only to inform you that the AMSAT-EA satellites EASAT-2 and HADES flying with SpaceX, are finally going to be launched, after a small delay, on January 14, 2021. They have been already delivered and integrated on the Alba Orbital deployer.
The satellites have been configured to act as FM voice and FSK data repeaters and not as linear transponders as It was our initial plan. Anyway We think these are the smallest satellites ever given such a function, as their size is only 7.5cm x 5 x 5 cm!.
Hades also flies a SSTV camera that will take and send pictures each 15 minutes. The camera module design is based on the one used in the PSAT2 satellite, being kindly adapted for us by the Brno University of Technology.
Both satellites have also digitized FM voice beacons. Callsigns are AM5SAT for EASAT-2 and AM6SAT for Hades. Downlink frequencies, 436.666 MHz for the first and 436.888 MHz for the second one.
These are our first satellites, with the project leaders being all spanish radio amateurs and almost all the engineering made by radio amateurs too, with help of students of two Universities.
Said that, We apologize if not all working perfectly as expected, as AMSAT-EA doesn't have the flight heritage of other AMSAT organizations as NA, UK or DL. We appreciate your patience and support as We are all willing to improve our skills to build better satellites for the radio-amateur service in the future.
More information and pictures about them (and also about our ASK/CW repeater satellites GENESIS-L and GENESIS-N, also to be launched 2021 with Firefey) here:
Original in Spanish: https://www.amsat-ea.org/proyectos/
Thanks and regards,
Felix EA4GQS AMSAT-EA President