Fox Progress

Fox Project Status, Updates, and Milestones*

  • Fox-1 project defined – July 2011
  • Concept of Operations (ConOps) – Sept 2011
  • System Requirements Spec (SRS) – Oct 2011
  • Experiment Payload Specification – Nov 2011
  • NASA ELaNa Proposal Submitted – Nov 2011
  • Baseline Project Plan – Jan 2012 – Completed
  • Preliminary Design Review (PDR) – March 2012 – Completed April 24, 25, and 26th.
  • Prototype IHU delivered and successfully initialized – Jan 2013
  • RadFxSat (Fox-1B) accepted into ELaNA program, launch TBD –March 2013
  • Fox-1 IHU demonstrated at Dayton — May 2013
  • Fox-1 Launch Scheduled (ELaNa XII on NROL-55) – November 2014
    (470 km X 780 km @ 64 degrees inclination)
  • Fox-1A IARU Frequency Coordination Received – June 2013
    (Uplink 435.180 MHz FM, Downlink 145.980 MHz FM)
  • Fox-1B/ RadFxSat IARU Frequency Coordination Received – November 2013
    (Uplink 435.160 MHz FM, Downlink 145.960 MHz FM)
  • Battery Control Board Themal-Vacuum Test – January 2014
  • Battery Card Thermal Vacuum Test

    Battery Card Thermal Vacuum Test

  •  NOAA Remote Sensing (Camera) License Received – February 2014
  • Launch Date Slipped to mid-2015 Due to Launch Changes
  • Engineering Unit undergoing tests – June 2014
  • Fox-1 Engineering Unit Test

    Fox-1 Engineering Unit Test

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Critical Design Review – Completed 19 August 2014
  • Flight Unit build and Test – November 2014
  • November 18 2014 – VT camera experiment scrubbed
  • Day In The Life (DITL) Test – December 2014
  • Vibration and Thermal Bakeout – January 2015
  • Completion – January 16 2014
  • Delivery – March 2015
  • Launch – August 2015

*Due to ITAR requirements which remain unchanged while new regulations are written, and available space, details are necessarily limited. Those interested in more details may wish to see the papers in the yearly Proceedings of the AMSAT-NA Space Symposium, available from the AMSAT Store. Some of the relevant presentations by members of the AMSAT Engineering Team may be downloaded here.