Hams Invited to Listen for New Satellites
Five research satellites were carried to orbit Friday evening aboard a Minotaur V rocket from Kodiak Island, Alaska. All the satellites use Amateur Radio frequencies and hams have been invited to participate in their missions by monitoring and collecting data.
The FASTRACs are two relatively small “nanosatellites” built by students at the University of Texas-Austin. They enter orbit as a single spacecraft, but then separate into FASTRAC 1, known as “Sara Lily,” and FASTRAC 2, referred to as “Emma.” Both satellites use 1200 or 9600 baud AX.25 digital communication and transmit at 1 W output, so they should be receivable with omnidirectional VHF or UHF antennas and decodable by ordinary packet radio hardware and software.
FASTRAC 1 FASTRAC 2
Downlink(1200/9600 Baud) 437.345 MHz 145.825 MHz
Beacon (1200 Baud) 437.345 MHz 145.825 MHz
Uplink (1200 Baud) 145.980 MHz 435.025 MHz
Uplink (9600 Baud) 145.825 MHz 437.345 MHz
Satellite Call Sign FAST1 FAST2
After their scientific missions are complete, the satellites will be reconfigured to function as digipeater relays for Amateur Radio use as part of the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS).
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FYI - You will need a TNC or soundcard packet to decode the data from the satellites.
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