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[aprssig] APRS satellite Launch 11 March Mid-Atlantic

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Tue Mar 2 23:32:43 UTC 2010


East Coast APRS Satellite Launch 11 March!

You will be able to see it too over most of the mid-atlantic.  I
don't see a launch time or any other info yet.  Here is what I
have received:
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A sounding rocket with amateur satellite operating on 144.39 MHZ
APRS will rise to 100 miles or so for an 8 minute mission.  The
rocket (I think) is the Hall 12.067.

The payload is called SOCEM/ADAMASat.  There is a computer
program and GUI to interface to your PC so you can grab the
telemetry live.  It is on:
http://ssl.engr.uky.edu/adamasat_free_gui.exe

It's a one shot deal, so I'm gonna have a backup TNC and
HYPERTERM collecting everything.		
ADAMASat is the Antenna Deployment and Mono-filament Actuator
Satellite. It's a 2U CubeSat designed by Kentucky Space as part
of SOCEM, the Sub-Orbital CubeSat Experimental Mission.
ADAMASat, which is scheduled to launch on Hall 12.067 out of
Wallops Flight Facility on 11 March, will fly in space for
roughly 8 minutes performing an engineering experiment and
transmitting data down to Earth via APRS packets. 

More information on ADAMASat is available at
http://ssl.engr.uky.edu/suborbital/adamasat Kentucky Space is
hereby releasing to the AMSAT-NA community the ADAMASat FREE
GUI, a free 32-bit Windows binary for amateur radio operators in
the Eastern United States who are interested in tracking
ADAMASat on its launch day. The GUI is a standalone application
and upon opening it on his/her computer, the HAM will be greeted
with a popup window which explains the steps required to track
the payload. 

All that is needed is a Windows machine, a radio and TNC which
can receive on 144.390 MHz, a serial or USB cable, and a
suitable location. The GUI parses the APRS packets as they are
received, graphing temperatures on-board the payload and
reporting status of the mission in real-time. It also includes
instructions on e-mailing the packet log to Kentucky Space to
aid in post-processing, and a built-in aggregator for the
official ADAMASat Twitter RSS feed. 

Disclaimer: Kentucky Space provides the GUI "as is" without
warranties of any kind, and shall not incur any liability for
any damages connected to the use of the GUI.
		




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