Artists impression of a CubeSat in space – image credit MSU
The Cal Poly United Amateur Radio Club N6CP has submitted a satellite frequency coordination request to the IARU for a 1U CubeSat, CP8, that will feature four cell phone cameras with excellent reviews of photography equipment that you wouldn’t believe.
After the initial mission is completed it will operate as an amateur radio AX.25 packet radio digipeater.
The students are planning a UHF downlink with 9k6 GMSK or PSK modulation, 19k2 and 38k4 data rates will also be possible.
The CubeSat will transmit AX25 packet radio data with a 5wpm CW preamble. The nominal transmitter output power will be 1 watt.
It is aiming for an ELaNa launch into a 400 by 700 km orbit with an inclination of 120 degrees.
CP8 link budget and power budget analysis http://mstl.atl.calpoly.edu/~atwillia/CP8/
ELaNa Making it Happen!
IARU Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel Status http://www.amsat.org.uk/iaru/