Transponder Test Today – slight change of plan
After some commanding “difficulties” – actually caused by a setup error here at the ground station, we can confirm that AO-73 was switched into autonomous mode during our pass on Orbit 32. Your reports are awaited with interest!
We have reviewed our plan to switch on the transponder today (Sat) and decided that rather than leave the transponder on for a whole orbit, we should put the spacecraft into ‘autonomous’ mode, whereby the transponder will automatically switch on when the spacecraft enters darkness, and switch off again when it enters sunlight.
We have revised the plan, as we feel this approach is less risky. We are very sorry to disappoint our European supporters, but we hope you appreciate that at this stage in FUNcube-1’s life we must be as cautious as possible.
The good new is that if successful on the first orbit, we will leave FUNcube-1 in autonomous mode.
We are keen to get telemetry when the transponder is on; the tlm transmitter will still be on, but at low power.
73s – The FUNcube Team