New Satellites with Amateur Radio Payloads Launched, Monitored

The AlSat-1N and Pratham satellites, both carrying Amateur Radio payloads, have both been heard and identified following the India Space Research Organization (ISRO) PSLV-C35 mission launch on September 26. Reports are requested. Reports on AMSAT-BB indicate the Pratham CW beacon on 145.980 MHz is active.

The 3U AlSat-1N CubeSat was built in collaboration with the Algerian Space Agency, the UK Space Agency (UKSA), Surrey Space Centre (SSC) staff, and Algerian students as a technology transfer and demonstrator for Algeria.

AlSat-1N is also hosting three UK payloads from various institutions and aims to take images of the Earth and send back data from the UK payloads. The IARU coordinated downlink is 437.650 MHz (9,6 FSK). Downlinked data reports are welcome, both decoded hex files and recordings.

The Pratham satellite, built by students at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, also is a 3U CubeSat. It was designed to measure total electron count at an 800 kilometer (approximately 500 mile) altitude sun-synchronous orbit. The CW beacon (35 WPM) will transmit continuously at 145.980 MHz, and the Institute seeks post-launch reports. The satellite’s 1200 bps FSK downlink is on 437.455 MHz. There is a Pratham project Facebook page.