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FUNcube Handbook 1st Edition PDF

The FUNcube project is being undertaken by a team of (less than 10) experienced volunteers drawn from radio amateur members of AMSAT-UK, AMSAT-NL and others and is part funded by the Radio Communications Foundation – a Registered Charity.

While this handbook refers mainly to FUNcube-1, readers should note that similar hardware and software was provided to the UKube-1 spacecraft (sponsored by the UK Space Agency) as a sub-system which will provide almost the same functionality.

Massive Satellite “Cluster” Launch Set for November 21

A Dnepr launcher set to lift off from Dombarovsky, near Yasny, Russia, on November 21 will carry more than two dozen satellites from 13 countries. Individual satellite teams are now in Yasny preparing their payloads for launch. Several of the satellites will carry Amateur Radio payloads, marking this as the largest single deployment of ham radio satellites. Paving the way for this month’s event was the August 22 Dnepr launch of the KOMPSAT-5 satellite from Korea — the first Dnepr launch in 2 years. This month’s launch had been postponed for more than a year to work the wrinkles out of the Dnepr program. The DubaiSat-2 earth-imaging satellite will be the principal payload of this cluster mission.

Vandenberg AFB Falcon 9 Launch

The planned launch of two satellites, DANDE and CUSat, carrying amateur radio payloads should be streamed live to the web at 1600 UT on Sunday, September 29.

Amateur Radio Help Needed For RS-39 Deployment

The Chibis-M satellite, RS-39 is planned to be deployed from the Progress M-13M cargo ship into a 500 km orbit on January 24 at approximately 23:00-23:59 UTC.

RS-39 has CW beacons on 435.315 and 435.215 MHz that can be received directly by radio amateurs and schools for educational outreach purposes. Telemetry will be transmitted on these downlink frequencies. The RS-39 Morse Code telemetry format is available as an MS-Word document from:

The RS-39 team is requesting support from amateur radio operators for any reception reports of Chibis-M. Special attention is needed during the first orbits as these are outside the range of control stations. Each report will be confirmed by special QSL card.

The Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) will activate an e-mail address for radio amateurs around to send reception reports. The link is in Russian at present ( is available in Google English.)

Chibis-M arrived at the ISS on November 2, 2011 aboard the Progress M-13M cargo craft. It has been studying Terrestrial Gamma Ray Flashes which are hypothesized to be produced by beams of very energetic electrons, accelerated in the intense electric fields generated by large thunderstorm systems.

On January 23, 2012 Progress M-13M will undock from the ISS. Progress will then perform two orbital maneuvers to raise its orbit to 500 km. On January 24 Chibis-M will separate from the Progress cargo craft. RS-39 also carries receivers listening between 0.1 – 40 kHz and 26-48 MHz for a space weather experiment.

Additional information can be found on these links:

[ANS thanks Trevor, M5AKA and AMSAT-UK for the above information]

The AMSAT-UK FUNcube Dongle

FUNcube Dongle Website
FUNcube Yahoo Group

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