Thursday, May 23, 2013

Fox-1 Satellite Scheduled for Launch in November 2014

AMSAT's Fox-1 satellite has been scheduled for launch aboard NASA's ELaNa XII mission late next year, according to the AMSAT News Service. NASA plans to launch the cubesat into an orbit with an expected lifetime of about 11 years. The satellite is scheduled to be delivered to NASA for integration with the launch vehicle next March, to be followed by a launch currently scheduled for next November.

The satellite will host scientific payloads as well as amateur radio equipment, as part of AMSAT's recent focus on supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The satellite's planned educational mission qualified it for the NASA program, which provides free launches for selected projects. The launch is generally the most expensive part of any amateur satellite project.