Falconsat-3 öppen för amatörradio

Falconsat-3 som sköts upp 2007 har nu gått över till amatörradiobruk. Tyvärr kan vi inte höra den i Sverige pga. dess bana men stor aktivitet rapporteras på Twitter.

Falconsat-3 is Now Open for Amateur Radio Use

The Air Force Academy satellite Falconsat-3 is now open for amateur 
radio use as a digital store-and-forward system. FalconSAT-3 was 
built in 2005 and 2006 by cadets and faculty in the Space Systems 
Research Center at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, 
and launched in 2007 on an Atlas V. 

After serving in scientific and training roles, the Academy has 
now made the satellite available for Amateur radio use.

The satellite is in a 35.4 degree inclination orbit, with an 
approximate altitude of 465 to 476 km. The Packet Bulletin Board 
System is operating at 9600 baud with a 145.840 uplink, and 
435.103 downlink. Output power is 1 watt, and the downlink is con-
tinuously on. Digipeating is enabled for live QSOs, but unattended 
digipeating operations is not authorized at this time. Current 
Keplerian elements can be found in the AMSAT distributed Keplerian 
elements.

More information can be found at https://www.amsat.org/falconsat-3/ 
and further operational inquiries should be directed to AMSAT Vice
President Operations, Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA (ko4ma@amsat.org).

[ANS thanks AMSAT Vice President Operations, Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA for the
above information]