Vega is planned to launch on Monday, February 13, between 1000-1300 UT from the ESA launch site at Kourou in the Caribbean. It will carry eight student built amateur radio satellites comprising seven CubeSats and a microsatellite called ALMASat-1.
ALMASat-1 – University of Bologna, Italy
437.465 MHz 1200 bps FSK and 2407.850 MHz
e-st@r – Politecnico di Torino, Italy
437.445 MHz 1200 bps AFSK
Goliat – University of Bucharest, Romania
437.485 MHz 1200 bps AFSK
MaSat-1 – Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
437.345 MHz GFSK 625/1250 bps, CW
PW-Sat1 – Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
There are 5 modes of operation on the 145.900 MHz downlink:
– Receive only – no downlink
– CW Beacon CW – On-Off Keying (OOK) CW 12 WPM
– BPSK Beacon – BPSK 1200 bps AX25 (1 frame on 20 sec)
– Control communication mode. Downlink BPSK 1200 bps AX25
– Voice Repeater mode (aka “AO-16” mode) – uplink 435.020 MHz FM and downlink 145.900 MHz DSB
Robusta – University of Montpellier 2, France
437.325 MHz? (website says now 437.350 MHz) 1200 bps FM telemetry with one data burst of 20 secs every 1 min
UNICubeSAT -University of Rome, Italy
437.305MHz 9600 bps FSK
XaTcobeo – Universidade de Vigo, Spain
437.365 MHz FFSK with AX.25
Watch the launch live at http://www.videocorner.tv/
The student teams have requested reception reports. All observers are being encouraged to join the CubeSat IRC chat channel to pass on their news and comments in realtime. You will need an IRC client such as ChatZilla for Firefox or mIRC to join the cubesat chat. Use the irc.freenode.net server. Then join the #cubesat channel. Many users set their chat nickname to “name_callsign”.
Preliminary Vega TLE’s (KEPS) for launch at 1000, 1100 and 1200 UT here
Assuming a 1000 UT launch the satellites should deploy their antennas and start transmitting at about 1140 UT. It looks like the first to get good reception will be Central America followed quickly by a pass up the East coast of North America. The first pass for the United Kingdom should be a horizon skimmer across the NW at around 1207 UT.
Vega Elliptical Orbit Video http://www.uk.amsat.org/4119
N2YO Real Time Satellite Tracking http://www.n2yo.com/
Satscape Satellite Tracking Software http://www.satscape.info/home/?q=node/2
IZ8BLY Vox Recoder http://antoninoporcino.xoom.it/VoxRecorder/
Free Sound Recorder http://www.sound-recorder.biz/freesoundrecorder.html
For the latest information on newly launched satellites check the AMSAT Bulletin Board (AMSAT-BB) http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/tools/maillist/
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