sep 30 2018
Jerry Buxton, NØJY, AMSAT Vice-President Engineering, delivered
and performed the integration of AMSAT’s Fox-1Cliff CubeSat in
preparation for launch.
Unlike AO-85 and AO-91, AMSAT purchased a commercial launch for
Fox-1Cliff. Please consider a donation to help replenish the coffers
for GOLF and other future AMSAT projects!
Uplink: 435.300 MHz FM voice (67.0 Hz CTCSS tone)
1267.300 MHz FM voice (67.0 Hz CTCSS tone)
Downlink: 145.920 MHz FM voice; AFSK digital data up to 9600 bps
Transmit power: 600 mW nominal
Because only one uplink frequency can be active at a time, the use
of the Mode-L uplink will be limited to experimental periods announ-
ced in advance.
Fox-1Cliff carries the flight spare of the AO-85 Vanderbilt University
Low Energy Proton (LEP) radiation experiment, and the standard Fox-1
Penn State University–Erie gyroscope experiment. Virginia Tech pro-
vided a VGA camera which is the same as AO-92 but will provide images
at a higher 640 x 480 resolution. These non-SSTV images will be decoded
in the FoxTelem software.
Fox-1Cliff, unlike the other three Fox-1 FM spacecraft, does not have
an active AFC on the uplinks.
Fox-1Cliff’s Subaudible Telemetry (low-speed telemetry) will be the
same as for AO-85, AO-91, and AO-92. It will be supported by the same
FoxTelem software already released.
As with AO-92, a high-speed mode will be used to support the Virginia
Tech VGA camera experiment. This mode will be active for 40 minutes
by ground command, reverting to standard U/v transponder voice operation.
Fox-1Cliff is named in honor of long-time AMSAT member, contributor,
and benefactor Cliff Buttschardt, K7RR (SK), who passed away in 2016.
Cliff’s contributions to AMSAT and other amateur satellite programs,
including serving as an adviser during the initial development of the
CubeSat specification at California Polytechnic State University,
earned him the Lifetime Achievement Award from Project OSCAR in 2006.
[ANS thanks Jerry Buxton, NØJY, AMSAT Vice-President Engineering for
the above information]