Expected to be launched with Minotaur 1 ORS-3 at November 20th 00:30 UTC 2013.

Homepage and other references:

KySat-2 main website