[amsat-bb] ESTCube-1 experiment: first steps
tonis at estcube.eu
Mon Sep 15 22:20:40 UTC 2014
I'm glad to announce that after more than a year of preparations,
tomorrow, 16.09.2014, we are starting to deploy the electric solar
sail tether on-board ESTCube-1.
The process of burning the tether end-mass and spool locks and reeling
out the first few centimeters of tether will start during the 09.06 -
09.19Z pass over Estonia. This is a high pass and should be visible
over most of the Europe.
The next good passes listed below (all in UTC) will be used to
download images the telemetry logs and the images:
10.43 - 10.56
18.39 - 18.51
20.15 - 20.28
During the locks release process and after reeling the tether out some
centimeters, images will be taken.
The other shorter passes during the day will be used to download the
experiment data as quickly as possible (in Estonia, all daily passes
are visible, but lowest ones are just couple of degrees above the
If everything is OK with the tether, additional unreeling will take
place in coming days.
If you are interested in receiving ESTCube-1 during those exciting
passes, the UZ7HO 9600 bps packet softmodem and an Online Telemetry
Decoder by Mike Rupprecht
(http://www.dk3wn.info/files/estcube_online.zip) can be used. But
basically any 9600 bps G3RUH TNC or decoder can be used to receive
We are looking forward to receiving your reports on the address es5e
AT estcube DOT eu, and we would really appreciate if you would also
send received data in live, using Mike's decoder.
With best wishes,
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