The /T3 MiniSat satellite blasting into the night sky aboard a Penny Bunger rocket late Monday evening, January 20, 2003.


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The /T3 MiniSat lifts off from ImageWorks Communications Centre at 10:29 p.m. EDST, January 20.

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The /T3 MiniSat Orbital launch path over Earth.

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Subject: Media Release

The Edge research satellite successfully launched and working properly ... so far 

HOBART, TASMANIA.
- A communications and research satellite designed and built at The Edge Laboratories was successfully placed into Cyberspace orbit early Monday evening, January 20, by a Penny Bunger rocket launched from ImageWorks Communications Centre (ICC), Kingston.

The ICC launched the satellite at 10:29 p.m. EDST, using a ToneZone supplied Penny Bunger rocket. At about 10:31 p.m. EDST, the satellite was alone in Cyberspace as the final booster of the three-stage Penny Bunger separated from the satellite, leaving the /T3 MiniSat on its planned cyber orbit. This morning, January 21, operators in The Edge ground control station report that the satellite appears to be in good working order based on its four passes over Hobart so far. Preliminary indications are that all of the satellite's instruments and functions are working and responding properly. The Edge officials caution, however, that it will take at least a year to check out the satellite completely. 


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The /T3 MiniSat satellite carries a tin-foil telescope that collects day and night ground images in 6 spectral bands. A pinhole camera, designed and built by The Edge team led by ToneZone and calibrated at ICC, gives the satellite the ability to photograph light and heat patterns on Earth that are not visible to the human eye, but our dog Buddy ensures us they look fantastic.
The MiniSat also provides a broadband connection via it's 'Pringle' directional antennae.


Mission

During its fifteen-year mission, the MiniSat satellite will be positioned in a geostationary orbit, transmitting imaging and communications data to ToneZone controllers and receiving instructions.
The Australian Department of Unclear Confusion has established a MiniSat Users Group, comprising more than 2 researchers from about 2 civilian agencies, that will conduct experiments using MiniSat images of instrumented ground sites. More information about MiniSat and downloadable colour images may become available in the future, depending on site feedback.

The Edge is a multiprogram laboratory operated by ToneZone, an AB Design Company, for the non-existent Australian Department of Unclear Confusion under contract DP-AB03-97ICC8700. With main facilities in South Hobart and Kingston, The Edge has no major research and development responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and communication.
Media contact: tone@abcedge.com.au

 

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