The Seattle, Washington based company Spaceflight Industries has finalized it’s launch plans for their first ever Sun-Synchronous orbit spaceflight aboard a Falcon 9 rocket this month next Monday. This launch consists entirely of non-commercial spacecraft that are all sharing the ride to be launched into their own orbits—Many of which are carrying amateur radio payloads.
The launch—Dubbed SSO-A for Sun Synchronous Orbit A—is to proceed, weather permitting, on November 19th, 2018 at 18:32 GMT from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch is to be carrying 15 micro satellites and over 50 cubesats on board to be deployed into a Sun-Synchronous orbit. This launch, according to Spaceflight, is their first of many more planned heliocentric launches in the near future. With this launch comes many new experimental sats for testing private projects, but also many that are OSCAR carrying payloads, including the much anticipated Fox 1 Cliff (Fox 1 C) carrying a Mode J linear transponder. A full list of OSCAR carrying satellites and frequencies can be found aggregated on QRZ.com’s post.