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As affordable launch opportunities for amateur communications satellites become more rare, AMSAT deviced a new strategy: a small cubesat, which hosts both an amateur communications payload as well as a scientific or technological payload, so that the satellite qualifies for launches in NASA's Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) Program.

The Fox 1A mission hosts a Penn State student experiment with MEMS gyros and an AMSAT FM analog transponder for digital data up to 9600 bps as a replacement for AMSAT Echo (AO 51).

Fox 1A is an 1U CubeSat designed to operate in Low Earth Orbit. It carries a 2 meter whip antenna and a 70 cm whip antenna.

Fox 1A was accepted into NASA ELaNa program in February 2012.

Alternate Names

  • 40967
  • Fox1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2015-10-08
Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (United States)


  • Communications
  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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