AMSAT-UK payload on ESEO has been activated

Frame received by PQ2HX in Brazil at around 14:17 UTC on April 12, 2019

Frame received by PQ2HX in Brazil at around 14:17 UTC on April 12, 2019

ESA have just released a new mission update for the ESEO Mission. It can be seen at https://www.esa.int/Education/ESEO/ESEO_mission_updates

We are delighted that on April 12, 2019, the BPSK telemetry transmitter, on our payload, was enabled for a period of just over 200 minutes in orbit!

ESEO AMSAT-UK Payload Telemetry Data

ESEO AMSAT-UK Payload Telemetry Data

Although we were not able to announce this activation in advance, more than ten stations around the world successfully received the telemetry on 145.895 MHz and submitted it to the FUNcube Data Warehouse. We are very grateful to them for their support.

Over 50 channels of Real Time and Whole Orbit Data were collected. For example, a number of on-board temperatures are shown in this graph which covers the period from 11:58 to 13:36 UTC

The very last frame received was captured by PQ2HX in Brazil at around 14:17 UTC.

We are keenly awaiting further possibilities to exercise more of the payload as soon as this becomes possible but, in the meantime, is good to know that all the telemetry channels reported nominal values.

FUNcube Patch on ESA PFC 71

 

Neil Melville-Kenney PA9N wearing FUNcube Patch on ESA PFC 71 - Credit Novespace and ESA

Neil Melville-Kenney PA9N wearing FUNcube Patch on ESA PFC 71 – Credit Novespace and ESA

Neil Melville-Kenney, PA9N, has been a long time supporter of amateur radio space since the days of the SSETI Express mission. He is presently the ESA Parabolic Flight Coordinator and today took the opportunity to fly a FUNcube patch during the ESA PFC 71 microgravity mission.
https://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_and_Robotic_Exploration/Research/Science_on_a_plane_ESA_s_next_parabolic_flight_campaign

FUNcube Mission Patch

Neil presented an account of his activities during the 2018 AMSAT-UK Colloquium and the three FUNcubes, AO73, EO88 and JO97 continue to provide a 24/7 service with their 2 metre downlinks.

You can follow Neil on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NMK_ZeroG

The FUNcube Mission Patch is available from the AMSAT-UK shop at
https://shop.amsat-uk.org/FUNCube_Mission_Patch/p3815740_15628523.aspx

FUNcube Data Warehouse URL Change

Dave G4DPZ reports on a change to the URL used by the AMSAT-UK Data Warehouse for the FUNcube amateur radio satellites.

As part of the migration of the data warehouse to the new server, we are now redirecting all dashboard data submissions to: http://data.amsat-uk.org/
(there is no need to change your dashboard settings)
Hence, all information at http://warehouse.funcube.org/ will no longer be updated.

I will be merging the scores at http://data.amsat-uk.org/ranking
(I am at the top of the list because of data migration)

You can search for your site name or order the columns by clicking on the column header.

There have been requests for the existing style of ranking, including age colour, for each satellite. I will be implementing this in the next couple of days.

Hope you like the new site and and feedback will be welcome.

73 Dave, G4DPZ
g4dpz<at>funcube.org.uk

Scouts participate in FUNcube Challenge

JOTA 2018 PV8DX - Scout Rebeka - 15RR Valentes de DaviThe JOTA-JOTI FUNcube Challenge involved the FUNcube-1 (AO-73) satellite which transmitted a special Enigma message during Jamboree On The Air (JOTA-JOTI) on October 19-21.

15RR Valentes de Davi scouts

15RR Valentes de Davi scouts

The message was coded using the Enigma cipher machine. After receiving the message, transmitted on a frequency of 145.935 MHz in 1200 bps BPSK, the scouts could determine the deciphering key and Enigma settings by correctly answering 10 space and satellite related questions.

Paulo PV8DX reports the 15RR Valentes de Davi scout group from the city of Boa Vista in the state of Roraima, Brazil were among those who decoded the message.

In the UK the Chertsey Radio Club reports they ran a special event station GB6SS for the Sixth Staines Scouts. In addition to using the digital ode FT-8, see report, the scouts also decoded the FUNcube-1 Enigma message.

Watch Sixth Staines Scouts with Chertsey Radio Club completing JOTA FUNcube Challenge

Boa Vista Brazil 2018-10-21_16-30-21

ESEO student satellite to enter final test phase

Dr Chris Bridges M0IEB and Pete Bartram conduct uplink command testing on the ESEO payload in the grounds of University of Surrey

Dr Chris Bridges M0IEB and Pete Bartram conduct uplink command testing on the ESEO payload in the grounds of University of Surrey

The European Student Earth Orbiter (ESEO) satellite carries the AMSAT-UK FUNcube-4 amateur radio 1260/145 MHz FM transponder. On September 27 it successfully completed the vibrations test.

In the past few years, ten student teams from different European universities have combined forces to produce essential equipment for the spacecraft, including subsystems parts, scientific or technology demonstration instrumentation, and the ground mission control support for this micro-satellite mission, planned to fly to Low Earth Orbit later this year.

The project reached an important milestone on August 28, 2018, when the assembly integration of the ESEO spacecraft was declared complete. In this phase all the satellite’s physical parts were assembled together, and all functional interconnections were checked to confirm they work as required.

On September 27, 2018 ESEO reached another key milestone, when it successfully completed the vibrations test campaign at SITAEL’s premises in Mola di Bari, Italy. ESEO has now demonstrated that its design is solid enough to safely withstand the mechanical solicitations it will undergo during the rocket launch.

In the next couple of weeks it will undergo the so-called thermal vacuum and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) tests at ESA’s ESTEC site in the Netherlands.

Read the full ESA story at
http://www.esa.int/Education/ESEO/A_step_closer_to_launch_-_ESEO_student_satellite_to_enter_final_test_phase

AMSAT-UK ESEO page
https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/communications/eseo/

ESEO satellite FUNcube-4 transponder talk will take place at the RSGB Convention on Sunday, October 14. The talk will be streamed live to a global audience, details at
https://amsat-uk.org/2018/08/27/eseo-satellite-funcube-4/

6th Staines Scouts receive FUNcube-1 message

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

The Chertsey Radio Club got some good publicity for both amateur radio and the FUNcube-1 (AO-73) satellite in the Heathrow Villager newspaper published on November 4, 2017.

Club members James Preece M0JFP, Ian Parbery 2E0IPP and Bob Conduit M6FLT along with the 6th Staines Scout Group ran a Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) station GB6SS.

During the event the FUNcube-1 satellite transmitted a special Fitter Message from Space that the Scouts successfully decoded, it said:
“ChertseyRC: GB6SS have fun celebrating 60 years of JOTA 6th Staines Scouts, Cubs and Beavers 20 Oct 17”

Download a PDF of the Heathrow Villager newspaper, the article is on page 5
http://www.heathrowvillager.co.uk/download/i/mark_dl/u/4005923139/4633391054/Villager%20031117a.pdf

What is a FUNcube-1 Fitter message? https://funcube.org.uk/ground-segment/fitter-messages/

Awarding 6th Staines Cubs with their Communicators badges
http://chertseyradioclub.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/awarding-6t-staines-cubs-with-their.html

The Chertsey Radio Club were recently presented with the RSGB Region 10 small Club of the Year award
http://chertseyradioclub.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/chertsey-presented-small-coty-2016.html