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Fox-1B (RadFxSat) Nears Completion


AMSAT-NA Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, reports that the Fox-1B CubeSat (RadFxSat — Radiation Effects Satellite) flight unit has been assembled and now is undergoing various stages of testing before it is put through environmental (shock, vibration, thermal) testing in August for completion by early September.

Launch is scheduled for January 20.

Fox 1B is a joint mission by AMSAT and the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics at Vanderbilt University. It hosts a technology experiment by Vanderbilt University as well as an analog FM Amateur Radio payload.

During a recent test stop in Fox Labs, most of the testing was streamed live on YouTube (archived) to give enthusiasts an opportunity to look over Buxton’s shoulder as he conducted tests on the flight unit along with other Fox Engineering Team members on GoToMeeting. Fox-1B (RadFxSat) is expected to be back in Fox Labs around August 11 for another round of tests, and live streaming will be available during those tests as well.



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