CubeBug-1 satellite has amateur radio digipeater

15:57 Fernando Luiz de Souza 0 Comments

CubeBug-1 is the first technology demonstration mission for a new CubeSat platform design (mechanics, hardware and software) intended to be released as Open Source and Open Hardware for its use in Amateur projects, University projects and research labs.

The project is sponsored by the Argentinian Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation.

Payloads on this first mission include:
• an ARM based on-board computer
• a nano-reaction wheel with its driver circuit
• a low resolution camera
all based on COTS components

CubeBug-1 is a 2U CubeSat and the team are planning to use half duplex communications on 437.445 MHz with 9k6 GMSK data. 
Telemetry information is at

After the technology demonstration part of the mission is over, the satellite will enter a mode that will include services to the Amateur radio community, including a Digipeater, science data downloads from the payload (including images if possible).

CubeBug-1 is expected to launch on a Long March CZ-2D rocket from theJiuquan Space Center on April 28, 2013. Other satellites on the same launch include NEE-01 Pegasus and TURKSAT-3USAT.

CubeBug-1 videot

CubeBug-1 website


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