CubeBug-1 is the first technology demonstration mission for a new CubeSat platform design (mechanics, hardware and software) intended to be released as Open Source and Open Hardware for its use in Amateur projects, University projects and research labs.
A CZ-2D rocket launch
The project is sponsored by the Argentinian Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation.
Payloads on this first mission include:
• an ARM based on-board computer
• a nano-reaction wheel with its driver circuit
• a low resolution camera
all based on COTS components
CubeBug-1 is a 2U CubeSat and uses a 1 watt output AstroDev Lithium Li-1 on 437.445 MHz using 1200 bps AX.25 AFSK FM packet radio, callsign LU1VZ-11. Depending on the mode of the satellite the beacons will be transmitted every 10 to 30 seconds. Telemetry information is at http://1.cubebug.org/coms/telemetry
The team say “Please, if you hear the satellite, lets as know by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you decode a beacon or save its audio, please please please, share it with us!”.
After the technology demonstration part of the mission is over, the satellite will enter a mode that will include services to the Amateur radio community, including an AX.25 Packet Radio Digipeater, science data downloads from the payload (including images if possible).
CubeBug-1 is expected to launch on a Long March CZ-2D rocket from the Jiuquan Space Center on April 26, 2013 at 0413 UT. After 816.5 seconds the CubeBug-1 will be deployed from the rocket. Orbital data including TLE is at http://1.cubebug.org/orbit
Other satellites on the same launch include NEE-01 Pegasus (910 MHz) and TURKSAT-3USAT (145/435 MHz linear transponder).
Watch a CubeBug-1 video at http://vimeo.com/56055215
CubeBug-1 website http://1.cubebug.org/
Follow #CubeBug1 on Twitter @CubeBug1 https://twitter.com/CubeBug1
Keplerian Two Line Elements (TLEs) ‘Keps’ for CubeSats are at
TLEs / ‘Keps’ for new satellites launched in past 30 days
Free satellite tracking software:
• SimpleSat Look Down http://www.tomdoyle.org/SimpleSatLookDown/
• Gpredict http://gpredict.oz9aec.net/
• Orbitron http://www.uk.amsat.org/?p=9051