Ham Radio Cubesats Among NASA Ninth-Round CubeSat Launch Initiative Picks:
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March 8, 2018
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Amateur Radio Cubesats Among NASA Ninth-Round CubeSat Launch Initiative Picks:
AMSAT reports that two of its "GOLF" (Greater Orbit, Larger Footprint)
series CubeSats are among 21 missions recommended for NASA's CubeSat
Launch Initiative (CSLI
GOLF-TEE (Technology Evaluation Environment) and GOLF-1, were among the
21 missions recommended for selection. AMSAT now must negotiate and
execute a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with NASA for
each project, in order to finalize selection.
"The GOLF-TEE project tees off the next phase of our CubeSat program,"
AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, quipped. According
to AMSAT, NASA anticipates a sufficient number of launch opportunities
but does not guarantee that all recommended payloads will be launched.
GOLF-TEE will also carry a Fox-1E design V/u linear transponder and
radiation effects experiment for Vanderbilt University.
GOLF-TEE will serve as a rapidly deployable low-Earth-orbit (LEO)
testbed for technologies necessary for a successful CubeSat mission to
a wide variety of orbits, AMSAT said. GOLF-TEE is aimed at providing
AMSAT with the hardware and knowledge for attitude determination and
control capability, and the opportunity to develop a 3U spaceframe with
deployable solar panels suitable for LEO or high-Earth-orbit (HEO)
missions, two of the major systems required in future GOLF and HEO
AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY (left), introduces
the GOLF project last October at AMSAT's Symposium and Annual Meeting.
GOLF-TEE and the GOLF program will provide for the development of
"five-and-dime" field-programmable gate array software-defined radio
(FPGA SDR) transponders for use on a variety of missions and orbits.
The target GOLF-TEE launch date is in the final quarter of 2019.
GOLF-1 will serve as a follow-on mission; AMSAT has not yet specified
its Amateur Radio payload. Launch is targeted for 2020 - 2021. The
GOLF-1 CubeSat will require a de-orbiting plan that complies with NASA
requirements for limiting orbital debris, due to the high altitude that
AMSAT has requested.
AMSAT-NA unveiled the GOLF program its annual meeting last October as a
crucial step toward fulfilling AMSAT's strategic goals involving
high-altitude, wide-access satellite missions. -- Thanks to AMSAT News
Service via Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
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