SSO-A mission with Amateur Radio satellites launched December 3

SSO-A mission - credit Spaceflight

SSO-A mission – credit Spaceflight

Spaceflight’s SSO-A SmallSat Express mission, carrying many amateur radio satellites, launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 18:34 GMT on Monday, December 3.

Watch the launch at

ESEO 437.040 MHz beacon received by Surrey Space Centre

ESEO 437.000 MHz beacon received by Surrey Space Centre

64 small satellites from 17 countries were launched on this mission, some with amateur radio payloads. A full list of satellites, can be found at

Four microsatellites including ESEO, carrying an AMSAT-UK FUNcube-4 transponder, were deployed about 2 hours and 13 minutes after launch.

60 CubeSats including Jordan’s JY1SAT carrying a FUNcube-6 transponder and capable of transmitting Slow Scan Digital Video (SSDV) images deployed about 2 hours later.

JY1SAT received by Scott Chapman K4KDR

JY1SAT received by Scott Chapman K4KDR

Surrey Space Centre tweeted:
“A swarm of satellites heads over Guildford including a very large beacon from ESEO!”

Scott Chapman K4KDR tweeted:
“More SSO-A 2-meter IQ replay; JY1Sat 1k2 BPSK decoding perfectly w/ the Dashboard app. Very strong signal on 145.840!”

Provisional SatPC32 Doppler.sqf data from Peter 2M0SQL for tracking some Amateur Radio satellites on the launch is available at

Claude F5GVA has made available this Doppler.sqf file (Dec 2, 2018) from Zip File Here

See the Frequency Charts produced by Mike DK3WN

Satellites known to have Amateur Radio payloads are:

Al-Farabi 2
Downlink 436.500 MHz CW and GMSK-4800, 1 watt output
They say the first 10 radio amateurs to email reception reports will receive a memorial plaque free of charge

Downlink 437.250 MHz

Downlink on 437.000MHz and a transponder Uplink on 1263.500MHz
have been coordinated. A revised downlink frequency of 145.895 MHz has
been coordinated for FM voice and 1k2/4k8 BPSK telemetry

Downlink 145.900 MHz for FM repeater 67 Hz and digipeater downlink and for telemetry and
435.340 MHz for repeater and digipeater uplink

Fox 1C (Fox 1Cliff)
Downlink 145.920 MHz for FM voice and DUV data and Uplinks on 435.300 and 1267.300 MHz

Downlink 145.840 MHz and transponder downlink passband on
145.855-145.875 MHz with an inverting uplink on 435.100 – 435.120 MHz

Downlink TLM beacon 435.835 MHz, FM Repeater 436.225 MHz and for Data 2404.000 MHz. FM Repeater Uplink 145.980 MHz

Downlink 435.635 MHz

Downlink 437.450 MHz

Downlink 145.860 MHz and 2400.150 MHz

Downlink 437.250 MHz

To avoid a frequency clash with another mission, a revised downlink frequency of 145.950 MHz has been coordinated for 9k6 BPSK

Downlink 435.275 MHz

Downlink 437.150 MHz (A) and 437.475 MHz (B)

Downlink 437.275 MHz has been coordinated

Downlink 437.625 MHz and 2402 MHz

Downlink 437.775 MHz and 2410 MHz

Downlink 437.425 MHz

IARU coordinated satellite frequencies can be found at

New launch dates for SpaceX and Soyuz-2.1b Fregat-M

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell - Image credit SpaceX

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell – Image credit SpaceX

There are new launch dates for both SpaceX CRS-3 launching from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the Soyuz-2.1b, Fregat-M which will be launching from Baikonur in Kazakhstan.

On his website Mineo Wakita JE9PEL provides the following information:

SpaceX CRS-3 (Dragon C5) Falcon 9 v1.1 is now planned for March 16, 2014 at 0841 UT. It should be carrying these satellites:
• All-Star/THEIA, Colorado Space Grant Consortium, 2401.700 MHz
• Hermes-2, Colorado Space Grant Consortium, 437.425 MHz
• Ho’oponopono-2, University of Hawaii, 427.220 MHz 9600 bps FSK / GMSK
• LMRSat, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
• SporeSat, Santa Clara University, 437.100 MHz and 2401.2-2431.2 MHz
• TechCube-1, NASA Goddard
• TSAT (TestSat-Lite), Taylor University

UKube-1 on display at UK Space Conference in Glasgow

A model of UKube-1 on display at the 2013 UK Space Conference in Glasgow

Soyuz-2.1b, Fregat-M is planned for June 1, 2014 at 1625 UT with these satellites:
•AISSat-2, University of Toronto, Institute for Aerospace Studies, Norway
Baumanets-2 [pulled from launch manifest], Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia
• DX-1, Dauria Aerospace, Russia
• Meteor-M-N2, NPP VNIIEM, Russia
• M3MSat [pulled from launch manifest], CSA / COM DEV, Canada
• Relek (MKA-PN-2), Lavochkin, Russia
• SkySat-2, Skybox Imaging, USA
• TechDemoSat-1, SSTL, UK
• UKube-1, UK Space Agency, UK
Venta-1 [pulled from launch manifest], Ventspils University, Latvia

UKube-1 communications subsystem:
• Telemetry downlink 145.840 MHz
• 2401.0 MHz S Band Downlink
• 437.425-437.525 MHz UKSEDS myPocketQub Downlink
• FUNcube subsystem beacon 145.915 MHz 1200 bps BPSK
• 400 mW inverting linear transponder for SSB and CW
– 435.080 -435.060 MHz Uplink
– 145.930 -145.950 MHz Downlink

Source Mineo Wakita JE9PEL

Nexus S PhoneSat v2 Plans Summer 2013 Launch

PhoneSat v2 is a technology demonstration mission intended to increase the functional capabilities of PhoneSat v1 and demonstrate complete satellite functionally in a low cost package.

The satellite is built around the Nexus S smartphone which will be running the Android operating system and will be enclosed in a standard 1U CubeSat structure.

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Video of Elon Musk lecture at the Royal Aeronautical Society

Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer – credit SpaceX

On Friday, November 16, CEO and Chief Designer of SpaceX, Elon Musk was the guest of honor at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London to present a lecture entitled ‘SpaceX and the future of space exploration’.

The packed lecture was also notable in that the audience saw Elon Musk presented with the Royal Aeronautical’s Society’s highest award – a Gold Medal. This award has been presented since 1909 when the first Gold Medal was given to the Wright Brothers. It is the most prestigious award in global aerospace honoring exceptional contributions and achievements.

Elon Musk founded Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), in June 2002. Since then SpaceX has developed the Falcon family of launch vehicles and the Dragon multi-purpose spacecraft.

His personal goal is to eventually enable human exploration and settlement of  Mars.


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SwampSat on TV News

Dr Norman Fitz-Coy with SwampSat

Dr Norman Fitz-Coy with the SwampSat CubeSat

The amateur radio SwampSat satellite, built by students at the University of Florida (UF), featured in a TV news report.

SwampSat’s primary objective is to demonstrate a compact three-axis attitude control system that permits rapid retargeting and precision pointing (R2P2) capabilities for pico and nano satellites.

Its downlink will use 1200 bps AX25 packet radio on 437.385 MHz with 1 watt of RF.

The team are planning on a December 2012 launch on the SpaceX Falcon 9 into a 450 km orbit with an inclination of 45 degrees.

Watch SwampSat Video.mp4

Watch SwampSat – UF Research Report.mp4

SwampSat – Florida’s small satellite programs brings STEM jobs

UF shows off its small satellite

Gator Amateur Radio Club

University of Florida Small Satellite Design Club (SSDC)

Elon Musk Profiled

“Bloomberg Risk Takers” profiles Elon Musk, the entrepreneur who helped create PayPal, built America’s first viable fully electric car company, started the USA’s biggest solar energy supplier, and through SpaceX may make commercial space travel a reality in our lifetime.

Watch Elon Musk Profiled: Bloomberg Risk Takers