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FOX-1Cliff Coming Soon!


Clint Bradford
 

More info on this incredible SSO-A mission:

https://directory.eoportal.org/web/eoportal/satellite-missions/content/-/article/sso-a

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Spaceflight Now reports that a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch with

Spaceflight’s SSO-A rideshare mission, a stack of satellites heading
into sun-synchronous polar orbit. This stack includes AMSAT's
Fox-1Cliff.

The launch is now scheduled for scheduled for Monday, November 19,
2018 at 18:32 UTC.

Fox-1Cliff carries the Fox-1 U/v FM repeater as well as AMSAT’s
L-Band Downshifter.

Uplink: 435.300 MHz FM voice (67.0 Hz CTCSS tone)
      1267.300 MHz FM voice (67.0 Hz CTCSS tone)

Downlink: 145.920 MHz FM voice; AFSK digital data up to 9600 bps
Transmit power: 600 mW nominal

Fox-1Cliff carries the flight spare of the AO-85 Vanderbilt
University Low Energy Proton (LEP) radiation experiment, and the
standard Fox-1 Penn State University–Erie gyroscope experiment.
Virginia Tech provided a VGA camera which is the same as AO-92 but
will provide images at a higher 640 x 480 resolution. These non-SSTV
images will be decoded in the FoxTelem software.

Fox-1Cliff, unlike the other three Fox-1 FM spacecraft, does not have
an active AFC (Automatic Frequency Control) on the uplinks.

Fox-1Cliff’s Data Under Voice (low-speed telemetry) will be the same
as for AO-85, AO-91, and AO-92. It will be supported by the same
FoxTelem software already released.

As with AO-92, a high-speed mode will be used to support the Virginia
Tech VGA camera experiment. This mode will be active for 40 minutes
by ground command before reverting to standard U/v repeater voice
operation.

Numerous small payloads will be launched on this mission for nearly 50
government and commercial organizations from 16 countries.

 - From AMSAT News Service, Spaceflight Now.