SpinSat Deployment from ISS

SpinSat extended from airlock

SpinSat extended from airlock

SpinSat was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on September 21 in preparation for a subsequent deployment from the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM).

SpinSat - Credit Naval Research Laboratory

SpinSat – Credit Naval Research Laboratory

Masahiro Arai JN1GKZ reported that SpinSat would be deployed, using the Cyclops deployment system, from the airlock of the JEM. Successful deployment took place on Friday, November 28 at 14:30 UT into a 406 x 417 km x 51.65 deg orbit. SpinSat is cataloged as object number 40314.

Developed by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) SpinSat is a 56 cm sphere weighing 57 kg that has 12 Electronically-controlled Solid Propellant (ESP) thrusters spread in pairs throughout the surface of the satellite. They will be fired in pairs to spin the spacecraft. With just primary batteries and only 4.8 grams of fuel this phase may last between three to six months.

The spacecraft will be used to calibrate the space surveillance network. Lasers will be fired at SpinSat from the ground, the light reflected back will be measured to determine where in time and space the satellite is passing overhead. SpinSat will also model the density of the atmosphere.

The IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel report that SpinSat carries a 2 watt RF output 9600 bps AX.25 packet radio store and forward system on 437.230 MHz.

SpinSat just before deployment

SpinSat just before deployment

Listen for SpinSat on 437.230 MHz with the SUWS WebSDR located near London
https://amsat-uk.org/2014/08/15/suws-websdr-moves-to-new-site/

In the first few days after deployment SpinSat’s orbit will be similar to that of the International Space Station. To see when it’s in range use the ISS real-time tracker at http://issfanclub.com/

Read all about SpinSat at
http://www.nrl.navy.mil/media/news-releases/2014/with-spinsat-mission-nrl-will-spin-small-satellite-in-space-with-new-thruster-technology

SpinSat after deployment

SpinSat after deployment

NASA – SpinSat
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1019.html

Space Station Integrated Kinetic Launcher for Orbital Payload Systems (SSIKLOPS) – Cyclops
http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/smallsat/2013/all2013/76/

IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel http://amsat.org.uk/iaru

SpinSat in orbit

SpinSat in orbit

SpaceX to launch SpinSat

SpinSat - Credit Naval Research Laboratory

SpinSat – Credit Naval Research Laboratory

On Sunday, September 21 at 0522 UT SpaceX plan to launch a Falcon 9 from Florida carrying the satellite SpinSat with its amateur radio payload to the International Space Station (ISS). UPDATE: Report on the successful launch at http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/013/140921launch/

On arrival at the ISS it will be put into storage until deployment, later in the Fall, from the airlock of the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM).

Developed by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) SpinSat is a 56 cm sphere weighing 57 kg that has 12 Electronically-controlled Solid Propellant (ESP) thrusters spread in pairs throughout the surface of the satellite. They will be fired in pairs to spin the spacecraft. With just primary batteries and only 4.8 grams of fuel this phase may last between three to six months.

The spacecraft will be used to calibrate the space surveillance network. Lasers will be fired at SpinSat from the ground, the light reflected back will be measured to determine where in time and space the satellite is passing overhead. SpinSat will also model the density of the atmosphere.

The IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel report that SpinSat carries a 2 watt RF output 9600 bps AX.25 packet radio store and forward system on 437.230 MHz.

Read all about SpinSat at
http://www.nrl.navy.mil/media/news-releases/2014/with-spinsat-mission-nrl-will-spin-small-satellite-in-space-with-new-thruster-technology

Falcon 9 launch status
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/013/status.html

NASA – SpinSat
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1019.html

IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel
http://amsat.org.uk/iaru

SpinSat Packet Radio Satellite To Launch Next Summer

SpinSat comprises a 19 inch diameter sphere, with a mass of 55 kg and 4 antennas equal distance around the equator. It is intended to be a tumbling satellite with single axis momentum wheel and multiple micro-thrusters.

It aims to test new technology micro-thrusters and teach high school students about satellite operations.

Secondary mission is a 9k6 GFSK UHF store and forward AX.25 packet radio system with 2 watts of RF output. Planned for a July 2013 launch from Kennedy Space Center into a 330 km 51.6 degree inclination orbit.

A downlink frequency of 437.230 MHz has been coordinated.

IARU Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel status page http://www.amsat.org.uk/iaru