On Saturday, January 31 the CubeSats FIREBIRD-2, GRIFEX and ExoCube carrying amateur radio payloads were successfully launched on a Delta 2 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base
The GEO-CAPE ROIC In-Flight Performance Experiment (GRIFEX) is a 3U CubeSat developed by MXL that will perform engineering assessment of a JPL-developed all digital in-pixel high frame rate Read-Out Integrated Circuit (ROIC).
The GRIFEX team at the University of Michigan received the first reception report of the spacecraft’s 437.485 MHz 9600 bps AX.25 GMSK signal from Jan van Gils PE0SAT in the Netherlands.
FIREBIRD (Focused Investigations of Relativistic Electron Burst Intensity, Range, and Dynamics) is a CubeSat dual satellite mission examining the spatial scale and spatial temporal ambiguity of magnetospheric microbursts. The project is a collaboration between researchers at the University of New Hampshire and Montana State University. Among the radio amateurs involved were Steve Longworth KR1C and David Klumpar KD7MFJ.
In Germany Mike Rupprecht DK3WN received the 19.2k bps GMSK AX.25 signals on 437.405 and 437.230 MHz from the two FIREBIRD-2 1.5U CubeSats.
CalPoly’s ExoCube (CP-10) transmits on 437.270MHz using 9600 bps AX.25 FSK with “X03” sent in Morse code every 45 seconds. Jan van Gils PE0SAT reports detecting the ExoCube signal after later analysis of his IQ file.
ELaNa-10 Delta II CubeSat launch