[amsat-bb] Re: Nanosatellite Launch Service 6 on PSLV-C15

Daniel Kekez va3kkz at amsat.org
Fri Apr 30 12:22:05 PDT 2010

Hi All,

As you may have heard, the PSLV-C15 flight has been delayed. The Indian
Space Research Organization issued the following statement:

	The launch of ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C15)
	fixed for may 9, 2010 has been rescheduled. A marginal drop in
	the pressure in the second stage of the vehicle was noted
	during the mandatory checks carried out on the PSLV-C15
	vehicle. The new date for the launch of PSLV-C15 mission will
	be decided after preliminary results of the analysis are

	PSLV-C15 is planned to launch India's Cartosat-2B, an Algerian
	satellite ALSAT-2A, two nano satellites NLS 6.1 and NLS 6.2
	from the University of Toronto, Canada, and STUDSAT, a
	satellite built by students from academic institutions in
	Kamataka and Andhra Pradesh.


NLS 6.1 refers to AISSat-1 and its XPOD separation system. Similarly,
NLS 6.2 refers to TIsat-1 and its XPOD.

Since I believe some people on this list are looking forward to
receiving TIsat-1's beacon, I'll post updates when we learn more.

-Daniel, VA3KKZ

On 2010-04-26 06:36, Daniel Kekez wrote:
> Hi All,
> The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) at the University of Toronto Institute
> for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) would like to announce the delivery of
> Nanosatellite Launch Service 6 (NLS-6) cluster payload to Satish Dhawan
> Space Centre in Sriharikota (SDSC-SHAR), Andhra Pradesh, India, for
> launch on board PSLV-C15. PSLV-C15 will be launching from the First
> Launch Pad at SDSC-SHAR into 637 km sun-synchronous orbit with 10:30
> Local-Time of Descending Node. NLS-6 shares this launch with Cartosat-2B
> primary, Alsat-2A co-primary, and STUDSAT auxiliary payload.
> NLS-6 is the 6th launch by SFL. The NLS-6 cluster comprises of two
> nanosatellite: AISSat-1 and TIsat-1.
> NLS-6 launch updates are being posted to
> 	http://www.utias-sfl.net/NLS-6/
> About AISSat-1
> ------------------------------
> AISSat-1 is built by SFL for the Norwegian Defence Research
> Establishment (FFI). It is intended to demonstrate a new maritime AIS
> receiver that has been developed by FFI. The AIS receiver will be used
> to monitor ship traffic in Norwegian waters. The design of AISSat-1 is
> based on SFL Generic Nanosatellite Bus (GNB).
> The spacecraft has a main structure measuring 20 cm by 20 cm by 20 cm
> and it is stabilized in three-axes using reaction wheels. It has a fixed
> 46 cm long VHF payload monopole antenna for the AIS receiver and four
> UHF uplink monopole antennas for the command receiver. The downlink in
> the S-Band. AISSat-1 has an overall dimension of 80 cm by 45 cm by 37 cm
> and an overall mass of 6.5 kg. AISSat-1 will be secured to the launch
> vehicle using the XPOD GNB separation system.
> AISSat-1 is not an amateur satellite and, as such, has coordinated
> appropriate frequencies. Its ground segment is located at Svalbard and
> its control centre is at FFI, near Oslo, Norway.
> More information on the spacecraft can be found at
> http://www.utias-sfl.net/nanosatellites/AISSat-1/
> and
> http://www.spacecentre.no/?module=Articles;action=Article.publicShow;ID=51389
> About TIsat-1
> ------------------------------
> TIsat-1 is a 1 kg CubeSat of 10 cm by 10 cm by 10 cm and is built by
> students and staff at University of Applied Sciences of Southern
> Switzerland (SUPSI). The primary mission objective is to involve
> students in systems engineering, development and test with a very
> challenging project and to provide students and staff at SUPSI with
> space mission knowledge. TIsat-1 will monitor the durability of material
> probes exposed to space environment, will test a micro electromechanical
> device and will validate the redundant, fault tolerant hardware and
> firmware design of the bus.
> Two monopole antennas (VHF and UHF) will be deployed after separation.
> Housekeeping and payload data will be communicated to the ground as
> orbital data profiles. TIsat-1 will be secured to the launch vehicle
> using the XPOD Single separation system.
> TIsat-1 communicates over amateur radio frequencies, as coordinated
> through the IARU, and they have been working with radio amateurs in
> Switzerland during the spacecraft's development. They have a Morse Code
> and data beacons. More information can be found at
> 	http://www.spacelab.dti.supsi.ch/tiSat1.html
> Future Launches by SFL
> ------------------------------
> SFL has signed its 7th launch contract with ANTRIX for NLS-7 in late
> 2010/early 2011. NLS-7 will launch the twin-satellite CanX-4 and CanX-5
> formation flying mission.
> SFL will be signing its 8th launch contract for NLS-8 momentarily, for
> the launch of two astronomy nanosatellites: BRITE-Austria (CanX-3A) and
> UniBRITE (CanX-3B). NLS-8 will also launch one partner spacecraft.
> In addition, SFL is under discussion for NLS-9, NLS-10, and NLS-11
> launches in 2011/2012 time frame, and would like to extend an invitation
> to spacecraft developers world-wide to join our launches.
> For further information, please contact:
>   Freddy M. Pranajaya
>   Manager, Advanced Systems Group
>   UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory
>   4925 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA M3H 5T6
>   +1-416-667-7890 Voice
>   +1-416-667-7799 Fax
>   freddyp at utias-sfl.net
>   http://www.utias-sfl.net/
> 73,
> -Daniel, VA3KKZ

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