Sounds from Space

 

Sounds from Amateur Radio Satellites 2017-today

 

This section is dedicated to satellites built and operated by Radio Amateurs. Satellites built by AMSAT organizations around the world and were called AMSAT-OSCAR. Those built by Russian Hams and were mostly called Radiosputnik. In order to build and launch the satellites AMSAT needs members and friends to contribute and raise funds. If you are not yet a member of AMSAT please consider to join us and to support the activities. You can find several links to AMSAT on my links page.

My special thanks to Roy W0SL, Jim N4ST, Don KD4APP, Darrel AA7FV, Jim N5JDB, Clive G3CWV, Mike DK3WN, Reinhard DJ1KM +, Michael DG1CMZ, Oliver DG6BCE, Peter DF2JB, Volker DF7IT, Jean-Louis F6AGR, Thomas HB9SKA, Christoph HB9HAL, Claudio IK1SLD, Andreas OE1DMB, Michael PA3BHF, Henk PA3GUO, Darek SP9TTX, Ricardo PY3VHQ, Keith ZS6TW, Don N4UJW, Vladimir RA3DQT, Paulo CT1ETE, John KD2BD, Harald DH8HHA, Maik Hermenau, Ian ZL1AOX, Gerd DL8DR, Michael OH2AUE, Robert G8ATE, Wouter Jan Ubbels PE4WJ, Mark KF6KYI, Al W8KHP, Drew KO4MA, Rolf DK2ZF, Dave WB6LLO, Graham G3VZV, Joe K0VTY, Nils von Storch, Zeljko 9A2EY, Pierre ZS6BB, Roland PY4ZBZ, Bent OZ6BL, Mariano CT1XI, Al GM1SXX, Luc LU1FAM, Matt SQ7DQX, Lance K6GSJ, Chris VK3AML, Bob VE6BLD, Sergej RV3DR, Alex VK5ALX, Rudolf ZS6FX, Dick Daniels W4PUJ/SK , Bob Patterson K5DZE, Jean-Louis Rault F6AGR, Ivano Bonesana, Patrick Hajagos, Luc Leblanc VE2DWE, Mike N1JEZ, John K6YK, Tetsu-san JA0CAW, Marco Bauer, Carl Lindberg SM6NZV, Philip G0ISW, Kuge-san JE1CVL, Pat AA6EG, John M0UKD, Paul Marsh M0EYT, Federico Manzini, Jan PE0SAT, Domenico I8CVS +, Roland Zurmely PY4ZBZ, Rob Hardenberg PE1ITR, Michael Kirkhart KD8QBA, Davide D'Aliesio IW0HLG, Francisco EA7ADI, Kubota-san, Noguchi-san JA5BLZ, Kuge-san JE1CVL, Luciano PY5LF, Wakita-san JE9PEL, Peter ON4EZJ, Enrico IW2AGJ and Jean-Pierre F5YG for kindly contributing to this collection !

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Description

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ITF-2
#41932
(1998-067KU)

ITF-2 (Imagine The Future - 2) is a 1U cubesat designed and built by the University of Tsukuba in Japan. It was deployed from ISS with the new JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) on January 16th 2017 between 09:00 and 09:30 UTC. ITF-2 is the successor of the unsuccessful ITF-1, which was launched in 2014 but never heard.

The amateur radio downlink frequency is 437.525 MHz (1200bps AFSK and CW).

January 16th 2017

Francisco EA7ADI received the CW beacon signal of ITF-2 on 437.525 MHz on January 28th 2017 at 19:57 UTC. Recording kindly provided by Francisco EA7ADI.

This is another recording from Francisco EA7ADI. He received the CW beacon signal of ITF-2 on 437.525 MHz on January 31st 2017 at 17:12 UTC. Recording kindly provided by Francisco EA7ADI.

WASEDA-SAT3
#41931
(1998-067KT)

WASEDA-SAT3 is a 1kg 1U cubesat built by Waseda University in Japan. It was deployed from ISS with the new JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) on January 16th 2017 between 09:00 and 09:30 UTC. The small satellite will deploy a ultra light drag chute for accelerated deorbiting. A camera will observe and verify the chute deployment. Also on board will be a LCD projector to project images on the drag chute, where the camera will take pictures of it.

WASEDA-SAT3 features a downlink at 437.290 MHz (1200 bps PCM-FSK and CW).

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January 16th 2017

AOBA-VELOX3
#41935
(1998-067KX)

AOBA-VELOX-3 is a 2.3kg 2U cubesat deployed from ISS with the new JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) on January 16th 2017 between 10:30 and 11:00 UTC. It is a joint Singaporean and Japanese nanosatellite mission.

It will test a micro-propulsion system by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore  (NTU) which uses pulses of plasma to generate thrust. The NTU team estimates that the system can keep the nanosatellite in space for up to six months, about twice as long as the usual three-month flight time for such satellites.

Furthermore it will be used to test a wireless communication system built by Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan (Kyutech). The system is based on affordable 2.4 GHz Zigbee technology. If successful, future satellite missions could use this wireless technology to help the satellite's different systems communicate with one another, reducing the need for wires in the satellite.

The VHF control uplink is in the 145 MHz ham radio band, the UHF downlink is at 437.375 MHz where AOBA-VELOX-III will transmit data with 1200 bps AFSK and also features a CW beacon.

January 16th 2017

Jean-Pierre F5YG received the CW downlink signal of AOBA-VELOX-3 during its orbit #28 on January 18th 2017. Recording kindly provided by Jean-Pierre F5YG.

On January 21st 2017 at 02:58 UTC during orbit #71 Jean-Pierre received the CW downlink signal of AOBA-VELOX-3 at 437.3727 MHz. Recording kindly provided by Jean-Pierre F5YG.

Francisco EA7ADI received the CW beacon signal of AOBA VELOX III on 437.375 MHz on January 27th 2017 at 19:11 UTC. Recording kindly provided by Francisco EA7ADI.

TuPOD
#41936
(1998-067KY)

TuPOD is a 3.5 kg 3U cubesat built by Gauss Srl. in Italy. It was be deployed from ISS with the new JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) on January 16th 2017 between 10:30 and 11:00 UTC. Inside TuPOD are two Tubesat class picosatellites, Tancredo1 from Brazil and OSNSAT from California/USA.

The TuPOD released the two satellites after three days, on January 19th 2017 around 23:30 UTC, in accordance with NASA safety requirements. After the tubesat deployment, TuPOD will perform its own mission transmitting 1200 bps GMSK data and a Morse code beacon on 437.425 MHz for a few days. Some weeks later it will re-enter the atmosphere, disintegrating. From a technical point of view the satellite represents an innovation since its structure has been completely 3D printed.

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January 16th 2017

Tancredo1
Tancredo-1
#41931
(1998-067KT) 

The Tancredo-1 satellite, a small TubeSat built by middle school students in Brazil, was deployed from ISS with the new JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) on January 16th 2017 between 10:30 and 11:00 UTC inside the TuPOD Tubesat deployer. Tancredo-1 was finally ejected from the TuPOD into space on January 19th 2017 around 23:30 UTC. It should have then started transmitting telemetry data on 437.200 MHz using 1200 bps AFSK AX.25. The callsign is PY0ETA.

Tancredo-1 is the first satellite of the Ubatubasat project, a STEM project idealized by Prof. Cândido Oswaldo de Moura at Escola Municipal Tancredo Neves public school in Ubatuba, state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Ubatubasat project team and AMSAT-BR would like to kindly request radio amateurs around the planet to monitor and report any signals heard from Tancredo-1.

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January 16th 2017

EO-88
Emirates-Oscar 88
Nayif-1
#42017
(2017-008BX)

Nayif-1 is a 1U cubesat of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). UAE's first Nanosatellite was developed by Emirati engineering students from the University of Sharjah (AUS) under the supervision of a team of engineers and specialists from Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). The framework of the partnership between the two entities aims to provide hands-on experience to engineering students on satellite manufacturing. It was launched on the PSLV C37 vehicle on February 15th 2017 at 03:58 UTC.

The spacecraft includes a U/V linear transponder and telemetry transmitter. It employs enhanced oscillator circuitry and includes an active attitude determination and control system.

Telemetry is transmitted on 145.940 MHz in 1200bd BPSK mode.

The linear transponder frequencies are:
Uplink 435.045-435.015 MHz
Downlink 145.960-145.990 MHz

February 15th 2017

Luciano PY5LF received the downlink signal of NAYIF-1 on February 15th 2017 at 12:02 UTC on 145.940 MHz. Recording kindly provided by Luciano PY5LF.

Also Francisco EA7ADI received the 1200bd BPSK downlink signal of NAYIF-1 on February 16th 2017 at 09:56 UTC on 145.940 MHz. Recording kindly provided by Francisco EA7ADI.

 

 

On May 16th 2017 a series of 17 QB50 cubesats were deployed from the International Space Station (ISS).

On May 16th at 08:25 UTC the following satellites were deployed:
SOMP 2 (DE02), HAVELSAT (TR02), Columbia (QBUS 4, US04)

On May 16th at 11:55 UTC the next group was deployed:
SGSat (KySat 3), CXBN 2, IceCube (Earth 1)

On May 17th at 01:40 UTC the following satellites were deployed:
PHOENIX (TW01), X-CubeSat (FR01), qbee (SE01)

On May 17th at 12:40 UTC the following satellite were deployed:
SHARC

It is unclear when the following satellite was deployed:  ALTair 1

On May 18th at 01:00 UTC the following satellites were deployed:
ZA-AeroSat 1 (AZ01), LINK (KR01)

On May 18th at 04:15 UTC the following satellite was deployed:
CSUNSat 1

On May 18th at 08:25 UTC the following satellites were deployed:
UPSat (GR02), SpaceCube (FR05), Hoopoe (IL01).

The QB50 CubeSats have downlinks between 435.7 and 438 MHz and reports from radio amateurs are most welcome. If you click on the icon to the right you can see a table of the QB50 series Cubsats.

May 16th, 17th and 18th 2017

X-CubeSat
XCubeSat-1
QB50-FR01
#414xx
(2017-0xxx)

On May 17th at 01:40 UTC the French X-CubeSat (FR01) was released from the ISS. It was developed and built at Ecole polytechnique and uses the callsign ON01FR and transmits GMSK on 437.020 MHz. It also freatures a FM repeater with an uplink at 145.860 MHz (CTCSS 210.7Hz) and downlink at 437.020 MHz.

May 17th 2017

Roland PY4ZBZ received and decoded the GMSK signal of X-Cubesat. Recording kindly provided by Roland Zurmely PY4ZBZ.

LINK
QB50-KR01
#414xx
(2017-0xxx)

LINK (Little Intelligent Nanosatellite of KAIST) was designed by KAIST in South Korea. On May 18th at 01:00 UTC the 2U Cubesat was released from the ISS. It transmits a 1200bd BPSK signal on 436.030 MHz. It uses the callsign ON01KR.

May 18th 2017

Roland PY4ZBZ received and decoded the BPSK signal of LINK. Recording kindly provided by Roland Zurmely PY4ZBZ.

UPSat
QB50-GR02
#414xx
(2017-0xxx)

UPSat (University of Patras Satellite) is an open source Greek satellite released on May 18th at 08:25 UTC UPSat from the ISS. This 2U Cubesat transmits a CW beacon on 435.765 MHz using the callsign ON02GR.

May 18th 2017

Roland PY4ZBZ received and decoded the CW beacon of UPSat on May 19th 2017 at 22:15 UTC. Recording kindly provided by Roland Zurmely PY4ZBZ.

CSUNSat1
#414xx
(2017-0xxx)

On May 18th at 04:15 UTC CSUNSat-1 was deployed from ISS. CSUNSat1 transmits a CW signal on 437.400 MHz every 3 minutes.

May 18th 2017

Mineao san received the CW signal on May 18th 2017 at 14:07-14:17 UTC. Recording and spectrum plot kindly provided by Mineo Wakita JE9PEL.

Also Roland PY4ZBZ received and decoded the CW beacon of CSUNSat1 on May 19th 2017 at 12:27 UTC. Recording kindly provided by Roland Zurmely PY4ZBZ.

 

 

Between May 23rd and 25th, 2017 a series of 17 QB50 cubesats are scheduled to be deployed from the International Space Station (ISS). If you click on the icon to the right you can see a table of the QB50 series Cubesats.

May 25th to 26th 2017

LilacSat-1
#414xx
(2017-0xxx)

LilcaSat-1 is a 2U cubesat built by students of the Harbin Institute of Technology in China. The nanosatellite carries an amateur radio 145/436 MHz FM to Codec2-BPSK digital voice transponder, an APRS Digipeater and a camera.
It was deployed from the International Space Station on Thursday, May 25th 2017 at 08:35 GMT. Shortly after deployment LilacSat-1 took a picture of the solar panels on the ISS (click on the icon to the right). The image was downloaded by the students on 436.510 MHz +/- 10 kHz Doppler Shift using 9600 bps BPSK.
The FM to Codec2-BPSK transponder was activated late afternoon GMT on Thursday, May 25th. It features an FM uplink on 145.985 MHz with 67 Hz CTCSS and a downlink on 436.510 MHz using codec2 9600 bps BPSK modulation.

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May 25th 2017

NJUST-1
QB50-CN03
#414xx
(2017-0xxx)

NJUST-1 is a 2U Cubesat designed and built by Nanjin University Science and Technology (NJUST) in China. Its callsign is ON03CN.

May 25th 2017

Roland PY4ZBZ received the 1200bd BPSK telemetry beacon of NJUST-1 on May 25th 2017 at 22:15 UTC. Recording kindly provided by Roland Zurmely PY4ZBZ.

Aalto-2
QB50-FI01
#414xx
(2017-0xxx)

Aalto-2 is a 2U Cubesat designed and built by undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Aalto University in Finnland.

Aalto-2 carries a Ham Radio beacon with a downlink frequency of 437.335 MHz and a TX power of 1.2 Watts. The CW beacon transmits every 60 sec its Callsign AALTO2. The official coordinated callsign is ON01FI.

May 25th 2017

Roland PY4ZBZ received and decoded the CW beacon of Aalto-2 on May 25th 2017 at 20:19 UTC. Recording kindly provided by Roland Zurmely PY4ZBZ.

ExAlta-1
Ex-Alta-1
QB50-CA03
#414xx
(2017-0xxx)

ExAlta-1 (Experimental Albertan 1) is a 2U Cubesat designed and built by the department of Physics of the University of Alberta iu Canada.

The Ex-Alta 1 Satellite has the following science objectives:

1.) Serve as a platform for the In Orbit Demonstration (IOD) of a digital fluxgate magnetometer designed at the University of Alberta.

2.) Address multi-point space plasma physics with data from the QB50 constellation using the Langmuir probe common payloads and the digital fluxgate magnetometer.

3.) Take part in the QB-50 string-of-pearls constellation for in-situ measurements of the lower thermosphere to build an accurate model.

Its callsign is ON03CA.

May 25th 2017

Roland PY4ZBZ received the 4800 bd GMSK downlink signal of ExAlta-1 on May 26th 2017 at 19:27 UTC. Recording kindly provided by Roland Zurmely PY4ZBZ.

RadFxSat
FOX-1B
#414xx
(2017-0xxx)

RadFxSat is one of four CubeSats making up the NASA ELaNa XIV mission, riding as secondary payloads aboard the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-1 mission. JPSS-1 will launch on a Delta II from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. RadFxSat is a partnership with Vanderbilt University ISDE and hosts four payloads for the study of radiation effects on commercial off the shelf components. RadFxSat features the Fox-1 style FM U/v repeater with an uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz. Satellite and experiment telemetry will be downlinked via the "DUV" subaudible telemetry stream and can be decoded with the FoxTelem software.

planned for September 21st 2017

JY1Sat
JY1-SAT
#414xx
(2017-0xxx)

This is Jordan's first satellite to be launched in space. It will carry a 435/145 MHz linear transponder. This cubesat will also transmit SSTV images. It was built by a multi-disciplinary team of engineering students in cooperation with ISISpace.

planned for 2017

Max Valier Sat
#414xx
(2017-0xxx)

Max Valier Sat is a 15 kg nanosatellite with an X-ray astronomy payload and an amateur radio payload. It is built in collaboration by the Gewerbeoberschule "Max Valier" Bozen, the Gewerbeoberschule "Oskar von Miller" Meran and the Amateurastronomen "Max Valier". The Max Planck Institut für extraterrestrische Physik Garching provides the small X-ray telescope µRosi, which allows amateur astronomers for the first time to see the sky in X-ray wavelength. OHB-System provides support and the launch opportunity on an indian PSLV rocket. Its communication payload includes:
Downlink 145.860 MHz
Beacon: 145.960 MHz mode CW

planned for 2017

Venta-1
#414xx
(2017-0xxx)

Venta-1 is Latvia's first satellite. The 7.5 kg satellite is built in cooperation of students and German OHB Systems. It features a CW-Beacon on 437.325 MHz and also an S-band high speed data downlink with a data rate of up to 1 Mbit/s.

It is planned to be launched on an Indian PSLV-C34 rocket together with Max Valier Sat. However after launch of this rocket no reports were given and it is unclear whether the 2 satellites were launched.

planned for 2017

UPSat
QB50GR02
#414xx
(1998-067xx)

2U Cubesat built by the University of Patras. I features a 9600bpsk FSK downlink on 435.800 MHz. It will be delivered to the ISS by Orbital ATK and then deployed by the NanoRacks deployment pod aboard the ISS.

planned for 2017

Heimdallr
#414xx
(2017-0xxx)

AMSAT-NA plans a Lunar Mission with a 5 Ghz to 10 GHz transponder. Heimdallr is a 3 axis stabilized 6U CubeSat with a mass of approximately 8kg. It will have a Cold Gas Thruster for inertia dump and a star tracker for navigation. Deployable, gimbled solar panels will produce up to 100 watts of DC power, electric propulsion will be used to achieve lunar orbit. There will be a combination of omni and directional patch antennas on one side of spacecraft. The first part of mission is to provide Telemetry, Tracking, and Command (TT&C) to obtain lunar orbit. The second part is to perform the data downlink experiment while the final part is to provide a two way regenerative repeater and analog repeater in lunar orbit for lifetime of satellite.

Proposing these downlinks:
• Omni transponder: 10.451 GHz +/- 0.5 MHz
• Directional transponder: 10.4575 GHz. +/- 3.5 MHz
• Analog transponder: 10.4665 GHz. +/- 2.0 MHz

For the first part of the mission (TT&C) using 300 bps BPSK 1/2 rate viterbi Ranging 1.5 Mbps BPSK DSSS. For the  second part of mission 4.5 Mbps QPSK ½ rate DVB-S2. For the final part of mission 25 kbps BPSK 1/5 rate DVB-S2.

Proposing these Uplinks:
• Omni transponder: 5.651 GHz +/- 0.5 MHz
• Directional transponder: 5.6575 GHz. +/- 3.5 MHz
• Analog transponder: 5.665 GHz. +/- 2 MHz

It is anticipated that a 1 or 2 metre dish will be required using the AMSAT designed ground station equipment.

planned for September 2018

FOX-1C
FOX-1Cliff
#414xx
(2017-0xxx)

Fox-1C is an 1U CubeSat from AMSAT. This 1kg satellite is solar cell powered and designed to operate in Low Earth Orbit based on the design of Fox 1A.
This 1kg satellite will carry a radiation effects experiment developed by the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics (ISDE) at Vanderbilt University, a Virginia Tech camera experiment, and a Pennsylvania State-Erie MEMS gyro experiment. Fox-1Cliff will also serve as a communications relay for amateurs worldwide via the onboard FM repeater system. The communications and experiment missions will run concurrently. The repeater features a VHF downlink with FM analog voice and FSK data and UHF and L-band uplink.
Fox1Cliff  will launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 SSO-launch somtime betweeen late fall 2017 and early 2018

late fall 2017 or early 2018

FOX-1D
#414xx
(2017-0xxx)

Fox-1D is an 1U CubeSat from AMSAT. This 1kg satellite is solar cell powered and designed to operate in Low Earth Orbit based on the design of Fox 1A.
Fox-1D will carry a high energy radiation instrument “HERCI” developed by the University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy, a Virginia Tech camera experiment, and a Pennsylvania State-Erie MEMS gyro experiment.
Fox-1D will also serve as a communications relay for radio amateurs worldwide via the onboard FM repeater system. The repeater features a VHF downlink with FM analog voice and FSK data and UHF and L-band uplinks.
The communications and experiment missions will run concurrently.
Fox1D will launch on a PSLV from India in late fall 2017.

late fall 2017

ESEO
#414xx
(2017-0xxx)

AMSAT-UK are providing an amateur radio 1260/145 MHz FM transponder and a 145 MHz BPSK telemetry beacon for the European Student Earth Orbiter (ESEO) satellite. The BPSK beacon of this payload will transmit 1k2 and 4k8 BPSK telemetry on 145.895 MHz.  ESEO, a 50 kg microsat measuring 33 x 33 x 63 cm, is expected to be launched into a low Earth orbit late 2017 or in the first quarter of 2018. The IARU coordinated frequencies are:
BPSK beacon 145.930 MHz
FM Uplink 1263.500 MHz CTCSS 67 Hz
FM Downlink 145.930 MHz

late fall 2017 or early 2018

 

P4A
Phase-4A
Es'hailSat-2
#420xx
(2018-0xxx)

Es'hailSat-2 is a commercial communications satellite of Qatar which carries an amateur radio payload planned by AMSAT-DL. The satellite will be launched into a geostationary orbit and positioned at 25,5° East. Es'hailSat-2 will allow long distance contacts from the east coast of South America, all over Europe and Africa, the middle East most of China and Russia. You will get a map with the Earth coverage if you click to the icon on the right. There will be two non-inverting ham-radio transponders: a narrowband (250 kHz) and a wideband (8 MHz) amateur radio transponders with the following up- and downlinks:
Narrowband (SSB, CW, SSTV) transponder:
Uplink: 2400.050 -2400.300 MHz RHCP
Downlink: 10489.550 - 10489.800 MHz LVP
Wideband (DATV, high speed data) transponder:
Uplink: 2401.500 -2409.500 MHz RHCP
Downlink: 10491.000 - 10499.000 MHz LHP
EIRP at the edge of coverage (EoC) will be 35dBW
G/T at the edge of coverage (EoC) will be -12dB/°K
With the position on 25,5° East direction from my QTH will be Azimuth 155,8° and Elevation 32°. If you have an unobstructed view to Astra on 19,2° East (here Azimuth 163,8° and Elevation 33,6°) you will most likely also be able to "see" Es'hailSat-2.
Es'hailSat-2 will be launched end of 2017 by SpaceX on a Falcon-9 rocket.

planned for 2018

P4B
Phase-4B
#420xx
(2018-0xxx)

AMSAT-NA has accepted the opportunity to be a “hosted payload” on a spacecraft that Millennium Space Systems (MSS) of El Segundo, California, is under contract to design, launch, and operate for the US government. This spacecraft is expected to be initially located over America around 74° West and later it will be parked over Australia. The satellite’s potential footprint could extend over the US from the Mid-Pacific to Africa. It is not yet clear whether its footprint will cover the very Western part of Europe. Most likely it will not be able to be operated from Germany. The transponder will use digital modulation schemes with FDMA up and TDMA down. Downlink modulaton will be QPSK/OK-QPSK up to 10 Mbit/s. Mosst likely there will be no linear transponder on this satellite. The following up- and downlink frequency bands are presently envisioned:
Uplink 5655 -5665 MHz
Downlink: 10455 - 10465 MHz

not yet scheduled, not before 2018

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Description

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