Psyche (Destination 16 Psyche)

  • From JPL Horizons:

    Revised: Oct 14, 2023            Psyche Spacecraft / Sun                  -255
      Psyche is a NASA Discovery-class mission to map the surface and characterize
      the composition of '16 Psyche', an elongated 280-km diameter metal-rich 
      asteroid located in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. This 
      is the first mission to a metal-rich asteroid.

    Unfortunately I missed it when it was close enough to see the modulation. These plots were when it was about 1.41Mkm from Earth.

    1.2M dish, 1dB NF LNA, 9GHz LO (waterfall plot)

    1.2m Prodelin 3122 az-el with one of:
    S: Helical feed, 0.8dB NF LNA, X: 1.2dB NF LNA, conical feed,
    Ku 12-18GHz: corrugated conical feed, 1.5dB NF LNA, Ku (Standard): SMW Q-PLL type C, Prodelin feed. Ku (Extended): 11.3GHz LO SMW & Prodelin Feed Ka: Gilat ex-ODU PLLs Gilat feeds, Ka 18-26.5GHz: Patriot feed, home made 4dB NF LNA, Ka DSN: Corrugated conical feed, home made 3dB NF Down-Converter

    1.5m IRTE, Polar mount with Octagon OSLO mod. C120, IRTE feed
    40km East of London, UK

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