PUCP-SAT-1 Deploys POCKET-PUCP Femtosatellite

CubeSat PUCP-SAT-1 - Credit Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

CubeSat PUCP-SAT-1 – Credit Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

The Peruvian CubeSat PUCP-SAT-1 (145.840 MHz AX.25 FM) was carried by the microsatellite UNISAT-5 which was launched on a Dnepr on November 21, 2013.

When in orbit UNISAT-5 deployed PUCP-SAT-1 and Neilsao Vilchez reports PUCP-SAT-1 has in turn deployed an even smaller satellite POCKET-PUCP.

The femtosatellite POCKET-PUCP measures just 8.35 by 4.95 by 1.55 cm and has a 10 mW 12 wpm CW (On-Off-Keying OOK) beacon on 437.200 MHz. The team at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú would welcome any reception reports.

Diagram showing PUCP-SAT-1 and POCKET-PUCP - Credit Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Diagram showing PUCP-SAT-1 and POCKET-PUCP – Credit Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Neilsao Vilchez says:

On Wednesday December 4 we detected our satellite PUCP-SAT-1 (launched from Dnepr RS-20/UNISAT-5).

We think it is one of the following objects:

-2013-066AC
-2013-066S
-2013-066T
-2013-066U

Which are very close to each other and we can not resolve which one it is.

Femtosatellite Pocket-PUCP - Credit Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Femtosatellite Pocket-PUCP – Credit Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

We got our packet beacon at 145.840 MHz with packets stays 20 seconds, so, it is undoubtedly our beacon, we know that PUCP-SAT-1 is alive, healthy, it has been recharging its batteries okay.

On Friday, December 6, as planned, the POCKET-PUCP (femtosatellite) was released around 0800 UT, we are looking for its 437.200 MHz transmission at 12 wpm.

Its transmission is OA4PUCP SAT1 XXX YYY ZZZ

PUCP-SAT-1 website http://inras.pucp.edu.pe/en/proyectos/pucp-sat-1/especificaciones-del-satelite/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pucp

Dnepr satellites http://amsat-uk.org/satellites/dnepr-november-2013/

CubeSats PUCP-SAT-1 Peru - ICUBE-1 Pakistan - HUMSat-D Spain - Credit Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

CubeSats PUCP-SAT-1 Peru – ICUBE-1 Pakistan – HUMSat-D Spain – Credit Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú