Monday, January 31, 2022

Ten Ham Satellites Launched by SpaceX Rideshare Rocket

Two amateur satellites from Spain (EASAT-2 and Hades) and eight from  Israel (Tevel 1-8) were among more than 100 tiny "smallsats" launched into orbit in January aboard the SpaceX Transporter-3 "rideshare" mission. 
According to the AMSAT News Service, the two Spanish satellites have been designated as SO-114 (EASAT-2) and SO-115 (Hades); no word yet on OSCAR numbers for the Tevel satellites. Weak signals from SO-114 and 115 had been received as of this posting, leading to speculation that the satellites' antennas had not yet fully deployed.