AO-73 (FUNcube-1) – Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG
In November the FUNcube-1 CubeSat will have been in orbit for 6 years and the FUNcube team are now soliciting suggestions for the next satellite
The team are looking for suggestions for:
• Conformation of the satellite (2U / 3U)
• Orbit (LEO / MEO)
• STEM Outreach
• Amateur Radio Payloads
• Research Payloads
Please email your ideas to:
funcube-next <at> funcube.org.uk
The topic will be discussed during the AMSAT-UK Colloquium on Sunday 13th October 2019 https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/
If you would like to join the team, please email:
operations <at> funcube.org.uk
on behalf of the FUNcube Team
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
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.
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.
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
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
The 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
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