UKube-1 is the UK Space Agency ‘s pilot programme to design and launch a (3U) CubeSat – a miniaturized (30x10x10 cm) satellite that will enable the UK to demonstrate new technologies in space. UKube-1 was designed and built by Clyde Space Ltd in Glasgow and will be the first Scottish-built satellite to launch. FUNcube-2 on UKube-1 is a follow-on project and comprises of a set of FUNcube boards that is flying as part of the separate UKube triple cubesat and it has identical goals. The spacecraft will carry three experimental payloads and, additionally, AMSAT-UK have been asked to provide a set of FUNcube boards. These will form the Educational Outreach that is part of the Mission Requirements and will also provide a redundant communications system for the satellite. In addition to the FUNcube payload, the other UHF/VHF radio transceiver that is being used on UKube also has a “loopback” mode of operation available for use after the end of the main mission. This mode provides a bent pipe FM to DSB single channel transponder for amaeur use, much as AO16 has done previously.

NASA-Catalog: 40074


145.915 MHz USB 1k2 BPSK (convolution and block coding)

Orbital Parameter

NORAD                   40074
COSPAR designator       2014-037-F 
Inclination             98.399
RA of A. Node           291.636
Eccentricity            0.0006525
Argument of Perigee     111.189
Revs per day            14.80451392
Period                  1h 37m 16s (97.27 min)
Semi-major axis         7 006 km
Perigee x Apogee        623 x 632 km
BStar (drag term)       0.000154120 1/ER
Mean anomaly            249.002


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