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Fox 1D

Fox 1D [AMSAT]

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

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

Fox-1D will carry a high energy radiation instrument “HERCI” developed by the University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy, a Virginia Tech camera experiment, and a Pennsylvania State-Erie MEMS gyro experiment. Fox-1D 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.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Amateur communication, technology
Operator: AMSAT, University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy, Virginia Tech, Pennsylvania State-Erie
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 1D - 2017 with ?, BlackSky Pathfinder 2, Arkyd 6A, Corvus-BC 3, EcAMSat, ITASAT 1, CNUSail 1, DIDO 1, ICE-Cap, ISARA, KAUSAT 5, SIGMA, CANYVAL-X 1, CANYVAL-X 2, OCSD B, OCSD C, Fox 1C, STEP Cube Lab, PropCube 2, skCUBE, SUCHAI

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