[amsat-bb] Re: Wallops Launching 12 Cubesats Tuesday 7:30 PM

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Mon Nov 18 17:15:08 PST 2013

Ø  None of these cubesat developers has made any significant attempt

Ø   to rally the amateur radio satellite community.

Yes, the lack of promotion was surprising to me.  But hams might get a kick
out of trying to listen for EIGHT different cubesats all during 8 minutes
of the next passes to help figure out which of these 12 new objects are
which.  Think of it as a DFing mission or Signals Intelligence challenge.
See who is first to correctly ID each one to their Keplarian elements.

Our first pass after launch is only 3 degrees to the west, and then we have
to wait 12 hours till the next day for a good pass.  Our fingers are
crossed.  The Naval Academy/Drexel satellite downlink is the only one with
a 2m downlink which is every 30 seconds at 9600 baud on 145.870 and we
would appreaciate any captured telemetry verifying it is alive.

It has a camera.  Woop.

Bob, Wb4aPR


On Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 4:25 PM, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:

Watch for a dozen new cubesats Tuesday from Wallops at about 7:30 PM.

I have seen a lot of email about Funcube, but haven’t seen much about the
Wallops launch.

All of them downlink on 435 MHz band except for Naval Academy downlinkning
on 145.870.

Seven downlinks are at 9600 baud, one at 1200 baud and the others are CW or


Sorry if this is a dupe, I hve not been following the AMSAT-BB that closely.

Plus, you can see this launch from the east coast in the dark!

Bob, Wb4APR

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