Arissat-1 is hopefully going to be deployed late afternoon Irish time tomorrow, August 3rd. That means switched on and given a bit of a push away from the International Space Station (ISS) during EVA-29.

I was listening for it during testing over the weekend, my time was limited, but unfortunately I didn’t manage to hear any audio from it on the 145.950 downlink, from the mailing lists, it seems some could some couldn’t. As it is much weaker than the ISS

If all goes according to plan, the first areas that should be able to receive it will be South America, very southern South Africa and then southeast Asia.

Steve Bible, N7HPR is blogging about how it was designed and built over the next few weeks on Electronic Engineering Times called “Chips in Space – The Building of an Amateur Satellite“.

I’m looking forward to trying out the linear transponder on it, it will be interesting to see if I can use it with an Omni-directional aerial.

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