Ogden, Utah The satellite is called JAWSAT (for Joint Air Force Academy-Weber State University Satellite). It was launched on January 26th from the Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) firing range on an experimental Air Force missile; One Stop Satellite Solutions (OSSS), an Ogden satellite engineering company, was the primary payload contractor. Preliminary mission data indicates that the integration and launch of the five separate satellites were 100% successful. Data we have received from NORAD indicates that there are six objects (this would be the five satellites plus the fourth stage of the launch vehicle) traveling in the expected orbit. Also, a limited amount of telemetry data from the fourth stage of the missile confirmed that correct separation was achieved. A summary of each of the satellites and its mission follows. Details of the individual components and their missions can be found on the Internet at http://cast.weber.edu/jawsat.
1. FalconSat is designed to study how electrical charges build up on spacecraft in low earth orbits, is operating normally.
2. Opal (Orbiting PicoSat Automated Launcher) carries and launches six very small satellites (about the size of a bar of soap or a deck of cards). The emphasis for this payload is on demonstrations of communications capabilities of very small satellites. Opal is operating normally.
3. The Optical Calibration Sphere (OCS) is a Kapton/aluminum balloon used to calibrate an experimental telescope. OCS has reported normal operation.
4. ASUSAT is designed and built by ASU students to be launched as a technology demonstrator for low-cost spacecraft. The satellite will be placed in a low-earth polar orbit to provide earth imagery, an audio transponder for amateur radio operations and a proof of concept for many new components. ASUSAT received some data in early orbits, but it appears that the satellite is not receiving appropriate power, as recent orbits have been quiet.
5. The JAWSAT multi-payload adaptor is a joint venture of OSSS and weber State University (WSU). It served as the main structure of the payload group. It also serves as the platform for a NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center experiment to help validate a new method of studying electrified gases in space, and the OSSS/WSU attitude controlled platform. To date, there have been four contacts with JAWSAT, the most encouraging being a partially complete message on January 31. Other contacts have been transmission of carrier signal only, with no discernable data. We are continuing to work with the satellite to determine if normal operations can be established.
Video of the launch, which was broadcast live over the World Wide Web, can be seen on the internet by registering at world wide web site http://www.webcastingtv.com/jawsat.
|Dale Richards, President||
|Dr. Jay Smith, VP of Technical Development|
|Lewis Boynton, Director|
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