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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS015 (2015)

ARLS015 Fox-1C and Fox-1D FM Transponder CubeSats to Share a Ride

QST de W1AW  
Space Bulletin 015  ARLS015
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  September 18, 2015
To all radio amateurs

ARLS015 Fox-1C and Fox-1D FM Transponder CubeSats to Share a Ride

In response to a breaking opportunity, AMSAT and Spaceflight, Inc
have arranged for two of the Fox series of CubeSats - Fox-1D and
Fox-1C - to share a ride into space. Fox-1D will accompany Fox-1C on
the maiden flight of the SHERPA system on a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle.

Fox-1D is identical to Fox-1C, but operates on different frequencies
and carries the University of Iowa HERCI (High-Energy Radiation
CubeSat Instrument) radiation-mapping experiment as a hosted
payload. Once in orbit, Fox-1D will provide additional selectable
U/V or L/V repeater capabilities and will be able to downlink Earth
images from the Virginia Tech camera experiment.  Launch is
currently planned for the first quarter of 2016.

AMSAT has said its Fox-1A and Fox-1B CubeSats will go aloft as part
of the NASA Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) program,
which offers free launches to educational entities and encourages
science missions. Fox-1A is scheduled to launch on October 8.
Information on the ElaNa program can be found on the web at, .

For more information on the Fox satellites, see "Fox-1, the New Era
of Amateur Radio Satellites," by Dave Jordan, AA4KN, in the July
2015 QST.