TLE for BIRDS-2 CubeSats

NORAD has added TLE for the 3 new objects flying close to ISS which we believe is for the 3 CubeSats of BIRDS-2 project. Although, we cannot say which TLE corresponds to which satellites since all three are moving close to each other. The TLE’s are as follows:

1 43589U 98067PD  18223.11964464 -.00000488  00000-0  00000-0 0  9991
2 43589  51.6427 104.9423 0007687  77.9460 282.2615 15.54522043   186
1 43590U 98067PE  18223.44105420 -.00000488  00000-0  00000-0 0  9998
2 43590  51.6428 103.3419 0008158  77.0546 283.1355 15.54548150   152
1 43591U 98067PF  18223.37674343 -.00000489  00000-0  00000-0 0  9997
2 43591  51.6489 103.6572 0008531  76.1505 283.9569 15.54509646   144

Updated TLE can also be found here. We will update the TLE on our Amateur Radio page.

About APRS-DP Mission of BIRDS-2 CubeSats

There has been some inquiries about the APRS Digipeater that is on-board all the CubeSats of BIRDS-2 Project deployed yesterday from the ISS. At this moment the team would like to clarify that the APRS transceiver is one of the technology demonstration payload and it is initially Turned OFF. These transceivers will be Turned ON later after the initial operation of the CubeSats whereby the team will confirm that all systems of the satellite is performing well. The schedule of operations of APRS mission and details about the APRS-DP will be posted on this website soon. Apologies for the inconvenience. Kindly bear with us a little longer. The team is looking forward to starting the mission soon.

BIRDS-2 CubeSats in Orbit

The 3 CubeSats of BIRDS-2 Project, BHUTAN-1, MAYA-1 and UiTMSat-1 was released into orbit yesterday (August 10, 2018) from the JAXA’s Kibo Module of ISS. Astronaut Alexander Gerst has share some wonderful images of the deployment captured from the ISS on his twitter account (click here to view).

Soon after the deployment, the first beacon signals from all 3 satellites were heard at the Ground Station in Mongolia which is a part of BIRDS GSN. Soon after, the Team also received beacon signals at the KyuTech Ground station. Following that many amateur users including other ground stations of the BIRDS GSN have reported reception of beacon signals. As of now the satellites seems to be in good health and the team are now going ahead with the initial operation plan. Stay tuned for more updates.

Interested in Receiving Beacon Signals from BIRDS-2 CubeSats?





The BIRDS-2 CubeSats, BHUTAN-1, MAYA-1 and UiTMSat-1 are bound to be released from the ISS on Aug 10, 2018. All three CubeSats carry same UHF transceiver which is designed to transmit CW Beacon Signal @ 437.375 MHz. All interested amateur users are welcome to help us in receiving the beacon signals from the satellites once they are released from ISS. The information related to receiving the beacon signal is available here.

Once you have the data, you can submit to us from here. Or simply follow this link. We look forward to hearing from you.

BIRDS-2 Deployment Date and First Signal Acquisition Plan for BIRDS GSN

We have a date. The three CubeSats of BIRDS-2 project are scheduled to be released from the JAXA Kibo Module of ISS on August 10, 2018, 18:45 JST (UTC+9).  Based on our initial calculations, the satellites are expected to be flying above Mongolia when it starts the transmission of CW Beacon signals after 30 minutes mandatory no RF period upon release from ISS.

ISS Release Time (UTC+9)
Antenna Deploy @ 30 mins  CW Beacon Starts
August 10 18:45 19:15 Satellite location is approaching Mongolia 19:17

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Ground Stations of BIRDS-2 Project and BIRDS Ground Station Network

As we wait for the BIRDS-2 CubeSats to be released from ISS, the team in KyuTech and teams in respective country of BIRDS-2 project has been engaged in preparing the ground station for operation. The 3 CubeSats will be operated through the Ground Station Network of BIRDS program which currently has 10 members with BIRDS-1 and BIRDS-2 countries. Two new countries will join the network for BIRDS-3 Project. KyuTech Ground Station will be the Master Ground Station for operations. Information about each ground station of BIRDS-2 Project is available in the document here:  BIRDS-2 Ground Station

Some thoughts from BIRDS-2 members

A short video by one of the member from BIRDS-1 team capturing the moments from the live view of launch on June 29, 2018 and some thoughts and feelings of the project members. Thanks to Maisun for his effort and time in making this video.

SpaceX CRS-15 Dragon Capsule Successfully Captured by ISS

The SpaceX’s CRS-15 Dragon Capsule which carries the three CubeSats of BIRDS-2 Project (BHUTAN-1, MAYA-1 and UiTMSat-1) along with the cargo has been successfully captured by ISS. The Target release date for the release of CuebSats from ISS through the Japanese Kibo Module is in early August. The confirmed release schedule will be posted soon. Stay tuned for more information.

Successful Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-15

Falcon 9 Rocket of SpaceX launches for the 15th Cargo Resupply mission to ISS. The Dragon Capsule also carried the 3 CubeSats of BIRDS-2 Project: BHUTAN-1, MAYA-1 and UiTMSat-1 from Bhutan, Philippines and Malaysia respectively. The Dragon Capsule will berth with ISS in about 3 days and the satellites will be released into orbit from Japanese Kibo module in early August this year (2018).