This April 22, 2015 at 23:02 local time in Paris is scheduled for launch VS14 flight of a Soyuz rocket from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
The soyouz rocket will be carrying the Sentinel-1B satellite from the “Copernicus” program, the Microscope satellite CNES and 3 micro-satellites CubeSats as part of the “Fly your satellite!” including for the first a amateur radio D-Star will be sent into space.
Copernicus is a program of the European Commission (EC) in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the observation of the Earth and one of the most ambitious to date.
The goal is to provide accurate, timely and easily accessible data to improve the management of the environment, understand the effects of climate change and ensure civil security.
The Sentinel-1B satellite is equipped with a synthetic aperture radar providing images of 5 meter resolution even on cloudy days or at night.
Microscope satellite CNES
The Microscope satellite aims to test the theory of general relativity of Einstein, from space. The challenge is to achieve a 100 times better accuracy in all experiments on the principle of equivalence already performed on Earth.
For this, the satellite will measure the fall- free of two cylinders, one in rhodium, another in platinum, thus taking advantage of the movement of permanent free fall of a satellite in orbit.
3 satellites CubeSats and OUFTI-1 for D-star
The “Fly your satellite!” Is an educational initiative of ESA aimed to promote the use of nano-satellites CubeSats to allow students to work in real situations, participating in most phases, from design to launch and to the satellite in orbit operations.
Frequencies of OUFTI 1 : 145.950 MHz FSK AX25 and D-STAR (435.045 MHz uplink) – CW beacon (Morse) 145.980 MHz
Learn more about the OUFTI-1 satellite: Article of ON7JPD, ON4EYA and ON9CWD to download in PDF magazine Amsat-UK 2013).
e-st @ r-II (eStar-2) of the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, will demonstrate an attitude control system using measurements of the magnetic field of the Earth.
Frequency: 437.485 MHz CW and 1k2 AFSK
AAUSAT 4 of Aalborg University, Denmark, will operate the automated identification system AIS vessels.
Frequency: 437.425 MHz
Follow the flight and the launch of the Soyuz 14 from the Kourou space center in French Guiana this April 22, 2016 at 23:02 (Paris time).