Catch the signal of e-st@r-II CubeSat

Catch est@r-II CubeSat Signal CompetitionThe CubeSat Team of Politecnico di Torino invite the amateur radio community to participate in a competition to receive the 437.485 MHz signal from their new satellite e-st@r-II which launches 2102 UT on Monday, April 25, 2016 on a Russian Soyuz-STA Fregat-M rocket from Kourou in South America.

The CubeSat Team is a student team of Politecnico di Torino involved in the design and development of small platforms for scientific missions and for testing new technologies. We are guys enthralled by space activities. Undergraduate and graduate students work together with researchers and professors to create a real hands-on experience.

“SPACE IN A CUBE: MISSIONS OF THE FUTURE” is our motto! We believe that small satellites can contribute to a broad set of science goals and space based services. Our CubeSat missions aim at conceiving new scenarios and technologies to serve the scientific community while educating students in the challenging field of aerospace engineering.

Our first CubeSat, e-st@r-I, was launched into orbit on February 2012, and the second satellite, e-st@r-II, will be launched next week: the Soyuz launch ST-A VS14 is scheduled on April 25, 2016, at exactly 09:02:13 p.m UT, from the European Kourou spaceport in South America

To celebrate this date, we invite the radio-ham community to support the e-st@r-II mission: participate in the contest to listen out for our CubeSat from orbit!

We have prizes for the first to receive the e-st@r-II signal and for the one who will provide us with the higher number of packets received in the first month in orbit!

All details of the competition can be found at our official webpage:

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Thank you in advance for your help in collecting TLM packets….. and break a leg!


e-st@r-II frequency: 437.485 MHz CW and 1200 bps AFSK AX.25

CubeSats to launch from Kourou