Yet more FUNcube satellites!


Although the FUNcube Dongle is capable of receiving many different types of signals, both from terra firma and from space, it was originally designed to receive the FUNcube-1 satellite launched back in November 2013.

What we weren’t expecting when we first embarked on the FUNcube project was that we’d have any more than just the one satellite. Well, we now have three FUNcube satellite payloads in orbit. As well as FUNcube-1, we now have both FUNcube-2 and FUNcube-3 in space.

Although FUNcube-1 is a satellite in its own right, FUNcube-2 hitched a ride on-board the UK Space Agency’s UKube-1 satellite as a payload and was launched on Tuesday (8 July 2014), and already signals have been received. There’s some more news here. The FUNcube-2 payload carries similar capabilities to FUNcube-1, as well as the other payloads carried by UKube.

Here are some videos of UKube’s integration, Soyuz roll-out and launch.

FUNcube-3 is a satellite in its own right, and was launched on 19 June 2014 from Yasny on a DNEPR rocket, and was heard in South Africa ten minutes after deployment and has a BPSK telemetry downlink as well as a linear transponder. There’s more information here.

Many thanks, Howard

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One Response to Yet more FUNcube satellites!

  1. Enzo says:

    i am having problem to let my FCDPP work on my PC.
    I have used till a couple of days ago with SDRSharp but not i cannot let it work anymore.Everytime i try to play it does not work i cannot hear anything and also i do not see anything on the spectrum.
    I have tried to delete the drivers from the device manager and now i cannot install it any more.
    I have noticed that it works jut on USB 3.0 ports but i hear the audi with vibration and hiccups.
    I have tried with another PC but when i plug it into the USB port ( 2.0 because not have 3.0 on this PC ),nothing happens and if i go to Device manager, i can see under the speakers section the FunCube Dongle V2.0 but it has a Yellow Triangle with a black Esclamation point in the miiddle.
    Please how to fix everything?
    Also is there any chance to test if the FCDPP is damaged?
    Is there a posibility to end it backfor a check?
    If yes how to do it and who to send it?
    Any help will be really appreciated.
    73’s de Enzo IK8OZV