Re: I'm worried that Kevin will like this one too much (FITSAT-1)

From: Paul Floyd (
Date: Sat Jul 14 2012 - 04:03:09 UTC

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    Unfortunately I am not sure if you will see anything if you live
    outside Japan. A quick read of the website isn't encouraging. The
    satellite uses a magnet to orientate it correctly - and according to
    the diagram on the website will only be pointing downwards due to the
    interaction of the satellite magnet with the Earth's magnetic field
    over Japan.
    I am happy to be corrected. I would love to see morse code in the sky.
    Paul Floyd.
    On Sat, Jul 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM, Mark Robinson <> wrote:
    >> The Amateur Radio CubeSat FITSAT-1 will carry an Optical Communications experiment that aims to write Morse Code across the night sky.
    > ...
    >> The second mission is to determine if a satellite can be made to appear as an “artificial star” using high-output LEDs in flash mode. The light from this flash will be received by the ground station, which has a telescope with photo-multiplier linked to a 5.8GHz parabola antenna. This is a basic experiment to investigate the possibility of optical communication with satellites.
    > Regards all
    > Mark
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