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Fox 1C (Fox 1Cliff)

Fox 1C [AMSAT]

Fox-1C is a radio amateur and technology research cubesat developed by AMSAT and hosting several university developed payloads.

Fox-1C is an 1U CubeSat designed to operate in Low Earth Orbit built on the flight spare of Fox 1A. It carries a 2 meter whip antenna and a 70 cm whip antenna.

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 sponsored programs like NASA's Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) Program.

Fox-1C will carry a radiation effects experiment developed by the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics (ISDE) at Vanderbilt University, a Virginia Tech camera experiment, and a Pennsylvania State-Erie MEMS gyro experiment.

Fox-1C will also serve as a communications relay for amateurs worldwide via the onboard FM repeater system. The communications and experiment missions will run concurrently. The repeater features a VHF downlink with FM analog voice and FSK data and UHF and L-band uplink.

AMSAT has teamed with Spaceflight Inc. for integration and launch utilizing Spaceflight’s SHERPA system on a Falcon-9 v1.2 launch vehicle to a sun-synchronous orbit in the third quarter of 2015. The mission was the rebooked on the SSO-A cluster launch also on a Falcon-9 v1.2 in late 2017 or early 2018.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Amateur communication, technology
Operator: AMSAT, Vanderbilt University, Virginia Tech
Contractors: AMSAT
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Fox 1C (Fox 1Cliff) - 2018 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 with SkySat 14, 15, Eu:CROPIS, ORS 6, STPSat 5, NEXTSat 1, KazSTSAT, ICEYE X2, BlackSky Global 2, HawkEye Pathfinder 1, 2, 3, SpaceCap, Flock-v 1, ..., 36, CSIM-FD, Hiber 2, ROSE 1, ORS 7A, 7B, Centauri 2, COPPER 2, MinXSS 2, Audacy Zero, Eaglet 1, Orbital Reflector, PW-Sat 2, SpaceBEE 9, 10, 11, Fox 1C, KNACKSAT, Elysium-Star 2, Hamilton 1, JY1-Sat, MOVE 2, ?

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