A sampling of recent articles, press releases, etc. related to student and amateur CubeSat / SmallSat projects and programs:
** University built RFTSat to test space-based solar power microwave transmission system: Launch of RFTSat this Sunday! – The Propagation Group/Georgia Tech
This Sunday, a Falcon 9 rocket will launch a SpaceX Dragon capsule that will rendezvous with the International Space Station. Part of this mission will include RFTSat, developed by a team of Northwest Nazarene University (Boise, Idaho) led by Prof. Joshua Griffin and a team of Georgia Tech Researchers in ECE.
This CubeSat experiment will have a unique RF energy-harvesting radio designed and built by the Georgia Tech Propagation Group. PhD student researcher Cheng Qi has built a one-of-a-kind microwave backscatter reader and tag-sensor combo that will drive the mission science package.
The low-powered reader designed by our team deploys a sensor that unfurls a distance away from the spacecraft. The reader then energizes and receives backscatter information from the device using a 5.8 GHz transmission. The launch info can be tracked here. Interesting articles on the launch can be found here and here.
The project was funded by NASA, but could not have been completed without private matching funds from the Space Solar Power Institute. Complete with generator, retrodirective antenna, and rectenna harvester, the radio package qualifies as the first microwave space-based solar power satellite ever tested — despite the somewhat limited 1m range. You have to start somewhere!
- 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors Election Ballots Sent
- New Orbitrack iOS app free for Apollo 11 Anniversary
- Help Needed – JAISAT-1 Telemetry
- Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for July 11, 2019
- How to Support AMSAT
- Upcoming Satellite Operations
- Satellite Shorts from All Over
General CubeSat/SmallSat info:
- Virginia CubeSat Constellation:
- LightSail-2 at The Planetary Society:
- BIRDS – Kyushu Institute of Technology:
- Chinese CAS-7B Satellite Carrying an FM Transponder to Launch – ARRL.org
- Blue Canyon Technologies Providing CubeSats In Support Of NASA CLICK Flight Demonstration Missions – Blue Canyon Technologies
- ÅAC Microtec confirms successful launch of NSLSat-1 – SpaceWatch.Global