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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS001 (2007)

ARLS001 ANDE and RAFT-1 get OSCAR numbers

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Space Bulletin 001  ARLS001
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  January 9, 2007
To all radio amateurs

ARLS001 ANDE and RAFT-1 get OSCAR numbers

AMSAT OSCAR coordinator Bill Tynan, W3XO, has announced that the
RAFT-1 and ANDE Amateur Radio CubeSats have been issued OSCAR
numbers. Both spacecraft were placed into Earth orbit from the space
shuttle Discovery on December 21 and are projects of US Naval
Academy midshipmen. RAFT-1 has been designated as NAV-OSCAR-60 or
NO-60. ANDE has been designated as NAV-OSCAR-61, or NO-61.

''AMSAT-NA and I wish to congratulate you and your entire US Naval
Academy Satellite Lab team for the successful construction, testing
and orbiting of this very interesting spacecraft,'' Tynan said,
responding to the request to assign OSCAR numbers.

The RAFT-1 and ANDE ham radio payloads digipeat 1200 bps packet on
145.825 MHz. Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, of the US Naval Academy Satellite
Lab says that when RAFT-1 and ANDE are within view of each other,
dual-hop packet relays are possible via the two satellites. When
it's enabled, RAFT-1 has a PSK31 uplink from 28.117 to 28.120 MHz
with the downlink also on 145.825 MHz.

For more information, visit the ANDE, RAFT, NMARS & FCAL Operations
Web page,