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PW-Sat2 under november 2018

Intressant satellit från Polen – PW-Sat2. Notera att de har mycket bra information för radioamatörer:

Polish satellite – PW-Sat2 is scheduled as soon as early as 19th
November 2018 launch of 4. . It’s primary mission is a technological
tests of sail-based deorbit system. The PW-Sat2 is one of the
payloads in
SpaceFlight SSO-A The SmallSat Express mission aboard SpaceX’s Falcon
9 rocket. Please be advised that planned launch date may change since
it’s quite common for orbital rockets launches – be prepared and
follow our socials!

Radio link

The satellite is equipped with full duplex communication module
TRxVU Rev. B from Innovative Solutions in Space BV. It operates in
amateur bands UHF (downlink) and VHF (uplink). Antenna module
consists of two dipole antenna (for uplink/downlink) with linear
polarisation. Downlink power equals to 27 dBm (0.5 W). Downlink
signal utilizes BPSK modulation, data scrambling according to G3RUH
and AX.25 protocol. By default, the satellite transmits its downlink
signal at 1200 bps, however it might be changed on request by the
OPERation team (via uplink telecommand) up to 9600 bps. Currently set
bitrate will be published on PW-Sat2’s Twitter profile, however
determination of actual bitrate should be fairly easy by looking at
signal spectrum.

What data will be transmitted?

Every 60 seconds the satellite transmits a beacon frame full of
telemetric data. 229-bytes long payload of the beacon frame contains
the most important information about satellite’s state – among others
– temperatures of main subsystems, battery voltage, solar power, on-
board computer mission time and experiments state. Other data, such
as historical telemetry, experiments data, photos from cameras will
be send on request from PW-Sat2’s OPERation team. There is one
exception from this rule – deorbit sail experiment will transmit its
results on-line (since after sail deployment random tumbling is
expected to occur resulting in signal loses and solar energy
decrease). Downlink signal of PW-Sat2 will be opened for everyone to
receive, decode and interpret data!

HAM radio tools to receive PW-Sat2

HAM radio community plays important role in almost every cubesat
mission – receiving and sharing acquired signal with satellites’
owners. Our team has prepared set of tools helping in receiving and
demodulation of PW-Sat2 radio signal and upload to cloud-based
service afterwards. We believe that data shared to us by community
will have big impact on our mission.

Prepared desktop application is available on Linux and Windows
platforms (however Ubuntu Linux is the main supported OS). It allows
for signal reception utilizing software defined radio receivers
(SDR): RTL-SDR, FUNcube Dongle Pro+, ADALM-Pluto SDR as well as
“traditional” analogue radio receivers with single sideband
demodulator (SSB) via computer’s line-in. Acquired signal from radio
receiver is demodulated and deframed. Correctly received frames are
classified by means of their type and uploaded to cloud-based
application ( prepared thanks to co-operation with
SoftwareMill company. The cloud-based application allows for frames
collection, sharing and telemetry decoding (for beacon frames,
labeled as “telemetry frame”). There are available additional
features like charts presenting the most important telemetry data.

How to start receiving?

Detailed information are available in our Wiki – A good starting point is to
take a look at “Quick start guide”. The wiki pages will be updated as
new information (e.g. about orbit, TLE data) will be available.

We encourage to try the software (desktop and cloud parts) right
now! In case of any problems – don’t hesitate to mail us (by an e-
mail, Messenger, in comment etc.), create an issue on GitHub
( or simply ask in this

Mission status information

Up to date information about mission status will be published on our
Twitter profile – don’t miss anything, follow us now!


To encourage you to listen to PW-Sat2 and honour your contribution
we would like to issue QSL cards for every HAM radio who will send us
(to at least one correct PW-Sat2 frame.

Additionally we’ve prepared contest in three categories:
* the first received and uploaded frame,
* the last received and uploaded frame,
* the most received and uploaded frames.

Shortly after mission we will reveal the winners and honour with
packs of PW-Sat2-related gadgets!
For more about contests see (

[ANS thanks MGUMIELA via for the above information]


Webmaster and member of the AMSAT-SM steering group.

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