[amsat-bb] Re: FUNcube-1 launch week has arrived!
g.shirville at btinternet.com
Sun Nov 17 09:08:58 PST 2013
Very many thanks for your kind words and thoughts on behalf of AMSAT-India.
We are very grateful.
We have tried quite hard to develop the project with a wish and intent to
make it as "open" as possible and to respect the great support that we have
had from many directions.
From: Nitin Muttin
Sent: Sunday, November 17, 2013 1:55 PM
To: AMSAT BB
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: FUNcube-1 launch week has arrived!
Graham, This is a significant accomplishment and the progress was very much
visible due to the frequent updates by the project team. On behalf of AMSAT
INDIA I thank AMSAT UK and the entire team of Funcube for their hardwork
and also wish a successful launch,deployment and activation of the Funcube
Secretary, AMSAT INDIA
> From: Graham Shirville <g.shirville at btinternet.com>
>To: AMSAT BB <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
>Sent: Sunday, 17 November 2013 1:40 PM
>Subject: [amsat-bb] FUNcube-1 launch week has arrived!
>Well it has finally arrived. Little did we think, back in 2009 that we
>would not be launching FUNcube-1 until late 2013 but, at last, we are
>The past four years have been spent trying to find a suitable launch
>opportunity, dealing with many legal and administrative issues, in addition
>to finalising the technical requirements for the spacecraft. We also then
>had to convert those requirements and ideas into reality.
>The core FUNcube team comprises of just about a dozen of us – radio
>amateurs from the UK and the Netherlands together with software specialists
>from both countries. A few of us even have skills in both the analogue and
>We have met on numerous occasions for “face to face” meetings over weekends
>and held weekly Skype chats almost every Sunday evening. We have had highs
>and lows along the way but the end result – FUNcube-1 our tiny spacecraft,
>is now sitting in an ISIPOD on the launch vehicle ready to take its chances
>in space on Thursday. Many hours of evaluation and verification testing of
>both the Flight Model and also the earlier Engineering Model have been
>undertaken, so we are as confident as we can be that we have done the best
>This mission could not have been carried forward without the efforts of the
>team members but neither could it have been completed without the
>tremendous support that it has received from individual radio amateurs and
>others and other AMSAT groups around the world.
>Thursday November 21st 2013 is our launch day and most of the team will be
>assembled at the National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park to man a
>monitoring station for at least the first two days following the launch.The
>first signals from FUNcube-1 should be heard in Southern Africa and then in
>Hawaii and then Alaska. After that, we hope to hear signals in the UK on a
>very low pass to the east around 08:50 UTC.
>We are very grateful to the RSGB for their support in allowing the use the
>NRC facilities which should be perfect for this operation.
>http://www.nationalradiocentre.com/ Although it is not large enough to be
>able issue an open invitation to everyone to join us on the day, we will be
>trying to do our best to keep everyone in touch with what is happening.
>We will be setting up a webstream from the NRC using the services of the
>BATC.tv server http://www.batc.tv/ch_live.php?ch=3 This should be
>available from around 07:00 UTC on Thursday and will keep running for as
>long as we have something to show. As well as shackcam views it will also
>have a breaking news “tickertape” and some videos created during the
>development of the spacecraft.
>Additionally we will maintain a presence on the #cubesat IRC channel which
>can be easily accessed by a web client from here:
>Of course our own www.funcube.org.uk website will also be kept up to date
>as possible and updates will be provided here on AMSAT-BB.
>So all we ask everyone to do now is to, download the FUNcube Dashboard,
>read the guidance notes, register with the Data Warehouse and hang on for
>an interesting Thursday. Oh and keep your fingers crossed.
>Very many thanks for your support!
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