[amsat-bb] Re: FUNcube-1 launch week has arrived!

Graham Shirville g.shirville at btinternet.com
Sun Nov 17 09:08:58 PST 2013

Dear Nitin,

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.

best 73


-----Original Message----- 
From: Nitin Muttin
Sent: Sunday, November 17, 2013 1:55 PM
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 

Nitin [VU3TYG]
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 
>almost there.
>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 
>digital domains!
>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 
>job possible.
>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!
>Team FUNcube
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