NavBar GeneSat-1 Mission:

A collaboration of NASA Ames Research Center, industry, and local universities is developing a fully-automated, miniaturized spaceflight system that provides life support and nutrient delivery, and performs assays for genetic changes E. coli. Flying multiple missions as a secondary payload using this low-cost approach will lead to better understanding of the biological effects of the spaceflight environment, particularly space radiation and reduced gravity, enabling countermeasure development, which is a critical need for safe long-duration crewed space missions and safe space tourism.

Congratulations to Kevin Schuchmann, Winner of the Grand Prize Contest!!

Kevin Schuchmann

Grand Prize Contest Results

1: Kevin Schuchmann, WA6FWF, San Jose, CA,USA, 21
2: Colin Hurst, VK5HI, South Australia, 19
3: Roland Coelho, N6CP, Cal Poly GS1, USA 17
4: Ian Ashley, ZL1AOX, New Zealand, 12
5: SSEL-MSU, K7MSU, Bozeman, Montana, USA 11
6: Mike Rupprecht, DK3WN, Germany, 10
7: Andrew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, New Port Richey, Florida, USA 7
8: Helmut Strickner, VK4STR, Australia 7
9: Roland Coelho, N6CP, Cal Poly GS2 6
10: Pedro Cruz, 2

Santa Clara University: GeneSat-1 Mission Dashboard

GeneSat1 Mission Dashboard GeneSat1 Mission Dashboard
Santa Clara University students
make it look "easy".
GeneSat Mission Operations Team:
Mike Rasay - command channel
operator and Ignacio Mas,
telemetry anlayst at the SRI dish
in the Stanford foot hills

For up to date mission status


January 6, 2007: Mission Status Report

January 8, 2007: Mission Status Report

January 3, 2007: Mission Status Report

December 31, 2006: Mission Status Report

December 30, 2006: Mission Status Report

December 29, 2006: Mission Status Report

December 27-28, 2006: Severe Winds

December 23-26, 2006: Happy Holidays

December 22, 2006: Mission Status Report

December 21, 2006: Mission Status Report

December 20, 2006 Status Report:

Three contacts were executed today at ~0345, 0525, and 0700 PST. As with yesterday, the data retrieved during these contacts allowed the complete biological growth curves over the past 24 hours to be downloaded at an acceptable resolution level for biological analysis. The operations team estimates that we are more than a week ahead of schedule in terms of our data download requirements for this phase of the mission.

December 19, 2006 GeneSat Mission Status:

2:25 PM click here

December 18, 2006 GeneSat Status:

6:26 AM
ALL systems are functioning normally and we have full two-way radio control. It has been verified that we are collecting experiment data.

5:42 AM
GeneSat-1 Biology Experiment Start command issued ~ 4 AM (2nd pass of the nite/morning). Housekeeping data from 3rd (current pass 5:30 AM) indicate payload data being generated, thus in operation per command. Biology Experiment should begin in about 20 minutes (after heaters warm in to operating temp and geneSat emerges from Solar Eclipse). We should have good indication initial experiment data after 7 AM pass (4th of nite).

December 17, 2006 GeneSat Status:


GeneSat Successfully Launched Dec. 16, 2006 at 4 AM PST (7 AM EST) from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA.

GeneSat Successfully Launched Dec. 16, 2006 at 4 AM PST (7 AM EST) from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA.


*Beacon Alert*

A Star is Flown GeneSat-1 launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on December 16, 2006, as a secondary payload aboard a Minotaur launch. GeneSat-1 is a 10 x 10 x 30 cm. spacecraft, which will conduct a cellular biology technology demonstration.

Of particular interest to the amateur radio satellite community, is the GeneSat-1 beacon. Operating at 437.075 MHz FM, the beacon sends an AX.25 packet at 1200 baud every 5 seconds; the packet contains data about the spacecraft systems operation. The beacon will initiate transmission as soon as the spacecraft is deployed from its carrier on the 4th stage of the launch vehicle.

Let The Games Begin To foster interest in the amateur community, and to support amateur radio and space technology outreach to secondary and higher education student groups, the GeneSat University Mission Ops Team is sponsoring a contest, with recognition and awards . Click here for full details.

Please contact Mike Miller for more information.