Amateur Radio Information and Support for CubeSats

Maintained by Ralph Wallio, WØRPK

WØRPK at netINS.net     http://showcase.netins.net/web/wallio/

 

Information updated 20Jun08 10:30UT

PRESAT and NANOSAIL LAUNCH  (more details below)

SpaceX Falcon-1 from the Reagan Test Site

Omelek Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of Marshall Islands

June 29, 2008 at about 7:00 pm PDT (new date).

5th Annual CubeSat Developers' Summer Workshop
at the 22nd Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites

Saturday-Sunday  09-10Aug08
http://cubesat.atl.calpoly.edu/pages/workshops/2008-summer-workshop.php

 2008 CubeSat Developer’s Workshop Presentation Graphics
 http://cubesat.atl.calpoly.edu/pages/workshops/developers-workshop-2008.php


CubeSats are very small satellites shaped as 10cm (~4-inch) cubes with mass less than 1kg (~2.2-pounds).  The CubeSat Project is a collaborative effort between California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo and Stanford University’s Space Systems Development Laboratory.  Much more information can be found in official CubeSat web pages starting at http://cubesat.atl.calpoly.edu/ and in numerous CubeSat project web pages given in tables below. 

Also see information about all OSCAR (Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio) spacecraft including CubeSats maintained
by Mike Rupprecht, DK3WN, via http://www.dk3wn.info/calendar/satellit.php?language=german.

The very small ~$75,000US project budget for each CubeSat (including launch fees) has made the program very popular with educational institutions.  See SPACE.COM article, Cubesats: Tiny Spacecraft, Huge Payoffs, for more information via http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/cube_sats_040908.html.  Also see  SCIENCE NEWS For Kids article, A Satellite of Your Own,    http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/articles/20060315/Feature1.asp

 

The majority of CubeSat projects are using Amateur Radio licensing, frequencies, techniques and equipment for telemetry downlinks and command uplinks.   Many projects have extensive up-to-date web pages where information covering Amateur Radio call signs, frequencies, transmission modes, telemetry decoding and/or telemetry reception software is (or will be) available.

  

Given this information, Amateur Radio operators and others worldwide will know when each individual CubeSat will be above their horizon and how to receive, capture and decode telemetry.  Recovered telemetry data can then be forwarded to CubeSat project teams as a valuable resource to spacecraft operations.  CubeSat information required for this support is collected below. 

 

In addition to CubeSats in orbit or in final preparations for launch there are numerous CubeSat projects in progressive stages of design and fabrication.  See the Developer List available via http://cubesat.atl.calpoly.edu/pages/satellite-developers.php for links to further information.

 

The Mk III. P-POD Interface Control Document (ICD) and the CubeSat Design Specification (CDS) have been updated and are now on the CubeSat website.   The Mk III. P-POD has incorporated changes based on both experience with launch providers and feedback from the CubeSat community. The major change for developers to note are the larger ports, now on two sides of the P-POD instead of only one. There is also more detail regarding the P-PODs history and testing procedures.   The CubeSat Spec updates the areas available to access once inside the P-POD, and adds detail to the existing requirements.   The new documents are now the ones which should be followed.  CubeSats designed to the old specification should still be compatible with the new one.

Mk. III P-POD ICD: http://cubesat.atl.calpoly.edu/media/P-POD%20Mk%20III%20ICD.pdf


CDS rev10: http://cubesat.atl.calpoly.edu/media/CDS_rev10.pdf


Please direct any questions to cubesat@gmail.com.

  

CubeSats in Orbit and Operational
  

NAME

International Designator

Catalog Number

 

INSTITUTION

Web page

Contact

Telemetry Information page(s)

CALLSIGN

Downlink Frequency

Modulation

STATUS

REMARKS

 

RECENT TWO-LINE-ELEMENT SET

Cute-I
CO-55

Launched 30Jun03

2003-031E

27844

 

 

Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)

Lab for Space Systems (LSS)

http://lss.mes.titech.ac.jp/ssp/cubesat/index_e.html

Saburo Matunaga Matunaga.Saburo@mes.titech.ac.jp

 

Telemetry information

http://lss.mes.titech.ac.jp/ssp/cubesat/operation/groundSoft/CUTE-IsoftWeb_e/index.htm

 

JQ1YCY

436.8375MHz (100mW)

CW Telemetry

 

437.470MHz (350mW)

1200bps FM AFSK AX.25

(active only near Japan)

 

25Apr08

WØRPK reports

telemetry reception

on 25Apr08

 

 

 

 

 

CUTE-1 (CO-55)          
1 27844U 03031E   08168.66199888  .00000013  00000-0  26300-4 0  3296
2 27844  98.7144 176.9359 0010700 113.9298 246.2992 14.20583706257364
 

QuakeSat

Launched 30Jun03

2003-031F

27845

 

 

Stanford University (USA)

Space Systems Development Lab (SSDL)

 http://www.quakefinder.com/quakesat.htm

http://www.quakefinder.com/quakesat-ssite/index.htm

James Cutler jwc@stanford.edu

 

Telemetry information

 http://www.quakefinder.com/quakesat-ssite/qs_beacon_decoder.htm

http://www.quakefinder.com/quakesat-ssite/qs_beacon_faq.htm

http://www.quakefinder.com/quakesat-ssite/qs_decode_packets.htm

 

KD7OVB

436.675MHz (1.2W)

9600bps FM FSK AX.25

Telemetry every 10sec

Data only when near USA

 

  31May08

 

Beacon packets rcvd by JE9PEL on 31May08

 

QuakeSat web pages

are unavailable

 

Triple cube

 

QUAKESAT                
1 27845U 03031F   08167.66972451  .00000052  00000-0  44716-4 0  3082
2 27845  98.7203 175.3343 0009730 133.0952 227.1033 14.20200665257148

 

CubeSat Xi-IV
CO-57

Launched 30Jun03

2003-031J

27848


 

University of Tokyo (Japan)

Intelligent Space Systems Laboratory (ISSL)

http://www.space.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/cubesat/index-e.html

http://www.space.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/gs/en/index.aspx

cube_info@space.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp

 

Telemetry information

http://www.space.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/cubesat/mission/operation/index-e.html

 

JQ1YCW

436.8475MHz (100mW)

CW Telemetry

 

437.490MHz (600mW)

1200bps FM AFSK AX.25

(active only near Japan)

 

25Apr08

WØRPK reports

telemetry reception

on 25Apr08

 

CUBESAT XI-IV (CO-57)   
1 27848U 03031J   08168.51913031  .00000023  00000-0  30925-4 0  2803
2 27848  98.7153 175.8915 0010514 118.2243 241.9990 14.20392453257317

 

   

CUBESAT Xi-V
CO-58

Launched 27Oct05

2005-043F

28895

 

University of Tokyo (Japan)

Intelligent Space Systems Laboratory (ISSL)

http://www.space.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/cubesat/index-e.html

http://www.space.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/gs/en/index.aspx

cube_info@space.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Reception reports and QSL requests to
http://www.space.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/cubesat/swl/index-e.html

 

 Send Xi-V CW telemetry reports to

xi5report@space.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp

 

CW telemetry information and software available via

http://www.space.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/gs/application-e.html

 

 JQ1YGW

437.465MHz (80mW)

CW Telemetry

 

437.345MHz (800mW)  1200bps FM AFSK AX.25

(active only near Japan)

 

02Jun08

  

 Xi-V continues to downlink images


 

CUBESAT XI-V (CO-58)    
1 28895U 05043F   08167.74946542  .00000072  00000-0  24669-4 0   460
2 28895  98.0995  61.7848 0018826  56.1488 304.1507 14.59675724140279

 

      

CUTE 1.7 + APD
CO-56

Launched 21Feb06

2006-005C

28941

 

 Tokyo Institute of Technology

Laboratory for Space Systems

http://lss.mes.titech.ac.jp/ssp/cute1.7/index_e.html

 

How to Receive

http://lss.mes.titech.ac.jp/ssp/cute1.7/howtoreceive_e.html

 

CW Telemetry format

http://lss.mes.titech.ac.jp/ssp/cute1.7/cwtelemetry_e.html

 

CW Telemetry Software

http://lss.mes.titech.ac.jp/ssp/cute1.7/software/cwtelemetrychecker.zip

 

CUTE Digipeater Service

http://lss.mes.titech.ac.jp/ssp/cute1.7/amateur_service_e.html
 

 JQ1YPC

437.385MHz  Downlink

CW Telemetry

 437.505MHz  Downlink

1200bps FM AFSK AX.25

9600bps GMSK AX.25/SRLL

 

1268.5MHz Digipeater Uplink

9600bps GMSK AX.25/SRLL

 

25Apr08

WØRPK reports

unmodulated carrier reception on 25Apr08

  

437.385 downlink has been an unmodulated carrier since 07May06

(this also occurred

07-16Apr06)

 

Spacecraft does not respond to commands

 

Power budget will allow this condition to continue indefinitely

 

Double cube

 

 

CUTE-1.7+APD (CO-56)    
1 28941U 06005C   08168.75001424  .00033053  26926-5  24177-3 0  1362
2 28941  98.1083 279.3909 0165658  43.1114 318.2982 15.57298591129972
 

 

 HIT-SAT
HO-59

Launched 22Sep06

2006-041F

29484

 

 

 

Hokkaido Institute of Technology (Japan)

 http://www.hit.ac.jp/~satori/hitsat/index-e.html

 http://www.hit.ac.jp/~satori/gs/e/index.html

 

CW Telemetry Format

http://www.hit.ac.jp/~satori/hitsat/system/hitcom-e.htm
Telemetry Reports
http://www.hit.ac.jp/~satori/hitsat/report/report-e.html

 

Also see http://www.dk3wn.info/sat/afu/sat_hitsat.shtml

for additional Hit-Sat information

including CW telemetry decoding software

from Mike Rupprecht, DK3WN

  

 JR8YJT

437.275 CW 100mW   

437.425 FM/AFSK 1200bps ---  NOT AX.25 --

 

 

25Apr08

WØRPK reports

telemetry reception

on 25Apr08

 

HIT-SAT web pages are not up-to-date.

 

 

HIT-SAT (HO-59)         
1 29484U 06041F   08168.80954683  .02280421  30445-5  43427-3 0  4598
2 29484  98.2533 290.6498 0020545 317.6063  42.4699 16.31291732 98498

 

            

GENESAT-1
Launched 16Dec06

2006-058C

29655

 

 

Silicon Valley Center for Robotics Exploration

and Space Technologies (CREST)

 http://www.crestnrp.org/genesat1/

http://www.crestnrp.org/genesat1/ahc.html
http://genesat1.engr.scu.edu/log/opslog.htm

 

Report telemetry reception via

http://genesat1.engr.scu.edu/beacon/beaconsubmission.htm

 

Beacon Decoding Document

http://www.crestnrp.org/genesat1/pdf/BeaconDecoding.pdf

 

Beacon Decoding Software (and other GeneSat-1 information)

http://www.dk3wn.info/sat/afu/sat_genesat.shtml

 

Telemetry Analysis

http://genesat1.engr.scu.edu/dashboard/index.htm

 

http://directory.eoportal.org/pres_GeneSat1.html

 http://www.crestnrp.org/

 

KE7EGC

437.067 AFSK/FM

1200bps AX.25

Telemetry packets at 5sec intervals

 

 NOT AMATEUR RADIO

2.4GHz ISM

 

 

  12Apr08

 

GeneSat-1 web pages

are up-to-date

as of 15Oct07

 

DK3WN reports

telemetry reception

On 11Apr08

  

Primary 96-hour GeneSat biological experiment complete as of 22Dec06 .

 

Amateur Radio OSCAR operators worldwide have reported 36,000+

telemetry frames.

 

 10-pound (4.5kg)

Triple-cube

  

GENESAT-1               
1 29655U 06058C   08168.52331297  .00005803  00000-0  76421-4 0  4402
2 29655  40.0271 301.6315 0003180  54.5765 305.5347 15.58797472 85281

 

    

CANX-2
Launched 28Apr08

2008-021H

32790H

CANX-6

Launched 28Apr08

2008-021B

32784B

 

 

University of Toronto (Canada)

Institute for Aerospace Studies

Space Flight Laboratory

http://www.utias-sfl.net/nanosatellites/CanX2/

http://www.utias-sfl.net/docs/canx2-amsat-2006.pdf

http://www.utias-sfl.net/docs/ssp2.1e.pdf

Freddy Pranajaya    freddyp@utias-sfl.net

 

 CanX-2 will only transmit when commanded and its
primary downlink is in the S-band.

 

CANX-6 (not a CubeSat) using the same frequencies and modes

Identified as Object 32784B

 

 VA3SFL

145.890 CW TLM down

(2m beacon did not fly)

 437.478 TLM down

2407.650 TLM down

GMSK  AX.25

 

 Updated 01May08

 

Successful separation,

spacecraft TLM and

Spacecraft operation for both CANX-2 and CANX-6

 

Triple-cube

 

IARU coordinated

 

 

CANX-2                  
1 32790U 08021H   08168.17385427  .00001076  00000-0  14419-3 0   652
2 32790  97.9915 228.0934 0016142 136.3110 223.9383 14.81382186  7234


  

  
  

  

  
  
NTS (CANX-6)            
1 32784U 08021B   08167.84991572 -.00000111  00000-0 -74202-5 0   752
2 32784  97.9951 227.7540 0016803 131.6070 228.6584 14.80943384  7207

 

AAUSAT-II

Launched 28Apr08

2008-021F

32788F

 

Aalborg University (Denmark)

http://www.aausatii.aau.dk/homepage/index.php?language=en&page=home

http://www.aausatii.aau.dk/homepage/index.php?language=en&page=amateurs

 jdn@control.aau.dk

 

http://www.aausatii.aau.dk/
http://aausatii.space.aau.dk/eng/

http://www.aausatii.aau.dk/index.php?n=Site.HAM-Info

If you are going to listen for our satellite please drop us an e-mail:

aausatii AT space.aau.dk with subject AAUSAT-II HAM-info


If you want to receive our mission update mails please mail to

jdn AT space.aau.dk subject AAUSAT-II MISSION NEWS

and you will by attached our launch/mission state mailling list.

 

http://www.aausatii.aau.dk/index.php?n=Site.PassInfo

 

 From Mike DK3WN: 

 I have received confirmation about their AFSK signal, it is AX.25 but with phase continuous 1200/1800Hz tones (so a 1 period of 1200Hz and 1.5 period of 1800Hz for mark and space respectively)

 

 OZ2CUB

437.425

AFSK & FSK up/downlink

1200-9600bps AX.25

FM CW TLM

 

 

 

 Updated 17Jun08

 

DK3WN reports telemetry reception on 15Jun08

 

Successful separation

and spacecraft TT&C

 

 IARU coordinated

 

AAUSAT-II               
1 32788U 08021F   08168.16862955  .00000182  00000-0  29959-4 0   691
2 32788  97.9897 228.0747 0016827 137.9426 222.3085 14.81529045  7250

 

COMPASS-1
Launched 28Apr08

2008-021E

 32787E

 

 University of Applied Sciences (Germany)

http://www.cubesat.de/

SUBMISSION OF RECEIVED SATELLITE DATA
If you have recorded (and/or decoded) radio signals from the COMPASS-1 satellite, we would very much appreciate if you send them to compass1cubesat(at)googlemail.com

The CW beacon consists of the header ("compass") and 26 hexadecimal numbers of information. For the interpretation of the content, please download the decoder here and paste the 26 characters into the software.
http://www.raumfahrt.fh-aachen.de/downloads/COMPASS_Beacon_Decoder.exe
  

DPØCOM

Primary telemetry downlink:

437.405  AX.25

1200bps  AFSK

(also 2400/4800bps MSK)

(Transmit commanded by

COMPASS Ground-stations)

 

Beacon downlink:

437.275  CW  15wpm

~3min intervals

(~8min for power safe)

 

 

 Updated 01May08

 

Successful separation

And spacecraft TLM

  

IARU coordinated

 

COMPASS-1               
1 32787U 08021E   08167.90201347  .00000114  00000-0  21370-4 0   675
2 32787  97.9883 227.7991 0016591 138.6827 221.5633 14.81420021  7212

 

DELFI-C3

DO-64
Launched 28Apr08

2008-021G

32789G

 

 

 Technical University of Delft (Netherlands)

 http://www.delfic3.nl/index.php

http://atl.calpoly.edu/~bklofas/SummerWorkshop2006/Ubbels-Delfi_C3.pdf

http://www.delfic3.nl/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=33

http://www.delfic3.nl/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2715&d=1207600331

 

Mission Operations & Spacecraft Status:

http://www.delfic3.nl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=93&Itemid=122

 

Amateur Radio Section:

http://www.delfic3.nl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=63&Itemid=107

 

Telemetry decoding software: RASCAL

http://www.delfic3.nl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=94&Itemid=123

 

Note that Delfi-C3 does not have batteries, therefore the spacecraft will not be active in eclipse

 

Based on our initial orbit analysis, first signals of the Delfi-C3 satellite are likely to be heard while the spacecraft is still in the first orbit, after it comes out of the first eclipse over the Northwestern USA and on towards Alaska.


Also, if you have listened for the spacecraft but not heard signals,  please do report "nothing heard", since this still is valuable information to the team.

 

DELFI-C3 MODELhttp://www.wincube.ca/Delfi.html

                                http://www.delfic3.nl/photoblog/


 

 Primary telemetry downlink: 145.870 MHz 1200 Baud BPSK AX.25 400mW

1 frame/sec

 

Backup telemetry downlink: 145.930 MHz 1200 Baud BPSK AX.25 400mW

 

Spacecraft emergency mode

145.930 MHz  DSB FSK

 

Linear transponder passband downlink: 145.880 - 145.920 MHz (inverting) 400mW PEP

 

Linear transponder passband uplink: 435.570 - 435.530 MHz

 

Transponder mode beacon: 145.930 MHz CW (10dB below transponder PEP)

 

 Updated 17Jun08

 

PE4WJ reports nominal operation on 16Jun08

Successful separation

and spacecraft TT&C

 

IARU coordinated

 

Triple-cube

DELFI-C3                
1 32789U 08021G   08168.17295438  .00000266  00000-0  40882-4 0   768
2 32789  97.9917 228.0868 0016469 136.6639 223.5873 14.81405805  7257

 

CUTE 1.7+APD II
Launched 28Apr08

2008-021C

32785C

 

 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)

Laboratory for Space Systems

http://lss.mes.titech.ac.jp/ssp/cute1.7/index_e.html

 

iReceived
http://lss.mes.titech.ac.jp/ssp/cute1.7/ireceived_e.html

E-mail : cute1.7_receive [at] lss.mes.titech.ac.jp

 

http://lss.mes.titech.ac.jp/ssp/cute1.7/amateur_service_e.html

http://lss.mes.titech.ac.jp/ssp/cute1.7/subsystem_comm_e.html

http://lss.mes.titech.ac.jp/ssp/cute1.7/cwtelemetry_e.html

 

 

437.475  1200bps AX.25

(and 9600 GMSK SRLL)

 

437.275 CW TLM

Updated 17Jun08

 

9W2VSK & 9W2YMY report telemetry reception on 13Jun08

Successful separation

and spacecraft TLM

  

IARU coordinated

CUTE-1.7+APD II         
1 32785U 08021C   08168.17381263 -.00000062  00000-0 -10027-5 0   772
2 32785  97.9924 228.0970 0015635 135.7816 224.4638 14.81366076  7251

 

SEEDS
Launched 28Apr08

2008-021J

32791J

 

Nihon University (Japan)

http://cubesat.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp/english/main_e.html

http://cubesat.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp/english/telemetry_e.html

 

http://cubesat.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp/english/software/downlink_software_e.html

 

You can get QSL card by receiving SEEDS's voice.

  QSL card verifies that you recieved SEEDS's voice. We want you to receive SEEDS's voice. And please report it by using website. We will send you QSL card to verify it and tell our appreciation.


  We will send you 4 kinds of QSL card. 1st one is "CW" QSL card which will be send to people who received CW signal. 2nd one is "FM packet" QSL card. 3rd one is "Digi-Talker" QSL card. Final one is "SSTV" QSL card. Now you can only see "CW" QSL card. "FM packet" QSL card is comming soon.


  "Digi-Talker" and "SSTV" QSL cards are secret. You can get "Digi-talker" QSL card by hearing keyword of SEEDS's voice. And also we send "SSTV" QSL card to only people who recieved image data from SEEDS. Please listen to SEEDS's voice and receive the message.

  We will update QSL card sending form and how to report later.

 

 

JQ1YGU

 437.485MHz

AX.25 (450mW)

CW (90mW)

 

Also SSTV and Digi-talker

Updated 17Jun08

 

VK5DG reports digitalker & SSTV reception on 12Jun08

 

Successful separation,

spacecraft TLM and spacecraft operation.

 

Digitalker and SSTV AOK

 

IARU coordinated 

 

 

 

SEEDS II                
1 32791U 08021J   08168.17677938 -.00000004  00000-0  64325-5 0   658
2 32791  97.9932 228.0831 0017051 135.4375 224.8210 14.81278981  7228

 

 

To be launched by SpaceX Falcon-1 from the Reagan Test Site

Omelek Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of Marshall Islands

June 29, 2008 at about 7:00 pm PDT (new date)

 

Orbit 685x330 km with 9-degree inclination
(Reception only at low latitudes)

 

The beacons will initiate transmission as soon as each spacecraft is deployed

from their separate carriers which are attached to a Ride Share Adapter.


Amateur radio operators are encouraged to submit received beacon packets
through the mission websites in order to receive a web-based QSL card.

 

PRESAT

 

Santa Clara University

http://www.crestnrp.org/presat/index.html

 

 

The PreSat beacon will operate at 437.318
MHz FM, sending an AX.25 packet every 5 seconds; the packet contains data
about the spacecraft systems operation.

 

Triple-cube

 

Evaluate the performance of a generic biofluidic sample management and handling system for future
advanced in situ spaceborne biology experiments. 

 

 

NANOSAIL-D

 

 

Santa Clara University

http://www.crestnrp.org/nanosail/index.html

 

The NanoSail-D beacon will
operate at 437.269 MHz FM, sending an AX.25 packet every 10 seconds; the
packet contains data about the spacecraft systems operation.

 

Triple-cube

 

Deploy a solar sail that also will be used as a drag sail to demonstrate orbital debris mitigation technology. 

 

 

 

 

IARU Frequencies assigned but not yet on a launch manifest

(Compilation always in progress)

 

NAME

International Designator

Catalog Number

(after launch)

 

INSTITUTION

Web page

Contact

Telemetry information page(s)

CALLSIGN

Downlink Frequency

Modulation

 STATUS

REMARKS

GSAT

 

 

 

University of Florida – Gator Amateur Radio Club (USA)

 http://www.ufsmallsat.com/

http://www.gatorradio.org/

 

 Demonstrate a non-intrusive space debris abatement device

for pico-satellites

 

437.385

1200bps AX.25 (2W)

 

 

 

Updated 26Jan07