Name: Italy-OSCAR-26 aka ITAMSAT
NASA Catalog Number: 22826
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
Uplinks: 1200 bps Manchester
Downlinks: 1200 bps BPSK
437.822 MHz (Secondary - Presently in use)
435.867 MHz (Primary - Degraded from failure to balanced modulator)
Telemetry is reported being received on 435.822 MHz at 1200 bps BPSK.
The latest information is available from: Weekly
Satellite Report (WSR)
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,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or Luca Bertagnolio,
IK2OVV, email@example.com or on Compuserve
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.
John Hansen, "New Satellites in Orbit," The AMSAT Journal, Vol.
16, No. 5, Sep/Oct 1993, p. 1.
Steve Ford, "Two More PACSATS!," QST, Oct 1993, p. 98.
Mike Crisler, PACSAT
Beginner's Guide, AMSAT
to Satellite Summary
Last update May 31, 2003 - N7HPR