HAM RADIO IN SPACE:
SIGHTLY USED FM SATELLITE GIVEN TO HAM RADIO
Ham radio is being given access to a slightly used but working FM relay satellite. The bird is POSAT One which was launched over a decade ago on September 25th 1993.
POSAT One also has the designation PO-28. It's primary mission was for commercial use on frequencies outside the Amateur bands. But the bird was designed with the capability to operate on Amateur service frequencies as well. After prolonged negotiations it has been agreed that the satellite can be switched permanently to the Amateur frequencies.
It is expected that the process to change over the operation of the satellite from commercial to Amateur use will take a couple of weeks. Once completed, PO-28 will Uplink on 145.925 and 145.975 MHz. Downlink will be in the 70 centimeter band on 435.075 and 435.275 MHz
PO-28 was built at the University of Surrey as a collaborative program with a consortium of Portuguese academia and Industry. Its reassignment to the ham radio bands was announced at last weeks AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in Guilford, England. ( M5AKA)
HAM RADIO IN SPACE: SSETI EXPRESS LUNCH DELYED
It will be a bit longer wait for the next launch of a satellite if interest to radio amateurs. This with word that the COSMOS launch vehicle scheduled to carry the SSETI Express and a number of other satellites into space has been delayed for approximately one month. A revised launch date and time has not yet been confirmed.
For those not ware, SSETI Express is the first pan-European student satellite. Students from twelve different European countries are participating in SSETI program. The satellite has alaready been shipped to Russia, and is awaiting the launch campaign team. (AMSAT-NA)
(stories from Amateur Radio Newsline for this weekend.)
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