Nexus S PhoneSat v2 Plans Summer 2013 Launch

PhoneSat v2 is a technology demonstration mission intended to increase the functional capabilities of PhoneSat v1 and demonstrate complete satellite functionally in a low cost package.

The satellite is built around the Nexus S smartphone which will be running the Android operating system and will be enclosed in a standard 1U CubeSat structure.

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NROL-36 TLE lottery – update from DK3WN

Mike Rupprecht DK3WN 640

Mike Rupprecht DK3WN

Mike Rupprecht DK3WN continues his investigation to match the NORAD Two-Line Element Sets for Objects D to K to the CubeSats that were deployed by the NROL-36 mission on September 13.

Read the results in his Satellite Blog at

Aeneas – University of Southern California

Amateur Radio CubeSats Launched from Vandenberg

CSSWE - University of Colorado Boulder

CSSWE – University of Colorado Boulder

On September 13, 2012 at 2139 UT an Atlas V rocket launched a combination of 11 satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California for the US Government and NASA ELaNa university CubeSats.

Nick Pugh K5QXJ reports hearing CSSWE on 435.345 MHz.

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Four Cameras and Digipeater on CP8 CubeSat

Artists impression of a CubeSat in space – image credit MSU

The  Cal Poly United Amateur Radio Club N6CP has submitted a satellite frequency coordination request to the IARU for a 1U CubeSat, CP8, that will feature four cell phone cameras with excellent reviews of photography equipment that you wouldn’t believe.

After the initial mission is completed it will operate as an amateur radio AX.25 packet radio digipeater.

The students are planning a UHF downlink with 9k6 GMSK or PSK modulation, 19k2  and 38k4 data rates will also be possible.

The CubeSat will transmit AX25 packet radio data with a 5wpm CW preamble. The nominal transmitter output power will be 1 watt.

It is aiming for an ELaNa launch into a 400 by 700 km orbit with an inclination of  120 degrees.

CP8 link budget and power budget analysis

ELaNa Making it Happen!

IARU Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel Status

PrintSat – An Amateur Radio 3D Printer CubeSat

The image shows the building of a CubeSat with Additive Manufacturing with the WINDFORM XT. Image Credit Windform

Students at Montana Sate University (MSU) are planning to build their new amateur radio satellite PrintSat with nano-carbon-impregnated plastic using a 3D printer.

David Klumpar KD7MFJ of MSU said 3D printing “will further lower the costs and speed the development of very small satellites, enabling future scientific missions comprised of dozens of satellites flying in formation.”

Jim White WD0E, president of Colorado Satellite Services, explained that “Additive manufacturing (also called 3-D printing) has evolved in the past few years to be a very inexpensive and fast way to make mechanical parts. With PrintSat, the entire structure of the small satellite will be printed. As the first use of additive manufacturing for a satellite, we plan to show it’s not only cheaper and faster, but that we can make parts that cannot be made in traditional ways.”

When in orbit PrintSat will measure and report on the characteristics of the Windform XT2.0 printed material and plating during its mission life in order to verify the utility of additive manufacturing for spacecraft structures and mechanisms.

PrintSat plans to use the same frequencies as RAMPART and use GMSK 9k6 Ax.25 packet radio. It is aiming for a May 2103 launch from the Wallops Flight Facility into a 500km 40 degree inclination orbit.

Other satellites planning to fly on the same launch include Blacknight-1, Spa-1 Trailblazer, Phonesat, Kysat- II, Rampart, NPS-SCAT, Copper, TJSat, Tethersat, Lunar orbiter/lander CubeSat, Swampsat, Cape-2, Dragonsat-1 and Ethersat.

Montana State University Space Science and Engineering Laboratory

Windform XT2.0

IARU Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination Status Pages

Student CubeSat CATSAT II and Hydrogen Peroxide Propulsion

Students at the University of Vermont are working on a Cubesat project CATSAT II sponsored by the University and NASA.

The team have been experimenting with Hydrogen Peroxide Propulsion. In this video Mohamed Metwally, Eric Niebylski, Rudy Raab and Drew Swomley provide a brief overview of the project.

Watch UVM Capstone Design 2011/2012 – CATSAT II

NASA’s CubeSat program helps students take part in space experiments.

Watch Launch of Nanosatellites