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FOX-1A (AO-85)

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FOX-1A (AO-85) is classified as:


NORAD ID: 40967
Int'l Code: 2015-058D
Perigee: 528.0 km
Apogee: 774.5 km
Inclination: 64.8 °
Period: 97.6 minutes
Semi major axis: 7022 km
RCS: Unknown
Launch date: October 8, 2015
Source: United States (US)
Launch site: AIR FORCE WESTERN TEST RANGE (AFWTR)
Uplink (MHz): 435.172
Downlink (MHz): 145.980
Beacon (MHz): 145.980
Mode: FM CTCSS 67.0Hz/200bps DUV/9k6 FSK
Call sign:
Status: Active


FOX-1A is a small 1-Unit CubeSat developed by AMSAT. The satellite was designed to take advantage of large and growing interest in CubeSats. AMSAT developed a strategy to create a family of CubeSats that would be attractive for flying science missions which would enable partnerships with universities and apply for free launches as science missions. This provided a solution for being unable to fly due to exponentially increasing launch costs. After the science mission, or even during the science mission, the satellite is capable of running its amateur radio transponder. The Fox Engineering Team arrived at a design which enables simultaneous amateur radio and scientific operations. The satellite includes an analog FM repeater that allows simple ground stations using an handheld FM transceiver and a simple antenna to make contacts using the FOX-1A.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 40967U 15058D   17053.41199308 +.00000546 +00000-0 +81816-4 0 04051
2 40967 064.7756 206.9987 0175491 120.5066 241.3546 14.75323041060181
Source of the keplerian elements: Caltech