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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS004 (2014)

ARLS004 Chasqui-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat Deployed from ISS

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Space Bulletin 004  ARLS004
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  August 19, 2014
To all radio amateurs

ARLS004 Chasqui-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat Deployed from ISS

A team of Russian cosmonauts has deployed the Peruvian Chasqui-1
Amateur Radio CubeSat into orbit during a spacewalk from the
International Space Station (ISS). Expedition 40 Flight Engineers
Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev released the tiny, 1 kg
spacecraft at 1423 UTC on August 18. Chasqui-1 is a project of the
Peruvian National University of Engineering (Universidad Nacional de
Ingenieria or UNI), in collaboration with the Southwestern State
University in Kursk, Russia. According to AMSAT-UK, the CubeSat's
batteries were charged last week. It was launched in February 2014
on board a Progress cargo craft.

Information about Chasqui-1 can be found on the web at, .

As Peru's first satellite, its main goal is improving UNI's
satellite technology, its builders said. The satellite is intended
to take pictures of Earth and relay them to the ground station. It
carries two cameras, one operating in the visible light spectrum and
the other in the infrared spectrum. Amateur Radio is a secondary

Chasqui-1's beacon on 437.025 MHz (+/- 10 kHz Doppler shift) can
transmit either 1200 bps AFSK AX.25 or 9600 bps GMSK. As of August
19, the beacon had not been heard.