November 13, 2013
Amateur Radio Satellites Ready to Fly on Dnepr Launch Nov 21
A Russian Dnepr rocket is set to launch on November 21 at 07:10:11 UTC from Dombarovsky near Yasny. This launch is expected to deploy 32 satellites, many of which are amateur radio or experimental using amateur radio frequencies.
Nader, ST2NH has developed graphics depicting the known satellites on the launch, as well as published frequencies of those using amateur radio. Nader’s blog can be found at http://st2nh-blogger.blogspot.co.uk/
A full list of known payloads can be found at
Several of these satellites are expected to provide opportunities for two-way amateur communications via linear transponders, FM to DSB repeaters, or digital links.
FUNcube-1 from AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NL is a 1U cubesat that includes an educational beacon and 20 kHz wide linear transponder. Detailed info is at: http://funcube.org.uk/ and http://amsat-uk.org/funcube/funcube-cubesat/
Delfi-n3Xt is a 3U cubesat from Delft University of Technology that includes a 40kHz wide linear transponder and high speed S-band downlink. Detailed info may be found at http://www.delfispace.nl/index.php/delfi-n3xt
Triton-1 is a 3U cubesat from ISIS-BV (Innovative Solutions In Space BV) with a AIS (ship location service) radio science experiment. After the experiment is complete (est. 3 months), the spacecraft radios will be reconfigured to U/V FM to DSB (“AO-16 mode”) repeaters open for amateur use. More info is at and http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=224S
CubeBug-2 is a 2U cubesat from the Argentinian Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, INVAPS.E., Satellogic S.A., and Radio Club Bariloche. It is a technology demonstration mission, with digipeater and data downloads open after initial experiments. See and http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=310