Monthly Archives: July 2014

ESA Competition! Remote Sensing with Multiple Cooperative Nanosats

(C) ESA, SysNova
(C) ESA, SysNova

ESA announced an ITT with the objective of funding advanced studies of the exploration of potential technology needs. Proposals must respond to one or more of the following technical challenges:

#1 – Land: To measure land characteristics over a wide spectral range/resolution at a high spatial resolution on timescales that are relevant to changes in the observables.

#2 – Atmospheric Chemistry: To measure NO2 content in the troposphere with high temporal resolution over the diurnal cycle.

#3 –Weather: To measure tropospheric properties (e.g. temperature, pressure, humidity, winds) on rapidly evolving timescales to support forecasting of severe weather events

Proposals must be a joint submission by both academic/research and industry institutions with a budget of 100K Euros for submission on the 1 August 2014. Helen Harrison at the Satellite Applications Catapult are looking for partners and if interested, email: Helen.Harrison@sa.catapult.org.uk for further information.

UKube-1 Launch & Reception Request

UKube-1 in the Cleanroom (Credit: Steve Greenland)
UKube-1 in the Cleanroom (Credit: Steve Greenland)

Dear CubeSat’ists,

As advertised on various sites, UKube-1, the UK Space Agency’s first CubeSat, is scheduled for launch from Pad 31/6 at Baikonur in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 15:58:28 UT and to be deployed from the final stage of the Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat-M launch vehicle at 18:32:42 UT.

If you can receive the initial CW telemetry, there are a few documents you can use including the Launch Briefing Issue 1 and a Briefing Workbook containing the passes and CW and future telemetry formats.

UKube-1 Telemetry Formats
UKube-1 Telemetry Formats

Send to ukube_data@stfc.ac.uk using a subject containing [CW] or [AX25] with and a YYYY.MM.DD HH.MM.SS UTC date and start time of acquisition to aid in filtering.Best of luck to the teams involved!