FASTRAC Ready to go into Space!!
April 19, 2010
A lot of things have happened over the last year with the FASTRAC satellites since they were delivered back to AFRL in December of 2008.
The satellites succesfully completed a last round of environmental testing at AFRL where they underwent vibration testing, EMI testing, thermal-vacuum chamber testing, and functional testing. Over this past year the flight software was also finalized and tested on the flatsat testbed in Austin as well as on the satellites.
The satellites are now ready to be shipped out to Kodiak, AK where they will be launched into a 650 km circular, 72 degree inclination orbit on board a Minotaur IV rocket at the end of Summer 2010.
Along with getting the satellites ready for launch, the team has been preparing for ground operations by ensuring both ground stations at UT Austin are operational. The team has also been developing the FASTRAC Mission Operations Plan along with automation scripts to operate the satellites during ground station passes.
The Amateur Radio Section of the website is also undergoing a redesign to allow the amateur radio community to collaborate with the team, track the satellites, and upload data they have collected. This section of the website will have graphical data interpretation tools to be able to decode the data received from the FASTRAC satellites. Please check back soon to see all of new features of the website.
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December 1, 2011 - FASTRAC Digipeating Announcement by Sebastián Muñoz
March 9, 2011 - FASTRAC is Separating!! by Sebastian Muñoz
November 20, 2010 - FASTRAC Is In Orbit! by
November 19, 2010 - FASTRAC is launching Tonight!!!! by
November 2, 2010 - FASTRAC is launching this Month!!! by S. Munoz and E. Ferguson
April 19, 2010 - FASTRAC Ready to go into Space!! by Sebastian Munoz
June 26, 2008 - FASTRAC Satellites Get Updated Software, New Antennas by Stephen Clark
March 8, 2008 - FASTRAC Satellites to Set Up and Ship Out! by Eric Hagen
August 27, 2006 - Satellites Undergoing Testing at AFRL by Glenn Lightsey
June 25, 2006 - FASTRAC Satellites Leave Texas by Greg Holt
June 14, 2006 - FASTRAC Frequency Request Submitted by Glenn Lightsey
December 15, 2005 - FASTRAC Mission Receives Critical D.O.D. Ranking for Launch by Jamin Greenbaum
April 20, 2005 - FASTRAC Personnel Changes by Glenn Lightsey
January 11, 2005 - FASTRAC Victorious, Headed to Space! by Glenn Lightsey
January 7, 2005 - FASTRAC Headed to Nevada for Competition by Glenn Lightsey
January 3, 2005 - FASTRAC Satellite Completes Thermal/Vacuum Test by Glenn Lightsey
December 19, 2004 - Satellite Integration Nears Completion by Glenn Lightsey
December 7, 2004 - FASTRAC Thermal Vac Testing Progresses by Greg Holt
November 28, 2004 - Solar Cells See Sunlight by Greg Holt
July 27, 2004 - FASTRAC Separation Test aboard KC-135 a Success! by FASTRAC team
May 15, 2004 - Balloon Satellite by FASTRAC team