MIR-SAT1

  • On the occasion of the deployment in space of the first Mauritian NanoSatellite MIR-SAT1, on 22 June 2021 at 10:55UTC, the Mauritius Amateur Radio Society (MARS) is creating special awards (ELECTRONIC ONLY) open to all participating Hams/SWLs worldwide.


    for more details check the MIR-SAT1 Special Award description


  • MIR-SAT1 Scheduled for Deployment from the ISS


    Jean Marc Momple, 3B8DU reports it now official that MIR-SAT1, the first Mauritius Amateur Radio 3B8 satellite, will be deployed from the ISS on June 22, 2021 at 10:55 UTC. The deployment will be made using the robotic arm on the Japanese Experiment Module nicknamed Kibo.

    MIR-SAT1 is a 1U CubeSat mission with the following objectives:

    1. Verify the performance of the on-board subsystems by receiving telemetry from the satellite and establish communication to and from the satellite (command and control).
    2. Collect images of Mauritius and the Mauritian EEZ for capacity, building, experiment and research.
    3. Experimental communication with other islands via the satellite (for scientific and/or emergency purposes), through a Radio Amateur digipeater payload.
    4. V/U 9600bps GMSK digipeater may be open for Radio Amateur communication worldwide when the satellite not used for all above.

    Further details can be found at https://spacemauritius.com.

    Experimental decoders are already available:


    + AMSAT Pacsat Ground Station Software by Chris Thompson, G0KLA/AC2CZ is a decoder for the PacSat protocol, designed for FalconSat-3 now with support for Mir-Sat1. More information and the download is available at: https://www.g0kla.com/pacsat/index.php.

    + GR-Satellites by Daniel Estévez, EA4GPZ is a collection of GNU Radio decoders. More information and the download is available at:
    https://github.com/daniestevez…thon/telemetry/mirsat1.py.

    These decoder will be used by local schools and Universities to capture the signals from the bird and hopefully create inspiration for our 3B8 youngsters to space science and STEM per AMSAT Ambassador program goals.

    Jean Marc remarks, "It is so great to have the support of above experts. I wish to put on record my appreciation for the all the advice they provided to the 3B8 team and their fully unconditional support in the Ham spirit of brotherhood. 'Grand merci Chris et Dani.' Without you we ham's will not have a clue about what is the status of the bird."

    In addition, the Mauritius Amateur Radio Society (MARS) is creating special awards open to all participating Hams/SWL's worldwide. These awards will be issued to those decoding MIR-SAT1 telemetry and forwarding same to SatNOGS.

    - A Platinum award will be issued to the first 10 ground station applying for MIR-SAT1 Award after having forwarded the telemetry to SatNOGS.
    - A Gold award will be issued to the next 20 ground station applying for MIR-SAT1 Award after having forwarded the telemetry to SatNOGS.
    - A Silver award will be issued to the next 30 ground station applying for MIR-SAT1 Award after having forwarded the telemetry to
    SatNOGS.
    - A Bronze award will be issued to the next 50 ground station applying for MIR-SAT1 Award after having forwarded the telemetry to SatNOGS.

    Complete information on the awards program can be found at https://mars3b8.wordpress.com/…9/mir-sat1-special-award/.

    [ANS thanks Jean Marc Momple, 3B8DU for the above information.]