RAX-1

Radio Aurora Explorer RAX-1 Satellit

The satellite is a space weather science spacecraft carrying a 9600 baud UHF transceiver that will transmit telemetry in the amateur satellite bands. The satellite also carries a radar receiver on board capable of 1 MHz I/Q sampling of select bandwidths between 400-500 MHz, including the amateur satellite bands. The primary objective of the mission is to use the onboard radar receiver in conjunction with a powerful radar station in Alaska to study the formation of a plasma anomaly known for causing the scintillation of radio signals in the UHF and higher bands. This scintillation effect is known to inhibit our space radar tracking capabilities and ground-space communications. Studying this anomaly in this bi-static radar configuration (ground based transmitter, space-base receiver) will provide scientists with a better understanding of these anomalies that has not been achievable with ground radars alone.

Launched as part of the STP-S26 mission on Nov 20th, 01:24 UTC from Kodiak, Alaska on board a Minotaur IV rocket. All satellites are placed into a 650 km altitude, 72 degree inclination circular orbit.

NASA-Catalog: 37223

Beacon

437.505 MHz 9k6 GMSK, FM (750mW)

sound Telemetriebake RAX-1 9k6 FSK

Call

RAX-1

Orbital Parameter

Name                    RAX
NORAD                   37223
Inklination (Grad)      71.973
RAAN                    77.542
Excentrizität           0.0022784
ARGP                    263.013
Umläufe pro Tag         14.77198753
Periode                 1h 37m 28s (97.47 Min)
Semi-major axis         7016 km
Perigäum x Apogäum      622 x 654 km
Mean Anomaly            96.842

Status

active

Dec 20, 2010: Due to several issues (thermal and cell functionality) RAX solar panels are not producing enough power for nominal operations. The attitude dynamics are also complicating the issue. Long-term health is TBD. Short term, we have put the satellite into ultra low power mode, and we are charging the batteries again. Yesterday we were able to raise the batteries back up to 7.5 V. RAX is back in ULP mode and we will check again tonight. The plan is to use ULP until we get the batteries back up to full charge. Periodic beaconing will be again once we restore the satellite to proper battery health. Time frame for that is unknown.

Telemetrie

Original Beacon Decoder software here.

2010-11-20 04:27:27.080 UTC: [254 Bytes KISS Frame (without CRC)]
ctrl: 3   PID: F0 {UI}   235 Payload Bytes
from CQ to RAX-1: 
   1 > AB CD 00 00 03 00 03 EB 00 6B 67 6D B0 6D 38 9D 11 6C 7C 01 
  21 > 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 5F 04 8F 00 62 09 11 00 00 00 4C 00 B9 
  41 > 00 2C 00 00 00 00 00 1B 00 3D 00 B8 00 6D 03 6B 07 00 00 FF 
  61 > FF 06 00 00 00 F8 00 6B 07 D8 06 00 00 00 00 16 00 17 03 15 
  81 > 00 36 01 00 00 DE C2 05 00 00 00 00 00 99 6A 01 00 00 00 7E 
 101 > FF 1F 01 4B 00 E8 FB 7C 01 C1 01 38 00 00 00 00 00 FE FF 02 
 121 > 00 FF FF D4 FC 07 01 B6 FF F4 08 84 0A 28 00 18 06 DC 0A 90 
 141 > 09 B8 03 20 06 6C 09 60 0A 28 00 24 06 B4 0A D0 09 BC 0A FC 
 161 > 05 28 00 28 00 28 00 50 06 00 05 C4 09 34 00 FC 05 83 38 FF 
 181 > FF FF 0E 0E D3 D0 5B 5B 5A 5F 5F 5E 5E 9C CF 3F 00 00 9F 20 
 201 > FF 41 67 FF 9F 5B CF C8 C7 41 9F 00 00 00 3E A0 0E 00 00 FF 
 221 > FF FF D2 07 02 FF FF FF FF 05 2B 74 DD DF EE 
RAX Telemetry

RAX-1 sendet aller 20s einen 9k6 Datenburst (RAW DATA). Der TNC muss sich daher im KISS Mode befinden. Zur Dekodierung dieser Daten wird ein Standard-KISS File benötigt. Es werden ausgewählte Telemetriekanäle angezeigt und graphisch dargestellt. Zusätzlich wird ein CSV File mit allen Telemetriewerten wird erzeugt. Achtung! Nicht alle Telemetriekanäle sind valide (unbenutzt oder uncalibriert).

Download Version 1.0 [18.12.2010]

RAX Board Layout

Telemetriekanäle

RAX Telemetry

Homepage und weitere Informationen

http://rax.engin.umich.edu/
AMSAT-DL Symposium 2011 Vortrag

QSL-Karte

RAX QSL

RAX QSL


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Launch

Separation