July 26, 2011

University of Khartoum CubeSat Team appeared on MBC TV

University of Khartoum CubeSat Team appeared on MBC TV to describe the Cubesat project - KN-Sat1.

July 25, 2011

OUFTI-1 - CubeSat - state of development June 2011

Fifteen students are currently working nearly full-time on OUFTI-1, so technical advances are numerous! At on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 the OUFTI-1 team presented at the Montefiore Institute of the University of Liège the current state of development of the first Belgian student nanosatellite and recent realizations in the OUFTI-1 project, as well a demonstration of ongoing activities. Adaptation for D-STAR protocol of a classic transceiver is one of their developments. The good relation between the OUFTI-1 team and the UBA section GBX (Gembloux) was clearly noticeable.

Vietnam's Cubesat F-1

F-1 is an educational picosatellite (cubesat) developed by FSpace laboratory in Vietnam to be launched into orbit in the first quarter 2012

July 15, 2011

Free Sample Edition of OSCAR News

AMSAT-UK have made available a free PDF of the Spring 2011 edition of their newsletter OSCAR News.

It contains reports on four UK CubeSat projects currently being developed. News of new South African CubeSats and details of the telemetry on ARISsat-1 currently scheduled to be deployed from the International Space Station in August.

A printed copy of OSCAR News is posted to members each quarter.

Membership of AMSAT-UK is open to anyone who has an interest in Amateur Radio satellites/space activities, including the ISS. You do not have to have an amateur radio licence to join, many of our members are interested in listening to satellites and decoding the telemetry.

Read the OSCAR News PDF


July 11, 2011

AO-51 Update

AMSAT Vice-President of Operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, provided the latest details in AMSAT's work to keep AO-51 operational for as long as possible.

Drew wrote, "Keeping AO-51 operating requires the US command team routinely restarting the satellite, and tweaking the power settings to find a combination of operating parameters to get it through eclipse. Currently one of the 6 battery cells onboard is shorted, and another is in really poor shape."

Continuing, Drew explains, "The onboard computer was crashing each orbit because of low voltage when the solar cells were no longer receiving illumination and the satellite relies entirely on its internal battery power. Through experimentation the Command Team seems to have found a balance point where it will sometimes go up to two days before crashing."

Each time the computer crashes the Command Team has to restart it using the housekeeping software onboard in ROM. The firmware code has a limited functionality compared to the normal flight software which we would upload from the ground over a few days time. However the eclipses and battery problem were causing a crash before the upload can complete.

Drew concludes, "With lots of luck we will be able to continue to limp along. How long is anyone's guess. I'd encourage you to use AO-51 while it's available, and to financially support new satellite programs like Kiwisat, Funcube, and Fox when you can."

Uplink: 145.880 MHz, no tone.
Downlink: 435.150 MHz
The repeater is open to all when the satellite is operational.


July 7, 2011

Balloon Cubesat launch

Students at Boulder, Colorado, built a CubeSat and launched it by balloon into near space .


July 2, 2011

University of New Mexico CubeSat

Craig Kief [KE5VSH], deputy director of the Configurable Space Microsystems Innovations and Applications Center (COSMIAC), talks about a collaboration between various New Mexico universities and high school to develop a CUBESAT satellite that will be launched by NASA in 2012.