AMICal Sat is a student satellite dedicated to space weather purpose. It will monitor the auroral oval almost during each orbit. In details, it will take pictures of the aurora once at the limb to allow to get the vertical structures of the oval, once at the nadir the map the portion of the oval seen by the satellite .
Scientifically the data will be used to reconstruct the flux of particles coming into the atmosphere especially the electrons in the range of 20eV-10keV. Read more ...
The payload works very well. We just received the first picture from AmicalSat, see the tweet from CSUG.
The picture is not totally clear because we had to transmit it without compression to allow the packed loss caused by the bad aiming of the S-band antenna.
The commissioning of the satellite is progressing. We have a big software problem with the ADCS, because of this we cannot change the attitude of the satellite to aim S-band antenna to earth. This causes us difficulties on the S-band transmissions. We are investigating optimisation in the transmission to improve the reliability of the link even if the SNR is low. We are still working with Satrevolution to bring the ADCS back.
Amicalsat was successfully launched, everything is nominal. We will start commissioning soon. We will keep you updated about it.
AmicalSat will be launched the 1 september 1h51 am UTC from Kourou, French Guinea. The launch vehicle will be a Vega rocket.
The TLE :
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