Tomsk-TPU-120 CubeSat celebrates University anniversary

Tomsk-TPU-120 CubeSat - Credit Tomsk Polytechnic University

Tomsk-TPU-120 CubeSat – Credit Tomsk Polytechnic University

The Russian Tomsk-TPU-120 CubeSat is different from other CubeSats – it has a handle!

The 3U CubeSat was launched from Baikonur to the ISS on March 31, 2016 in a Progress-MS-2 cargo vessel. It will be deployed by hand during a future Russian spacewalk (EVA), which is why it has a handle.

The satellite was developed by students at the Tomsk Polytechnic University to test new space materials technology and will be the world’s first space vehicle with a 3D-printed structure.

In May 2016 Tomsk Polytechnic University celebrates its 120th anniversary. As part of the celebrations on May 10-11 Tomsk-TPU-120 will be activated in the ISS and will transmit a greeting to Earth inhabitants, recorded by students of the university in 10 languages: Russian, English, German, French, Chinese, Arabic, Tatar, Indian, Kazakh and Portuguese.

The greeting signal will be transmitted once a minute on 437.025 MHz FM. One of the Kenwood transceivers (TM D700) on the ISS will provide a cross-band relay, re-transmitting the signal on 145.800 MHz FM.

Dmitry Pashkov R4UAB reports that on May 5 the Russian ISS crew will charge the satellite battery, connect the antenna and configure the Kenwood transceiver for relay operation, they will then make a test transmission.

Dmitry operates a WebSDR which you can use to receive the transmissions when the ISS is over Russia http://websdr.r4uab.ru/

The next Russian spacewalk appears to be EVA-43 which expected to take place in early 2017 http://spaceflight101.com/iss/iss-calendar/

Use Google translator to read original article by Dmitry Pashkov R4UAB http://r4uab.ru/?p=11845

World’s First 3D-printed Satellite http://tpu.ru/en/news-events/760/

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AIST-2D and SamSat-218 satellites

AIST-2D - Credit TsSKB Progress

AIST-2D – Credit TsSKB Progress

Two Russian satellites AIST-2D and SamSat-218 operating in the Amateur bands were launched on April 28, 2016 at 02:01 UT on a Soyuz 2-1A launch vehicle from the new Vostochny Cosmodrome located in the Amur Oblast.

Frequency information from Dmitry R4UAB http://r4uab.ru/?p=11842
AIST-2D / RS-48 Downlinks
• 435.3065 – 435.3235 MHz Telemetry Data
• 435.3565 – 435.3735 MHz Telemetry Data
• 433 – 438 MHz 200 watt Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
• 8025 – 8393 MHz Remote Sensing Data
AIST-2D / RS-48 Uplinks
• 145.831 – 145.849 MHz Control Link
• 145.861 – 145.879 MHz Control Link

SamSat-218
• 145.850 – 145.890 MHz TRXSSAU downlink
• 435.590 – 435.610 MHz TRXSSAU uplink

AIST-2D http://spaceflight101.com/soyuz-lomonosov/aist-2d/

SamSat-218 http://spaceflight101.com/soyuz-lomonosov/samsat-218d/

432-438 MHz was allocated to the Earth Exploration Satellite Service (Active) at WRC-03  https://www.itu.int/dms_pubrec/itu-r/rec/sa/R-REC-SA.1260-1-200305-S!!PDF-E.pdf

September 2003 issue of QST magazine has an article on page 44 by VE3PU on satellite-based Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) in 432-438 MHz (ARRL members only)
http://p1k.arrl.org/pubs_archive/104721

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Student-Built Robot Challenge Comes to NASA Ames

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NASA’s Juno Mission on Course for July 4 Arrival at Jupiter, Media Accreditation Open

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Sen. Mikulski, NASA Administrator Bolden to View Progress at Wallops Flight Facility

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James Webb Space Telescope’s Golden Mirror

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James Webb Space Telescope’s Golden Mirror

Inside the clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the golden James Webb Space Telescope is viewed from overhead with its secondary mirror booms stowed. In the next few months, engineers will install other key elements, and take additional measurements to ensure the telescope is ready for space.

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