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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.

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.

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.

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
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 1 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Fox 1C (Fox 1Cliff) - 2018 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 with SkySat 14, SkySat 15, Eu:CROPIS, ORS 6, STPSat 5, NEXTSat 1, ICEYE 1, BlackSky Global 1, BlackSky Global 2, BlackSky Global 3, BlackSky Global 4, HawkEye Pathfinder 1, HawkEye Pathfinder 2, HawkEye Pathfinder 3, KNACKSAT, Elysium-Star 2, JY1-Sat, ?