Dnepr Launch Animation Video

A Dnepr launch

A Dnepr launch

The Dnepr rocket is a converted ICBM used for launching satellites into orbit, operated by launch service provider ISC Kosmotras. The first launch, on April 21, 1999, successfully placed UoSAT-12, a 350 kg demonstration mini-satellite, into a 650 km circular Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

It is based on the R-36MUTTH ICBM designed by the Yuzhnoe Design Bureau in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. Its control system was developed and produced by the JSC “Khartron”, Kharkiv. The Dnepr is a three-stage rocket using storable hypergolic liquid propellants. The launch vehicles used for satellite launches are withdrawn from service with the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces and stored for commercial use. A group of 150 ICBMs can be converted for use and are available until 2020. The Dnepr can be launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan and a newly created Cosmodrome at the Dombarovsky launch base, near Yasny, in the Orenburg region of Russia.

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FUNcube-1 ZDNET Article

Jim Heck G3WGM on an AMSAT-UK Stand

Jim Heck G3WGM

Journalist David Meyer interviewed AMSAT-UK’s Jim Heck G3WGM for an article on the FUNcube-1 satellite being built by AMSAT-UK volunteers.

School students will be able to send, via a moderator, ‘Fitter’ (as in ‘FUNcube Twitter’) messages of 200 characters to the CubeSat. FUNcube-1 will then transmit them on the 1200 bps BPSK beacon.

Read the article at http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/emerging-tech/2012/01/04/radio-amateurs-prep-launch-of-tiny-funcube-satellite-40094737/

The satellite will carry a 500 milliwatt 435 to 145 MHz linear transponder for SSB and CW communications.

FUNcube – Launch details and time frame finalised

FUNcube to be on show at the Association for Science Education conference Jan 5-7, 2012

UKube-1 final design approved

The UK space Agency and Astrium have just approved the final design of UKube-1 – the UK’s first CubeSat mission.

Artist's impression of UKube-1. Credit: Clydespace.

Artist's impression of UKube-1. Credit: Clydespace.

On Thursday and Friday last week (3rd and 4th November 2011), a young team of engineers from Clyde Space presented their final design to a team of experts for the Critical Design Review (CDR) – the typical ‘gateway’ for space missions to proceed into the flight build and implementation phase.

The CDR for Ukube-1 thus marks an important point in the development of the mission, establishing the robustness of the design, the level of technical risk and the schedule/resourcing for the completion of all the tasks to build the flight spacecraft.



At the CDR, the review panel scrutinised the design in detail to ensure it was sufficiently mature for flight. Key areas of focus included the structure and mechanisms, the communications system, the on board software and processing, the attitude control system and power generation.

At the end of the meeting the review board concluded that Ukube-1 had successfully passed CDR.

The next stage is the implementation of the mission that will lead to a launch on a Russian Dneper rocket (ex ICBM converted for small satellite launches) towards the end of 2012.

More on the aims and objectives of Ukube-1 can be found in the missions section of the website.



The UK Space Agency’s pilot programme to design and launch a CubeSat – a miniature cube-shaped satellite that will allow the UK to test cutting-edge new technologies in space – is now well underway. In December 2010 the payload competition for the pilot mission, UKube-1, stimulated more than 20 high quality proposals from UK industry and academia, and from these the Space Agency selected 7 excellent proposals for further development. In March 2011 four payloads were finally selected to fly on UKube-1. These will be integrated onto the spacecraft, which measures just 10cm x 10cm x 34cm, by Clyde Space. In addition UKube-1 will fly FunCube, an educational payload provided by AMSAT-UK, with the goal of enthusing and education young people about space, electronics, physics and radio.