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Fox 1A (AO 85 / AMSAT-OSCAR 85)

Fox 1 [AMSAT]

The Fox 1A mission hosts a Penn State student experiment with MEMS gyros and an AMSAT FM analog transponder for digital data up to 9600 bps as a replacement for AMSAT Echo (AO 51).

As affordable launch opportunities for amateur communications satellites become more rare, AMSAT deviced a new strategy: a small cubesat, which hosts both an amateur communications payload as well as a scientific or technological payload, so that the satellite qualifies for launches in NASA's Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) Program.

Fox 1A is an 1U CubeSat designed to operate in Low Earth Orbit. It carries a 2 meter whip antenna and a 70 cm whip antenna.

Fox 1A was accepted into NASA ELaNa program in February 2012.

Three more units will be constructed with a different science payloads. The first of these is satellite is named Fox 1B (RadFxSat). Fox 1C and 1D have been assigned a a radiation effects experiment and an high energy radiation instrument respectively.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Amateur communication, technology
Operator: AMSAT-NA, Penn State
Contractors: AMSAT
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit: 496 km × 802 km, 64.78
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Fox 1A (Fox 1, AO 85 / AMSAT-OSCAR 85) 2015-058D 08.10.2015 Va SLC-3E Atlas-5(401) with Intruder 11A, Intruder 11B, SNaP-3 ALICE, SNaP-3 EDDIE, SNaP-3 JIMI, LMRSTSat, SINOD-D 1, SINOD-D 3, AeroCube 5C, OCSD A, ARC 1, BisonSat, PropCube 1, PropCube 3