jun 17 2019
30 deg elevation pass with Crossed Dipole antenna
jun 4 2019
LightSail is a citizen-funded project from The Planetary Society.
This cubesat will be propelled solely by sunlight, to Earth orbit.
LightSail 2 is scheduled to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy on
June 22, 2019, and we will attempt the first, controlled solar sail
flight in Earth orbit.
LightSail 2 will ride to space aboard the Department of Defense
Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission which will send 24 spacecraft
to 3 different orbits. LightSail 2 itself will be enclosed within
Prox-1, a Georgia Tech-designed spacecraft originally built to demon-
strate close-encounter operations with other spacecraft. Prox-1 will
deploy LightSail 2 seven days after launch.
After a few days of health and status checks, LightSail 2’s four
dual-sided solar panels will swing open. Roughly a day later, four
metallic booms will unfurl four triangular Mylar sails from storage.
The sails, which have a combined area of 32 square meters [344 square
feet], will turn towards the sun for half of each orbit, giving the
spacecraft a tiny push no stronger than the weight of a paperclip.
For about a month after sail deployment, this continual thrust should
raise LightSail 2’s orbit by a measurable amount.
LightSail 2 will fly in a 24-degree inclination, 720 km, circular
orbit. At latitudes of 42 degrees north it will reach a maximum
elevation of 10 degrees above the horizon.
Lightsail-2 has been issued an experimental radio license WM9XPA and
transmit on 437.025 MHz. A morse beacon will transmit the callsign
every 45 seconds. A packet beacon will transmit AX.25, FSK 9K6 bps
Beacon information is available at:
Documentation of the downlink telemetry data structure is posted at:
jun 4 2019
En väldigt bra och kort guide till att köra SSB via satellit:
maj 25 2019
Info from G3VZV:
ESA have just released a new mission update for the ESEO Mission. It can be seen here https://www.esa.int/Education/ESEO/ESEO_mission_updates
We are delighted that the BPSK telemetry transmitter, on our payload, was enabled for a period of just over 200 minutes in orbit!
Although we were not able to announce this activation in advance, more than ten stations around the world successfully received the telemetry on 145.895 MHz and submitted it to the FUNcube Data Warehouse. We are very grateful to them for their support.
Over 50 channels of Real Time and Whole Orbit Data were collected. For example, a number of on-board temperatures are shown in this graph which covers the period from 11:58 to 13:36 UTC
The very last frame received was captured by PQ2HX in Brazil at around 14:17 UTC We are keenly awaiting further possibilities to exercise more of the payload as soon as this becomes possible but, in the meantime, is good to know that all the telemetry channels reported nominal values.
maj 11 2019
From. den 9 maj 2019 gäller ett nytt förenklat medlemsskap i AMSAT-SM. Det är samtidigt en anpassning vad gäller GDPR och användardata.
Då AMSAT-SM inte har något behov av att registrera adressuppgifter för våra medlemmar har dessa uppgifter tagits bort från befintligt medlemsregister, vilket är samma sak som kontot på hemsidan.
De uppgifter som nu behövs för medlemsskap är användarnamn, lösenord och e-postadress. I de fall för- och efternamn finns sparade sedan tidigare finns dessa kvar. Det är valfritt att lägga till, ta bort eller ändra för- och efternamn.
Läs gärna vår nya och kompletta integritetspolicy.
apr 23 2019
As part of the migration of the data warehouse to the new server, we are now redirecting all dashboard data submissions to:
http://data.amsat-uk.org (there is no need to change your dashboard settings)
Hence, all information at http://warehouse.funcube.org will no longer be updated.
I will be merginging the scores today at http://data.amsat-uk.org/ranking
(I am at the top of the list because of data migration)
You can search for your site name or order the columns by clicking on the column header. There have been requsts for the existing style of ranking, including age colour, for each satellite. I will be implementing this
in the next couple of days.
If you have lost your Dashboard credentials please visit:
Hope you like the new site and and feedback will be welcome.
73 Dave, G4DPZ
apr 13 2019
On October 29, 2018, the Diwata-2 microsatellite was launched on a
H-2A launch vehicle from the Tanegashima Space Center, Tanegashima,
Japan. Diwata-2 was developed by the PHL-Microsat program now
succeeded by the STAMINA4Space program, and in cooperation with
Tohoku University and Hokkaido University. The satellite carries an
amateur radio payload that has been tested and is now ready for
At the request of the STAMINA4Space program, AMSAT hereby designates
Diwata-2 as Philippines-OSCAR 101 (PO-101). We congratulate the
owners and operators of PO-101, thank them for their contribution to
the amateur satellite community, and wish them continued success on
this and future projects.
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
AMSAT VP Operations / OSCAR Number Administrator
apr 4 2019
Upcoming ARISS contact with RX possible in Sweden and rest of EU:
École des Charmilles, Thyez, France, telebridge via ON4ISS
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut is David St-Jacques KG5FYI
Contact is go for: Thu 2019-04-11 12:55:18 UTC 64 deg