Athenoxat image decoder

Thanks Roland PY4ZBZ for kiss file and Yesie 9V1SQ for documentation. Very appreciated :-)

thumb_1.jpg | Global view: Colombia and Venezuela with Lake Maracaibo in view
thumb_2.jpg | Global view: North West of Australia and Tiwi Island
thumb_3.jpg | Wide-angle view: Islands of Bali and Lombok, Indonesia
thumb_4.jpg | Narrow-angle night view: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
thumb_5.jpg | Global view: North of Australia
thumb_6.jpg | Global view: West of Africa with River Niger in view
thumb_7.jpg | Wide-angle view: Region of Luzon, the Philippines

AthenoxSat update

Greetings from Athenoxat-1 team :)

It’s been a while and we’re glad to inform that our satellite Athenoxat-1 (ATX) is doing well until today, entering into her 2 years life in space.

To celebrate this event, we have modified the data beacon hopefully for the pleasure of HAM activities around the world.

As we understand, HAM community has been able to decode ATX data beacon using HS Soundmodem (version 0.15b?).

So just to explain the new structure of the data beacon:
Apart from the COM header/sync marker etc, the real data size for each packet expected will be 216 bytes.

The first byte = type of data of either {2, 4, 5} which means {in-house icon image, thumbnail images produced by ATX, the text-note to explain the image contain in the thumbnail}

For the type of data 2 and 5 (single chunk concept):

The next 2 bytes = the variable file size of the icon image / text-note, for example 192.

Thus the next 192 bytes will be the content of the image / text-note itself. The next remaining (216 – 1 – 2 – 192) = 21 bytes can be ignored.
The icon image is in .bmp format & text note is ASCII characters.

For the type of data 4 (multiple chunks concept):

The next 1 byte = the variable size of last remaining bytes Next 2 bytes = the variable file size of the thumbnail image Next 2 bytes = chunk marker For example, the thumbnail image is 3748 bytes. The beacon transmission will be chunk by chunk with each chunk has size 210 bytes.

Therefore roundup (3748 / 210) = 18 with the modulus or last remaining bytes = 178 bytes.
So in this example, each packet will have the first 4 bytes the same value, and the next 2 bytes is chunk marker, and next 210 bytes will be the content of thumbnail image and should expect 18 packets transmitted.
First packet will have chunk marker = 18 and next packet decrements to 17 and so on. The last packet should have chunk marker = 1.
Specific to the packet with chunk marker = 1, the remaining (216 – 1 – 1 – 2 – 2 – 178) = 33 bytes can be ignored.

The thumbnail is in .jpg format.

Should there be any difficulty in reconstructing the data, you can send the recorded packets (not just the screenshot) you’ve received to us, and we’ll be glad to help.

In addition, we would really like to send the overdue QSL cards to you who has been curious and received our ATX beacon last year.

We are thinking to send this QSL card via ATX transmission too. What is needed is only for us to make the appointment :) Please let us know your confident good quality AOS of ATX and for how much duration.

Then we’ll upload to the satellite Flight Planner so that when ATX is passing your AOS time, she’ll start transmitting the chunks of the QSL card.

We’ve prepared the QSL cards and they are about 30kB size, thus the required transmission duration should be less than 5 minutes.

This is because the chunks will be sent in the interval of 2sec, as not to stress ATX radio.

In case there’s interference / bad connection during the transmission, we can resend you only the specific chunk markers that you miss at the next appointment time.

We hope this activity will spark the interest of HAM people around the world who can receive ATX beacon.

Since this is a kind of new experiment / features of ATX, let us please test it with your first before we publish this information to the public.

When this new features are confirmed good, we’ll update our website too with this detailed information.

Looking forward to your feedback then. Thanks much in advance for your time.

Kind Regards,
Athenoxat-1 Team
Microspace Rapid
9V1FC / 9V1SQ

PSAT telemetry – digi ON

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UWE-3 News: Celebrating 4 years of operation in space

On 21st of November 2017 UWE-3 celebrated 4 years in space and is still running without any significant failures. The daily received UWE-3 beacons report its good health condition, including the nominal status of the batteries.

UWE-3 in cleanroom shortly before launch 2013.

During these last four years we received an outstanding support from the Radio Amateur Community from all over the world, which is highly appreciated. We would like to express our special thanks to: DK3WN, Rainer, PE0SAT, SP7THR, EU1XX, JA1GDE, JA6PL, G7GQW, ON4HF, LU4EOU, DL8MCO, JA5BLZ, CU2JX, R4UAB, VK5HI, JA0CAW, IW0HLG, JO1PTD, YC3BVG, DB1VQ, JA6DHC, ZL4JL, VK2FAK, JE9PEL, JH4XSY, JF1EUY, N2ACQ, PY4ZBZ, CX8AF, DG4YDF, LU7DRR, PD0OXW, PA2EON, IK8OZV, ES5EC, K4KDR, ZR1ADC, JE1CVL, EA7ADI, EA1JM, PY2SDR, VE7CEW, PA3GUO, ES5TO, SM0TGU, EA4SG, DL1MX, W6YRA.

Yours sincerely,
UWE-3 Team.

Categories: UWE

Happy Birthday FUNCube-1

Today, November 21st 2017, marks the fourth birthday for FUNcube-1 in orbit.

FUNcube-1 was launched at 07:10 UTC on November 21st 2013 and its first signals were received immediately after deployment over the Indian Ocean by amateurs in South Africa. Since then it has been operating continuously in either its education mode or, with the transponder active, in amateur mode when in eclipse and at weekends.
The spacecraft has spent the four years in space orbiting the earth at between 640 and 580 km and has now travelled around the earth more than 20,000 times. That represents a distance travelled of approaching 500 million miles.
Up to now, each of the orbits has been spilt approximately 65% in sunlight and 35% in eclipse. This has resulted in the temperatures inside the small spacecraft varying by about 25°C during each orbit.

During the recent AMSAT Colloquium, Wouter, PA3WEG, during his presentation about the FUNcube project mentioned that the power available from the solar panels has been slowly increasing since launch. This observation led the team to do some further investigations as to the cause.
Although the launch was into a nominally Sun Synchronous orbit, over time this has drifted and the spacecraft is now entering a period when it will be in the sun for longer periods during each orbit.
The exact details are still being determined, but it seems likely that, starting from January 2018, there will be periods when the spacecraft will be in the sun for all, or almost all, of its orbits. Of course, this means that the on-board temperatures will be much higher than we have previously experienced in flight, although we have some test records from pre-flight thermal air testing that were undertaken after integration.
The key will be to discover what the equilibrium temperature will be internally. For comparison, AO85 has already “enjoyed” periods of full sun and its internal temperatures have reached up to around 55°C.

So the next few months will be quite an exciting time for the team! We remain extremely grateful to everyone is using the spacecraft for both its educational and amateur missions. Of course we are also very very grateful to those who are downloading the telemetry and uploading the data to the Data Warehouse. It continues to provide a unique record of “life on board” a 1U CubeSat in space.

Graham, G3VZV