KiwiSAT – All systems are now flight ready

AMSAT-ZL KiwiSATThe KiwiSAT website reports that all hardware is complete and the KiwiSAT micro-satellite is operational. Final integration to launch ready awaits completion of command and control testing.

They say software is being developed and launch negotiation is underway in New Zealand. Earlier reports indicated that $1 million was required for a launch to a 700 km orbit.

Read the status report dated March 13, 2013 at

KiwiSAT hoping for launch mid-2013

The development of the amateur radio satellite KiwiSAT is completed and it is now ready for a LEO launch.

It carries a 435 or 1268 MHz to 145 MHz  linear transponder for SSB/CW operation.
* Transmit Power: 2 Watts PEP.
* Beacon frequency: 145.885 MHz
* Uplink: (U-Band) 435.265 to 435.235 MHz LSB or
* Uplink: (L-Band) 1268.880 to 1268.850 MHz LSB
* Down link: 145.850 to 145.880 MHz USB

The KiwiSAT website says the team have been in discussion with ISC Kosmatras for a DNEPR launch. They hope the satellite will be launched mid-2013.

The KiwiSAT team released a status update which can be read at

In addition to the transponder KiwiSAT also carries an Atitude Determination And Control (ADAC) experiment developed by students at Massey University.

Read the article Massey students create space satellite software at



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