Cubesat deployment to be broadcast live on ustream

Kibo Robot Arm CubeSat Deployment

JAXA have announced the deployment of five CubeSats from the International Space Station (ISS) planned for  Thursday, September 27 at around 1510 UT will be broadcast live on the web.

Four of the CubeSats carry Amateur Radio payloads, they are F-1, FITSAT-1, WE-WISH and TechEdSat.


CubeSats in the JEM-Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD)

The small satellites were transported to the ISS in the HTV-3 (Kounotori 3) cargo vessel that blasted off on anH-IIB rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center on Saturday, July 21 at 0206 UT.

The cargo vessel arrived at the ISS on July 27 and the ISS Canadarm2 robotic arm was used to install the HTV-3 to its docking port on the Earth-facing side of the Harmony module at 1434 UT. The CubeSats were then unloaded by the Expedition 32 crew.

The CubeSats are mounted in a JEM-Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD). In one pod are FITSAT-1,TechEdSat and F-1 (NanoRacks) and in the second pod is WE-WISH and a scientific 2U CubeSat RAIKO.

Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide KE5DNI installing the small satellite deployer J-SSOD on the sliding table of Kibo module’s airlock. Image by JAXA, September 21, 2012

Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide KE5DNI will use the ISS Kibo robot arm to deploy the pods. Previous deployments of amateur radio satellites have only been possible when the astronauts have performed an Extravehicular Activity (EVA). The Kibo robot arm could enable a larger number of satellite deployments in the future.

Once deployed the CubeSats should have a life-time of about 5 months before they burn-up in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Takushi Tanaka JA6AVG reports that the first two satellites RAIKO and WE-WISH should be deployed manually around 1510-1520 Sept. 27 UT. The other three satellites FITSAT-1, F-1, and TechEdSat should be deployed by remote around 1630-1640 Sept. 27 UT.

Thu Trong Vu XV9AA reports that 30 minutes after deployment from the station, F-1 will begin transmitting beacon alternatively on its main and backup channels. Telemetry and beacon data from F-1 contain critical information about the satellite’s health (battery & solar cell voltages, temperature readings) and they are very important to us, especially in the first week of operation. Thus, we would like to ask the amateur radio community to help in tracking and receiving data from the F-1 CubeSat.

More information and guide to download F-1 telemetry decoder can be found at Decoded data can be submitted to us via
the telemetry decoder or by sending to me directly (, audio
records are highly appreciated.

Watch the deployment live at


The CubeSat frequencies are:
On-board camera for earth observation mission
Yaesu VX-3R 1, 437.485 MHz FM downlink:
o Solar cell power only, operates in sunlight only
o Output power: between 0.1W and 0.3W depending on illumination, half-wave dipole antenna
o Morse code beacon (10 chars) using FM CW every 30 seconds, listenhere

Yaesu VX-3R 2, 145.980 MHz FM downlink:
o Rechargeable battery, operates in dark and sunlight
o Output power: max 1.0W, half-wave dipole antenna
o AFSK 1200bps, half duplex, one AX.25 packet every 60 seconds

Infrared camera for environmental studies
Telemetry downlink on 437.505 MHz

FITSat 1
High-speed data test, high power LED visual tracking
CW Beacon 437.250 MHz,
FM Data   437.445 MHz,
High speed data 5840.00 MHz.

Telemetry downlink on 437.465 MHz. It is also carrying SatPhone ground station hardware and will use it communicate via the Iridium and Orbcomm satellite phone networks, a first for a CubeSat.

RAIKO – the only non-amateur radio CubeSat (Google English)
2U CubeSat, photography, Ku-band beacon

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