Good Morning All:
Is it possible to connect both DATA and CAT interfaces to one laptop? The
transceiver is a Yaesu FT-897D.
I can receive satellite telemetry following a path from the DATA port to TNC
to laptop serial interface.
Where do I make the CAT connection to control doppler shift?
Seems like a dumb question but, can DATA and CAT operations really be done
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I didn't hear my downlink, or anyone else on this pass.
I'm wondering if it's something mis-configured on my end (haven't
been on a linear bird
in a while), or was DO-64 in 'science mode" ?
Did anyone else hear anything on this pass?
Bill Howell N5AB
Untitled DocumentFYI, this launch has two satellites with amateur band beacons, although it will be a very low inclination orbit. Anyone in Florida or South Texas might have a shot at hearing them.
73, Drew KO4MA/KL7
----- Original Message -----
From: SpaceX News
Sent: Saturday, August 02, 2008 4:10 PM
Subject: SpaceX Sets August 2 for Falcon 1 launch
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Diane Murphy | VP, Marketing and Communications
SpaceX Sets August 2 for Falcon 1 launch
First Privately Developed Liquid Fuel Rocket to Orbit
Hawthorne CA - Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) has scheduled the launch of the Falcon 1 Flight 3 mission for Saturday, August 2nd. The launch window will open at 4:00 p.m. (PDT) / 7:00 p.m. (EDT) / 23:00 (UTC) and remain open for five hours. Webcast will begin approximately 30 minutes before launch. If launch is delayed for any reason, SpaceX has range availability to resume countdown through August 5.
Lift-off of the vehicle will occur from SpaceX's Falcon 1 launch site at the Kwajalein Atoll, about 2500 miles southwest of Hawaii. Falcon 1 launch facilities are situated on Omelek Island, part of the Reagan Test Site (RTS) at United States Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) in the Central Pacific.
Designed from the ground up by SpaceX at headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., Falcon 1 is a two-stage, liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene powered launch vehicle. The first stage is powered by a single SpaceX Merlin 1C Regenerative engine - flying for the first time on this Flight 3 mission. A "hold before liftoff" system enhances reliability by permitting all systems to be verified as functioning nominally before launch is initiated. The Falcon 1 second stage is powered by a single SpaceX Kestrel engine.
Falcon 1 is the first new orbital rocket in more than a decade. Merlin is the first new American hydrocarbon engine for an orbital booster to be flown in more than 40 years and only the second new American engine of any kind in more than a quarter century. After achieving orbit, Falcon 1 will be the first privately developed, liquid fuel rocket to orbit the Earth.
The primary customers for the Falcon 1 launch are the Department of Defense, Government of Malaysia and NASA. Falcon 1 is carrying a payload stack of three separating satellites that will orbit at an inclination of 9 degrees:
a.. The Trailblazer satellite was developed by SpaceDev of Poway, Calif., for the Jumpstart Program of DoD's Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Office, as a test platform to validate the hardware, software and processes of an accelerated microsatellite launch. Trailblazer is deployed from the Falcon 1 second stage shortly after the shut-down of the second stage engine, about 10 minutes into flight.
a.. Deploying four to eight minutes later will be two NASA small satellites: PRESat, a micro laboratory from NASA's Ames Research Center, and then NanoSail-D, which will unfurl an ultra-thin solar sail, developed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, in collaboration with NASA Ames Research Center.
a.. The three separating satellites attach to the Falcon 1 second stage via the Secondary Payload Adaptor and Separation System, (SPASS), developed by ATSB, a company owned by the Government of Malaysia that develops and commercializes space technology. The SPASS was engineered by Space Access Technologies of Ashburn, Va.
SpaceX will provide live coverage of the Falcon 1 Flight 3 mission via webcast at: www.SpaceX.com . The webcast will begin 30 minutes prior to launch and will include mission briefings, live feeds and launch coverage from the launch site at the Kawjalein Atoll, as well as a special video tour of SpaceX facilities by Elon Musk, CEO and CTO.
Post-launch, high resolution B-roll video footage and photos will be available for download by contacting: media(a)spacex.com .
SpaceX is developing a family of launch vehicles intended to increase the reliability and reduce the cost of both manned and unmanned space transportation, ultimately by a factor of ten. With its Falcon line of launch vehicles, powered by internally-developed Merlin engines, SpaceX offers light, medium and heavy lift capabilities to deliver spacecraft into any altitude and inclination, from low-Earth to geosynchronous orbit to planetary missions. SpaceX currently has 12 missions on its manifest, excluding the two previous Falcon 1 demonstration flights, plus indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts with NASA and the US Air Force.
As a winner of the NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services competition (COTS), SpaceX is in a position to help fill the gap in American spaceflight to the International Space Station (ISS) when the Space Shuttle retires in 2010. Under the existing Agreement, SpaceX will conduct three flights of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft for NASA, culminating in Dragon berthing with the ISS. NASA also has an option to demonstrate crew services to the ISS using the Falcon 9 / Dragon system. SpaceX is the only COTS contender that has the capability to return pressurized cargo and crew to Earth. The first Falcon 9 will arrive at the SpaceX launch site (complex 40) at Cape Canaveral by the end of 2008 in preparation for its maiden flight.
Founded in 2002, the SpaceX team now numbers over 500, located primarily in Hawthorne, California, with four additional locations: SpaceX's Texas Test Facility in McGregor near Waco; offices in Washington DC; and launch facilities at Cape Canaveral, Florida, and the Marshall Islands in the Central Pacific.
# # #
Falcon 1 launches from the SpaceX launch site in the Central Pacific. The Falcon 1 is the first rocket fully designed and developed in the 21 st Century that will provide both reliable and cost efficient transport of satellites to low Earth orbit. SpaceX's Falcon 1 will be the first privately-developed, liquid fuel rocket to orbit the Earth.
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SpaceX announced a launch attempt of Falcon 1
carrying the Presat and NanoSail-D cube sats.
The 5 hour launch window begins at 23:00 UTC
Presat will have a AX2.5 beacon on 437.318.
NanoSail-D will be on 437.269.
73, Armando N8IGJ
Hi all. - Thought this was interesting.......
McGregor TX – Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (_SpaceX_
(http://www.spacex.com/index.php) ) conducted the first nine engine firing of its _Falcon 9_
(http://www.spacex.com/falcon9.php) launch vehicle at its Texas Test Facility
outside McGregor on July 31st. A second firing on August 1st completed a
major NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) milestone almost
two months early.
At full power, the nine engines consumed 3,200 lbs of fuel and liquid oxygen
per second, and generated 832,000 pounds of force (lbf) – four times the
maximum thrust of a 747 aircraft.
SpaceX is developing a family of launch vehicles intended to increase the
reliability and reduce the cost of both manned and unmanned space
transportation, ultimately by a factor of ten. With its Falcon line of launch vehicles,
powered by internally-developed _Merlin_
(http://www.spacex.com/falcon1.php#merlin_engine) engines, SpaceX offers light, medium and heavy lift capabilities
to deliver spacecraft into any altitude and inclination, from low-Earth
orbit to geosynchronous
Full report at. _http://www.spacex.com/press.php?page=44b_
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Hi David, (G0MIN club call)
Thank you very much for nice qso via DO-64,
fine signal coming from your set up,
about doppler corrections don't worry
no problem to copy you, like you listened,
I also had been in a trouble to adjust the
Thank's to Delfi-C3 Team for this new bird !
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Inviato: sabato 2 agosto 2008 0.53
Oggetto: [amsat-bb] Delfi DO-64
Another new satellite in the log book!
Managed a QSO with IW4DVZ earlier this evening, my first via DO-64.
Certainly sounded fine coming out of eclipse. Good fun, but my ability to
doppler manually has certainly become 'rusty' since the days of Oscar 40.
Sorry for all the dits chaps.
David G0MRF (G0MIN club call)
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I'm new to the list and relatively new to working the satellites. I've had some decent passes of SO-50 here (EM84) the past few nights between 03:00 and 04:00 UTC, but I've only heard one other station.
There's a pass later, around 03:50-ish UTC, that gets to 50 degrees maximum elevation here. It should be good for most of the eastern U.S. I'm going to try it again.
Tim - N3TL