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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS005 (2008)

ARLS005 New Amateur Radio Satellite Receives OSCAR Designation

QST de W1AW  
Space Bulletin 005  ARLS005
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  May 22, 2008
To all radio amateurs

ARLS005 New Amateur Radio Satellite Receives OSCAR Designation

Earlier this week, Bill Tynan, W3XO, announced that Amateur Radio
satellite Delfi C-3 has been issued an OSCAR number: Delfi-C3
OSCAR-64 or Dutch OSCAR-64.  The shortened version of either of
these two designations is DO-64.

Delfi C-3 was successfully launched April, 28, 2008 from India
aboard a Polar launch vehicle and was successfully commissioned,
currently transmitting telemetry on the 2 meter amateur band. In
addition to its 2 meter downlink, Delfi C-3 has an uplink on the 70
cm band.

This newest amateur satellite was developed by a team of some 60
students and facility members from various polytechnic schools in
The Netherlands.

Delfi C-3 carries two experiments: one involving thin film solar
cells developed by Dutch Space, and an autonomous wireless Sun
sensor from the Dutch Government Research Institute (TNO).
According to Delfi C-3 Project Manager Wolter Jan Ubbels, Delfi C-3
has been duly coordinated through Region 1 IARU representative
Graham Shirville, G3VZV, and that the satellite "meets all of the
criteria necessary to be issued an OSCAR number."

"AMSAT-NA is pleased to welcome DO-64 into the family of Amateur
Radio satellites," Tynan said. "We are hopeful that it will fulfill
its intended mission of furthering education and increasing interest
in the Amateur Radio space program. We congratulate all of those
responsible for designing, building, testing and launching this new
Amateur Radio satellite and look forward to its long and productive


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