The student built GRIFEX CubeSat was launched, along with FIREBIRD-2, ExoCube and NASA’s SMAP, on Saturday, January 31 on a Delta 2 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base. The first reception report of the spacecraft’s 437.485 MHz 9600 bps AX.25 GMSK signal was from Jan van Gils PE0SAT in the Netherlands.
James Cutler KF6RFX of the Michigan Exploration Laboratory has provided this update on the first 9 days after launch.
On the behalf of the GRIFEX team, thanks for all your help in tracking GRIFEX. The students working on this mission have had blast working with HAMS all over the world.
It seems that everyday someone new engages with the students and lets them know they heard GRIFEX. We’ll be making QSL cards shortly so let us know if you need one.
GRIFEX so far is doing great. We’re in a sun-sync terminator orbit, so we see the sun all the time. We have plenty of power but we are fairly warm. We have active magnetic control as well that we may try later on so that our colleagues down under can get some better signal reception!
We had about five new students get their HAM license in support of this launch. Anywhere from 5-10 students get their license per year in the lab.
Thanks for your support!