Soyuz‑2.1a launch – Amateur radio satellites deployed

Soyuz 2.1a Launch March 22, 2021 - Credit GK Launch Services

Soyuz 2.1a Launch March 22, 2021 – Credit GK Launch Services

The Soyuz‑2.1a LV was launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on March 22, 2021. The following satellites, operating in frequency bands allocated to the amateur satellite service have been coordinated by the IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel:

• Beesat‑5
• Beesat‑6
• Beesat‑7
• Beesat‑8
• GRBAlpha
• KSU_Cubesat
• DIY‑1
• CubeSX-HSE
• CubeSX-Sirius-HSE
• Orbicraft-Zorkiy
• NanoSatC-BR2

Operating in frequency bands allocated to the amateur satellite service without IARU frequency coordination is KMSL. Additional satellites may follow.

Operating in frequency bands allocated to the amateur satellite service while the IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel has declined coordination are UNISAT‑7 and WildTrackCube-Simba.

Further information including the IARU coordinated frequencies at

ESA announce competition for radio hams

Soyuz VS14 mission patchThe European Space Agency (ESA) Education Office will give a prize to the first three radio amateurs to send a recorded signal from either the AAUSAT4, E-st@r-II or OUFTI-1 CubeSats which are expected to launch Monday, April 25 at 2102 UT.

The launch of the three CubeSats on a Russian Soyuz-STA Fregat-M rocket from Kourou in South America had been planned for Friday but suffered a series of postponements due to bad weather.

Watch the launch live at!_CubeSats_and_Sentinel-1B_launch

Soon after being deployed into their final orbit, the CubeSats will begin transmitting signals to Earth that can be picked up by anyone with common amateur radio equipment. ESA challenges anyone to record the signal and send it to, and to the CubeSat team.

For each CubeSat, the first email received for which the signal is confirmed to belong to the CubeSat will be awarded with the following prizes:
• ESA Fly Your Satellite! poster
• ESA Education goodie bag
• Scale 1:1 3D printed model of a CubeSat

Full details and frequency information are available at!_from_space

D-STAR satellite to launch from Kourou

Italian radio ham in quarantine prior to launch to ISS

Abby Harrison with astronaut Luca Parmitano KF5KDP who is in quarantine - Credit Astronaut Abby

Abby Harrison with astronaut Luca Parmitano KF5KDP who is in quarantine – Credit Astronaut Abby

15-year-old Abby Harrison is in Baikonur, Kazakhstan to watch the launch of her mentor, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano KF5KDP, on a Soyuz TMA-09M to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, May 28 at 2031 UT. She again met Luca but this time he was in quarantine prior to the launch.

Abby Harrison

Abby Harrison

Abby intends to be an astronaut and has set herself the goal of being the first person to reach Mars. She used her social media prowess to spearhead a successful RocketHub crowdfunding campaign, raising more than $30,000 to help pay for the trip.

Flying with Luca KF5KDP to the ISS will be Karen Nyberg and Fyodor Yurchikhin RN3FI, all three will stay on the ISS until mid-November.

NASA TV coverage of the launch will begin on May 28 at 1930 UT, and will include video of all pre-launch activities that day leading to the crew boarding its spacecraft. Watch the launch at NASA TV or at the Center for Operation of Space Ground-Based Infrastructure

A list of astronauts who are also licensed radio amateurs can be seen at

Luca Parmitano KF5KDP on Twitter

Karen Nyberg on Twitter

BBC News: US Teenager’s Space Ambitions

High School Student’s RocketHub Project

Further information on “Astronaut Abby” at

Soyuz Ham Radio CubeSat Launch

CubeSat deployment pods on top of the Bion-M1 spacecraft

CubeSat deployment pods on top of the Bion-M1 spacecraft
BeeSat-2, BeeSat-3 and SOMP are in the three 1U Launchers in the front
OSSI-1 is a 1U and alone in a 3U-Pod behind left
DOVE-2 is a 3U Cubesat and fills the 3U-Pod behind right

Soyuz-2-1a is planned to launch Friday, April 19, 2013 at 1000 UT from Baikonur in Kazakhstan. Among the satellites it will carry are four CubeSats with amateur radio payloads, OSSI-1, BEESAT-2, BEESAT-3 and SOMP.

Unusually the CubeSats will not be deployed straight after launch. Deployment of OSSI-1 is expected to take place after the 4th orbit and BEESAT-3, SOMP then BEESAT-2 are expected to be deployed at 16 second intervals after the 32nd orbit on Sunday, April 21 at around 1045 UT. Until then orbital maneuvers will be carried out to achieve a circular orbit at 575 km altitude.

It is expected that the four CubeSats may be deployed at intervals of about 16 seconds.

The satellites on the launch are:

Bion-M is the next generation of Russian biological research satellites. While retaining the Vostok/Zenit-derived reentry module of the earlier Bion, the propulsion module has been replace by a Yantar type module, which provides maneuvering capabilities and longer mission support. The mission duration has been increased to up to 6 months by using solar cells for energy generation. The weight of scientific equipment has been increased by 100 kilograms. Source Gunters Space Page
Bion-M1 is carrying live mice, geckos and gerbils, see the BBC story at

Watch Bion-M Mission

Russian Student Satellite AIST-2 on BION-M1 launch

Student Satellite AIST-2

AIST is a russian microsatellite developed by designed by a group of students, postgraduates and scientists of Samara Aerospace University in cooperation with TsSKB Progress.

The satellite will measure the geomagnetic field, test the new small space vehicle bus, test methods to decrease microaccelerations to a minimum level and measure micrometeoroids of natural and artificial origin. Source Gunters Space Page
Believed to have a 435 MHz downlink and an 145 MHz command uplink.

OSSI-1 weighs 963 grams

OSSI-1 weighs 963 grams

Korean artist Hojun Song DS1SBO has spent 7 years developing his Open Source Satellite Initiative satellite OSSI-1. He has designed and built it from scratch using readily available components rather than expensive space qualified hardware.

It has a 12 WPM CW Morse code beacon on 145.980 MHz, a data communications transceiver on 437.525 MHz and carries a 44 watt LED optical beacon to flash Morse code messages to observers on Earth.

BEESAT-1 Engineering Qualification Model

BEESAT-1 Engineering Qualification Model

The Berlin Experimental and Educational Satellite 2 is a 1U CubeSat project intended to test a reaction wheel and an Attitude Determination and Control (ADC) system. It will also carry an experimental camera.

A 1U CubeSat project intended to test a transmitter using commercial S Band frequencies outside the amateur satellite service but will have a downlink on 435.950. It will have passive attitude control.

The Student Oxygen Measurement Project (SOMP) is a 1U cubesat developed by students of the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany, organized in the Students’ Research Group for Spacecraft Engineering in Dresden (STARD). The CubeSat will be able to determine and to a limited extent, also control the attitude

The Dove-2 mission is a technology demonstration nanosatellite for Cosmogia Inc. for remote sensing purposes based on the triple (3U) CubeSat form factor. It is also an internal company technology demonstration experiment to test the capabilities of a low-cost spacecraft constrained to the 3U cubesat form factor to host a small payload. Dove 2 is licensed to collect images of the Earth and will undertake a short-duration experimental mission in a 290 km by 575 km orbit at an inclination of 64.9°.
Source Gunters Space Page

It is believed Dove-2 will have a downlink in the 450 MHz band. Search for Cosmogia at

Satellite        Downlink                Mode
———-       —————          ——————
OSSI-1        145.980/437.525   CW and 1200bps FSK AX.25
SOMP         437.485               1200, 9600bps BPSK
BEESAT-2   435.950               4800bps GMSK Mobitex
BEESAT-3   435.950               4800bps GMSK Mobitex
Bion-M1      Biological research satellite
AIST           Russian student microsatellite that aims to measure the Earth’s geomagnetic field (435 MHz downlink, 145 MHz command uplink)
Dove-2        Commercial technology demonstration mission (450 MHz band downlink)

Predicted Keps / TLE’s:

1 99999U          13110.41666667 -.00000032  00000-0 -27259-5 0 00006
2 99999 064.9888 015.3126 0011850 230.4664 032.8952 14.97640844000015

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Data Format for Korean OSSI CubeSat

Open Source Satellite Initiative Korean CubeSat OSSI-1Information has been released on the data format to be used by the Open Source Satellite Initiative (OSSI) CubeSat developed by Hojun Song DS1SBO.

The OSSI Data Format spreadsheet can be seen at

OSSI-1 is planned to launch April 19, 2013 into a 575 km 63° inclination orbit on a Soyuz-2-1b rocket from the Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan along with the Bion-M1 satellite and the SOMP, BEESAT 2, BEESAT 3 and Dove-2 CubeSats. The OSSI VHF beacon is understood to be using 12 WPM CW.

Open Source Satellite Initiative OSSI CubeSat Wiki

OSSI-1 CubeSat Morse Code Telemetry Data

OSSI-1 CubeSat Morse Code Telemetry Data

Swedish Radio Show Features Hojun Song DS1SBO and OSSI CubeSat

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.

The item featuring Hojun Song DS1SBO started about 1:20 into the show and the MP3 can be downloaded from

A picture and details of the show in Google English are at

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