CubeBug-1 Updated: 02 May 2012

Supporting Organisation Ministry of Science, Technology & Productive Innovation
Contact Person norberto.wente.dk.nospam

 

Headline Details: 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. This projectis sponsored by the Argentinian Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation. As payload on this first mission, some custom designed components will be tested: an ARM based on-board computer, a nano-reaction wheel with its driver circuit and a low resolution camera, all based on COTS components. Planning to use half duplex communications on UHF with 9k6 GMSK data. CubeBug-1 is a 2U cubesat and isexpected to be launched as part of a group of cubesats in a DNEPR rocket launch planned for September 2012 from Yasny into a 607km 98 degree polar orbit. 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 a Digipeater, science data downloads from the payload (including images if possible), etc.
Application Date: 01 May 2012 Freq coordination completed on

 

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Atlas V Launches AEHF-2 Satellite For Classified U.S. Messages

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V carries a U.S. Air Force/ Lockheed Martin AEHF spacecraft to orbit. The AEHF-2 satellite will carry the most highly-classified U. S. satcom traffic. This flight marks the 30th successful Atlas V mission; the launch vehicle has a 100 percent success record. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/awaltersphoto.com

 

The second U.S. Air Force Advanced Extreme High Frequency (AEHF) communications spacecraft was successfully launched into a super synchronous transfer orbit May 4 atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 531 rocket.

Liftoff of the 197 ft. tall 2.7 million lb. thrust vehicle from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station occurred at 2:42 p.m. EDT.

“The 13,600 lb. satellite cost $1.7 billion”,  said USAF Capt. John Francis, the AEHF project lead in charge of Operations and Sustainment. This makes it one of the most expensive military spacecraft ever launched from Cape Canaveral. The first AEHF spacecraft launched in August 2010 also cost $1.7 billion.

“The AEHF satellite series is the most sophisticated military communications system ever built and it will be a integral part of our national space security architecture,” said Steve Tatum, Lockheed-Martin’s Communications Director.

Three Aerojet solid rocket boosters along with the Russian-built RD-180 engine send out a massive plume of fury as the Atlas V 531 roars into Florida’s blue sky. Photo Credit: Jeffrey J. Soulliere

 

“We’re extremely pleased and excited with today’s launch,” said USAF Capt. Francis. “We have a big AEHF-2 team and it all culminated today,” he said.  It’s kind of like the Super Bowl – and we just scored the winning touchdown.”

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Australia's own CubeSat Workshop is planned for July 2012

CubeSats from a land down-under. Australia’s own CubeSat Workshop is planned for July 2012 in Canberra…

6U CubeSat Low Cost Space Missions Workshop

17th – 18th July 2012

Click here to register to attend the Workshop

Background

For 2012 the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative includes 6U CubeSat satellites. An 8 kg 6U CubeSat can be designed to perform some of the Earth observation missions of 100 kg microsatellites. A 6U CubeSat (~33 x 10 x 22 cm, ≤ 8kg) has 4 times the payload capacity of a 3U CubeSat (33 x 10 x 10 cm, ≤ 4 kg) which uses two thirds of its volume for system components.

 

This workshop, the first in the world dedicated to the 6U CubeSat, will explore the range of missions possible with a 6U CubeSat in the areas of:

  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric Science and other Planetary Science
  • Space Physics
  • Earth Observation
  • Biology
  • Other

Keynotes

Technology Keynote – John W. Hines, Chief Technologist, NASA-Ames Research Center (To be confirmed)
Science Keynote – Professor Harvey Butcher , Director Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Chair

Dr Steven Tsitas, Senior Research Associate, Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research, University of New South Wales

Who Should Attend

Scientists and engineers interested in payload and mission concepts that take advantage of the greater payload capacity of the 6U CubeSat. For examples of 6U CubeSat designs and payloads that could perform some of the Earth observation missions of 100 kg microsatellites please see “6U CubeSat Design for Earth Observation with 6.5 m GSD, 5 Spectral Bands and 14 Mbps downlink” and “6U CubeSat Commercial Applications”. Reprints available upon request.

Presentations are invited describing payloads and mission concepts for the 6U CubeSat. Presentations are also invited regarding 6U launch opportunities and 6U CubeSat standards.

  • SESSION 1: Earth Observation Missions
  • SESSION 2: Astronomy Missions
  • SESSION 3: Planetary Science and Space Physics Missions
  • SESSION 4: Biology and other missions
  • SESSION 5: 6U CubeSat launch opportunities
  • SESSION 6: 6U CubeSat standards

 

Australia’s own CubeSat Workshop is planned for July 2012

CubeSats from a land down-under. Australia’s own CubeSat Workshop is planned for July 2012 in Canberra…

6U CubeSat Low Cost Space Missions Workshop

17th – 18th July 2012

Click here to register to attend the Workshop

Background

For 2012 the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative includes 6U CubeSat satellites. An 8 kg 6U CubeSat can be designed to perform some of the Earth observation missions of 100 kg microsatellites. A 6U CubeSat (~33 x 10 x 22 cm, ≤ 8kg) has 4 times the payload capacity of a 3U CubeSat (33 x 10 x 10 cm, ≤ 4 kg) which uses two thirds of its volume for system components.

 

This workshop, the first in the world dedicated to the 6U CubeSat, will explore the range of missions possible with a 6U CubeSat in the areas of:

  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric Science and other Planetary Science
  • Space Physics
  • Earth Observation
  • Biology
  • Other

Keynotes

Technology Keynote – John W. Hines, Chief Technologist, NASA-Ames Research Center (To be confirmed)
Science Keynote – Professor Harvey Butcher , Director Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Chair

Dr Steven Tsitas, Senior Research Associate, Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research, University of New South Wales

Who Should Attend

Scientists and engineers interested in payload and mission concepts that take advantage of the greater payload capacity of the 6U CubeSat. For examples of 6U CubeSat designs and payloads that could perform some of the Earth observation missions of 100 kg microsatellites please see “6U CubeSat Design for Earth Observation with 6.5 m GSD, 5 Spectral Bands and 14 Mbps downlink” and “6U CubeSat Commercial Applications”. Reprints available upon request.

Presentations are invited describing payloads and mission concepts for the 6U CubeSat. Presentations are also invited regarding 6U launch opportunities and 6U CubeSat standards.

  • SESSION 1: Earth Observation Missions
  • SESSION 2: Astronomy Missions
  • SESSION 3: Planetary Science and Space Physics Missions
  • SESSION 4: Biology and other missions
  • SESSION 5: 6U CubeSat launch opportunities
  • SESSION 6: 6U CubeSat standards

 

High School Students Build Amateur Radio CubeSat

TJ3Sat (pronounced TJ CubeSat) is scheduled to be the first satellite to be flown and built by high school students.

The satellite is a product of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology’s Systems Engineering class. During this three year long endeavor approximately 30 high school students ranging from sophomores to seniors will have contributed.

The project is broken down into individual subsystems that are assigned to groups of students. Each subsystem is assigned an industry representative that acts as a mentor to the students. In the end TJ3Sat will act as an educational resource for K-12 education worldwide.

The primary payload of the TJ3Sat is a TextSpeak module, which converts serial data into spoken voice. Coupled with the Stensat Radio, coded data will be transmitted to the satellite and will be relayed back to Earth over an Amateur Radio frequency.

It is understood the CubeSat uplink with be in the 435 MHz band with the downlink in the 145 MHz band.

Watch TJ CubeSat Fit Check

TJ3Sat http://tj3sat.wikidot.com/

Sponsor Plaques Fitted at National Radio Centre

Dave Johnson G4DPZ with NRC Sponsor Plaques 2560

Dave Johnson G4DPZ with NRC Sponsor Plaques

Sponsor plaques have now been fitted in the reception to the RSGB National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park.

Dave Johnson G4DPZ is one of a number of individuals and organisations who either gave freely of their time or supplied equipment to make the National Radio Centre the premier exhibition that it is.

AMSAT-UK donated the WiMo X quads for 144 and 430 MHz along with pre amps and polarisation switches for the amateur radio satellite station. They are connected to a Kenwood TS-2000 loaned by Kenwood Electronics.

A full list of NRC sponsors can be seen at http://www.nationalradiocentre.com/nrc-sponsors.php

AMSAT-UK on Amateur Radio Satellites for World Amateur Radio Day http://www.uk.amsat.org/6516