AMSAT’s focus on STEM education and development of a cubesat platform capable of flying a science mission with a reliable communications link resulted in our previous selection of Fox-1 in the third round and RadFxSat (Fox-1B) in the recent fourth round of NASA’s Cubesat Launch Initiative. Actual launch vehicle selections are dependent on the availability of auxiliary payload space and on what orbits are required.
Fox-1 and the RadFxSat missions are based on similar system architecture. Both satellites:
- + Include a U/V (mode B) FM analog transponder. Its 2 meter down link should be even easier to hear than AO-51.
- + Are designed so you can work it with just a dual-band HT and an “arrow” hand-held antenna.
- + Will send telemetry on the voice downlink in the frequencies below the audible band as low-speed FSK with forward error correction.
- + Will support a high speed digital data mode.
- + A free telemetry decode program, FoxTLM, will be available to decode and display the low-speed telemetry and the high speed data downlink on Fox-1. An update will be provided for RadFxSat.
- + All Fox cubesats are designed to host advanced science payloads to support future science missions that help us to continue qualify for NASA ELaNa (free) launches.