[amsat-bb] ANS-135 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin - Fox-1 News From Dayton
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In this edition:
* Fox-1 News From Dayton
* AMSAT FieldOps Team Fox-1 Operating Guide is Available
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ANS-135 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 135.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
May 15, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
Fox-1 News From Dayton
During the Dayton Hamvention, AMSAT Vice President Operations, Drew
Glasbrenner, KO4MA, and AMSAT Vice President - Engineering Jerry Buxton,
N0JY, provided more information about the Fox-1 satellites under
development. Buxton, N0JY, says Fox-1A has passed all environmental testing
and is integrated into the P-POD deployment canister. "The 'remove before
flight pin' has been pulled, the doors closed on the P-POD, and everything
is aboard the shipping container now en route to Vandenberg Air Force Base
in California for launch", said Buxton.
Previously Buxton had announced plans to incorporate an L band receiver in
Fox-1C and Fox-1D. The addition will allow ground commanded selection of the
U/v (normal Fox-1 bands) or the new L/v 1.2 GHz (23 cm) mode. Both bands
will operate as FM single channel. (See: http://www.amsat.org/?p=4000)
During the satellite operations segment of the AMSAT Forum Glasbrenner
provided the details of the uplink and downlink frequencies for the Fox-1 FM
Uplink FM (67 Hz tone) Downlink FM
Fox-1A 435.180 MHz 145.980 MHz
RadFxSat/Fox-1B* 435.250 MHz 145.960 MHz
Fox-1C* 435.300 MHz 145.920 MHz
1267.300 MHz ** 145.920 MHz
Fox-1D* 435.350 MHz 145.880 MHz
1267.350 MHz ** 145.880 MHz
* Pending IARU Coordination, If needed, changes will be announced
** U/v and L/v operations switchable by command station,
not operational simultaneously
According to Buxton, the team is planning to have an affordable L band
uplink ground station available to amateurs by the time Fox-1C is on orbit.
+ Fox-1A will launch on a NASA ELaNa flight scheduled during the
third quarter, 2015 from Vandenberg AFB. Fox-1A is a passenger
aboard this launch driven by the schedule of the primary payload.
When updates are available with firm dates they will be announced
via the ANS bulletins and in the AMSAT Journal.
+ Fox-1B will fly with the Vanderbilt University radiation
experiments expected in 2016.
+ Fox-1C will launch on Spaceflight's maiden mission of the SHERPA
multi-cubesat deployer on a SpaceX Falcon 9 flight planned for
+ Fox-1D is a flight spare for Fox-1C. If not needed as a spare
it will fly with the University of Iowa HERCI radiation mapping
+ Fox-1E "Evolution" will carry a Mode J linear transponder. The
transponder is planned to be 30 kHz wide and will also have a
1200 bps BPSK telemetry beacon. Launch opportunities are being
developed, to be announced at a later date.
AMSAT has an immediate need to raise funds to cover both the launch contract
and additional materials for construction and testing for Fox-1C. Please
help us to continue to keep amateur radio in space. Donations may be made
+ Paypal and credit card payment on the AMSAT website at
+ Donation link in the AMSAT store:
+ Call the AMSAT office at (888) 322-6728
[ANS thanks the AMSAT Engineering and AMSAT Operations Teams for the above
AMSAT FieldOps Team Fox-1 Operating Guide is Available
AMSAT's Director of Field Operations, Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, invites you
to view and download the "Fox-1 Operating Guide" which was released at the
2015 Dayton Hamvention. This color PDF file is designed to print
double-sided. Two different resolution versions are available:
+ Low resolution PDF suitable for on-screen display (~400 KB size)
+ High resolution, press quality PDF for hard-copy printing (~2 MB size)
To access these files visit the AMSAT web and follow the path:
http://www.amsat.org --> Satellite Info --> Station and Operating Hints.
The direct link is http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=2144 where you'll find the
link to the Guide.
[ANS thanks the AMSAT FieldOps Team for the above information]
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