Duchifat-1

Duchifat-1

duchifat-1

The Israeli student satellite, Duchifat-1, is an experimental and educational spacecraft
developed and built by Israeli young students of secondary schools at the Space
Laboratory of the Herzliya Science Centre (HSC). The project is directed by Dr Ana Heller
with support from the Herzliya city municipe and the Israeli Amateur Radio Organization.
The main mission of the satellite is to transmit real-time information via radio
amateur packets from a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) using the Automatic Position
Reporting System (APRS) protocol. Duchifat-1 will allow remote traveler's to access
the satellite for worldwide position/status reporting and messaging even in the case
of using simple handheld or mobile radios with Omni-directional whip antennas.
Distant travelers, boats at sea, and stations in many parts of the world are presently
unable to use the APRS system when on distant trips. Duchifat-1 satellite will
augment the existing worldwide terrestrial Amateur Radio APRS by joining a number
of Leo's satellites and the International Space Station (ISS) currently capable of relaying APRS data.
Real-time reporting of station position for mobiles is facilitated using the Global Positioning System (GPS).
APRS can be very useful to SAR (Search and Rescue) and CAP (Civil Air Patrol) missions.
Duchifat-1 satellite will transmit a wide variety of data including short text messages
and telemetry data. The reports will be combined with a computer and mapping
software to display the transmitted data superimposed on maps at a HSC Ground Station.

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