FUNcube-1 is in its Pod

ZACUBE-1, FUNcube-1 and HiNCube in the pod - Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

ZACUBE-1, FUNcube-1 and HiNCube in the pod – Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

The AMSAT FUNcube team are delighted to be able to announce that the FUNcube-1 CubeSat has now completed all its final testing and been placed into its launch POD.

This work was completed during a three day programme at the premises of ISIS BV in Delft in the Netherlands and was finished, on time, late Wednesday afternoon on September 4, 2013.

FUNcube-1 is actually the middle 1U CubeSat of three sharing a 3U ISIPOD.  It is sharing the ISIPOD with ZACUBE-1 from South Africa  and HiNCube from Norway.

ZACUBE-1 prior to being shipped to the Netherlands

ZACUBE-1 prior to being shipped to the Netherlands

ZACube-1, in addition to carrying VHF and UHF communications equipment also has a 20 metre beacon which will operate on 14.099 MHz  This ISIPOD, with the spacecraft inside, will be transported to Russia, early next month, for launch and will eventually be attached directly to the launch vehicle.

FUNcube-1 carries a U/V linear transponder and the educational telemetry beacon using 1k2 BPSK for school outreach purposes.

The current launch information has lift off scheduled for late November.

Full initial orbit details and TLE’s, together with decoding software will be made available over the next few weeks.

ZACUBE-1 HF beacon antenna deployment unit - Image credit CPUT

ZACUBE-1 HF beacon antenna deployment unit – Image credit CPUT

FUNcube-1 communication subsystem:
• 300 mW Inverting linear transponder for SSB and CW
– Uplink      435.150 – 435.130 MHz
– Downlink  145.950 – 145.970 MHz
• 300 mW BPSK Telemetry  145.935 MHz

ZACUBE-1 https://amsat-uk.org/2012/08/25/14099-khz-cput-cubesat-to-launch-end-of-november/

HiNCube http://www.hincube.com/

A recent presentation about the FUNcube project by Graham Shirville G3VZV and Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG can be viewed online at http://www.batc.tv/streams/amsat1311 or downloaded from http://www.batc.tv/vod/Funcube1.flv

AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch Rev4 20100609

AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch

A PDF of the slides from that presentation is here FUNcube_Colloquium2013a

FUNcube information sheets:
•  FUNcube_Project Information_aug2013
•  FUNcube_Educational_Outreach aug2013

FUNcube-1 https://amsat-uk.org/funcube/funcube-cubesat/

FUNcube Yahoo Group https://amsat-uk.org/funcube/yahoo-group/

FUNcube website http://www.funcube.org.uk/

Some of the other satellites that may be on the same Dnepr launch vehicle are listed at https://amsat-uk.org/2013/08/22/dnepr-cubesat-launch/

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Final gluing of FUNcube-1 bolt by Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG – Image credit Gerard Aalbers

Final gluing of FUNcube-1 bolt by Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG – Image credit Gerard Aalbers