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AMSAT OSCAR-10

AMSAT OSCAR-16

AMRAD OSCAR-27

Fuji OSCAR-20

Fuji OSCAR-29

LUSAT OSCAR-19

KITSAT OSCAR-23

KITSAT OSCAR-25

PoSAT OSCAR-28

Radio Sputnik-1

Radio Sputnik-2

Radio Sputnik-12

Radio Sputnik-13

Radio Sputnik-15

UoSAT OSCAR-11

UoSAT OSCAR-22

AMSAT-OSCAR 10

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AO-10

Satellite Summary

Name: AMSAT-OSCAR 10 aka Phase-IIIB
Nasa Catalog Number: 14129
Launched: June 16, 1983
Launch vehicle: ARIANE 1-06
Launched piggyback with: European Test Satellite ECS-1
Launch location: Kourou, French Guiana
Weight: 90 kg plus fuel
Orbit: High-altitude, elliptical, synchronous-transfer, Molniya, 3997 x 35449 km
Inclination: 27 degrees
Period: 11 Hours, 39 Minutes
Size: 600 x 40 x 200 mm
Modes: B

Beacons:

Linear Transponders: Inverting (CW, SSB) Other Information Sources: Table of Contents

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AMSAT-OSCAR 16

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AO-16

Satellite Summary

Name: AMSAT-OSCAR 16 aka PACSAT
NASA Catalog Number: 20439
Callsigns: Broadcast: PACSAT-11; BBS: PACSAT-12
Launched: January 22, 1990
Launch vehicle: Ariane 4
Launch location: Kourou, French Guiana
Weight: 13.34 kg.
Orbit: Sun-Synchronous near-Polar LEO (Low Earth Orbit)
Inclination: 98 degrees
Size: 150 x 150 x 150 mm
Period: 100.6 minutes

Features:

Digital Transponder - Mode JD Other Information Sources: Table of Contents

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AMRAD-OSCAR 27

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SatelliteSummary

Name: AMRAD-OSCAR 27 aka EYESAT-1
NASA Catalog Number: 22825
Launched: September 26, 1993
Launch vehicle: Ariane 4
Launch location: Kourou, French Guiana
Weight: 11.8 kg
Orbit: Polar LEO (Low Earth Orbit)
Inclination: 98.5 degrees
Size: 150 x 150 x 150 mm
Period: 101 Minutes

Uplink:

Downlink: Features: Table of Contents

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Fuji-OSCAR-20

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FO-20

Satellite Summary

Name: Fuji-OSCAR-20 aka JAS-1b and Fuji-2
Callsign: 8J1JBS
NASA Catalog Number: 20480
Launched: February 7, 1990
Launch vehicle: Japanese H-I
Launch location: Tanegashima Space Center of NASDA, Tanegashima Island, Japan
Weight: 50 kg
Orbit: Polar LEO (Low Earth Orbit)
b>Inclination: 99 degrees
Size: 44 cm wide x 47 cm high
Period: 112 minutes

Features:

Beacon Digital Transponder - Mode JD Analog Transponder - Mode JA -- Note: FO-20 is permanently in the analog mode. Other Information Sources: Table of Contents

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Fuji-OSCAR-29

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FO-29

Satellite Summary

Name: Fuji-OSCAR-29 aka Fuji-2 and JAS-2
Callsign: 8J1JCS
NASA Catalog Number: 24278
Launched: August 17, 1996
Launch vehicle: Japanese H-II No. 4
Launch location: Tanegashima Space Center of NASDA, Tanegashima Island, Japan
Weight: 50 kg
Orbit: Polar LEO (Low Earth Orbit)
Inclination:
Size: 44 cm wide x 47 cm high
Period:

Features:

Beacon (100 milliWatt) Telemetry Format Digital Transponder - Mode JD (1 Watt) Analog Transponder - Mode JA (1 Watt) Table of Contents

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LUSAT-OSCAR 19

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AO-19

Satellite Summary

Name: LUSAT-OSCAR 19 aka LUSAT
NASA Catalog Number: 20442
Callsign: Broadcast: LUSAT-11; BBS: LUSAT-12
Launched: January 22, 1990
Launch vehicle: Ariane 4
Launch location: Kourou, French Guiana
Weight: 13.76 kg.
Orbit: Sun-Synchronous near-Polar LEO (Low Earth Orbit)
Inclination: 98 degrees
Size: 150 x 150 x 150 mm
Period: 100.8 Minutes
Features: Digital Transponder - Mode JD: Other Information Sources: Table of Contents

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KITSAT-OSCAR 23

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KO-23

Satellite Summary

Name: KITSAT-OSCAR 23 aka KITSAT-A
NASA Catalog Number: 22077
Callsigns: Broadcast: HL01-11 BBS: HL01-12
Launched: August 10, 1992
Launch vehicle: Ariane
Launch location: Kourou, French Guiana
Weight: 48.6 kg
Orbit: LEO (Low Earth Orbit)
Inclination: 66 degrees
Size: 350 x 350 x 650 mm
Period: 112 Minutes

Digital Transponders Mode JD 9600 baud FSK (FM)

Features: Other Information Sources: Table of Contents

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KITSAT-OSCAR 25

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KO-25

Satellite Summary

Name: KITSAT-OSCAR 25 (KITSAT-2)
Catalog Number: 22828
Callsign: Broadcast: HL02-11 BBS: HL02-12
Launched: September 26, 1993
Launch vehicle: Ariane
Launch location: Kourou, French Guiana
Weight: 48.7 kg
Orbit: Circular LEO (Low Earth Orbit), sun synchronous, 822 x 800 km
Inclination: 98.6 degrees
Size: 350 x 350 x 650 mm
Period: 101 Minutes

Digital Transponders Mode JD 9600 baud FSK (FM)

Features: Other Information Sources: Table of Contents

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PoSAT-OSCAR 28

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Satellite Summary

Name: PoSAT-OSCAR 28 (PoSAT-1)
Catalog Number: 22829
Callsign: Broadcast: POSAT1-11 BBS: POSAT1-12
Launched: September 25, 1993
Launch vehicle: Ariane
Launch location: Kourou, French Guiana
Weight: 48.7 kg
Orbit: Circular LEO (Low Earth Orbit), sun synchronous, 822 x 800 km
Inclination: 98.6 degrees
Size: 350 x 350 x 650 mm
Period: 101 Minutes

Digital Transponders Mode JD 9600 baud FSK (FM)

Features: Other Information Sources: Table of Contents

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Radio Sputnik RS-1 and RS-2

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Satellite Summary

The first Russian satellites were launched on October 26, 1978 from Plesetsk C1 with Cosmos 1045. Weight 40 kg each. Orbit 689 x 1709 km. Inclination 82.55 degrees. 390 x 420 mm diameter. Inverted Vee VHF antenna and a quarter wave whip HF antenna.

RS-1 and RS-2 both contained sensitive Mode A (145 MHz uplink and 29 MHz downlink) linear transponders telemetry beacon and Codestore unit similar to AMSAT-OSCAR 6. Transponders aboard RS-1 and RS-2 could be kept operating for only a few months before battery problems disabled both spacecraft.

[Need to research - Now over 15 years old, RS-1 is still giving signals. Its battery open circuited soon after launch, but the spacecraft's 29.401 MHz beacon can still be heard sending "55" when the solar cells are in full sunlight. Sadly, the power is insufficient to provide that needed to operate the Mode-A transponder.] Table of Contents

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Radio Sputnik RS12/RS13

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RS-12

Satellite Summary

RS-12/13

Name: Radio Sputnik (RS) 12/13
NASA Catalog Number: 21089
Launched: February 5, 1991
Primary Spacecraft: COSMOS 2123 - Russian Navigation Satellite
Orbit: Polar LEO (Low Earth Orbit) - 1000 km altitude
Period: 105 Minutes
Modes: K, T, A, KT, KA
Beacons: 29.408, 29.454, 145.912, and 145.959 MHz

Features:

Linear Transponder: Other Information Sources: Table of Contents

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Radio Sputnik 15

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RS-15

Satellite Summary

RS-15

Name: Radio Sputnik (RS) 15
NASA Catalog Number: 23440
Launched: December 16, 1994
Launch vehicle: Modified SS-19 missile
Launch location: Baykonur Cosmodrome
Weight: 70 kg
Orbit: Polar LEO (Low Earth Orbit) - 2000 km altitude
Inclination: 64.6 degrees
Period: 128 Minutes
Modes: A
Beacons: 29.3525 and 29.3987 MHz

Features:

Linear Transponder:

RS-15 transponder bandplan and data:

Uplink:    145.858 - 145.898 MHz (from Earth to Sat.) - aprox. 
	100 Watts IERP Downlink:   29.354 -  29.394 MHz (from Sat. to Earth) 
	- up to 5 Watts
	Beacon 1:   29.352.5 MHz  - 0.4/1.2 Watts
	Beacon 2:   29.398.7 MHz  - 0.4/1.2 Watts
RS-15 Orbital data:
Orbit number:           
	;      3
	Apogee:             
	;          2165 km.
	Perigee:             
	;         1885 km.
	Period:             
	;        127.45 min.
	Inclination:            
	;     64.59 deg.
	Time of ascent node:       8:56:17 utc
	Longitude of ascent node:   54.243 deg. West.

More information about RS-15 will be given after complete testing all systems. Please send your reports and comments to controls station (RS3A):

P.O. Box 59, Moscow 105122, Internet E-mail: rsgroup@olymp.msk.su
Russia; Packet: RS3A @ RS3A.MSK.RUS.EU
Fax: 7+095-916-2949;
73 de RS-group. Your Reports are Welcome! Other Information Sources: Table of Contents

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UoSAT-OSCAR-11

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UO-11

Satellite Summary

Name: UoSAT-OSCAR 11 (UoSAT-2)
NASA Catalog Number: 14781
Launched: March 1, 1984
Launch vehicle: Thor Delta 3920
Launched piggyback with: LANDSAT-5
Launch location: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Lompoc, California
Weight: 60 kg
Orbit: Polar LEO (Low Earth Orbit), circular, sun-synchronous 679 x 697 km.
Inclination: 98.25 degrees
Period: 99 Minutes
Size: 585 x 355 x 355 mm
Telemetry: 1200 bps FM AFSK

Downlink:

Features: Other Information Sources: Table of Contents

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UoSAT-OSCAR 22

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UO-22

Satellite Summary

Name: UoSAT-OSCAR 22 aka UoSAT-5
NASA Catalog Number: 21575
Callsign: Broadcast: UOSAT5-11; BBS: UOSAT5-12
Launched: July 17, 1991
Launch vehicle: Ariane
Launch location: Kourou, French Guiana
Weight: 48.4 kg
Orbit: Polar LEO (Low Earth Orbit)
Inclination: 98 degrees
Size: 350 x 350 x 650 mm
Period: 100.24 Minutes

Digital Transponders Mode JD 9600 baud FSK (FM)

Features: Other Information Sources: Table of Contents

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