PharmaSat-1 will be in a low earth orbit at 40 degrees inclination. The orbit should be nearly circular with an altitude of 390 km at the start of the mission, degrading to 200km after approx 250 to 300 days, at which time it would de-orbit. There will be a 150mW UHF beacon operating with 1200baud AX25 packet for 1/2 sec every 5 secs. Command and control will use an experimental licence in the 2.4GHz ISM band. The satellite will be a triple cubesat with a mass of approx 4kg. The co-ordinated downlink frequency is 437.465 MHz.

The launch is currently scheduled for May 7 2009 between 8pm and 11pm EDT from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

Please find a follow-up at the May 7 Minotaur launch scrubbed at Wallops article.

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