First geostationary amateur satellite

| November 16, 2018

On Thursday, 15 November 2018, a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle lifted off flawlessly at 2046UTC from Cape Canaveral.

It was carrying the first amateur radio payload destined for geostationary orbit.

About 32 minutes after launch, SpaceX reports the spacecraft was successfully deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit.

Positioned at 25.5°E, the satellite will carry an amateur radio S-band and X-band payload capable of linking radio amateurs from Brazil to Thailand.

The recent subject of an AMSAT-UK Colloquium presentation, Es’hail-2 carries two Phase 4 non-inverting amateur radio transponders operating in a 2.4GHz up and 10.45GHz down configuration.

This offers a 250kHz bandwidth linear transponder intended for conventional analogue operations, plus an 8MHz bandwidth transponder for experimental digital modulation schemes and DVB amateur television.

You can see the talk at

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