Postage stamp features ham radio satellites | Southgate Amateur Radio News


Source:  Southgate Amateur Radio News.

Date:  18 September 2014.

 

 

Postage stamp features ham radio satellites

A new Lithuanian postage stamp features the amateur radio satellites LituanicaSAT-1 and LitSat-1

The two CubeSats were launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on January 9, 2014 and deployed from the ISS on February 28.

LituanicaSAT-1 carried a FM transponder and a camera while LitSat-1 had a linear (SSB/CW) transponder developed by by William Leijenaar PE1RAH.

LitSat-1 was the lighter satellite and re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere and burnt up on May 23, the heavier LituanicaSAT-1 remained in orbit until July 28.

Watch a presentation on LituanicaSAT-1 given by Gintautas Sulskus to the 2014 AMSAT-UK Colloquium in Guildford

http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/colloquium-2014/presentation-videos/

LituanicaSAT-1

http://amsat-uk.org/2014/03/26/

president-tests-lituanicasat-1-fm-transponder/

LitSat-1

http://amsat-uk.org/2014/03/09/litsat-1-transponder-test-successful/

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These small Cubesats were deployed from the International Space Station on 28 February 2014 and enjoyed quite a bit of popularity before they re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere.  Microsats are relatively easy to build by high school and university students and provide “on-the-job” experience in designing and monitoring of communications satellites.  With the entry of private launch firms, such as SpaceX, the cost of orbiting a “homebrewed” educational satellite should be reduced.

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Until next time,

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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