Name: DOVE-OSCAR 17 aka DOVE
NASA Catalog Number: 20440
Launched: January 22, 1990
Launch vehicle: Ariane 4
Launch location: Kourou, French Guiana
Weight: 12.92 kg.
Orbit: Sun-Synchronous near-Polar LEO (Low Earth Orbit)
Inclination: 98 degrees
Size: 226 x 226 x 223 mm
Period: 100.8 Minutes
DOVE - Digital Orbiting
Sponsored by AMSAT-Brazil
Whole Orbit Data (WOD) Collection
145.825 MHz FM
2401.221 MHz (Note: 2401 MHz downlink is faulty)
DOVE stopped transmitting in March 1998. The satellite has not responded
to ground station control.
The latest information is available from: AMSAT
News Service (ANS)
DOVE was sponsored by AMSAT-Brazil and lead by Dr. Junior Torres DeCastro,
PY2BJO. The primary mission of DOVE is to provide an easily receivable
signal for educational institutions. Thus requiring simple equipment like
a 2 meter handheld or scanner to receive DOVE's signal. Telemetry is in
the familiar terrestrial 1200 baud AFSK AX.25 packet format requiring a
common TNC to decode.
For a more detailed description of DO-17, read John Magliacane's, KD2BD,
On: The Microsats originally published in The
Telemetry decoding programs are available from the AMSAT anonymous ftp
server. Here is a listing of Microsat
Harold Price, NK6K, has compiled a history
of the Microsat program, complete with photographs.
Booklet in Italian thanks to 425DXNEWS,
the Itallian Web Resources for DXERS since 1995.
D. Conners, "The PACSAT Project," ARRL Amateur Radio Second Computer
Networking Conference, pp. 1-3, March 19, 1983.
T. Clark, "AMSAT's Microsat/Pacsat Program," Proceedings of the AMSAT-NA
Sixth Space Symposium, Atlanta, GA, pp. 41-47, Nov 1988, ARRL.
L. Johnson and C. Green, "Microsat Project - Flight CPU Hardware,"
of the AMSAT-NA Sixth Space Symposium, Atlanta, GA, pp. 104-106, Nov
T. Clark, C. Duncan, J. King, B. McGwier, "The First Flock of Microsats,"
AMSAT Journal, May 1989, pp 3-10.
D. Loughmiller and B. McGwier, "Microsat: The Next Generation of OSCAR
Satellites," Part 1, QST, May 1989, pp 37-40; Part 2, QST,
Jun 1989, pp 53-54.
Doug Loughmiller, "Successful OSCAR Launch Ushers in the 90's,"
Apr 1990, p. 52.
Six for the Price of One - Part I," The AMSAT Journal, Vol. 13,
No. 1, Mar 1990, p. 1; Part II: The AMSAT Journal, Vol. 13, No.
2, May 1990, p. 1.
Steve Ford, "Working the EasySats," QST, Sep 1992, p. 30.
John A. Magliacane, "Spotlight On: The Microsats,"
AMSAT Journal, Vol. 15, No. 4, Sep/Oct 1992
Martin Davidoff, The
Satellite Experimenter's Handbook, 2nd edition, The American Radio
Relay League, Newington, CT., 1990.
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