28 Dec

CZ-2D launch objects

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 by
OBJECT-A
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2 41907  97.5819  74.7012 0229687   7.1141 353.3224 15.66601177    03
OBJECT-B
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2 41908  97.5937  74.7779 0231002   6.9410 353.4900 15.66609324    21
OBJECT-C
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OBJECT-D
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18 Dec

…next round of cubesat deployments begins on ISS

Sunday, December 18th, 2016 by

A new set of cubesats will be released tomorrow, December 19th, 2016.

For the deployment, the Japanese robotic arm moves the deployer to a specific position to ensure the satellites depart on a safe trajectory with no risk of re-contact with ISS on any subsequent orbits after which drag will have separated ISS and the much smaller CubeSats.
Here is a list of the CubeSats on Japan’s payload manifest, with descriptions offered by JAXA :

AOBA-Velox 3 – from the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan and the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, will evaluate the performance of a pulsed plasma thruster
TuPOD – from the Italian company GAUSS, will attempt deployment of two daughter nanosatellites from Brazilian and U.S. builders
ITF-2 – from the University of Tsukuba, will connect amateur radio users
STARS-C – from Shizuoka University, will attempt to extend a tether between two 1U CubeSats
WASEDA-SAT 3 – from Waseda University, will also deploy a “film-type” de-orbiting device and project an image onto the film surface using a micro-miniature projector

24 Jun

TLE lottery – PSLV C37 launch

Friday, June 24th, 2016 by

pslv_37_tle

OBJECT A
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2 41599  97.5053 235.3405 0013237 235.2734 214.0381 15.18716499   306
OBJECT B
1 41600U 16040B   16176.19302075  .00002397  00000-0  11770-3 0  9990
2 41600  97.5113 235.3445 0012301 239.1727 195.3662 15.19004140   303
OBJECT C
1 41601U 16040C   16176.12867066  .00000157  00000-0  10696-4 0  9999
2 41601  97.5086 235.2773 0011224 245.5097 200.0881 15.19388139   298
OBJECT D
1 41602U 16040D   16176.19000249  .00002004  00000-0  96280-4 0  9995
2 41602  97.5044 235.3371 0008278 247.8909 177.2442 15.19984889   304
OBJECT E
1 41603U 16040E   16176.19605116  .00003010  00000-0  14673-3 0  9993
2 41603  97.5103 235.3464 0012036 241.7725 209.6393 15.19048202   305
OBJECT F
1 41604U 16040F   16176.19605215  .00002046  00000-0  10066-3 0  9994
2 41604  97.5091 235.3458 0012119 239.2079 212.5737 15.19096218   306
OBJECT G
1 41605U 16040G   16176.19574058  .00002158  00000-0  10532-3 0  9997
2 41605  97.5088 235.3466 0011401 243.9673 207.8194 15.19331521   300
OBJECT H
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2 41606  97.5029 235.3338 0009877 246.0197 188.6268 15.19538771   295

15 Dec

PSLV launch – Athenoxat-1

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 by

Launch on 16 Dec 2015, 12:30 UTC from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) Shriharikota

A PSLV C-29 will launch six satellites from Singapore into a 550 km circular orbit inclined at 15 degrees to the equator.
TeLEOS-1 is the primary satellite and the other five satellites Kent Ridge-1, VELOX-C1, VELOX-II, Gallassia and Athanoxat-1 are co-passenger satellites.

Athenoxat-1, a 3U Cubesat has a CW beacon transmitting on 437.485 Mhz
Athenoxat-1 seperation from PSLV at 12:51:02 UTC and would starting sending CW message 30 minutes after separation
CW message will be “ATX1” on 437.485 MHz every 1 minute and also with an indication of battery voltage.

Reception reports are welcome and could be sent to giulio.manzoni@micro-space.org

96IQute
Athenoxat 1 Preliminary Orbital Determination
ATX deployed logo

1 Feb

TLE lottery has been started …

Sunday, February 1st, 2015 by
OBJECT B
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2 40377 099.1229 040.8394 0160422 338.5296 020.9352 15.04145247    97
OBJECT C
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OBJECT D
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OBJECT E
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2 40380 099.1346 040.7708 0166270 338.5236 020.9052 15.04039583    81
31 Jan

ELaNa-X TLE update

Saturday, January 31st, 2015 by

The Delta II rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base carrying the Soil Moisture Active Passive, or SMAP, satellite on a mission to measure and map the Earth’s soil moisture distribution and freeze/thaw state with unprecedented accuracy. Liftoff was at 14:22 UTC.

secondary payload: ELaNa-X (3 POD)

Firebird-II FU3         437.405 MHz 19k2 FSK
Firebird-II FU4	        437.230 MHz 19k2 FSK
GRIFEX                  437.485 MHz 9k6 FSK
Exocube (CP-10)         437.270 MHz 9k6 FSK

elena_x_frequencies

predicted TLE

FIREBIRD-2
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GRIFEX
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EXOCUBE
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30 Jan

Delta 2 launch delayed to Saturday

Friday, January 30th, 2015 by

Liftoff of a Delta 2 rocket with NASA’s SMAP environmental satellite and cubesats Grifex, Exocube and the Firebirds has been delayed to Saturday, giving workers time to repair insulation on the booster’s first stage that became debonded during Thursday’s launch attempt, which was thwarted by unfavorable winds aloft.
Launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is set for Jan 31, 14:20 UTC.

29 Jan

Delta 2 launch scrubbed

Thursday, January 29th, 2015 by

Unfavorable upper level winds thwarted plans to launch a Delta 2 rocket Thursday with a NASA sat (Soil Moisture Active Passive environmental satellite and 3 cubesats) designed to help predict droughts, floods and yield new insights into Earth’s water cycle. Liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California has been scheduled for Friday at 14:20 UTC.