ShindaiSat is a 20 kg spacecraft approx 300 by 300 by 350 mm which is planning to use bright LEDs for Space to Earth optical communication using Morse code. It also carries an optical lens system for receiving modulated LED light from the ground station.
The article says “A launch of ShindaiSat as a secondary payload is manifested for mid-2014 on the primary GPM (Global Precipitation Measurement) mission of NASA and JAXA. JAXA is providing the launch on the H2A vehicle from the Tanegashima Space Center, Japan.
(C) Tsuyoshi Watanabe Ebina City, Kanagawa Japan 1:24:23-1:24:25JST, 12 Dec 2012 Takahashi e160, Diameter short focus telescope 16cm (F=530mm, F3.3) Nikon D800E, ISO12800, 2 seconds exposure
Further transmissions from the optical LED beacon on the amateur radio CubeSat FITSAT-1 are planned for January 10-15. Weather permitting the satellite beacon should be visible using binoculars.
2013, Flashing LED Schedule (times GMT): 10th Jan. 23:57:30 – 23:59:30 New Delhi India (10Hz Green 2min) 11th Jan. 13:52:30 – 13:54:30 San Francisco USA (10Hz Green 2min) 12th Jan. 22:00:30 – 22:02:30 Bangalore India (10Hz Green 2min) 13th Jan. 14:41:30 – 14:43:30 Melbourne Australia (10Hz Red 2min) 14th Jan. 11:03:30 – 11:05:30 Oklahoma USA (10Hz Green 2min) 15th Jan. 22:27:30 – 22:29:30 Wulumuqi China (10Hz Green 2min)
The FITSAT-1 CubeSat was developed by students at the Fukuoka Institute of Technology (FIT) in Japan. As well as the optical LED experiment the satellite carries several amateur radio payloads: a CW beacon on 437.250 MHz, a telemetry beacon on 437.445 MHz and a high-speed data downlink on 5840.0 MHz.
Hojun Song DS1SBO and the NovaNano FlyMate™ deployer
New Scientist magazine has an article about Hojun Song DS1SBO and his Open Source Satellite Initiative OSSI-1 CubeSat.
OSSI-1 is planned to launch in the 2nd quarter of 2013 into a 575 km 63° inclination orbit on a Soyuz-2-1b rocket from the Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan along with the Bion-M1, SOMP, BEESAT 2, BEESAT 3 and Dove-2 satellites. The Soyuz-2-1b launch had originally been planned for August 2012 but was delayed.
OSSI-1 has a beacon in the 145 MHz band and a data communications transceiver in the 435 MHz band. It carries a 44 watt LED array to flash Morse Code messages to observers on Earth. It is planned to launch in April on a Soyuz-2-1b rocket from the Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan along with the Bion-M1 and Dove-2 satellites.
First picture from FITSAT-1 on 5840.0 MHz showing the solar panels on the ISS
When the FITSAT-1 CubeSat was deployed from the International Space Station on October 4 it took a picture using the on-board camera. On Friday, October 19 UT, the team successfully downloaded the picture using the high-speed 115.2 kbps data transmitter on 5840.0 MHz.
Kibo Robot Arm CubeSat Deployment – Image Credit JAXA
On October 4, 2012 five CubeSats were successfully deployed from the International Space Station (ISS). The first pod containing RAIKO and WE-WISH was deployed at 1437 UT while the second pod containing FITSAT-1, F-1 and TechEdSat deployed at 1544 UT. Pictures can be seen at http://www.uk.amsat.org/?p=10804
October 4 was also the 55th anniversary of the launch of the first satellite Sputnik 1. Videos of Sputnik are here.
Four of the CubeSats carry Amateur Radio payloads, they are TechEdSat, F-1, FITSAT-1, and WE-WISH. As of Oct 5, 1015 UT signals had been reported from WE-WISH and FITSAT-1 as well as weak signal reports for TechEdSat.
ISS CubeSat Frequency Chart – Image Credit Mike Rupprecht DK3WN