Subject: [amsat-bb:89307] NCube-2 From: Graham Shirville Date: 8:01 22Dec 2005 Hi All, We have received a report from NORAD that they have recently detected an additional object in an orbit which is very close to SSETI Express. It is possible that this could be NCube-2 which should have been deployed from Express just after launch on October 27th. It would be really good to see if signals from NCube-2 can be detected on 437.305MHz +/- Doppler. NORAD will be cataloging this new object as 28897 and an element set should be forthcoming shortly - in the meantime the existing SSETI Express TLEs/Keps will be accurate enough. Here is some prelaunch data to help recognition of the signal! Downlink: 437,305MHz Bitrate: 9600b/s Modulation technique: GMSK The message: "DE=LA1CUB=NCUBE2=FF=LA1CUB===" is morsed using a 2400Hz tone, 26 words per minute where FF is a hex number [00=3,0V - FF=4,5V] If battery voltage is above 3,8V, every 2 minutes If battery voltage is below 3,8V, every 5 minutes In the end of the message an unnumbered AX.25 packet is attached containing the string: DE=LA1CUB=NCUBE2=NORWEGIAN CUBESAT - WWW.NCUBE.NO In the header of the AX.25: Callsign: NCUBE Destination: EARTH The satellite will transmit at a power of 1,5W at full battery charge Reception reports will be welcome email to email@example.com and to firstname.lastname@example.org Keep those fingers crossed 73 Graham G3VZV ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ http://www.ncube.no/ http://www.ncube.no/news December 22th 2005 We have just received information that a new object has been observed close to the SSETI Express satellite. This new object have the following TLEs: 1 28897U 05043H 05355.19399958 .00000156 00000-0 42647-4 0 10 2 28897 098.1790 251.1363 0017556 010.3969 349.7611 14.59488198 168 We have scrambled our ground team at the University College of Narvik to track this object and investigate whether it could be NCUBE-2. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ December 23rd 2005 Several radio amateurs have helped us listen in case the observed object is NCUBE-2, including the Academic Radio Club ARK in Trondheim, LA1K, http://org.ntnu.no/ark/ , and antennas in Stavanger, Palo Alto and New Jersey. No signals have been heard, but we're very thankful to everyone for their help!
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