UKube-1, FUNcube-2


UKube-1, University of Strathcylde, UK Space Agency, AMSAT-UK
The launch is planned on 8 Jul 2014 from Baikonur by Soyuz-2-1b Fregat.

UKube-1 is a demonstration cubesat mission designed to provide a platform for up to three
technology demonstrator payloads. In addition to these payloads the satellite will incorporate
innovative attitude determination and control systems, deployable arrays, FPGA on board mission
controllers. There will be four communications systems. (C)IARU

+ A commercially sourced U/V transceiver using either 9k6 BPSK or 9k6 GMSK for downlinks
+ A FUNcube compatible U/V transponder and telemetry transmitter provided by AMSAT-UK for
  educational outreach, amateur transponder operation and redundant telecommand.
+ A 1 watt S Band transmitter from Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town,
  for high data rate mission data downlinking using up to 1 Mbps QPSK or OQPSK modulation.
+ myPocketQub 442 SuperSprite AU on UHF with 11mW output using spread spectrum with 100kHz bandwidth.


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-079.08
UK Space Agency UKube-1 Cubesat Takes Shape

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 079.08
March 20, 2011
BID: $ANS-079.08

UK Space Agency UKube-1 Cubesat Takes Shape

This week the UK Space Agency revealed the instruments and experiments that will be
launched into orbit onboard the UKube-1 CubeSat in early 2012.

UKube-1 - a nanosatellite that will allow the UK to test new technologies and carry
out new space research quickly and efficiently is an exciting and novel collaboration
between the UK Space Agency, industry and academia, and is envisaged as the pilot for
a full national CubeSat programme.

As well as providing a fantastic opportunity for innovative UK companies and UK academics
to collaborate on a national space project, UKube-1 is also useful for training the next
generation of space engineers.

A radio subsystem provided by AMSAT-UK, derived from the FUNcube program will provide
a downlink for science education, and a mater- ials science experiment from which school
students can receive data. The system, funded by volunteer members and friends of AMSAT-UK,
will be integrated with UKube-1 as part of the program.

The winning payloads from the UK Space Agency's payload competition include:

+ The first GPS device aimed at measuring plasmaspheric space weather.

+ A camera that will take images of the Earth and test the effect of
  radiation on space hardware, using a new generation of imaging sensor.

+ An experiment to demonstrate the feasibility of using cosmic radiation
  to improve the security of communications satellites and to flight test
  lower cost electronic systems.

+ A payload made up of 5 experiments that UK students and the public
  can interact with.

A complete list of the experiments is listed on the UKube-1 web page at: (

The FUNcube sub-system which will be included on UKube-1, will have exactly the same
functionality as the "original" FUNcube cubesat - including a U/V linear transponder.
Full details of the whole FUNcube project can be found here

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK and the UK Space Agency for the above information]


The launch of Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat-M from Baikonur in Kazakhstan has
been postponed until February 20, 2014.
The Soyuz should carry Meteor-M number 2, MCA-PN2 (Relek), M3MSat,
UKube-1, SkySat-2, TechDemoSat-1, AISSat-2, DX-1.



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