(C) Tsuyoshi Watanabe Ebina City, Kanagawa Japan 1:24:23-1:24:25JST, 12 Dec 2012 Takahashi e160, Diameter short focus telescope 16cm (F=530mm, F3.3) Nikon D800E, ISO12800, 2 seconds exposure
Further transmissions from the optical LED beacon on the amateur radio CubeSat FITSAT-1 are planned for January 10-15. Weather permitting the satellite beacon should be visible using binoculars.
2013, Flashing LED Schedule (times GMT): 10th Jan. 23:57:30 – 23:59:30 New Delhi India (10Hz Green 2min) 11th Jan. 13:52:30 – 13:54:30 San Francisco USA (10Hz Green 2min) 12th Jan. 22:00:30 – 22:02:30 Bangalore India (10Hz Green 2min) 13th Jan. 14:41:30 – 14:43:30 Melbourne Australia (10Hz Red 2min) 14th Jan. 11:03:30 – 11:05:30 Oklahoma USA (10Hz Green 2min) 15th Jan. 22:27:30 – 22:29:30 Wulumuqi China (10Hz Green 2min)
The FITSAT-1 CubeSat was developed by students at the Fukuoka Institute of Technology (FIT) in Japan. As well as the optical LED experiment the satellite carries several amateur radio payloads: a CW beacon on 437.250 MHz, a telemetry beacon on 437.445 MHz and a high-speed data downlink on 5840.0 MHz.
Hojun Song DS1SBO and the NovaNano FlyMate deployer
On Monday, November 26 at 12:10 CET Swedish Radio broadcast a show about the Maker Movement that included an item on Hojun Song DS1SBO and the OSSI CubeSat that is planned to launch on a Soyuz-2-1b rocket into a 575 km 63° inclination orbit in April 2013.
FITSAT-1 plans to use LED’s to signal in Morse code
On Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) the Japanese students who built FITSAT-1 are planning to active the satellite’s LED optical array and flash a message in Morse code to Earth. The Morse message may be visible to the unaided eye.
According to Takushi Tanaka JA6AVG the students plan to start testing the optical system at the end of November.
The FITSAT-1 CubeSat was developed by students at the Fukuoka Institute of Technology (FIT) in Japan. In addition to the LED array it also has a CW beacon on 437.250 MHz, a data link on 437.445 MHz and a 5840.0 MHz data downlink.