April 19 BAIKONUR Soyuz-2-1b
A Soyuz-2-1b from the Baikonur launch facility, in Kazakhstan on April 19, 2013 will include three cubesat missions:
- OSSI-1 145.980/437.525 CW/1200bps
- SOMP 437.485 1200, 9600bps BPSK
- BEESAT-2/3 435.950 4800bps GMSK
- Bion-M1 Biological research satellites
- AIST Measurement of the Earth’s geomagnetic field
- Dove-2 Commercial technology demonstration mission
145.980 MHz CW, 437.525 MHz 1k2
OSSI-1, the Open Source Satellite Initiative satellite is a cubesat developed by Hojun Song, DS1SBO. In addition to the radio beacons OSSI-1 also carries a 44 watt LED optical beacon to flash Morse Code messages to observers on Earth.
Downlink on 437.485 MHz including CW, 1k2 and 9k6 BPSK, AX25 FSK, and AO40 standard 400bit/s BPSK
The Student Oxygen Measurement Project (SOMP) is a cubesat developed by students of the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany, organized in the Students’ Research Group for Spacecraft Engineering in Dresden (STARD). SOMP will be a standard sized single CubeSat
with one payload side and five sides with two solar cells each. AMSAT-UK posted additional information.
BEESAT-2/3 (Berlin Experimental and Educational Satellite)
435.950 MHz, 4k8 GMSK (both satellites)
BEESAT-2 is a cubesat-sized vehicle carries a technology experiment using gyros and sensors for precise orientation.
BEESat-3 is another cubesat-sized vehicle that will test high-speed data links (up to 1MB/s).
The above cubesat missions and the scientific/commercial missions are also documented on Mineo Wakita’s (JE9PEL) web page.
April 20 KOUROU Vega Launch
Estonia’s first CubeSat ESTCube-1, amateur radio callsign ES5E/S, is planning to launch from Kourou, French Guiana at 02:06:31 UT, April 20, 2013 on an ESA VEGA rocket.
Built by students at the University of Tartu ESTCube-1 the main mission of the satellite is to test electric solar wind sail technology, a novel space propulsion technology that could revolutionalize transportation within the solar system. It will deploy a 10 meter conductive electrodynamic tether and the force interacting with the tether will be measured.
The IARU Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel have published these frequencies for ESTCube-1:
- 437.250 MHz – CW beacon, callsign ES5E/S
- 437.505 MHz – 9600 bps AX.25 telemetry, callsign ES5E-11
More information and a video has been posted by AMSAT-UK.
April 25 on CZ-2D from China’s Jiuquan Space Center
TAMSAT reports the TURKSAT-3USAT, the first communication nanosatellite mission of ITU, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey is expected to launch in the May 2013 timeframe aboard China’s Chang Zheng-2D rocket. Also aboard this launch will be Ecuador’s NEE 01 Pegaso 1U cubesat.
TURKSAT-3USAT is a three unit CubeSat developed to provide SSB/CW communications in a 680 km Low Earth Orbit. It will fly a V/U linear transponder developed by TAMSAT, the Turkish Amateur Satellite Technologies Organisation.
- Uplink center frequency 145.965 MHz
- (145.940-145.990 MHz bandwidth)
- Receive sensitivity -120 dBm
- Downlink center frequency 435.225 MHz
- (435.200-435.250 MHz bandwidth)
- Output power 30 dBm (1W)
- CW beacon on 437.225 MHz
The AMSAT News Service thanks AMSAT-UK and Mineo Wakita, JE9PEL for this information.