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GW-Sat Updated: 20 Apr 2021   Responsible Operator Marisa Lazarus KD2VSZ
Supporting Organisation The George Washington University  
Contact Person Mlazarus14@gwu.edu.nospam  
Headline Details: GW-Sat is a 3U CubeSat built by students at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA, to learn about radios, telemetry and plasma arc thrusters. Engineering students work on this project alongside their classroom studies. The radio art experiment will be to have the satellite radio act as a digipeater that can be used by Amateurs. The plasma arc thrusters are an experiment designed by mechanical engineering and physics students at George Washington University. The attitude control software is developed by physics, engineering, and computer science students. A camera will be onboard that will take pictures of the earth and validate attitude determination and control. Our mission is purely educational and student led. It helps advance the radio art by educating students about and encouraging interest in radio. The micro thruster knowledge gained may contribute to amateur satellites by supporting longer lifetimes in LEO. Also, thruster capability is increasingly seen as desirable, may become mandatory, for all satellites, including amateur satellites, in certain orbits. In addition, it will provide a UHF digipeater function that can be accessed by Amateurs worldwide. No members working on the development of the satellite have a direct pecuniary interest in the building or operation of the satellite. Proposing a 9k6 downlink on UHF using AX25 protocol. Planning a launch in November 2021 and a deployment from the ISS via Nanoracks together with LinkSat, ARKSat-1 and JagSat. More info from https://mpnl.seas.gwu.edu/research/cubesat/ **A downlink on 436.420 MHz has been coordinated**
Application Date: 18 Mar 2021   Freq coordination completed on 20 Apr 2021

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