UPDATE: According to information posted on the arissat.org website on February 13, 2011, the deployment of the ARISSAT-1 has been delayed until July, 2011.
Project developers had originally announced that ARISSat-1 (f/k/a Suitsat-2), would be launched and transmitting by February 16, 2011! However, due to unforeseen problems, the actual deployment into space has been delayed until July, 2011. See the ARISSat-1 website for more info.
ARISSat-1 is a 66-pound spacecraft produced in a joint venture between the Radio Amateur Satellite Corp., NASA and RSC Energia. The craft will support amateur radio operators, transmit still pictures of Earth from onboard video cameras and play recorded greetings in 15 languages. Main control of the satellite is accomplished with a PIC 32MX microcontroller. According to the ARRL summary, the bird’s voice transmissions will be capable of being monitored using a conventional radio scanner capable of receiving the 2-Meter amateur radio FM band on 145.950 MHz.
Digital transmissions using BPSK-1000 or BPSK-400 will occur on 145.920 MHz and nearby frequencies. In order to monitor the BPSK data, you will need to download and install the decoding software (Windows version only.)
Download the detailed hardware photos found in the system description slides.