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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS005 (2017)

ARLS005 Nayif-1 CubeSat with Amateur Radio Transponder Set to Launch
on February 15

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Space Bulletin 005  ARLS005
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  February 10, 2017
To all radio amateurs

ARLS005 Nayif-1 CubeSat with Amateur Radio Transponder Set to Launch
on February 15

AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NL have announced that at the Nayif-1 1U CubeSat,
which includes a full FUNcube communication package, is set for
launch on an Indian PSLV launch vehicle on February 15 at 0358 UTC.
PSLV Flight C-37, will carry more than 100 satellites into orbit.
Nayif-1 carries a U/V linear Amateur Radio transponder for SSB and
CW and a telemetry transmitter. The initial plan called for a
late-2015 launch.

Nayif-1 was a joint project of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre
(MBRSC) and American University of Sharjah (AUS). The United Arab
Emirate's first nanosatellite, Nayif-1 was developed by Emirati
engineering students from AUS under the supervision of a team of
engineers and specialists from MBRSC. The partnership between the
two entities was aimed at providing hands-on satellite-manufacturing
experience to engineering students.

Telemetry will be transmitted on 145.940 MHz, 1.2 KB BPSK (FUNcube
standard). The SSB/CW transponder uplink passband is 435.045-435.015
MHz, and the downlink passband is 145.960-145.990 MHz.

AMSAT-UK is seeking post-launch reports from stations around the
world, especially during the first few minutes and hours after
launch. It is anticipated that the first signals may be heard in
North America during the mid-evening hours on February 14 (local

A mission-specific telemetry dashboard is available. Information can
be found on the web in PDF format at,

In a manner similar to that of the FUNcube-1 dashboard, this one
will be capable of uploading the telemetry received to a central
data warehouse. More information on the telemetry dashboard is
available, as is a test file.

Initial spacecraft operation will be in a low-power "safe" mode,
with just the telemetry transmitter activated.


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