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IARU Coordinates Frequencies for Six Satellites in October

During the month of October the IARU coordinated frequencies for six
upcoming Amateur Radio satellites:

  • OreSat0 (Portland State Aerospace Society at Portland State
    University is a 1U CubeSat. The mission is to provide flight heritage
    to the “OreSat bus”, an open source card-cage based system that is
    ideally suited for education CubeSat projects involving
    interdisciplinary teams of students. Downlinks on UHF using CW
    beacon, 9k6 G3RUH AX25/APRS packet beacon and a 96k GMSK
    engineering downlink. Also downlink on S Band using amateur 802.11b
    DPSK with 11M chip/sec spread and 1 Mbps data rate for bulk mission
    data. Downlinks on 436.500 MHz and 2425.00 MHz have been
    coordinated. Planning a launch with Momentus Space from Cape
    Canaveral in February 2021 into a 450 km polar orbit. More info at: and
  • TartanArtibeus-1 (Carnegie Mellon University) is a 1P PocketQube.
    Amateur Radio community globally will be provided with a delay
    ping-back service, allowing Amateurs to send messages, with replies
    from the satellite transmitted later. A UHF downlink using 3kbps FSK
    compatible with RadioHead library. A downlink on 437.170 MHz has
    been coordinated. Planning a SpaceX launch from KSC in December 2020
    into a 550km SSO.
  • SATLLA-2 (Ariel University) is a 2P picosat that will take
    low-resolution photos and will broadcast the photos over the Amateur
    Radio with its position in orbit and data from its sensors. UHF and S
    Band downlinks using LORA from 476bps to 9k6 bps. Downlinks on
    437.250 MHz and 2401.000 MHz have been coordinated.Planning a SpaceX
    launch into a 410 km 52 degree orbit in December 2020.
  • CSIROSat-1 (University of South Australia & CSIRO) is a 3U CubeSat
    mission that will perform hyperspectral infrared imaging of the earth
    for scientific research purposes. An experimental two-way link for
    Amateur Radio operators to exchange short messages through a
    ‘ping-pong’ arrangement of data exchange is among the several
    communications experiments. Proposing a 9k6 FSK downlink. A downlink
    on 437.315 MHz has been coordinated. Planning a launch from Cape
    Canaveral in March 2021 into an ISS orbit.
  • PyCubed-1 (Carnegie Mellon University) is a 1P PocketQube that will
    test a novel 3-axis attitude control system based on magnetic torque
    coils. In addition, it will test new low- power LoRa radios in
    low-Earth orbit which will be of interest to many other Amateur Radio
    small satellite operators. Proposing a 3kbps UHF downlink. A downlink
    on 437.290 MHz has been coordinated. Packets are standard LoRa format
    and are compatible with the RadioHead library. Planning a SpaceX
    launch from KSC into a 550 km SSO in December 2020.
  • Grizu-263A (Zonguldak Bülent Ecevit University) is a pocketcube
    satellite with a digipeater mode that will allow forwarding of
    received messages back to earth to support communication between
    Amateur Radio operators. Proposing a UHF downlink using 4k8 FSK. A
    downlink on 437.190 MHz has been coordinated. Planning a SpaceX
    launch from Vandenberg into a 500 600 km SSO in December 2020.

Information on these and other upcoming satellites can be found at:

[ANS thanks the IARU for the above information.]


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