FASTRAC-1/2, RAX-1, O/OREOS, NanoSail-D2

FASTRAC Recent News:

The FASTRAC team is excited to announce that the FASTRAC satellites
will launch into space this month on November 19th, 2010! This launch
marks the culmination of seven years of dedicated work by over 120 University
of Texas students.

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Robert Bruninga wrote it on amsat-bb:

We just played with the elements for PCSAT and changed the
inclination to 72 degrees and mean motion until we got 650km
and then adjusted RAAN until we got the orbit over Kodiak, and
then changed the EPOC time until we got the satellite over
Kodiak at launch time.

Here are the elements we ended up with:
 Epoc 11/19/2010 04:30 UTC
 MA   140
 MM   14.7
 Inc  72
 E    .0018
 AP   16.08
 RAAN 130

Based on a launch at 01:24 UTC on the 20th, the first pass in
range of Hawaii and California, will be in minutes and probably
the satellite will not have separated or be activated.  But a
half orbit later, the first ground stations will be Eastern
Europe.  Then a descending pass over Hawaii at T + 100 minutes
and then Central Europe about 3 hours after launch followed by
Japan and New Zealand.  The next pass is over Europe Japan and
NZ again,  Not until almost 9 hours later will we see it on the
east coast.

All of these first 3 passes in the Northern Hemisphere begin
about 4 AM through 7:30 AM local time.  New Zealand passes are
in the Afternoon.

All of the above can be TOTALLY Wrong and groundless if our
assumptions are wrong.


FASTRAC-1, FASTRAC-2, RAX-1, O/OREOS, NanoSail-D2 launched on 19 Nov 2010.

Satellite    Uplink    Downlink  Beacon    Mode        Callsign
FASTRAC-1    145.980   437.345   437.345   1200 AFSK   FAST1
FASTRAC-1    145.825   437.345   437.345   9600 FSK    FAST1
FASTRAC-2    435.025   145.825   145.825   1200 AFSK   FAST2
FASTRAC-2    437.345   145.825   145.825   9600 FSK    FAST2
RAX-1           .         .      437.505   9600 GMSK   RAX-1
O/OREOS         .         .      437.305   1200 AFSK   KF6JBP
NanoSail-D2     .         .      437.270   1200 AFSK

FASTRAC1/2, University of Texas Satellite Design Lab

RAX-1, University of Michigan

O/OREOS, Center for Robotic Exploration and Space Technologies

NanoSail-D2, Center for Robotic Exploration and Space Technologies



TLE on 23 Nov.2010

1 90025U 0        10326.13951925 +.00000264 +00000-0 +45941-4 0 00117
2 90025 071.9712 135.6738 0018042 303.2380 056.7051 14.76371385000304
1 90021U 0        10326.13838432 +.00001666 +00000-0 +24216-3 0 00095
2 90021 071.9683 135.6696 0022141 308.8255 051.0943 14.77179392000311
1 37224U 0        10326.13884752 +.00003623 +00000-0 +52130-3 0 00009
2 37224 071.9702 135.6712 0020984 306.5188 053.4182 14.76852367000030
1 99902U          10324.07407928  .00000009  00000-0  13605-5 0 00008
2 99902 071.9737 140.1948 0018754 293.8357 252.2920 14.73466259000014

FASTRAC mission update from JSC Amateur Radio Club, 24 Nov 2010

FASTRAC-2 (Emma)
FAST-2 is alive, needs a reset, and has not been commanded yet.
FAST-1 and FAST-2 remain attached as planned.

FAST-2s 1200 bps 3-minute beacon (145.825 MHz) reverted to 9600bps
at two minute intervals over night last night. This indicates that the
TNC reset itself and the on-board microprocessor wasnft responsive to
restore the settings. This is not serious, but we canft reset things
until we can command the satellites.

FAST-2s 1200bps beacon had not been updating for the last couple of
days which told us at the least, the I2C bus had locked up some time back.
We knew this would happen periodically before launch, so this behavior is
not unexpected.

FAST-2 has been actively rejecting 9600bps crosslink requests from FAST-1
at 10-minute intervals due to the I2C bus lockup. They had previously
been heard by several stations around the world crosslinking the first
few orbits after launch Friday evening.

FAST-2s downlink frequency seems to be about 2-3kHz higher than
advertized, so we know the coms subsystem is not at room temperature.

FASTRAC-1 (Sara Lily)
FAST-1 is alive, is beaconing, is attempting to crosslink with FAST-2,
but the 437.435 MHz downlink is much weaker than predicted. Nobody to my
knowledge has been able to decode beacon data from FAST-1 yet.

FAST-1s UHF beacon (437.345 MHz) is much weaker than FAST-2.
We have heard it occasionally but just above the noise floor.
FAST-2s responses to FAST-1s connect requests lead us to believe
that FAST-1 is most likely functioning normally.

Thomas M. Campbell

Friday, November 26th, 2010 by DK3WN
05:08 UTC finally ? I grabbed my first FAST1 beacon this morning.

F11001611450431.977965664134.82 -1747933.84 +3775864.88 +4282.63957 +1115.40749 -5903.87617+0361326289 069 040 038 038 055

FASTRAC-2 9k6 Link received by JE9PEL
FASTRAC-2, 9600bps FSK 145.825MHz
14:27-14:39UTC (23:27-23:39JST), 16 Dec 2010, Mel 26 deg

FAST2>FAST1 [12/16/10  23:32:36] <UA>
FAST2>FAST1 [12/16/10  23:32:41] <I S0 R0>:FAST2 Is Now Connected. GO HORNS!
FAST2>FAST1 [12/16/10  23:32:57] <I S0 R0>:FAST2 Is Now Connected. GO HORNS!
FAST2>FAST1 [12/16/10  23:33:00] <I S0 R0>:FAST2 Is Now Connected. GO HORNS!
FAST2>FAST1 [12/16/10  23:33:04] <I S0 R0>:FAST2 Is Now Connected. GO HORNS!
FAST2>FAST1 [12/16/10  23:33:08] <I S0 R0>:FAST2 Is Now Connected. GO HORNS!
FAST2>FAST1 [12/16/10  23:33:13] <I S0 R0>:FAST2 Is Now Connected. GO HORNS!
FAST2>FAST1 [12/16/10  23:33:17] <I S0 R0>:FAST2 Is Now Connected. GO HORNS!
FAST2>FAST1 [12/16/10  23:33:29] <D>
FAST2>FAST1 [12/16/10  23:33:33] <D>
FAST2>FAST1 [12/16/10  23:33:40] <D>
FAST2>FAST1 [12/16/10  23:33:47] <D>
FAST2>FAST1 [12/16/10  23:33:51] <D>
FAST2>FAST1 [12/16/10  23:33:55] <D>

FASTRAC Beacon Converter was developed by DK3WN.

Zur Dekodierung der BTEXT Bake von FAST1 und FAST2 ist dieses kleine Tool
gedacht. Einfach den empfangenen Bakenstring (beginnt immer mit F1 oder F2)
in das obere Fenster kopieren und die dekodierten Werte werden angezeigt.
Es ist wichtig, dass die Bakenlange 122 Zeichen betragt

RAX-1 Beacon Decoding Software

NanoSail-D2 ejected and deployed

FAST-1/Digi-ON 1k2, 9k6

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