Nayif-1 launch date now confirmed
Nayif-1, a 1U CubeSat, which has a full FUNcube payload, is scheduled for launch on an Indian PSLV launch vehicle at 03:58 UTC on February 15th 2017. The flight, C-37, will be carrying a total of 104 satellites into orbit.
Nayif-1 has been developed by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and American University of Sharjah (AUS). The UAE’s first Nanosatellite was developed by Emirati engineering students from AUS under the supervision of a team of engineers and specialists from MBRSC within the framework of a partnership between the two entities, aiming to provide hands-on experience to engineering students on satellite manufacturing.
The spacecraft includes a U/V linear transponder and telemetry transmitter. It employs enhanced oscillator circuitry and includes an active attitude determination and control system.
As with previous missions carrying FUNcube payloads, AMSAT-UK would very much like to receive as many reports from stations around the world, especially during the first few minutes and hours after launch.
There is a mission specific Telemetry Dashboard for this project and this can be downloaded from http://download.funcube.org.uk/Nayif-1_Dashboard_1038_installer.msi and, in a similar way to the FUNcube-1 Dashboard, this will be capable of uploading the telemetry received to a central Data Warehouse.
Guidance Notes for the installation of the Dashboard, integration with a FUNcube Dongle and the Data Warehouse have been prepared for the Nayif-1 mission. These can be downloaded here Nayif-1 Dashboard Notes
A file to test that the Dashboard and Warehouse configuration are working correctly can be downloaded from http://download.funcube.org.uk/nayif1_testfile.funcubebin
The operating frequencies for the spacecraft will be:
145.940MHz using 1k2 BPSK to the FUNcube standard.
Uplink on 435.045 – 435.015MHz
Downlink on 145.960-145.990MHz
Initial operations of the spacecraft will be in a low power “safe” mode where only the telemetry transmitter is activated.
More details about the launch, exact deployment time and pre-launch TLE’s will be made available as soon as they become available, in the meantime we greatly appreciate your support.