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

Fox 1 [AMSAT]

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.

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).

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