After a amazing launch, the PolySat team returned to the lab at Cal Poly to hear the first signs of life from ExoCube. ExoCube’s RF transmit timer was set for three hours after deployment as a safety precaution to allow multiple antenna deployment attempts to happen on a full battery. The wait for someone to hear us was almost unbearable once GRIFEX and Firebird 3/4 were heard.
Michigan finally picked up a some blips on the correct frequency spaced 45 seconds apart. ExoCube was heard!
Thanks to PE0SAT for the recording and Logan Sisca for the annotation of ExoCube’s Morse code beacon “XO3”.
The first two way communication was also completed tonight.