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SC-ODIN Updated: 12 Nov 2020   Responsible Operator Francesco Coccimiglio VA2FCO
Supporting Organisation Concordia University  
Contact Person francesco.coccimiglio@spaceconcordia.ca.nospam  
Headline Details: A 3U Cubesat. Primary mission: Will capture RGB imaging data over Canada, Lake Colhué Huapí in Argentina, and Namibian coastal regions to characterize the aerosol particles that are present in the dust storms which frequent these locations. Secondary mission: Collect total ionizing dose (TID) data throughout the mission of the spacecraft. For more information on the two missions, please refer to the following link: https://github.com/sc-odin/Communication-Licence/tree/master/Mission%20Description The SC-ODIN spacecraft team is a group made of Undergraduate and graduate students, with professors supervising the project. Some of these members from the SC-ODIN team hold amateur licenses. As of now we have 4 amateurs and two of them have an Advanced license. We plan on increasing these numbers by encouraging the SC-ODIN member to get an amateur radio license. For now, it is required that any member from the communication team or ground station team needs to get an amateur license before they can work on any radio communication device or system, this will allow the amateur community to grow and also be a learning experience for the students, to better understand the basis of radio communication. The way the team will comply with regulation from annex 1, is that any member working on the SC- ODIN spacecraft mission, will have an amateur license in order to plan, build, and set up the communication system that the spacecraft will need. The two main missions are scientific, but the overall mission of the spacecraft is self-training, technical investigation, and the curiosity to improve and learn, all which are carried out by students. During the development of the mission the team have been in contact with people in the amateur community to help the team understand the step of building a ground station and how to communicate with a satellite, and the team will continue to do so as we progress in the building our communication system. The learning experience from building the spacecraft will all become public, as the mission progresses. The SC-ODIN team wants more schools and amateur communities to explore space and build small satellites, so by making our experience public, we hope people will be encouraged to build a small satellite. The scientific data collected from the two missions will be made public, for anyone to view and use, for their own learning experience. The spacecraft will contain a beacon that will be sent every 30 seconds, this will allow for any amateurs with a UHF ground station to collect telemetry data and send it to the SC-ODIN spacecraft team. The team will also make sure that all measures to prevent interference are taken, before launching the small satellite, this means that testing and verification will be done. Proposing a GMSK UHF downlink using 9k6/19k2/38k4 data rates. Planning a NanoRacks deployment from the ISS in 2022
Application Date: 11 Nov 2020   Freq coordination completed on

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