The Serenity satellite is a CubeSat that will provide low cost opportunities to test educational experiments in space. Anyone with a HAM radio will be able to talk to Serenity.
Serenity is scheduled to launch in Q1 2021.
What is Serenity?
Serenity is licensed as an amateur radio broadcaster, which allows it to communicate with HAM radio operators on the ground.
Serenity will be carrying a suite of data sensors and a camera that will be sending data back to Earth through the use of HAM radio signals.
Ground stations connecting with the satellite during its orbital period will be able to collect the data and pictures sent back down to Earth.
How to Communicate with Serenity
The best option is to connect with a local HAM radio club. They may have the equipment already set up to track satellites. If they do not, they will be able to assist you in finding one that does.
Once you have found the equipment you need, the following information will help locate Serenity and send commands to receive packets of information containing experiment data and satellite telemetry:
- Try a COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) Software-Defined Radio system (i.e.: RTL-SDR.com)
- Serenity’s Call Sign will be WU2M
- Serenity’s public channel is called Mode 2 (M2) Frequency range 437.1
Connecting to Serenity
Connecting to Serenity is similar to making a phone call. The format follows Satellite, Station, Mode, Command as shown below:
- Satellite Call Sign: WU2M
- Operators call Sign: (the radio you are trying to connect from)
- Mode: M2 (Public mode available)
- Command Choice: Status, List, Rad
Each command choice asks for a specific information packet to be sent back.
- Status: sends back the current health and location of the satellite.
- List: sends back a list of the stations that have contacted the satellite in the past 7 days.
- Rad: sends back a data file of dosimeter readings from the radiation experiment.