[amsat-bb] Re: FUNcube a UK Linear Transponder Satellite
John B. Stephensen
kd6ozh at comcast.net
Sat Jul 25 16:04:04 PDT 2009
Yes, there are lots of launch opportunities for LEO satellites. They aren't
free, but very inexpensive compared to a HEO satellite. You get a 800 km
orbit (like AO-51) for a 10 x 10 x 10-30 cm payload. The standard size
reduces overhead so you can afford to launch a very small satellite as one
of a group of 6 or more for a little more than $10,000 per pound.
----- Original Message -----
From: "David - KG4ZLB" <kg4zlb at googlemail.com>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Saturday, July 25, 2009 18:59 UTC
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: FUNcube a UK Linear Transponder Satellite
/*"*//*It is anticipated FUNcube will be launched into a Sun Synchronous
Low Earth Orbit about 600-700km above the earth using one of the many
launch opportunities that exist for Cubesat missions."*/
*_Many_* launch opportunities ???
David Johnson wrote:
> AMSAT-UK has announced a new amateur satellite project – FUNcube – that
> features a 435 to 145 MHz Linear Transponder for SSB/CW operation. The
> project has received major initial funding from the Radio Communications
> Foundation (RCF) and is expected be developed in collaboration with
> ISIS-Innovative Solutions in Space BV.
> FUNcube is an educational single cubesat project with the goal of
> enthusing and educating young people about radio, space, physics and
> It will support the educational Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths
> (STEM) initiatives and provide an additional resource for the GB4FUN
> Mobile Communications Centre.
> The target audience consists of primary and secondary school pupils and
> FUNcube will feature a 145 MHz telemetry beacon that will provide a
> strong signal for the pupils to receive.
> It is planned to develop a simple receiver board that can be connected
> to the USB port of a laptop to display telemetry in an interesting way.
> The satellite will contain a materials science experiment, from which
> the school students can receive telemetry data which they can compare to
> the results they obtained from similar reference experiments in the
> FUNcube is the first cubesat designed to benefit this group and is
> expected to be the first UK cubesat to reach space.
> More details can be found at:
> Dave, G4DPZ
> AMSAT-UK 1267
> AMSAT-NA LM-1260
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