New Satellites Reach Orbit
At 1000 UTC February 13, a European Space Agency Vega rocket lifted off from Kourou, French Guiana on its inaugural flight. It carried the Laser Relativity Spacecraft (LARES) to orbit along with eight student-built MicroSats and CubeSats. The student satellites will transmit telemetry in the VHF, UHF and microwave amateur bands, with one satellite also including a voice repeater. The lineup includes:
ALMASat-1 from the University of Bologna, Italy, transmitting 1200-baud packet data at 437.465 and 2407.850 MHz.
Xatcobeo, a collaboration between the University of Vigo and INTA, Spain, transmitting telemetry at 437.365 and 145.940 MHz.
Robusta, from the University of Montpellier, France transmitting 1200-baud packet telemetry at 437.325 MHz with one 20-second data burst every 3 minutes.
E-St@r, a project of Politecnico di Torino, Italy, sending 1200-baud packet telemetry at 437.445 MHz.
Goliat, from the University of Bucharest, Romania, transmitting 1200-baud packet data at 437.485 MHz.
PW-Sat from the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland, which includes a voice repeater mode in addition to its telemetry functions. The voice repeater will listen for transmissions at 435.020 MHz FM and retransmit at 145.900 MHz SSB. PW-Sat telemetry will be sent as 1200-baud packet and CW at 435.020 MHz.
UniCubeSat GG from the University of Rome, which will transmit 9600-baud data at 437.305 MHz.