Monday, May 12, 2014

Weekend FUNcube Fun and FUNcube-2 Launch

The amateur radio transponder aboard AO-73, better known as FUNcube, will be active full-time on weekends, according to the AMSAT News Service. Controllers (if available) will switch the satellite to full-time transponder mode during the first suitable pass over the UK each Friday, and then turn it off again either Sunday evening or Monday morning. 

Meanwhile, the ARRL reports that FUNcube-2 is now scheduled for launch on June 19, aboard the 3-unit UKube-1 spacecraft. Once operational, FUNcube-2 will feature an inverting SSB/CW transponder with a 20-kHz passband.