FUNcube-1 (AO73) returns to full sunlight and continuous telemetry mode

AO-73 (FUNcube-1) - Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

AO-73 (FUNcube-1) – Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

After a few months of normal eclipse periods, FUNcube-1 (AO73) will, next week, re-enter full sunlight from next week for a period of approximately two months.

As we have been in continuous transponder mode for some time now, we have decided that, during this sunlight period, FUNcube-1 should operate in continuous high power telemetry mode. The change will be made within the next few days.

FUNcube-1 has now been in orbit for almost eight years and the telemetry indicates that all systems, including the battery and solar panels appear to operating as well now as they did immediately after launch!

GENESIS satellites to launch

AMSAT-EA GENESIS Satellites

AMSAT-EA GENESIS Satellites

After a year waiting, finally this Friday, September 3, at 01:00 UTC the digital GENESIS satellites are expected to launch from Vanderberg AFB aboard Firefly’s Alpha rocket in its maiden flight.

Update Sept 3. 2021: A flight anomaly resulted in the loss of the satellites.

Felix Paez EA4GQS reports:
“Unfortunately, the GENESIS satellites were destroyed along with the Firefly Alpha vehicle as it suffered an anomaly when it was travelling at Mach 1 speed about two minutes after the launch. It was Firefly’s first flight and it was the second attempt after the first had been aborted an hour earlier a few seconds before takeoff.

We are very proud of all the team work and very grateful for this opportunity Firefly has granted to us.

In January we will launch with SpaceX through Alba Orbital, our FM repeaters Hades and EASAT-2. We will keep you posted.”

These satellites are ASK (OOK) and CW repeaters. They transmit a lot of telemetry and also 19 different CW greeting messages in English and Spanish.

We would like to ask you all to please try to receive them as any information about their transmissions would be very valuable for us. These are the first satellites we build by ourselves and we need to learn everything we can of them. Waterfalls, audio USB receptions or IQ files would be very appreciated. Please send them to genesis@amsat-ea.org or to ea4gqs@amsat-ea.org. We will send you a nice QSL.

Initial keplerians are listed below. We expect to provide accurate ones a pair of days after the launch.

GENESIS-L
1 99999U 21200E 21246.13531250 .0011565 00000-0 00000-0 0 9990
2 99999 137.094 42.0460 0000473 210.6500 291.0540 15.90200000 16

GENESIS-N
1 99999U 21200E 21246.13531250 .0011565 00000-0 00000-0 0 9990
2 99999 137.094 42.0460 0000473 210.6500 291.0540 15.90200000 16

Frequencies:
GENESIS-L
145.875 MHz uplink, Modes: CW, ASK 50 bps
436.875 / 434.203 (aux) MHz downlink CW, ASK 50 bps, callsign AM2SAT

GENESIS-N
145.888 MHz uplink, Modes: CW y ASK 50 bps
436.888 / 434.216 (aux) MHz downlink CW ASK 50 bps, callsign AM3SAT

Live launch streaming will be held in the channel of EverydayAstronaut on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6uKrU_WqJ1R2HMTY3LIx5Q

More information about this launch can be found here:
https://everydayastronaut.com/flta001-dream-alpha/

Current countdown can be found here:
https://spacelaunchnow.me/launch/firefly-alpha-maiden-flight/

Full GENESIS transmission descriptions can be found here:
https://www.amsat-ea.org/app/download/12293076/AMSAT+EA+-+GENESIS+transmissions+description.pdf

Thanks in advance and regards,

Felix EA4GQS – AMSAT EA

AO-109 transponder available for use by efficient modes like FT4/CW

AMSAT FOXAMSAT has announced the transponder on the amateur satellite AO-109 (Fox-1E) is available for use by efficient modes such as FT4 or CW.

A statement on the AMSAT website says:

The AMSAT Engineering and Operations Teams are pleased to announce that AO-109 (RadFxSat-2/AMSAT Fox-1E) is now open for amateur use. Users are advised to use efficient modes such as CW or FT4 for making contacts, since issues with the satellite make SSB voice contacts challenging at best.

Please see the May/June 2021 issue (Vol. 44, No. 3) of The AMSAT Journal for an article by Burns Fisher, WB1FJ, and Mark Hammond, N8MH, detailing the various attempts to characterize AO-109 and its apparent problems.

On behalf of the Engineering and Operations Teams–

73,
Jerry, N0JY and Drew, KO4MA

AO-109 Frequencies
Inverting Linear Transponder
Uplink 145.860 MHz – 145.890 MHz
Downlink 435.760 MHz – 435.790 MHz
1k2 BPSK Telemetry 435.750 MHz (non-operational)

Source AMSAT https://www.amsat.org/ao-109-radfxsat-2-amsat-fox-1e-open-for-amateur-use/

AMSAT Bulletin Board http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/amsat-bb

MIR-SAT1 to deploy from ISS

MIR-SAT1 CubeSat

MIR-SAT1 CubeSat

The Mauritius Amateur Radio Society (MARS), is offering an Award to commemorate the deployment of the MIR-SAT1 CubeSat from the ISS, planned for June 22 at 10:55 GMT.

The award is open to all participating Radio Amateurs/SWLs worldwide and will be issued to those decoding MIR-SAT1 telemetry (TLM) and forwarding it to SatNogs.

Full details of the award and links to telemetry decoders are at
https://mars3b8.wordpress.com/2021/06/19/mir-sat1-special-award/

The deployment will be shown live on JAXA YouTube channel, the broadcast starts at 10:35 GMT on Tuesday, June 22.

The IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination page reports:

MIR-SAT1 is a 1U CubeSat mission with the following objectives:

1. Verify the performance of the on-board subsystems by receiving telemetry from the satellite and establish communication to and from the satellite (command and control).
2. Collect images of Mauritius and the Mauritian EEZ for capacity, building, experiment and research.
3. Experimental communication with other islands via the satellite (for scientific and/or emergency purposes), through a Radio Amateur digipeater payload.
4. V/U 9600bps GMSK digipeater may be open for Radio Amateur communication worldwide when the satellite not used for all above.

A downlink on 436.925 MHz has been coordinated. Decoders for the amateur radio community and schools have been developed by Chris AC2CZ and Daniel EA4GPZ and will be available in the public domain on their WEB sites/Github, Links will be provided before launch on Tweeter, AMSAT-BB and Space Mauritius, see
https://spacemauritius.com/#telemetry

For the digipeater operation it will be necessary to evaluate the power available after deployment to decide on opening same 24/7 or on scheduled time.

IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination pages http://amsat.org.uk/iaru/

Follow 3B8DU on Twiiter at https://twitter.com/3b8du

CHESS will not have an amateur payload

CHESS CubeSat - Credit EPFL Spacecraft Team

CHESS CubeSat – Credit EPFL Spacecraft Team

Two CHESS CubeSats had been planned to carry amateur radio linear transponders, however, it was announced on June 10, 2021, there will not be any amateur payload on the satellites.

A translation of the press release reads:

The CHESS project management, due to funding constraints, had to move the project towards a commercial cubesat platform. Space is scarce on this new platform to accommodate another payload. Subsequently, there is no longer an opportunity to carry a ham radio transponder on board.

The CHESS project management has correctly decided not to use frequencies in the amateur satellite service and to use earth exploration or experimental UHF- and X- band frequencies.

The ham community, who assured the funding of the transponder, is very disappointed by this decision, but must accept it.

Such projects always carry risks of one partner changing its mind. That is what happened here.

Many thanks to all who have actively supported the transponder project, especially the AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NL team.

AMSAT-HB announcement
https://www.amsat-hb.org/2021/06/10/chess-fliegt-ohne-amateurfunknutzlast/

January 2021 project announcement
https://amsat-uk.org/2021/01/14/chess-cubesat-constellation-funcube/

EASAT-2 and Hades launch delayed again

AMSAT-EA Hades PocketQube

AMSAT-EA Hades PocketQube

Spain’s URE reports the launch of EASAT-2 and Hades satellites have suffered another delay.

A translation of the URE post reads:

EASAT-2 and Hades, the communications satellites for radio amateurs built by AMSAT-EA, will not be able to be launched in June with SpaceX as planned, as the FAA (the American Aviation Administration) has rejected the license to the integrator Momentus Space, On whose orbital transfer vehicle Vigoride was to be mounted the AlbaPOD ejector from Alba Orbital, within which are the satellites of AMSAT EA, as well as other organizations and universities.

The reasons for the FAA’s rejection stem from the company’s capital structure, which, according to the American agency, could endanger the national security of the United States. The next launch opportunity could come in December.

EASAT-2 and Hades were to have been launched in January this year aboard a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket, but the Momentus license was also rejected by the FAA at the time.

Both satellites are FM and FSK voice repeaters, also having digitized voice recordings. Hades also incorporates an SSTV camera developed by the University of Brno in the Czech Republic and EASAT-2 incorporates as an experimental load a basaltic material from Lanzarote, similar to lunar basalts, provided by the research group on meteorites and planetary geosciences of the CSIC in the Institute of Geosciences, IGEO (CSIC-UCM) and that it could be used as a construction material on the Moon. This project was promoted and has the collaboration of the ETSICCP (UPM).

The frequencies coordinated with the IARU for both satellites are the following:

EASAT-2
• 145.875 MHz uplink, Modes: FM voice (without sub-tone) and FSK 50 bps
• 436.666 MHz downlink, Modes: FM voice, CW, FSK 50 bps, FM voice beacon with AM5SAT callsign

HADES
• 145.925 MHz uplink, Modes: FM voice (without sub-tone) and FSK 50 bps
• 436.888 MHz downlink, Modes: FM voice, CW FSK 50 bps, SSTV Robot 36, FM voice beacon with callsign AM6SAT

Source URE https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Spain

Read the May 2021 AMSAT-EA newsletter in English at

Click to access AMSAT-EA-Boletin_05-2021.pdf