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Team Communications

Woodbridge High School

Controls all radio and optical-data flow to and from orbit. Their hardware includes a UHF radio card from Tyvak that is supported by Cal Poly SLO's ground station staff, an antenna from EXA, and a visible-violet LED based optical communications system mentored by Brown University's CubeSat (EQUiSat), Harvard optics researchers and the Fukuoka Institute of Technology CubeSat (FITSat-1) team in Japan. Many of the students have become licensed amateur radio operators, practicing communicating with older CubeSats already in orbit, and programming their "Comms" hardware for launch. They also oversee the government paperwork concerned with FCC and international licensing of the frequencies they use, as well as communication with other satellite operators.