[amsat-bb] UPDATE: Presat and Nanosail Satellite Launch

Michael L Miller mlmiller at intellus.us
Mon Jun 30 13:47:14 PDT 2008

This launch has been postponed.  I will provide a new launch date when it
has been determined.

Please let me know any questions.


Mike Miller

> Please put the following on the bb and on the ANS.
> PreSat and NanoSail-D Beacon Alerts
> Santa Clara University students invite amateur radio operators worldwide
to participate with them by receiving beacon signals from PreSat and
NanoSail-D, two pioneering cubesat missions that will launch from the
Reagan Test Site (Omelek Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of Marshall
Islands) on June 23, 2008 at about 7:00 pm PDT.  Both spacecraft will go
into Low Earth Orbit as secondary payloads aboard a SpaceX Falcon-1
> vehicle.  The vehicles will be launched into a 685x330 km, 9 degree
> with line of site communications only possible at low latitudes.  PreSat
is a 10 x 10 x 30 cm. spacecraft, that will evaluate the performance of
> generic biofluidic sample management and handling system for future
advanced in situ spaceborne biology experiments.  NanoSail-D is a 10 x
> x 30 cm. spacecraft, which will deploy a solar sail that also will be
> as a drag sail to demonstrate orbital debris mitigation technology.
> missions follow the earlier efforts of Santa Clara U. students in
launching Genesat 1, in 2006.
> Of particular interest to the amateur radio satellite community are the
PreSat and NanoSail-D beacons.  The PreSat beacon will operate at
> MHz FM, sending an AX.25 packet every 5 seconds; the packet contains
> about the spacecraft systems operation.  The NanoSail-D beacon will
operate at 437.269 MHz FM, sending an AX.25 packet every 10 seconds; the
packet contains data about the spacecraft systems operation.  The
> will initiate transmission as soon as each spacecraft is deployed from
their separate carriers, which are attached to a Ride Share Adapter.
Amateur radio operators are encouraged to submit received beacon packets
through the mission websites in order to receive a web-based QSL card.
> The PreSat mission website at www.presat.org; the NanoSail-D mission
website is at www.nanosaild.org. These sites provide general mission and
spacecraft information, instructions on how to contact the Santa Clara
University PreSat and NanoSail-D Mission Operations teams, and the
> orbit datam beacon packet format, and other information needed to work
> beacons.
> 73,
> Mike Miller

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