The amateur radio CubeSat F-1 built by students at the FPT University in Hanoi, Vietnam has now been delivered to the Tsukuba Space Center in Japan.
F-1 and the other four CubeSats (RAIKO, WE WISH, FITSAT-1 and TechEdSat) will be integrated with the small satellite deployer J-SSOD before leaving for Tanegashima launch pad.
The CubeSats should be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on July 21 in the HTV-3 cargo vessel. It is planned that they will be deployed from the ISS in September by Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide KE5DNI using the Kibo robot arm.
F-1 carries a low-resolution camera (640×480), a 3-axis magnetometer and two Yaesu VX-3R transceivers using 145.980 and 437.485 MHz.
See the story on the FPT University website http://tinyurl.com/FTP-F-1-To-Launch
Further pictures of the CubeSats by Koumei Shibata can be seen at http://fspace.edu.vn/?p=633
An NHK TV News video showing the CubeSats shows the LED’s on FITSAT-1 that will be used to flash Morse Code from space. See http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20120625/t10013095191000.html
For the latest news on F-1 see the FSpace website http://fspace.edu.vn/
Video depicting F-1 CubeSat XV1VN deployment from the ISS http://www.uk.amsat.org/?p=8446
Vietnam Student CubeSat F-1 http://www.uk.amsat.org/?p=5025