RS-39 (Chibis-M) Deploys

RS-39 Chibis-M

RS-39 Chibis-M

RS-39 has CW beacons on 435.315 and 435.215 MHz that can be received directly by schools and colleges for educational outreach purposes. It deployed from Progress M-13M into a 500 km orbit on January 24 at approximately 23:18:30 UT.

On November 2, 2011 cargo ship “Progress M-13M”, which also delivered microsatellite “Chibis-M”, was docked with ISS. The main purpose of “Chibis-M” is the study of physical processes in the vicinity of the lightning, during which the Terrestrial Gamma Ray Flashes (TGFs) are generated. TGFs are likely produced by beams of very energetic electrons, which are accelerated in the intense electric fields generated by large thunderstorm systems.

The deployment of “Chibis-M” in a circular orbit of 500 km will take place during the final phase of “Progress M-13M” operation. According to the plan of the Russian Space Control Centre, undocking of “Progress M-13M” will occur at January 24, 01:59 msk and after two corrections it will be positioned at 500 km orbit. At January 25, 03:14 msk “Chibis-M” will separate. Beside scientific data “Chibis-M” will transmit service telemetry (the housekeeping parameters) in the beacon format on 435.315 or 435.215 MHz CW (Doppler shift +/- 10 kHz) and has the designation of RS-39. The format of data is typical for RS satellites and can be downloaded here.

The telemetry of RS-39 can be easily received directly by schools and colleges for educational outreach purposes. This telemetry will give details of the spacecraft’s health – battery voltages and temperatures of critical units. In combination with orbital data such information will be useful as the curriculum for student lessons.

The team of RS-39 will very much appreciate any reception reports of “Chibis-M”. Special attention is requested for the first orbits as these are outside of control stations for “Chibis-M”. Each report will be confirmed by special QSL card. The email address is

The RS-39 Chibis-M website managed the by Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) can be seen in Russian at or in Google English at

As well as measuring electromagnetic parameters of “space weather” in the spectrum 0.1 – 40 kHz the satellite also carries a receiver for the analysis of radio frequency signals in a frequency band of 26-48 MHz.

RS-39 Morse Code telemetry format

RS-39 Telemetry Decoder

RS-39 Real Time Tracking Map
For Keps click on two gear wheels in top left-hand corner then click on Satellites.

It may be worth checking the AMSAT Bulletin Board (AMSAT-BB) for the very latest news. The 48-hour archive of the AMSAT-BB is at or you can join the bulletin board at

Creation of AMSAT-Francophone

AMSAT-Francophone Logo

A new amateur radio satellite organisation, AMSAT-Francophone, was formed in December.

Following the disappearance of AMSAT-France a few months ago, some of the members who originally created AMSAT-France 16 years ago, thought it was still necessary to have a structure for the French amateur space activities and have created AMSAT-Francophone.

Among its aims are:

– Development of amateur satellites, technology and systems useful for the construction and / or use of amateur satellites

– Participation in national and international collaborations on non-commercial projects in space,

The AMSAT-Francophone website in Google English is at

or in French at

SwissCube update

On his French language website HB9AFO provides an update on the SwissCube amateur radio satellite.

He says that the Swiss EPFL Space Center annual meeting was held December 1.

EPFL operations with SwissCube are now finished. For the remainder of its life, SwissCube will be controlled by two stations: HB9MFL in Switzerland and a Dutch station.

Volker Gass and Muriel Richard (ex Noca) warmly thanked all those who participated in the project, including amateur radio. SwissCube was a complete success, both technical (with resolution of unforeseen problems) and human (many interested students and many sponsors for future experiments).

Although EPFL has projects in the pipeline none will use the amateur bands in the near future.

Thanks were given to all the radio hams who participated, directly or indirectly in the SwissCube project.

See the HB9AFO SwissCube page in Google English at

SwissCube Live Amateur Radio Information

EFL SwissCube

BD4SY 2m EME received with FUNcube Dongle

Berend Edema PA3ARK has received a 144 MHz EME transmission from Zhu ShaoHua BD4SY in Changshu City using an AMSAT-UKFUNcube Dongle SDR.

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He has also received the GB3VHF beacon on 144.430 MHz over a distance of 500 km

PA3ARK website in Google English:
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Join the FUNcube Yahoo Group at