[amsat-bb] UPDATE: Presat and Nanosail Satellite Launch
Michael L Miller
mlmiller at intellus.us
Mon Jun 30 13:47:14 PDT 2008
This launch has been postponed. I will provide a new launch date when it
has been determined.
Please let me know any questions.
> Please put the following on the bb and on the ANS.
> PreSat and NanoSail-D Beacon Alerts
> Santa Clara University students invite amateur radio operators worldwide
to participate with them by receiving beacon signals from PreSat and
NanoSail-D, two pioneering cubesat missions that will launch from the
Reagan Test Site (Omelek Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of Marshall
Islands) on June 23, 2008 at about 7:00 pm PDT. Both spacecraft will go
into Low Earth Orbit as secondary payloads aboard a SpaceX Falcon-1
> vehicle. The vehicles will be launched into a 685x330 km, 9 degree
> with line of site communications only possible at low latitudes. PreSat
is a 10 x 10 x 30 cm. spacecraft, that will evaluate the performance of
> generic biofluidic sample management and handling system for future
advanced in situ spaceborne biology experiments. NanoSail-D is a 10 x
> x 30 cm. spacecraft, which will deploy a solar sail that also will be
> as a drag sail to demonstrate orbital debris mitigation technology.
> missions follow the earlier efforts of Santa Clara U. students in
launching Genesat 1, in 2006.
> Of particular interest to the amateur radio satellite community are the
PreSat and NanoSail-D beacons. The PreSat beacon will operate at
> MHz FM, sending an AX.25 packet every 5 seconds; the packet contains
> about the spacecraft systems operation. The NanoSail-D beacon will
operate at 437.269 MHz FM, sending an AX.25 packet every 10 seconds; the
packet contains data about the spacecraft systems operation. The
> will initiate transmission as soon as each spacecraft is deployed from
their separate carriers, which are attached to a Ride Share Adapter.
Amateur radio operators are encouraged to submit received beacon packets
through the mission websites in order to receive a web-based QSL card.
> The PreSat mission website at www.presat.org; the NanoSail-D mission
website is at www.nanosaild.org. These sites provide general mission and
spacecraft information, instructions on how to contact the Santa Clara
University PreSat and NanoSail-D Mission Operations teams, and the
> orbit datam beacon packet format, and other information needed to work
> Mike Miller
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