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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS005 (2012)

ARLS005 Space Station Deploys Five CubeSats

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Space Bulletin 005  ARLS005
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  October 5, 2012
To all radio amateurs

ARLS005 Space Station Deploys Five CubeSats

Five research CubeSats - all with Amateur Radio communication
systems - were successfully deployed from the International Space
Station beginning around 1430 UTC today. The satellites were
launched from the Kibo station module using a specially equipped
robotic arm.

The group includes:

TechEdSat, a collaboration among NASA's Ames Research Center; San
Jose State University; the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB) and
the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), will be sending AX.25
packet telemetry at 437.465 MHz. The TechEdSat team is asking for
assistance from amateurs in decoding and relaying data. Follow the
mission on their Twitter page at,
More information about decoding and submitting packet data is
available on their website.

FITSAT-1, designed and built at the Fukuoka Institute of Technology,
Japan, will test the feasibility of high-speed microwave data
downlinks in low Earth orbit. It will transmit telemetry on 437.445
MHz and 5.84 GHz. They welcome signal reports from amateurs at their
website at,

WE WISH, from the Meisei Electric Company Radio Club, Japan, will
send CW telemetry and occasional SSTV images at 437.505 MHz.

RAIKO, designed and built by students at Wakayama University, Japan,
will transmit high-speed data at 2.2 and 13 GHz.

F-1, built by students at FPT University in Hanoi, Vietnam will send
telemetry at 145.980 and 437.485 MHz using 1200-baud packet and CW.
Amateurs are asked to monitor and submit reports. More information
can be found at,


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