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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS002 (2013)

ARLS002 FUNcube-1 Team to Gather for November 21 Launch, "Dashboard"
Software Released

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Space Bulletin 002  ARLS002
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  November 20, 2013
To all radio amateurs

ARLS002 FUNcube-1 Team to Gather for November 21 Launch, "Dashboard"
Software Released

Most members of the FUNcube-1 team will gather November 21 - launch
day - at the RSGB's National Radio Centre at London's Bletchley Park
to staff a monitoring station at least for the first couple of days
following launch. FUNcube-1 is among more than two dozen small
satellites - many of them carrying Amateur Radio payloads - that
will be put into orbit by a Dnepr rocket now being readied in Russia

"The first signals from FUNcube-1 should be heard in Southern Africa
and then in Hawaii and then Alaska," said a message on the FUNcube-1
website. FUNcube-1 initially will transmit at about 30 mW ("safe
mode"), and telemetry will be on 145.935 MHz. In its normal
"educational mode," the signal should to be about 10 dB stronger.
"After that, we hope to hear signals in the UK on a very low pass to
the east around 0850 UTC. [W]e will be trying to do our best to keep
everyone in touch with what is happening," the message continued.
Part of that effort will include streaming video from the NRC,
getting underway at about 0700 UTC the day of the launch.  The team
also will maintain a presence on the #cubesat IRC channel at, as well as via the AMSAT-BB.

The first release of the FUNcube Dashboard User Interface software
is now available for download. Information can be found on the web

This software, when used with a FUNcube dongle or other SSB-capable
VHF receiver, will decode and display all 58 telemetry channels, all
onboard status flags, and the Fitter messages from the spacecraft.
"The FUNcube Dashboard will also enable users to upload the
telemetry they are receiving to a central data warehouse, so that
others around the world can see what is happening onboard, the
launch team said. Details of the telemetry format, which reflects
considerable heritage from AO-40, also are available, as is the
FUNCube Handbook. The FUNcube-1 team also has released information
on how to register your dashboard for use with the data warehouse.

Further information is available on the web at, .


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