Gold Coin Featuring Satellites

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(From ARRL Letter) A new Bank of Lithuania gold coin features two amateur radio satellites.

 

(From ARRL Letter) A new Bank of Lithuania gold coin features two amateur radio satellites. The commemorative gold 5€ coin released by Bank of Lithuania (Lietuvos Bankas) features the country's LituanicaSAT-1 (LO-78) and LitSAT-1 amateur radio satellites. The two CubeSats were launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on January 9th 2014 and deployed from the ISS on February 28th. LituanicaSAT-1 carried an FM transponder and a camera, while LitSat-1 had a linear (SSB/CW) transponder developed by William Leijenaar PE1RAH. The face of the gold coin features the Lithuanian coat of arms as a star constellation, with LituanicaSAT-1 and LitSAT-1 on the other side.

 

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This article was featured in the January 2019 issue of Practical Wireless