Posts tagged as Kletskous

Amateur radio enthusiasts to gather at annual Space Symposium

Amateur radio’s newest and first geostationary satellite will be a major focus at the annual AMSAT SA Space Symposium to be held in Midrand on 16 March 2019. Es’hail-2 was launched late last year and includes an amateur radio transponder. The payload was recently activated and is providing radio amateurs in Africa, Europe and the […]

Space is good for amateur radio: the story of SunSat

  It has been written and spoken about that amateur radio is a pasttime that contributes to communication, electronic and space activity development and training. In fact it is contained in the ITU definition of amateur radio: “A radio communication service for the purpose of self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations”. For amateur radio to stay […]

Building a CubeSat remains a challenge

  Building a CubeSat remains a challenge whether it would be by buying a complete CubeSat kit from any of the online CubeSat shops and adding your payload or building a CubeSat from scratch. A group of radio amateurs, part of AMSAT SA, decided some years ago to design, develop and build a CubeSat from scratch. […]

Student helps to reduce mass of CubeSat’s space frame

  Over the past few years CubeSats have been a popular vehicle for taking payloads into space. The concept has not bypassed radio amateurs who were amongst the first to explore a more cost effective way of getting a payload into space. CubeSats are launched in batches which greatly reduces the launch cost and makes […]

SA AMSAT’s CubeSat is making good progress

  The first prototype of the linear transponder was successfully tested and demonstrated on air at the recently held SA AMSAT Space Symposium. Named Kletskous (Afrikaans for chatterbox), the satellite measuring 10 x 10 x 10 cm is being developed  and built by radio amateurs who volunteer their expertise, time and often, their money for […]