Monday, February 29, 2016

AMSAT’s Fox-1E Likely to Get a Lift from NASA

NASA has accepted the Fox-1E cubesat – a joint effort between AMSAT and Vanderbilt University – to be part of its CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) program. The satellite, also known as RadFxSat-2, will carry a radiation effects experiment developed by Vanderbilt as well as a 30-kHz wide amateur radio linear transponder with an uplink on 2 meters and a downlink on 70 centimeters. This will be in place of the FM repeater carried by most amateur cubesats. The project received a #1 priority out of 20 accepted proposals and has been offered a launch date by NASA. This is the second collaboration between AMSAT and Vanderbilt. The first – RadFxSat/Fox-1B – is also part of NASA’s  CSLI program and is scheduled for launch next January.