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AMSAT-UK FUNcube-1 Satellite in Orbit

11/21/2013

A Russian Dnepr rocket carried AMSAT-UK’s FUNcube-1 -- now known officially as AMSAT-OSCAR 73 -- and 18 other satellites to orbit at 0710 UTC on Thursday, November 21. Ground stations began receiving telemetry from FUNcube-1 soon after deployment and the satellite appears to be functioning normally.

One of the satellites on the launch, UniSat-5, will deploy a number of additional satellites. Among them should be the CubeSats PUCP-SAT-1, HumSat-D, estar-2, Icube-1 and the PocketQubes Wren, Eagle-1 (BeakerSat), Eagle-2 ($50Sat), QB-Scout1. PUCP-SAT-1 intends to subsequently release a further satellite Pocket-PUCP.

As well as UniSat-5 and its associated CubeSats and PocketQubes these Amateur Radio satellites were also on the launch:
HinCube
FUNcube-1
ZAcube-1
First-MOVE
UWE-3
Velox-PII
CubeBug-2
Triton-1
Delfi-n3Xt
GOMX-1

For a frequency list, see http://amsat-uk.org/2013/11/13/three-amateur-radio-satellite-deployments-in-november/.

The latest orbital elements for FUNcube-1 are available at http://funcube.org.uk/working-documents/latest-two-line-elements/.

 



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