University of Louisiana CAPE II CubeSat Designated LO-75

CAPE-2 CubeSat - University of Louisiana

CAPE-2 CubeSat – University of Louisiana

OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO announced the University of Louisiana’s CAPE II CubeSat has been designated as University of Louisiana OSCAR 75 or LO-75.

Bill wrote to AMSAT mentor Nick Pugh, K5QXJ, and the CAPE II CubeSat team, “I have been able to determine CAPE II has met all of the requirements for an OSCAR number. By the authority vested in me by the AMSAT-NA president, I hereby issue CAPE II the designation University of Louisiana OSCAR 75 or LO-75. I, and all of the amateur satellite community, wish LO-75 the best of success”.

CAPE II operates on 145.825 MHz FM with a CW beacon  with the callsign W5UL, it also includes a digipeater, text to speech operation, a simplex repeater, email and tweet functions. The ground station software can be downloaded from http://www.ulcape.org/

Watch CAPE-2 Voice beacon when mobile near east coast of India by Nitin Muttin VU3TYG

Ever since the launch of OSCAR 1 in 1961, it has been traditional for amateur radio satellites to carry the name OSCAR, for “Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio”. At the request of the original Project OSCAR organization, AMSAT-NA now administers the numbering of OSCAR satellites.

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) and AMSAT-NA have adopted the paper Information for Developers of Satellites Planned to Use Frequency Bands Allocated to the Amateur-Satellite Service, which can be found at http://www.iaru.org/amateur-radio-satellite-frequency-coordination.html

The OSCAR Numbers Policy page is at http://www.amsat.org/amsat/amsat-na/oscar.html

Source AMSAT News Service (ANS)

CAPE-2 spoke with the voice of Darth Vader!

CAPE-2 CubeSat - University of Louisiana

CAPE-2 CubeSat – University of Louisiana

Roland PY4ZBZ reports that the CAPE-2 amateur radio CubeSat responded to a “Send Text to Speech” command with “Hello P Y 4 Z B Z” in the voice of Darth Vader.

Listen to the recording at
http://tinyurl.com/PY4ZBZ-Cape-2-Darth-Vader

AMSAT Bulletin Board (AMSAT-BB)
http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/tools/maillist/

CAPE-2 Ground Station Software Lite Edition Published

CAPE-2 CubeSat - University of Louisiana

CAPE-2 CubeSat – University of Louisiana

Rizwan Merchant KF5BNL writes: I am pleased to announce the first public release of the CAPE-2 GroundStation Software Lite Edition has been released. The software will help decode, receive data and send limited commands to the satellite in orbit. For more information, refer to the link below.

Link: http://ulcape.org/cape-2-groundstation-software-lite-published/

For all users, please use this program when tracking CAPE-2, and try issuing both commands, and send us back the results. The data obtained from these commands are very valuable to the team, and we appreciate the help and support from everyone the past few weeks.

UPDATE: Following the requests from the community to allow users to input custom baud rates for the serial settings, I have released a newer version of the ground station software. Please uninstall your old copies, and install the new one.

Thanks and please email me at Rizwan at DigitalPhoenixProductions dot com if you need any help with the software.

Sincerely,
Rizwan Merchant KF5BNL

CAPE website http://ulcape.org/

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CAPE-2 Text-to-Speech heard in Japan
https://amsat-uk.org/2013/11/26/cape-2-text-to-speech-heard-in-japan/

Minotaur-1 ELaNa-4 satellites https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/elana-4-cubesats/

CAPE-2 Text-to-Speech heard in Japan

CAPE-2 CubeSat - University of Louisiana

CAPE-2 CubeSat – University of Louisiana

The Cajun Advanced Picosat Experiment satellite CAPE-2, built by students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, launched on a Monotaur-1 on November 20, 2013 at 0115 UT.

On November 24 Tetsurou Satou JA0CAW in Japan made this recording of CAPE-2′s Text to Speech functionality in action. The signal is weak, but it is saying: ”Hello I am the Satellite Project from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette” twice in the recording.

The CAPE-2  frequencies are 145.825 MHz FM and 437.325 MHz FSK. On the VHF FM frequency the beacon will be in CW and AX.25.

Update December 2, 2013:

Here is a link to all information the CAPE Team currently has for tracking the Satellite. A program will be released in the next few days to decode data.

http://ulcape.org/cape-2-tracking-update-12022013/

On behalf of the CAPE-2 Team, we would really appreciate any data you can relay to us on the satellite.

Sincerely,
Rizwan Merchant
Call Sign: KF5BNL

Justin Foley KI6EPH produced this video of the Minotaur-1 launch from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The ORS-3 mission carried STPSat-3 and 28 CubeSats. Of the CubeSats, 11 were provided by NASA LSP’s ELaNa 4 mission: CAPE-2, ChargerSat-1, COPPER, DragonSat, Ho’oponopono-2, KySat-2, PhoneSat, SwampSat, TJ3Sat, Trailblazer-1, Vermont Lunar CubeSat. Video taken from U-80, approximately 3.5 km (2.2 miles) from the launch pad.

Watch Minotaur I with STPSat-3 and 28 CubeSats 2013-11-19

Tetsurou Satou JA0CAW CAPE-2 recording http://ja0caw-je0mzi.mo-blog.jp/syumi/files/cape1124-13.mp3

CAPE website http://ulcape.org/

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Minotaur-1 ELaNa-4 satellites https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/elana-4-cubesats/