Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio Payload Among Those Lost in Launch Explosion


Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Among Those Lost in Launch Explosion

TAGS: amateur radio, Amateur Radio payload, international amateur radio, international space station, NASA TV, sdr receiver

10/28/2014

The GOMX-2 and RACE CubeSats were among more than 2 dozen satellites that were lost after an unmanned Orbital Space Sciences (OSC) Antares 130 vehicle exploded spectacularly shortly after launch at 2222 UTC on Tuesday, October 28, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Both satellite packages carried payloads that operated on Amateur Radio frequencies. The Antares is a new medium-class launch vehicle developed by OSC. The rocket exploded about 6 seconds after launch, sending a huge ball of fire hurtling toward the ground, which set a massive fire at the NASA launch site.

“A mishap has occurred at pad 0A,” a launch conductor said during the live broadcast on NASA TV. “There is no indication there is personnel in danger, although we do have significant property damage and significant vehicle damage.”

The 2U GMX-2 CubeSat was intended to test a de-orbit system designed by Aalborg University in Denmark. Karl Klaus Laursen, OZ2KK, is listed as the “responsible operator” on International Amateur Radio Union frequency coordination documents. The Amateur Radio payload proposed using a 9.6 k MSK data downlink on 437.250 MHz. Also on board was an optical communications experiment from the National University of Singapore. The mission also hoped to flight qualify a new high-speed UHF transceiver and SDR receiver built by an Aalborg University team.

The Radiometer Atmospheric Cubesat Experiment (RACE) CubeSat was a joint project between The Texas Spacecraft Laboratory (TSL) at the University of Texas-Austin and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). It carried a 183 GHz radiometer, a new science instrument designed by JPL. The primary objective of the RACE mission was to collect atmospheric water vapor measurements. The spacecraft was equipped to transmit using GMSK at 38.4 k and CW telemetry on a downlink frequency of 437.525MHz, as coordinated with the IARU. TSL’s Edgar Glenn Lightsey, KE5DDG, was listed in the IARU coordination documents as the responsible operator.

The Antares 130 launcher was on a resupply mission, carrying some 5000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station. GOMX-2 and the other satellites onboard the rocket were to be launched into orbit from the International Space Station.

The Antares 130 also was carrying the Flock-1d array of 26 satellites as well as Arkyd-3, Cygnus CRS-3, and the RACE CubeSat.

via Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio Payload Among Those Lost in Launch Explosion.

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This was not a good day for Orbital Space Sciences, as its Antares 130 launch vehicle exploded today (Tuesday, 28 October 2014) shortly after leaving its launch pad at Wallops Island, Virginia.  The Antares vehicle carried a number of commercial and amateur radio satellites, including The GOMX-2 and the RACE CubeSat.  The Antares 130 was also carrying supplies for the International Space Station.

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

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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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/

via Postage stamp features ham radio satellites | Southgate Amateur Radio News.

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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.

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

Until next time,

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Ham radio Chasqui-1 CubeSat deployed from ISS – Southgate Amateur Radio Club


Ham radio Chasqui-1 CubeSat deployed from ISS
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
Ham radio Chasqui-1 CubeSat deployed from ISS. The amateur radio satellite Chasqui-1 was successfully deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) during a space-walk.

Source: www.southgatearc.org

The Ham Radio Chasqui-1 CubeSat was deployed successfully from the International Space Station on 18 August 2014 at 14:00 UT.  The Peruvian CubeSat is a research satellite designed by the Peruvian National University of Engineering in collaboration  with the Southwestern State University in Kursk.  The CubeSat carries two cameras (one visible light; the other for infra-red), various control systems, and an amateur radio beacon on 437.025 MHz, using 1200 bps AFSK or 9600 bps GMSK.  So far the beacon has not been received.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

See on Scoop.itKH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Blog

PACE Nanosatellite Project – Spacecraft


#PACE is a CubeSat launched by National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan. There is amateur radio station on it! http://t.co/KENRHZhIxJ

Source: satellite.ncku.edu.tw

This is the latest update on the recently launched PACE Cubesat built by students at the National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan. The mission of the lightweight satellite (less than 2 kilograms) is “to conduct attitude control experiments”.  PACE was part of a payload launched from Russia with a Dnepr launch vehicle.  Once the low earth orbit (LEO) of 620 km is confirmed and equipment is checked out, more information will be released.  For details, visit juang@mail.ncku.edu.tw.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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