RS-10Radio Sputnik RS12/RS13

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Name: Radio Sputnik (RS) 12/13
NASA Catalog Number: 21089
Launched: February 5, 1991
Primary Spacecraft: COSMOS 2123 - Russian Navigation Satellite
Orbit: Polar LEO (Low Earth Orbit) - 1000 km altitude
Period: 105 Minutes
Modes: K, T, A, KT, KA
Beacons: See Below


Linear Transponder RS-12 Non-Inverting (CW/SSB):

Linear Transponder RS-13 Non-Inverting (CW/SSB):

Status: RS-12/13 Non-Operational

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RS-12/13 rides piggyback on a primary spacecraft - the COSMOS series of navigation satellites. Each satellite has two radio amateur transponders onboard. Only one is switched on at a time.

Both satellites have a 40 kHz wide linear transponder allowing for CW and SSB contacts. One unique feature of both these satellites is the ROBOT autotransponder. These autotransponders make it possible to carry on a CW telegraphy contact with the ROBOT computer carried on the spacecraft. Upon calling the satellite on the ROBOT uplink frequency, the computer will return with a short message and issue a QSO number.

For a more detailed description of these satellites, read John Magliacane's, KD2BD, Spotlight On: RS10/RS11 and RS12/RS13 originally published in The AMSAT Journal.

Kevin Manzer, AC5DK, hosts the The RS-12/13 Satellite Operator's Page.

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Last update May 31, 2003 - N7HPR