Videos of the Amateur Radio CubeSat FUNcube-1

Flight and Engineering Models of FUNcube-1 with FUNcube-2 boards

A collection of videos have been released showing work on the FUNcube-1 spacecraft that is aiming to launch on a DNEPR from Yasny with 17 other satellites carrying amateur radio payloads in the first half of 2013.

The videos include a time-lapse of FUNcube-1 flight integration in the ISIS clean-room.
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FUNcube-2 boards delivered to Clyde Space for UKube-1 Nanosatellite

Steve Greenland of Clyde Space receives the AMSAT-UK FUNcube-2 boards that will be incorporated into UKube-1

Steve Greenland of Clyde Space receives the AMSAT-UK FUNcube-2 boards that will be incorporated into UKube-1

On Friday, October 19, after some final testing and characterisation checks completed at the facilities of ISIS BV in Delft, AMSAT-UK handed over the set of three PCBs that form the FUNcube-2 subsystem on the UKube-1 spacecraft to Clyde Space Ltd in Glasgow. Clyde Space are leading the development and assembly of this CubeSat project for the UK Space Agency.

The PCBs were taken to Glasgow in a Pelicase by Graham Shirville G3VZV who handed them to Steve Greenland Systems Engineer at Clyde Space.

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Autumn Issue of OSCAR News

The cover of OSCAR News issue 199 shows the FUNcube-1 CubeSat during a “fit check” of the Flight Model hardware at ISIS BV in The Netherlands. (See FUNcube Project update, page 11). Picture by Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

The Autumn (Fall) edition of the AMSAT-UK newsletter OSCAR News is now at the printers and should be posted to members soon.

In this issue
• A filtered 2m preamp for wideband receivers by David Bowman G0MRF
• A Multi-purpose Portable Setup: Working low-earth orbit satellites from any place (part 2 of 2)  by Ivo Klinkert, PA1IVO
• A full update on the FUNcube Project
• Experiments with Orbital Decay by John Heath G7HIA
• Minutes of the 2012 Annual General Meeting
• A report on the 27th AMSAT-UK Colloquium
• The Parkes Dish tracking the Mars Science Laboratory landing by John M. Sarkissian

AMSAT-UK Membership year lasts for 12 months starting on January 1 each year.

If you join after July 31 of any particular year, then you will receive complimentary membership for the whole of the following year, i.e. join on October 8, 2012, and you have nothing to pay until Dec 31, 2013.

Now is a very good time to join.

AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch

AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch

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These separate rates go to offset the extra postage costs involved in mailing our quarterly publication, “Oscar News”, to different parts of the World.

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AMSAT-UK Colloquium – Visit to SSTL Kepler Building


SSTL Kepler Building

The 27th AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium, is open to all. It takes place September 15-16 at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ and will provide an opportunity to visit the satellite facilities in the new Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) Kepler Building.

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Radio Amateur Reaches Mongolia in Fiat Panda

The Uncertainly Principle 1.1 litre Fiat Panda with AMSAT-UK Logo

The Uncertainly Principle 1.1 litre Fiat Panda with AMSAT-UK Logo

Despite a small war in Tajikistan Neil Melville PA9N and Helen Woolnough, driving their 9 year old 1.1 litre Fiat Panda, have now made it to Mongolia. On Sunday, August 19 their location was given as 46.37 N, 96.25 E.

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AMSAT-UK Membership.

AMSAT-UK Membership.

There has never been a more exciting time for you to join one of the UK’s largest group of people who have an interest in Amateur radio satellites/space activities from all around the world.
AMSAT-UK has an ever growing membership base from shortwave listeners to satellite  engineers, amateur radio in space is becoming more affordable with the
concept of Cubesats.

The AMSAT-UK FUNcube  projects aims to be at the forefront with a launch of it’s very own educational Cubesat in 2012

AMSAT-UK is a voluntary organisation that was formed in 1975 and has provided invaluable assistance to the Amateur satellite programme and continues to be at the forefront of satellite research and design, benefits of membership include a full colour Oscar News magazine (Sample here) that is packed with articles and information relating to our ever growing hobby.
AMSAT-UK has a great Website with all the latest news and articles that are updated on a almost daily basis,there you will find information for the newcomer to the more advance
user,an online shop stocks items from the LVB satellite antenna tracker to booking a room for the forthcoming AMSAT-UK Colloquium 2012 Fri 14 Sep to Sun 16 Sep
A regular net is also held on Sunday’s on 3.780 MHz +/- QRM, at 10 AM (local)  Membership is open to clubs, schools, companies, etc, and individuals from around the world.

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