UNISAT-6: first month of operations

Today 19th of July 2014, thirty days after the launch, Gauss team wants to celebrate the first month of full operations of UniSat-6 with all the supporters and HAM radios that are following news and/or that are sending us telemetry data from each corner of the world.

In the first month of flight, on UniSat-6 everything is going as expected and we have a fully operational satellite that has already accomplished its most important mission tasks releasing in orbit and in good health four CubeSats, one of them has also split in two parts, bringing the satellites carried in the space by the Dnepr up to 38 instead of 33 as it was declared. Now UniSat-6 is taking several pictures all around the world and it is sending us precious information about electronic products that Gauss Srl is testing in orbit.



UNISAT-6 sample of temperature radio

Sample of the temperature of the radio acquired during five consecutive orbits.


UNISAT-6 Temp MCU first 18 days

Temperature of the onboard computer during the first 18 days of mission .


UNISAT-6 Gyro first 18 days

3 axis gyroscope data during the first 18 days in orbit of UniSat-6

In the graphs  we can observe the moment in which the four CubeSats were released in orbit (about one day after the separation from the Dnepr launcher), that produced a spin up in the rotation of the SC and also the temperature dropped more than 10 degrees. It is also is visible a long term periodic behavior due to the repetition path in a quasi-heliosychronous orbit.

Riquadro mothership-matrioska

*******            “UNISAT-6: thanks to all HAM! 🙂 @gaussteam”            *******

This is the UniSat-6’s doodle text string (beacon 1) that it is being broadcasted all over the world by UniSat-6 to thank all the HAM radio community. We have also started the operations of the camera and we have downloaded more than 20 pictures also thanks to the HAM radio community that is sending us data of the satellite every day.
Stay tuned because new pictures are coming soon.



UNISAT-6 foto9

Clouds over the Indian Ocean 09/07/2014, 06:58:42 UTC, Lat. -18.351°,  Long. 55.365° and Altitude 700.92Km.


UNISAT-6 foto17

Passing over Australia, 13/07/2014, 00:41:48 UTC, Lat. -28.417°, Long. 151.24° and Altitude 705.26Km.

This are the HAM radio amateurs that have been sending us valuable telemetry of the spacecraft during our operations (hoping we did not forget anybody, we will keep it updated). Special thanks to:


Name/HAM radio NickFromInstitute/Organization/comments
Roland Coelho, Justin Carnahan, Justin FoleySan Louis Obispo, CA, USATyvak team & California Polytechnic State University
Fernando Aguado Agelet, Franco PérezAntón Vázquez, Alberto GonzálezVigo, SpainHumsat team, University of VIGO
Benjamin Malphrus, Kevin Brown, Murphy StrattonMorehead, KY, USASpace Science Center, Morehead State University
Slavi DombrovskiGermanyUniversity of Würzburg
Mike Rupprecht (DK3WN)GermanyHAM radio
Davide D’Aliesio (IW0HLG)ItalyHAM radio
Mitsuo Noguchi (JA5BLZ)JapanHAM radio
LegionelmelenasGranada, SpainHAM radio
Mario (LU4EOU)ArgentinaHAM radio
Kasei Toshio (JA1GDE)JapanHAM radio
Antonio VilchezSpainHAM radio
Jan van Gils (PE0SAT)NetherlandsHAM radio
Horacio Rasetti (CX8AF)Montevideo, UruguayHAM radio
Dmitry Pashkov (R4UAB)RussiaHAM radio
Yoshikatsu Yagi (JA5JKD)JapanHAM radio
Iji Yoshitomo (JA6PL)JapanHAM radio
Tetsurou Satou (JA0CAW)JapanHAM radio
Leon SteenkampCape Town, South AfricaHAM radio

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