Satellite Summary

Name: Italy-OSCAR-26 aka ITAMSAT
NASA Catalog Number: 22826
Callsign: ITMSAT
Launched: September 26, 1993
Launch vehicle: Ariane 4
Launch location: Kourou, French Guiana
Weight: 11.2 kg.
Orbit: Polar LEO (Low Earth Orbit), 823 x 799 km
Inclination: 98.6 degrees
Size: 150 x 150 x 150 mm
Period: 100 Minutes

Digital Transponder - Mode JD

Features: Status: Semi-Operational


ITAMSAT was one of three amateur satellites that was launched together on a Arianne V59 rocket from French Guiana at approximately 0147 UTC, 26 September 1993. It was later designated Italy-OSCAR-26 once in orbit. The other two amateur spacecraft were KITSAT-OSCAR-25 (KO-25) and AMRAD-OSCAR-27 (AO-27) (aka Eyesat-A).

IO-26 was built by AMSAT-ITALY. Its mission is to store and forward amateur radio messages like AO-16, LO-19, UO-22, KO-23 and KO-25. IO-26's operation is identical to AO-16 and LO-19.

The ITAMSAT Command Team can be contacted via internet: Alberto Zagni, I2KBD, or Luca Bertagnolio, IK2OVV, or on Compuserve HAMNET.

ITAMSAT IO-26 Home Page

As with any major undertaking, there are many people involved in building a satellite. ITAMSAT is a labor of love: the love of amateur radio as a hobby and the love of research and exploration. Read here as I2KBD thanks the IO-26 team.


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Last update May 31, 2003 - N7HPR