FUNcube-1/AO73 Operations

As previously advised, AO73 will shortly be entering fullsun light and already the eclipse periods are only 11/12 minutes every orbit. Current predictions indicate that full sun will commence on Feb 6th and last through until March 14th.
Our autonomous, on-board, scheduling system is based uponswitching modes when entering and leaving eclipses, was not designed for this situations and will therefore not besuitable for operations over the next few months.
In line with the recently published plan, AO73 was switched to continuous amateur mode earlier this morning and will stay in this mode until Sunday night or Monday morning. We expect that this schedule will continue until mid April. The next full sun periods are then expected to return again in late August. Further info is available at

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