HAM TV on it’s way to ISS

The first step to having HAM TV on board the ISS has taken place.
The Japanese HTV-4 has successfully been launched on its way to the ISS with the HAM TV transmitter on board, at 19:48 UTC. Docking with the ISS planned for next Friday.

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On-board was the HamTV transmitter and a number of CubeSats carrying amateur radio payloads.

The Japanese space agency JAXA has announced details of four CubeSats on the launch. They will be deployed from the ISS by the JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) between October 2013 and March 2014:

The four CubeSats are:
• PicoDragon a 1U CubeSat developed by Vietnam National Satellite Center(VNSC), University of Tokyo, IHI aerospace. CW beacon on 437.250 MHz and 1k2 AFSK AX.25 telemetry on 437.365 MHz
• ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-X 1U CubeSats developed by Nanorack, NanoSatisfi. ArduSat-1 437.325 MHz 9k6 MSK CCSDS downlink. ArduSat-X 437.345MHz 9k6 MSK CCSDS downlink.
• TechEdSat-3 a 3U CubeSat developed by NASA Ames Research Center

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