The Tomsk satellite onboard ISS was turned on May 10 at 07:55 UTC and will be switched off on May 11 at 10:10 UTC.
The Russian Tomsk-TPU-120 CubeSat is different from other CubeSats : it has a handle!
The 3U CubeSat was launched from Baikonur to the ISS on March 31, 2016 in a Progress-MS-2 cargo vessel. It will be deployed by hand during a future Russian spacewalk (EVA), which is why it has a handle.
The satellite was developed by students at the Tomsk Polytechnic University to test new space materials technology and will be the world’s first space vehicle with a 3D-printed structure.
In May 2016 Tomsk Polytechnic University celebrates its 120th anniversary. As part of the celebrations on May 10-11 Tomsk-TPU-120 will be activated in the ISS and will transmit a greeting to Earth inhabitants, recorded by students of the university in 11 languages: Russian, English, German, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Arab, Tatar, Kazakh, Hindi and Spanish.
The greeting signal will be transmitted once a minute on 437.025 MHz FM. (signal is weak)
One of the Kenwood transceivers on the ISS will provide a simulcast of the signal on 145.800 MHz FM (much stronger)
Reception reports will be appreciated. Please send reports to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Gaston Bertels – ON4WF
ARISS past chairman