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October 23rd, 2017

RadFxSat, AKA Fox-1B, Expected to Launch on November 10

A posting at AMSAT-NA by Paul Stoetzer (N8HM) reports that the next AMSAT Fox-1 satellite, RadFxSat (Fox-1B), is scheduled to launch on November 10, 2017, at 0947 UTC.

RadFxSat Flight Model.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B), which will carry a 435/145 MHz FM transponder, is one of four cubesats making up the NASA ELaNa XIV mission, riding as secondary payloads aboard the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) mission. JPSS-1 will launch on a Delta II vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

RadFxSat is a partnership with Vanderbilt University Institute for Space and Defense Electronics (ISDE) and hosts four payloads for the study of radiation effects on commercial off-the-shelf components.

The smallsat will carry a Fox-1 style FM U/V repeater with an uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz. Satellite and experiment telemetry will be downlinked via the DUV subaudible telemetry stream, which can be decoded using FoxTelem software

NASA information regarding the agency's Project ELaNa: Launching Education into Space
Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) is an exciting initiative created by NASA to attract and retain students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Managed by the Launch Services Program (LSP) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ELaNa reaches students by introducing educational spaceflight in high schools and colleges across the United States. Students are heavily involved in all aspects of the mission from developing, assembling, and testing payloads to working with NASA and the launch vehicle integration teams. The ELaNa nanosatellites, or cubesats, are held to rigorous standards similar to that of the primary spacecraft.

A video that spotlights the NASA EDGE CubeSat Launch Initiative is available for viewing at this direct link...