AMSAT China (CAMSAT http://www.camsat.cn/) reports that at around 0230 UTC on December 15, China launched its first Amateur Radio satellite — named XW-1 http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/satellites/satInfo.php?satID=116&retURL=satellites/futures.php — into space.
The microsatellite — a secondary payload aboard the CZ-4C rocket launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center — was launched into a Sun-synchronous orbit with an apogee of approximately 1200 kilometers. XW-1 successfully reached orbit at 0253 UTC. Members of the XW-1 launch team reported they received a beacon from the satellite shortly after the satellite deployed. In the first few days, the XW-1 team will work on the satellite’s FM and store-forward transponder mode and its linear transponder mode. Once those tests are complete, they will upload a new flight program to set up the payload schedule. The satellite’s communications payload includes a beacon and three crossband transponders operating in FM, SSB/CW and digital modes. Uplink and downlink frequencies can be found on the CAMSAT Web site http://www.camsat.cn/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=56&Itemid=67. For the latest Keplerian elements for XW-1 and other satellites, check out the W1AW Keplerian Bulletins http://www.arrl.org/w1aw/kep/.
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