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CAMSAT Renames, Postpones Six-Satellite Launch:


CAMSAT has announced new nomenclature for the six satellites that it planned to launch this summer. CAS-3A through F have been redesignated as the XW-2 (Hope-2) amateur satellite system — XW-2A through F. CAMSAT said this week that all six satellites have completed environmental testing and currently are undergoing burn-in testing.

The satellites will be moved to the launch site in mid-August, but the launch has been postponed from mid-July until early September.

The six satellites are equipped with substantially identical Amateur Radio payloads — a U/V mode linear transponder, a CW telemetry beacon and an AX.25 19.2k/9.6k baud GMSK telemetry downlink, a CAMSAT announcement said in May. CAMSAT said that each Amateur Radio complement has the same technical characteristics, but will operate on different 70 centimeter uplink and 2 meter downlink frequencies.



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