Members of the Warrington Club have eagerly awaited the Funcube launch, as many are avid followers of the Amateur satellite scene communicating through orbiting repeaters this is a great move to provide an Educational platform for a technical part of our hobby.
FUNcube-1 is a 1U CubeSat that will provide a signal directly from a satellite in space to the classroom, and can easily be received by schools and colleges. The target audience is students at both primary and secondary levels. The information will be displayed in an attractive format and provide stimulation and encouragement for students to become interested in all STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Maths) subjects in an unique way. In addition the spacecraft is also carrying a transponder for radio amateurs to use for communication.
More information about how to receive the signals from FUNcube-1 will be made available over the forthcoming weeks at the www.funcube.org.uk website. A recent presentation about the FUNcube project can be viewed athttp://www.batc.tv/vod/Funcube1.flv
For those following the progress of the ground station hardware, Howard Long, G6LVB, designer of the “FUNcube Dongle” has set up a dedicated web site athttp://www.funcubedongle.com
The FUNcube Team are pleased to announce the latest version of the Dashboard Software.
Version 814 can be downloaded from http://funcube.org.uk/working-documents/funcube-telemetry-dashboard/
A new FUNcube guide, developed in the US by the ARRL Education & Technology Program (ETP) Director Mark Spencer, WA8SME, has just been issued. It aims to maximise the educational focus of the tiny FUNcube-1 (AO-73) satellite.
The Pragmatic Guide for Using the FUNcube (AO-73) Materials Science Experiment in the Classroom prompts readers to dig beyond AO-73’s Amateur Radio transponder and telemetry uploads and downloads and “take a closer look at what is really going on” as the satellite orbits Earth.