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CXBN Updated: 23 Aug 2011   Responsible Operator Benjamin Malphrus KJ4HVE
Supporting Organisation Morehead State University Space Science Center  
Contact Person b.malphrus@moreheadstate.edu.nospam  
Headline Details: A 2U CubeSat with a 2.6kg mass.The Cosmic X-Ray Background Nanosatellite (CXBN) is a CubeSat mission designed to make observations of the diffuse X-ray background and publish the data. The data will help to better define the source of the background high energy X-ray emission. The mission will include an education and public outreach component that will allow licensed amateur radio operators to utilize the CubeSat in a variety of ways. The beacon will broadcast basic telemetry packets using AX.25 protocol. The program also has an education and public outreach component based on having amateur radio operators work with pre-college students to track the satellite and decode the beacon using mobile satellite down-link kits that Morehead State University has in hand (10 kits currently in the inventory). Additionally, the project provides a learning experience for numerous undergraduate students to learn radio techniques, Specifically, these include: • communication protocols • attitude determination methods • command and control procedures • receivers, transmitters, and transponders • antenna theory and design • sensors to study spacecraft performance • telemetry protocols • power controls and supplies for use in space • spacecraft computer architecture and programming • ground operations All student operators and engineering team members are required to obtain an individual amateur radio operators license. Launch is currently scheduled for July 2012 from Vandenberg Air Force base into a 770x480km 64 degree orbit. Expected to fly with CP5, CSSWE, AENEAS and CINEMA ** A frequency of 437.525MHz has been coordinated** More information available at http://universe.sonoma.edu/CXBNanosat/
Application Date: 13 Aug 2011   Freq coordination completed on 20 Aug 2011

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