CAPE-2 Text-to-Speech heard in Japan

CAPE-2 CubeSat - University of Louisiana

CAPE-2 CubeSat – University of Louisiana

The Cajun Advanced Picosat Experiment satellite CAPE-2, built by students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, launched on a Monotaur-1 on November 20, 2013 at 0115 UT.

On November 24 Tetsurou Satou JA0CAW in Japan made this recording of CAPE-2′s Text to Speech functionality in action. The signal is weak, but it is saying: ”Hello I am the Satellite Project from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette” twice in the recording.

The CAPE-2  frequencies are 145.825 MHz FM and 437.325 MHz FSK. On the VHF FM frequency the beacon will be in CW and AX.25.

Update December 2, 2013:

Here is a link to all information the CAPE Team currently has for tracking the Satellite. A program will be released in the next few days to decode data.

On behalf of the CAPE-2 Team, we would really appreciate any data you can relay to us on the satellite.

Rizwan Merchant
Call Sign: KF5BNL

Justin Foley KI6EPH produced this video of the Minotaur-1 launch from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The ORS-3 mission carried STPSat-3 and 28 CubeSats. Of the CubeSats, 11 were provided by NASA LSP’s ELaNa 4 mission: CAPE-2, ChargerSat-1, COPPER, DragonSat, Ho’oponopono-2, KySat-2, PhoneSat, SwampSat, TJ3Sat, Trailblazer-1, Vermont Lunar CubeSat. Video taken from U-80, approximately 3.5 km (2.2 miles) from the launch pad.

Watch Minotaur I with STPSat-3 and 28 CubeSats 2013-11-19

Tetsurou Satou JA0CAW CAPE-2 recording

CAPE website


Minotaur-1 ELaNa-4 satellites