In this 20 minute video Korean artist Hojun Song DS1SBO and Donghee Park describe the Open Source Satellite Initiative amateur radio CubeSat OSSI-1.
OSSI-1 plans to launch on a Soyuz-2-1b rocket from the Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan along with the Bion-M1 and Dove-2 satellites. The launch into a 575 km 63° inclination orbit is currently scheduled for April 2013.
It has a beacon in the 145 MHz band and a data communications transceiver in the 435 MHz band. This innovative satellite carries a 44 watt LED array to flash Morse Code messages to observers on Earth.
Hojun Song says “Radio hams can reserve messages by sending signals to the satellite then people can see the messages at the scheduled time in a flashing Morse Code LED pattern”.
Watch How OSSI-1 Satellite Works: General Overview
BBC TV report South Korean artist has high hopes for his homemade satellite
Open Source Satellite Initiative (OSSI) http://opensat.cc/
Korean satellite pioneer Sungdong Park donates RSGB Amateur Radio technical books to OSSI
OSSI CubeSat to Launch in December http://www.uk.amsat.org/?p=9220
OSSI CubeSat – Ground Station Video http://www.uk.amsat.org/?p=7218
OSSI Art CubeSat to Launch http://www.uk.amsat.org/?p=6993