• New Chinese Amateur Radio Satellite Could Launch on December 25

    From ARRL de WD1CKS@VERT/WLARB to QST on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 14:59:15

    The CAMSAT XW-3 (CAS-9) amateur radio satellite has been installed on the CZ-4C Y39 launch vehicle at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in China, and related work is in progress as planned, CAMSAT's Alan Kung, BA1DU, reports.

    "If all goes well, the satellite will be launched on December 25, 2021." The orbit will be a circular sun-synchronous orbit with an altitude of 770.1 kilometers. The XW-3 (CAS-9) user manual[1] has more details.

    The 100 mW linear transponder will have an uplink frequency of 145.870 MHz and a downlink frequency of 435.18 MHz (transponder passband is 30 kHz, inverted). The satellite will have a CW beacon on 435.575 MHz. - Thanks to CAMSAT's Alan Kung, BA1DU

    [1] https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/XW-3_Amateur_Radio_Satellite_Users_Manual_V1.0.pdf

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