OSCAR Numbers Assigned for BRICsat (NO-83) and PSAT (NO-84)

PSAT PSK31 Transponder received by Peter Goodhall 2E0SQL May 26, 2015

PSAT PSK31 Transponder received by Peter Goodhall 2E0SQL May 26, 2015

The following message has been sent by the OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan W3XO to Bob Bruninga WB4APR and the team at the US Naval Academy.

You have requested OSCAR numbers for BRICsat and PSAT built by you and your associates at the U.S. Naval Academy.

From everything I can determine, these satellites meet all of the requirements for OSCAR designations.

Therefore, by the authority vested in me by the AMSAT-NA President, I hereby confer the designation, Naval Academy OSCAR 83 on BRICsat and Naval Academy OSCAR 84 on PSAT These designations can, of course, for convenience, be shortened to NO-83 and NO-84.

I, and the entire amateur satellite community, hope for successful missions for both NO-83 and NO-84 and congratulate you and the rest of the Naval Academy team who designed, built and tested these two OSCAR spacecraft.

William A. (Bill) Tynan, W3XO
OSCAR Number Administrator

NO-84 PSAT, a student satellite project named in honor of USNA alum Bradford Parkinson, of GPS fame, contains an APRS transponder for relaying remote telemetry, sensor, and user data from remote users and Amateur Radio environmental experiments or other data sources back to Amateur Radio experimenters via a global network of Internet-linked ground stations.

PSAT is another APRS satelliite that can digipeat user packets just like the original PCSAT (NO44) and the packet system on the ISS. PSAT also supports the same digipeating alias of ARISS so that users do not have to change any parameters when using any of these three APRS transponders.

See http://www.aprs.org/psat.html

NO-83 BRICsat-P (Ballistic Reinforced Communication Satellite) is a low cost 1.5U CubeSat built by the US Naval Academy Satellite Lab in  collaboration with George Washington University, that will demonstrate on-orbit operation of a Micro-Cathode Arc Thruster (µCAT) electric propulsion system and carries an Amateur communication payload.

see http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/bricsat-p.htm

PSAT: 145.825 – 1200 baud AX.25 telemetry – digi off
PSAT PSK31-5: 435.350 FM down, 28.120 SSB PK31 uplink – Brno University

BRICsat: 437.975 – 9600 baud telemetry evry 20s
BRICsat PSK31-6 – same as PSAT but PSK TLM on 375 Hz (PSAT on 315 Hz)

How to work the PSK31 satellites https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/how-to-work-psk31-satellites/

OSCAR Numbers Policy http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=2478
IARU Amateur Radio Satellite Frequency Coordination http://www.iaru.org/satellite.html

[thanks to ANS and Bill Tynan, W3XO for the above information]