The first CubeSat spacecraft project that was undertaken by the newly formed UK Space Agency will be UKube-1. It was developed as a collaboration between an number of SMEs and Universities.

The FUNcube-2 on UKube EM stack

UKube-1 is a triple CubeSat and was launched  on Tuesday 8th July 2014.

The spacecraft carried three experimental payloads and, additionally, AMSAT-UK provided a set of FUNcube boards. These formed the Educational Outreach part of the Mission Requirements and will also  provide a redundant communications system for the satellite.

In addition to the FUNcube payload, the other UHF/VHF radio transceiver that was used on UKube also had a “loopback” mode of operation available for use after the end of the main mission. This mode was able to provide a bent pipe FM to DSB single channel transponder for amateur use,  much as AO16 did.

To avoid confusion with the existing FUNcube-1 spacecraft , the description “FUNcube-2 on UKube” was used to describe this part of the FUNcube Project.

UKube-1 was successfully launched, as planned, on Tuesday 8th July 2014.

Signals were heard from the spacecraft during the first pass over the UK from both the main telemetry transmitter on 145.840MHz and the FUNcube 2 transmitter on 145.915MHz.

After operating successfully for more than four years, the FUNcube-2 payload ceased transmitting on October 18th 2018 when the bus voltage, from at least one of the batteries, dropped suddenly.

The final TLM frame received from UKube/FUNcube-2  and the rankings can be seen here

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