FUNcube-1’s Birthday


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FUNcube-1′s Birthday

FUNcube-1 (AO-73) celebrates its first year in space on November 21

It seems amazing to us that FUNcube-1 – AO73, was launched nearly one year ago, in fact at 07:10 UT on Nov 21, 2013. The very first signals were received by ZS1LS in South Africa at 07:37 UT and he was even able to upload the resulting data to the Warehouse so the results could be seen immediately.

We are extremely happy to say that, since then, the satellite has been performing very satisfactorily, the battery voltage doesn’t drop below 8 volts, and becomes fully charged within about 7 – 10 minutes after re-entering sunlight from eclipse.

On Friday, Nov 21, 2014, we will be celebrating the satellite’s first birthday. To mark the occasion, we will be activating the transponder earlier than normal – late on Thursday, Nov 20, so that it will be available for use during the whole of Friday. So please make as many contacts as possible through the transponder during Friday, FUNcube’s actual birthday. You are invited to make a note of any stations worked on this day, or any other comments on the FUNcube Forum. Please use the existing “FUNcube-1′s Birthday” topic, under the Welcome heading. The URL of the Forum is http://forum.funcube.org.uk/

Please also remember the ’73 on 73′ Award which is kindly being organized by Paul Stoetzer N8HM. See http://amsat-uk.org/funcube/

73-on-73-award/ for more details.

We would like to take this opportunity of thanking all of our ‘users’, both those who download telemetry and forwarding it to the warehouse, and of course, all users of the transponder. This telemetry data is invaluable, both as an educational resource and to enable us to see how the spacecraft systems are performing and surviving. So far we have collected almost 400 MB of unique data via stations from all around the world.

Of course we are hoping that the satellite continues to function nominally for several more years to come even though we may never reach AO7’s record!

73s

AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NL

The AMSAT-UK Flickr Group is at https://www.flickr.com/groups/amsatuk/

Please upload your pictures of amateur satellites, satellite ground stations, satellite demonstrations or any other satellite related event.

Data Warehouse – Telemetry Archive

http://warehouse.funcube.org.uk/

Dashboard App – Telemetry Decoder

http://funcube.org.uk/working-documents/funcube-telemetry-dashboard/

 

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FUNcube-1 will be one year old on Friday, 21 November 2014.  To celebrate, controllers will switch the transponder to on late Thursday evening, 20 November 2014, to give everyone a fair chance of receiving the telemetry.  This little “bird” has done very well and has accumulated a sizeable record of data.

For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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