Ten New Satellites in Orbit

Pub­lished on 04−29−08 at 10:19:26 GMT by KC2FTN

Ten satel­lites reached orbit April 28 aboard an Indi­an PSLV-C9 rock­et launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Cen­ter. The pri­ma­ry pay­loads were Indi­a’s CARTOSAT-2A and IMS‑1 satel­lites. In addi­tion to the NLS‑5 and RUBIN‑8 satel­lites, the rock­et car­ried six Cube­Sat research satel­lites, all of which com­mu­ni­cate using Ama­teur Radio fre­quen­cies. All space­craft deployed nor­mal­ly and appear to be func­tion­al at this time.The SEEDS satel­lite is designed and built by stu­dents at Japan’s Nihon University.When ful­ly oper­a­tional, SEEDS will down­load teleme­try in Morse code and 1200-baud FM AFSK pack­et radio at 437.485 MHz. The satel­lite also has Slow-Scan TV (SSTV) capa­bil­i­ty.

Sev­er­al sta­tions have report­ed receiv­ing SEEDS CW teleme­try and the team would appre­ci­ate receiv­ing more reports from ama­teurs at their ground sta­tion Web page.AAUSAT-II is the cre­ation of a stu­dent team at Aal­borg Uni­ver­si­ty in Den­mark. It will down­link sci­en­tif­ic teleme­try at 437.425 MHz using 1200 or 9600-baud packet.Can-X2 is a prod­uct of stu­dents at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Insti­tute for Aero­space Stud­ies, Space Flight Lab­o­ra­to­ry (UTIAS/SFL). Can-X2 will down­link teleme­try at 437.478 MHz using 4kbps GFSK, but the down­link will be active only when the satel­lite is with­in range of the Toron­to ground station.Compass-One was designed and built by stu­dents at Aachen Uni­ver­si­ty of Applied Sci­ences in Ger­many. The satel­lite fea­tures a Morse code teleme­try bea­con at 437.275 MHz. Compass‑1 will also pro­vide a pack­et radio data down­link, which will include image data, at 437.405 MHz.

Cute 1.7 + APDII is a satel­lite cre­at­ed by stu­dents at the Tokyo Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy. This satel­lite will not only pro­vide teleme­try, it will also offer a 9600-baud pack­et store-and-for­ward mes­sage relay with an uplink at 1267.6 MHz and a down­link at 437.475 MHz.

Delfi-C3 was designed and built by stu­dents at Delft Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­nol­o­gy in the Nether­lands. It includes an SSB/CW lin­ear transpon­der. The satel­lite will be in teleme­try-only mode for the first three months of the mis­sion, after which it will be switched to transpon­der mode. Delfi-C3 down­links 1200-baud pack­et teleme­try at 145.870 MHz. The lin­ear transpon­der, when acti­vat­ed, will have an uplink pass­band from 435.530 to 435.570 MHz and a cor­re­spond­ing down­link pass­band from 145.880 to 145.920 MHz.


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