Triton-1 Update

Triton-1 CubeSat Pic1As you may be aware, on November 21 at 07:10 UT a Dnepr launch vehicle will lift off from Yasny Launch Base, Russia, carrying a number of payloads.

One of them is the Triton-1 satellite, a 3-unit cubesat developed by ISIS – Innovative Solutions In Space from Delft, The Netherlands. Note that the Triton-2 satellite is not on this launch, its launch date  is to be determined at this stage. Triton-2 will be similar to Triton-1,  the main difference being that it will also carry an S-band downlink and associated mode US transponder.

Triton-1 CubeSat Pic2Triton-1 is a satellite which will serve as a test bed for an experimental receiver, designed to receive Automatic Identification System (AIS) messages from ships. During the first three months after launch, the plan is to characterize the AIS receiver in orbit. After approximately three months of experimenting, we intend to activate a single channel FM to DSB mode UV transponder (similar to AO-16’s transponder). The exact transponder uplink frequency in the 435-438 MHz band will be announced at that time as well.

Triton-1 CubeSat Pic3We have created an amateur radio information page which contains all information related to its downlink signals at:

http://www.isispace.nl/HAM/

We intend to publish regular status updates on the AMSAT-BB as well as on the aforementioned page.

Kind regards on behalf of the Triton-1 team,

Wouter Jan Ubbels PE4WJ