Five new satellites ‘launched’ from the back of the International Space station – can be picked up with 1/4 wave whip and basic receiver – FunCube Dongle will be ideal!!!
Some images here:- http://www.uk.amsat.org/?attachment_id=10807
On October 4, 2012 five CubeSats were successfully deployed from the International Space Station (ISS). The first pod containing RAIKO and WE-WISH was deployed at 1437 UT while the second pod containing FITSAT-1, F-1 and TechEdSat deployed at 1544 UT.
Howard Long, G6LVB (designer of the satellite tracking interface I use), as well as the FunCube Dongle Pro and Pro + has a video here, picking up one of these satellites with the new version of the dongle, and a simple 1/4 wave antenna on a baking tray sat on his balcony 🙂
FITSAT-1 has an array of ultra bright LED’s, and under good viewing conditions will be visible to the naked eye – so can send CW as it moves in an arc across the sky!!
There will soon be kepler elements listed, so we can work out pass times for these satellites, until then – if we use the position info for ISS, we shouldn’t be too far out.