[amsat-dc] Don't Miss It: FUNcube Dongle Presentation Video

Pat Kilroy pat at patkilroy.com
Tue Jan 17 07:16:10 PST 2012


Did you miss it? 

Here's another chance: See the FUNcube news below 
and especially the "FUNcube Dongle Presentation 
Video" and message way below. 

Have you ordered your FUNcube Dongle Pro receiver
from http://www.funcubedongle.com yet? Well, ...

Do it soon! 

Then let's talk. 

The FUNcube Dongle Pro can receive not only the 
amateur satellites -- as a general coverage all-
mode VHF-UHF receiver -- but also high-altitude 
balloon experiments like the PICetSat module 
series as seen at http://simsat.net/carrollsat
and beyond. 

More later. 

Cheers,

Pat Kilroy
N8PK
MDC Area


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-008.01
ANS-001 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 008.01
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
January 8, 2012
To All RADIO AMATEURS

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FUNcube - Launch Details and Time Frame Finalized

An agreement has now been reached with ISIS Launch Services BV, 
who are based in Delft in the Netherlands, for them to provide a 
launch of the FUNcube-1 CubeSat. 

It is anticipated that FUNcube-1, which has been created by a team 
of volunteer radio amateurs and other specialists over the past two 
years, will be launched with a number of other spacecraft from a 
DNEPR rocket sometime in the third quarter of 2012. The flight is 
planned to take place from the Yasny launch facility which is in 
southern Russia near to the Kazakhstan border. The spacecraft needs 
to be completed by the end of July 2012, ready for shipping from 
the Netherlands to Russia. 

The orbit is still to be defined precisely but it is expected to be 
nearly circular and approximately sun synchronous. This will ensure 
that the spacecraft has the necessary solar illumination and that 
it will appear at regular times for educational outreach activities 
at schools and colleges. 

The FUNcube-1 spacecraft will transmit signals that can be easily 
received directly by schools and colleges for educational outreach 
purposes. This telemetry will give details of the spacecraft's health
- battery voltages and temperatures and from this it will be possible 
to determine its spin rate and attitude by plotting simple graphs. 
Additionally, experimental data and messages can be displayed in an 
attractive format and provide stimulation and encouragement for stu-
dents to become interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and 
Mathematics (STEM) subjects in a unique way. 

The target audience for this project is students at both primary and 
secondary levels and a simple and cheap "ground station" - actually 
it looks just like a USB dongle, for schools to use, has already been 
developed. 

In addition to providing educational outreach for schools and colleges 
around the world, the spacecraft will also provide a U/V linear trans-
ponder for radio amateurs during local "night", at weekends and during 
holiday periods. 

The IARU amateur satellite frequency coordination panel has announced 
new frequencies for the FUNcube-1 satellite to take into account other 
payloads on the same launch. The new frequencies are: 

 FUNcube-1 New Frequencies
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Uplink 435.080 - 435.060 MHz
Downlink 145.960 - 145.980 MHz
Beacon 145.955 MHz CW and BPSK

The production and testing of the spacecraft itself has already been 
funded via a legacy and other sources. It will however really help 
the project if radio amateurs and other interested supporters could 
contribute something towards the cost of the actual launch itself. 
With this in mind a special donation scheme has been setup using the 
Virgin Giving charity donation website. 

All donations received from UK tax payers can be "Gift Aided" which 
will add 20% to the value of your donation. 

More information about this exciting project will be made available 
over the coming months at the FUNcube website. 

Journalist David Meyer interviewed Jim Heck G3WGM for his article 
on FUNcube-1. Read the article at: http://tinyurl.com/7nr9sec
(www.zdnet.co.uk)

FUNcube Giving: http://tinyurl.com/funcubegiving/
FUNcube: http://www.funcube.org.uk/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK and the FUNcube Team for the above information]

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DNEPR Launch Includes Triton-1 and Triton-2 Amateur Satellites

AMSAT-UK reported this week that the same DNEPR launch in the third 
quarter of 2012 carrying FUNcube-1 will also have additional amateur
satellite payloads aboard. 

Triton-1
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Comprising of a 3U CubeSat, the Triton-1 mission is a radio science 
mission which aims to test an experimental advanced AIS (Automatic 
Identification System) receiver. 

Telemetry decoding software will be made available which will allow 
radio amateur operators to listen to periodic downlink broadcasts 
containing housekeeping telemetry, payload telemetry as well as re-
ceived AIS messages. Telemetry downlinks will be 9k6 RC-BPSK on 
VHF (145MHz). 

The satellite also includes two similar secondary amateur radio pay-
loads, being two single channel mode U/V (435-145MHz) FM to DSB 
transponders. 

After the Triton-1 three month science mission is complete plans are
to have the satellite continue in the Amateur Satellite Service for 
as long as possible. 

The following downlink frequencies have been coordinated for Triton-1:

Main Downlink 145.815 MHz 
Backup Downlink 145.860 MHz

Uplink frequencies will be announced by the project team once the
satellite becomes available for amateur operations. 

Triton-2
--------

Comprising of a 3U CubeSat, the Triton-2 mission is a radio science 
mission which aims to test an experimental advanced AIS (Automatic 
Identification System) receiver. 

Telemetry decoding software will be made available which will allow 
radio amateur operators to listen to periodic downlink broadcasts 
containing housekeeping telemetry, payload telemetry as well as re-
ceived AIS messages. Telemetry downlinks will be 9k6 RC-BPSK on VHF 
(145MHz) and 38k4 RC-BPSK on S Band (2400MHz). 

After the Triton-2 three month science mission is complete plans are
to have the satellite continue in the Amateur Satellite Service for 
as long as possible. The satellite includes two secondary amateur 
radio payloads: 

+ A single channel mode U/V (435-145 MHz) FM to DSB transponder.
+ A single channel mode U/S (435-2400 MHz) FM to FM transponder. 

Downlink frequency details will be published shortly. Uplink fre-
quencies will be announced by the project team once the satellite 
becomes available for amateur operations. Power budget permitting, 
both payloads may be switched on at the same time. 

In addition to Funcube, Triton-1, and Triton-2 this DNEPR rocket will
launch UKube-1, Delfi n3Xt (also carrying a linear amateur U/V linear
transponder), Trio-Cinema 1 & 2 and other spacecraft using frequencies 
in the amateur satellite service. 

AMSAT-UK published the story at: http://www.uk.amsat.org/3434

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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FUNcube Dongle Presentation Video

The AMSAT-UK FUNcube Dongle is a VHF/UHF (64-1700 MHz) Software 
Defined Radio (SDR) on a USB Dongle. Howard Long G6VLB traveled 
from London to the 2011 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference 
(DCC) in Baltimore to address the group on this project. He details the 
trials and tribulations behind designing and manufacturing what 
turned out to be an extremely popular product. 

The primary aim of the FUNcube Dongle is to interest young students 
in science, satellites and radio. The FUNcube itself is a satellite 
that will be launched specifically to be monitored by all those 
dongles that have been sold. 

Watch 2011 DCC – FUNcube Dongle:
http://www.uk.amsat.org/2012/01/02/funcube-dongle-presentation-video/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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