[amsat-bb] FUNcube-1/AO73 Operations

Graham Shirville g.shirville at btinternet.com
Thu Jan 25 09:06:47 UTC 2018

 Hi All,

As previously advised, AO73 will shortly be entering fullsun light and already the eclipse periods are only 11/12 minutes every orbit.Current predictions indicate that full sun will commence on Feb 6thand last through until March 14th.
Our autonomous, on-board, scheduling system is based uponswitching modes when entering and leaving eclipses, was not designed for this situations and will therefore not besuitable for operations over the next few months.
In line with the recently published plan, AO73 was switchedto continuous amateur mode earlier this morning and will stay in this modeuntil Sunday night or Monday morning. We expect that this schedule will continue until mid April. The next full sun periods are then expected to return again in late August
Further info is available at https://funcube.org.uk/news/ 

73FUNcube Operations

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