AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletin

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-355

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and infor-
mation service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite
Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space
including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur
Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building,
launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio
satellites.

The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur
Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
ans-editor at amsat.org.

In this edition:

* Worked All USA Grids Via Satellite – #488 for Doug Papay, KD8CAO
* Opportunities to Help at AMSAT User Services
* 73 on 73 Award #4 – EA5TT
* Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, Reflects on Her First ARISS Contact
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 355.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE December 21, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-355.01

Worked All USA Grids Via Satellite – #488 for Doug Papay, KD8CAO

Congratulations to Doug Papay, KD8CAO for working grid #488 of the
488 USA grids. Doug worked N2COP/p, in FM13, for his final grid. The
contact was via SO-50 and was logged on 15/Dec/2014 @ 1252Z.

For his efforts he has been granted GRID MASTER award # 2.

In a recent AMSAT-BB email exchange with Damon Runion WA4HFN, Doug
said of his accomplishment, “…it certainly would not have been
possible without the help of the many individuals that went to extra
effort to activate so many rare grids.  These include those who
recently helped put the last 30 or so girds in the log: my father
K8YSE, Tom KA6SIP, Denny WB8K, Bill N2COP, Ron N8RO, Craig KL4E, Ed
WA7ETH, Steven KF7SLV, Wyatt AC0RA, and Clayton W5PFG.  Special
recognition goes to my father K8YSE, Jim ND9M, Patrick WD9EWK, and
Ted AA5CK for having been major contributors over the years  to this
accomplishment.  I’m sure there are may more that I have not
mentioned, and so I’m thankful for every effort, every contact is
appreciated!

“I also want to thank Rick WA4NVM for the heads-up via text from my
father K8YSE about FM13 on Sunday morning–while I missed Bill N2COP
that day, this head’s-up gave the motivation to be at the radio on
Monday morning, and sure enough Bill was there and the contact was
logged.   Without these guys watching out for me I would have missed
the grid yet again.  (Thanks Rick!).”

The Star Comm Group sponsors the Grid Master Award. To qualify for
this award you must make a satellite contact with all 488 grids in
the U.S. and get confirmation. Send your information to Ricky, WA4NVM
or Damon, WA4HFN. All Star Comm Group awards are free, they only ask
that you make a donation to AMSAT NA.

Grid Master Award #1 was awarded to Doug’s father, John Papay, K8YSE.

More information on the Grid Master and other Star Comm Group awards
can be found at:

http://www.starcommgroup.org/

[ANS thanks the Star Comm Group  and Doug KD8CAO for the above
information]

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Opportunities to Help at AMSAT User Services

AMSAT’s User Services Department is recruiting for several volunteer
positions to augment our dedicated and elite staff! The User Services
Department provides support in several areas including:

+ AMSAT News Service
+ The AMSAT Journal magazine
+ AMSAT’s web presence at www.amsat.org

The AMSAT News Service
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We need two or more volunteers to step forward who can dedicate time
on a rotating shift of news editors. The AMSAT News Service (ANS)
sends out a weekly news bulletin of everything of interest to amateur
radio in space.

The entire ANS crew (currently 3 editors) helps round up the news
and each ANS editor takes a week as editor to compile the week’s ANS
bulletins. We’ll get you into the bulletin rotation and you’ll take
your turn as the ANS editor this week.

The AMSAT Journal Magazine
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We need two or more volunteers who can help compile one of AMSAT’s
key membership benefits … The AMSAT Journal Magazine. An assistant
editor is needed to help our existing team of editors (currently 3)
to locate articles and establish contact with potential authors. All
you need is an eye for articles of interest to amateur radio in
space. You’ll compile input from AMSAT HQ, volunteer authors, and
amateur radio news sources into articles for publication in our bi-
monthly magazine.

We also need one volunteer who is capable of assuming the position
of editor-in-chief of the AMSAT Journal. You’ll help develop article
sources and using AMSAT provided software and templates compile the
32-page magazine for six issues per year. Our publishing system is
the Adobe InDesign CS6 package. This can be learned quickly by any
computer literate ham. InDesign is MS-Word on steroids.

AMSAT’s Web Presence
——————–
Help is needed on the front to locate and publish up to date content
for the AMSAT web. We publish late breaking news of amateur radio in
space. We also publish reference information to help operate on the
satellites …
software, radios, antennas, operating techniques. Web content
containing late-breaking operating news and reliable operator tips
currently has several gaps needing to be filled. Our WordPress
environment makes the web display easy but you’ll be spending your
volunteer time on the content. This is a job for 5 or more volunteers
and needs to be filled immediately!

AMSAT also is looking for a webmaster who will assume responsibility
for the display of all content in a WordPress environment. The basic
framework is in place but can definitely stand to be fine tuned and
made into a world class display of amateur radio in space. For most
hams on-line www.amsat.org is our “front door” and we are looking for
the most capable help on this important user interface!

Our team is the “voice of AMSAT”. News, operator tips, and
membership benefits are important products for AMSAT User Services.
For questions or to volunteer please contact AMSAT’s Vice President
of User Services, JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM at k9jkm@amsat.org

[ANS thanks AMSAT Vice President of User Services, JoAnne Maenpaa,
K9JKM for the above information]

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73 on 73 Award #4 – EA5TT

Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, who is sponsoring the award for contacts made
via the AO-73 (FUNcube-1) amateur radio satellite, recently
recognized Manuel D. Ruiz Carrasco, EA5TT, for becoming the fourth
recipient of the 73 on 73 Award. He submitted a list of 73 stations
worked via AO-73 between September 1, 2014 and December 8, 2014.

The award aims to promote activity on AO-73. The requirements are
straight-forward:

1. Work 73 unique stations on AO-73.
2. Contacts must be made on or after September 1, 2014.
3. There are no geographic restrictions on your operating location.

There will be no cost for this award (donations to AMSAT-UK and
AMSAT-NA’s Fox program are encouraged though).

No QSL cards are required. When you complete the requirements, email
your log extract including the callsign of each station worked, time
GMT, and date to n8hm@arrl.net as well as the address where you’d
like the award certificate sent.

Congratulations Manuel!

[ANS thanks Paul N8HM for the above information]]

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Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, Reflects on Her First ARISS Contact

In her blog shared 16 Dec 2014, Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF,
reflects on her first ever ARISS school contact with twenty students
from Elena di Savoia in Bari and “Alessandro Volta” in Bitonto. In
her comments she thanks the “army of volunteers in many countires”
who make the contacts possible and how impressed she was with the
quality of all the questions that “showed a great interest and
knowledge in science and technology…”

“Yesterday I had my first HAM radio contact with school pupils. A
big hello to the students of the schools ‘Elena di Savoia’ in Bari
and ‘Alessandro Volta’ in Bitonto!  It was fun talking to you and
thanks for the great questions!

Amateur radio contacts between astronauts and school kids have a
long tradition on ISS, thanks to a little army of volunteers in many
countries who work with the local schools not only on the day of
contact, but also in the weeks and months leading up to the event:
they teach students about radio technology and about space, to get
them ready and hopefully excited about the event.

From my side, I only needed to be ready on the proper channel at the
proper time: it is very important, because we need direct line-of-
sight with the amateur radio station on the ground and the pass is
only about ten minutes long. A couple of minutes before the expected
acquisition-of-signal time, I started making calls to check if
someone was already picking me up. Eventually I picked up a call from
the ground station and sure enough, we started our conversation. I
heard them loud and clear, which positively surprised me: somehow I
expected signal quality not to be as good. I hope they had the same
quality on the other side.

On such contacts, there’s no time for small talk and formalities: in
less than ten minutes, we had to make sure that the 20 students who
were lined up to ask their question got their chance. So here I was,
ready to go. And here came the first question – are you ready? Here’s
it is:

‘It is known that people become taller when they are in space. What
happens to bio-molecules? Is there any alteration in the tertiary
structure of proteins?’

I almost fell off my chair… well, if I had had a chair. (Wonder what
a good equivalent of this expression would be in weightlessness… any
suggestions?)

Where are the good old question about space food and the space
toilet? Jokes apart, I was really impressed with all the questions:
they showed a great interest and knowledge in science and technology
and gave me great hope for our future generations of scientists and
engineers. Keep up the great work, girls and boys!”

Cristoforetti’s adventures in space can be followed at

https://plus.google.com/+SamanthaCristoforetti/posts

[ANS thanks Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF for the above information]

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ARISS News

+ A Successful contact was made between ELENA DI SAVOIA, BARI AND
ALESSANDRO VOLTA, BITONTO, Italy and Astronaut Samantha
Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF using callsign IR0ISS. The contact began
Monday 15 December 2014 at 1518 UTC and lasted about nine and a half
minutes. Contact was direct via IZ7EVR.
ARISS Mentor was IKØWGF.

The  Alessandro Volta school teaches communications, social-history,
mathematics, science and technology in different contexts: life,
study, job. In addition it fosters useful competence, allowing
students to access  continuous innovations through 3 specializations:
Mechanics and Mechatronics, IT and Telecommunications, Electronics
and Electro-technics.

ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF proposed to Radio Contact
Coordinator Mr. Michele Mallardi IZ7EVR to set up a direct contact,
with the support by IK1SLD back-up ground station, and this was
accepted. The event took place in Elena di Savoia school, where an
audience of more than 200 students, visitors (including some Italian
Air Force officers) and Media (2 TV, 2 newspapers) participated at
contact site, and about 200 at both schools. Total of more than 400
people.

Before the contact, Mrs. Rosa Tagliamonte by ASI (Italian Space
Agency) presented the Cristoforetti mission and the Italian
contribution to the International Space Station. Mr. Michele Mallardi
IZ7EVR presented ARISS and explained how a contact with the ISS is
performed via Ham Radio.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Yekaterinburg, Russia, direct via TBD
Contact is presently  scheduled to be with RSØISS
Contact is a go for Sun 2014-12-21 11:55 UTC  (primary) or Sun 2014-
12-21 13:00 UTC (backup)

Kursk, Russia,  direct via TBD
Contact is presently scheduled to be with RSØISS
Contact is  a go for Thu 2014-12-24 TBD UTC

Kursk, Russia, direct via  TBD
Contact is presently scheduled to be with RSØISS
Contact is a go for  Fri 2014-12-25 TBD  UTC

[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above
information]

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Revised Tracking Utilites for DESAPTCH and Shin-en2

The spacecrafts, DESAPTCH and Shin-en2 are still alive.

Masahiro Sanada JI1IZR has recently revised the predict tracking
utilites for the extension of the data range.

The new versions can be obtained from:

http://ji1izr.air-nifty.com/ham_satellite/2014/12/artsat2-desp-11.html

[ANS thanks Masahiro,JI1IZR for the above information]

+ Radio ham helps ESA with tracking widget

Thanks to radio amateur Chip Sufitchi N2YO the European Space
Agency’s new satellite tracking widgets are live

The tracking widgets are fed with the latest orbital tracks for ESA
missions, or missions with significant ESA participation. The
default track shows the ISS.

Track ESA missions

http://blogs.esa.int/rocketscience/track-esa-missions/

ESA tracking widgets are powered by

http://www.n2yo.com/

[ANS thanks Southgate ARN for the above information]

+ In Liue of the recent SSTV transmissions from the International
Space Station, everyone is reminded that information is available by
visiting the ARISS SSTV Blogspot.

http://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/

Also, the full set of archived SSTV images are located at:

http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php

Those that receive images can upload to the above link. The best of
the best uploads may make it to the blog.

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/EX

In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the
President’s Club. Members of the President’s Club, as sustaining
donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT
Office.

Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students
enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
information.

73,
This week’s ANS Editor,
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org
_______________________________________________
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to all interested persons worldwide without requiring membership. Opinions expressed
are solely those of the author, and do not reflect the official views of AMSAT-NA.
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AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-348

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and infor-
mation service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite
Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space
including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur
Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building,
launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio
satellites.

The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur
Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
ans-editor at amsat.org.

In this edition:

* SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station
* Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
* OSCAR Number for DESPATCH
* UWE-3 CubeSat Update
* Send your code into space with astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 348.01
From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
December 14, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-348.01

SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station

The Russian ARISS team members plan to activate SSTV from the ISS on
Thursday December 18 and Saturday December 20, 2014.

Expected SSTV mode will be PD180 on 145.800 MHz with 3 minute off
periods between transmissions. A total of 12 different photos will be
sent during the operational period.

Start time would be around 14:20 UTC on December 18 and 12:40 UTC on
December 20. The transmissions should terminate around 21:30 UTC each
day.

For ongoing information visit the ARISS SSTV Blogspot
http://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/

Also, the full set of archived SSTV images are located at:
http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php

Those that receive images can upload to the above link. The best of
the best uploads may make it to the blog.

SpaceX CRS-55 will be launching this week and delays in the launch could
adjust SSTV operational times.

[ANS Thanks Gaston ON4WF, ARISS-Europe chairman, for the above
information]

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Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Istituto Tecnico Statale Economico e Tecnologico “Elena di Savoia” — ”
Piero Calamandrei”, Bari, Italy, direct via IZ7EVR and State Technical
Institute of Technology Alessandro Volta, Bitonto, Italy, direct via IZ7EVR
Contact is presently scheduled to be with IRØISS
Contact is a go for: Mon 2014-12-15 15:18:40 UTC 44 deg

Yekaterinburg, Russia, direct via TBD
Contact is presently scheduled to be with RSØISS
Contact is a go for Sun 2014-12-21 11:55 UTC (primary) or Sun 2014-12-21
13:00 UTC (backup)

Kursk, Russia, direct via TBD
Contact is presently scheduled to be with RSØISS
Contact is a go for Thu 2014-12-24 TBD UTC

Kursk, Russia, direct via TBD
Contact is presently scheduled to be with RSØISS
Contact is a go for Fri 2014-12-25 TBD UTC

ARISS is always glad to receive listener reports for the above contacts.
ARISS thanks everyone in advance for their assistance. Feel free to send
your reports to aj9n at amsat.org or aj9n at aol.com.

For US schools, just a reminder that proposals for hosting an ARISS
contact are due December 15, 2014.

[ANS thanks Charlie, AJ9N, for the above information]

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OSCAR Number for DESPATCH

Prof. Akihiro Kubota of the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan has informed
AMSAT-NA of the successful launch on December 3 of deep space probe DESPATCH.

One important mission for DESPATCH is an experiment in what is called
“cooperative diversity communication.” In this experiment, an attempt will be
made to collect signals from the spacecraft received not only at the ground
station in Tokyo, but also at many ham radio stations around the world. This is
in order to reconstruct the original data from the spacecraft.

Reception of such weak signals to reconstruct data from the spacecraft will
require the expertise of exceptionally skilled ham operators. The builders are
thereby providing a rare opportunity to receive radio signals transmitted by a
spacecraft in deep space, and ask for cooperation radio amateurs around the
world in the project.

Initially, it was expected that the spacecraft would last only a few days but
now it appears that this assessment was pessimistic with a longer life now
expected..

Since DESPATCH appears to have met all of the requirements for an OSCAR number,
including IARU coordination, I hereby with the authority vested in me be the
AMSAT-NA President, do confer on DESPATCH, the OSCAR number Fuji OSCAR 81 or
FO-81.

I use the Fuji designation in recognition of the long history of contributions
the Japanese have made to Amateur Radio satellites.

I trust that Fuji OSCAR-81’s mission will be successful and much valuable date
collected.

73,
William (Bill) Tynan, W3XO
OSCAR Number Administrator

Further information about the Cooperative Data Reconstruction project can be
found at the link below.

http://despatch.artsat.jp/en/Cooperative_Data_Reconstruction

[ANS thanks Bill, W3XO, for the above information]

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UWE-3 CubeSat Update

UWE-3 was launched with FUNcube-1 on November 21, 2013, the team says they will
now be temporarily ending operations.

Today, more than one year after launch, there will be a temporary end of
operations caused by the end of funding.

However, UWE-3 is in a very good health condition with fully charged batteries
and operations may be continued depending on future research plans.

Without any reception from ground, UWE-3 will carry out a warm reset every four
days and switch regularly between the redundant on-board processors and radios.
Therefore, UWE-3 will switch back to its nominal frequency of 437.385 MHz.

Nevertheless we appreciate the extensive support we received from the HAM
amateurs in the past and hope that also in the future the status of UWE-3 will
be monitored with your support, like you did so many times in the past year.
Thank you so much for the very helpful cooperation in this respect!

UEW-3 News
http://www7.informatik.uni-
wuerzburg.de/forschung/space_exploration/projects/uwe_3/uwe_3_news/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Send your code into space with astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI

Leading UK space organisations have joined forces with UK Astronaut Tim Peake
KG5BVI and Raspberry Pi to offer students a chance to devise and code their own
apps or experiment to run in space. Two Raspberry Pi computers are planned to be
flown to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of Tim’s 6 month mission
and both will be connected to a new “Astro Pi” board, loaded with a host of
sensors and gadgets.

Launched December 10 at an event held by the UK Space Agency, the Astro Pi
competition will be officially opened at the BETT conference (January 21-24) and
will be open to all primary and secondary school aged children who are resident
in the United Kingdom. The competition will be supported by a comprehensive
suite of teaching resources that are being developed by ESERO-UK and Raspberry
Pi.

During his mission to the ISS, Tim Peake KG5BVI plans to deploy the Astro Pi
computers in a number of different locations on board the ISS. He will then load
up the winning code whilst in orbit, set them running, collect the data
generated and then download this to Earth where it will be distributed to the
winning teams.

Speaking at the Astro Pi launch event, Dr David Parker, Chief Executive of the
UK Space Agency, also revealed that the UK Space Agency has been given a £2
million programme, as part of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, to support
further outreach activities around Tim’s mission, particularly to help inspire
interest in STEM subjects.

Tim Peake KG5BVI said I’m really excited about this project, born out of the
cooperation among UK industries and institutions. There is huge scope for fun
science and useful data gathering using the Astro Pi sensors on board the
International Space Station. This competition offers a unique chance for young
people to learn core computing skills that will be extremely useful in their
future. It’s going to be a lot of fun!

To help students on their way in developing their code, five inspirational
themes have been devised to stimulate creativity and scientific thinking. The
themes are Spacecraft Sensors, Satellite Imaging, Space Measurements, Data
Fusion and Space Radiation.

In the primary school age category, teams will be asked to devise and describe
an original idea for an experiment or application which can be conducted on the
Astro Pi by Tim during his mission. The two best submissions will get the
opportunity to work with the Astro Pi team to interpret their ideas and the team
at the Raspberry Pi Foundation will then code them ready for flight on the ISS.

In the secondary school age group, the competition will be run across three age
categories, one for each of Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 (in England and Wales, and
their equivalent ages in Scotland and Northern Ireland). In the first phase,
competitors can submit their ideas for experiments and applications. At least
the best 50 submissions in each age category will win a Raspberry Pi computer
and an Astro Pi board on which to code their idea. In phase 2, all teams will
develop code based on their original concept and two winning teams will be
selected in each age category. The winning teams’ code will be readied for
flight by the Raspberry Pi Foundation and CGI.

As well as having their code uploaded to the ISS, all winning teams will each
receive a class set of Raspberry Pi and Astro Pi boards, meet the Astro Pi team
and participate in a winners event during Tim’s flight.

In addition to the main prizes, each of the UK space companies supporting the
project have offered a prize. These prizes will be awarded to the best
submission associated with each of the themes, across the age ranges.

ESERO-UK and Raspberry Pi are developing a comprehensive suite of teaching
resources to link to the curriculum and assist teachers of STEM subjects in
engaging their students in the competition. As well as explaining how to use and
write code for the Astro Pi and its sensors, the resources will provide a
context for the Astro Pi in the curriculum and link to teaching subjects and
areas.

The first two resources of the series are available now in the National STEM
Centre eLibrary and the rest will follow.

Launching the Astro Pi computers, and consequently the successful implementation
and completion of this competition is subject to nominal progress through the
ESA integration programme and operations on-board the ISS.

BBC TV News: Astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI invites Raspberry Pi challenge
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30415207

Astro Pi: Your code in space http://astro-pi.org/

[ANS thanks the UK Space Agency for the above information]

/EX

In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the
President’s Club. Members of the President’s Club, as sustaining
donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT
Office.

Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students
enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
information.

73,
This week’s ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org

 

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-341

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and infor-
mation service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite
Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space
including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur
Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building,
launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio
satellites.

The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur
Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
ans-editor at amsat.org.

In this edition:

* AMSAT Board Approves Technology Development Seed Funding
* November/December AMSAT Journal is Ready
* AMSAT SKN ON OSCAR 2015
* ARISS Discusses Ham TV, Elects New International Officers
* Amateur radio spacecraft received over 1 million km from Earth
* Japanese Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads are Launched
into Deep Space
* HAMSAT II – Dhruva Space and AMSAT India
* SpinSat Now in Orbit
* Surrey Space Centre SME-SAT
* AMSAT Events
* Call for Proposals ARISS Contact Opportunity
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 341.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE December 7, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-341.01
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AMSAT Board Approves Technology Development Seed Funding
The AMSAT Board of Directors met on December 2, 2014. As a part of
AMSAT’s “Design The Next AMSAT Satellite” challenge, the Board of
Directors approved $5000, within the 2015 engineering budget, to be
used as seed money for future satellite development. Additional fund
raising sources will also be investigated and pursued.

AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW, said, “We’re prepared to
return to space starting in 2015 with a fleet of satellites that will
equal, if not exceed, the performance, and availability to the
average ham, of our previously popular AMSAT OSCAR 51. Meanwhile, we
are preparing for the future looking to potentially leverage new
technologies, to provide the best opportunities for enhancing amateur
radio’s presence in space.”

Director Tom Clark, K3IO, noted the need for a defined future systems
program. Tom said, “We saw a significant number of both new and old
members who want to see the development of critical system elements
for future opportunities by 2018-20. As I see it, critical ‘tall
poles’ in applying potential technologies require significant work to
begin now to ensure success.”

AMSAT is interested in supporting technology ideas that enhance the
utility of using the CubeSat form factor to support more robust
amateur satellite capabilities. The scope of potential interest in
not limited; some examples of technology enhancement might include:

+ Microwave technology suitable for use in amateur spacecraft. This
includes the need to identify optimum frequency bands.

+ Complementary, low-cost ground systems, including an effective ~1º
antenna pointing system.

+ Define and develop optimum coding and modulation schemes for low
power microwave use.

+ Attitude determination & control systems to point the spacecraft
antennas towards the user while maximizing solar panel production.

Individuals interested in learning more about this initiative should
contact AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY (n0jy at
amsat.org).

Meanwhile, the development of AMSAT’s current series of the Fox-1
cubesats continues on schedule. AMSAT Vice-President of Engineering,
Jerry Buxton, N0JY reported during the Board meeting that
construction and testing of five Fox satellites is on schedule:

+ Fox-1A will launch on a NASA ELaNa flight during the 3rd quarter
of 2015 from Vandenberg AFB,

+ Fox-1B will fly with the Vanderbilt University radiation
experiments expected in 2016.

+ Fox-1C will launch on Spaceflight’s maiden mission of the
SHERPA multi-cubesat deployer during the 3rd quarter of 2015.
This flight was purchased by AMSAT.

+ Fox-1D is a flight spare for Fox-1C. If not needed as a spare
it will become available to launch on any open launch slot which
becomes available and be submitted in a CSLI proposal in 2015.

+ Fox-1E is built as a flight spare for Fox-1B but has been
included in a student science proposal as part of the November,
2014 Cubesat Launch Initiative (CSLI) for an ELaNa flight slot.
If selected the Fox-1B spare will fly as Fox-1E.

More details of the “Design The Next AMSAT Satellite” challenge can
be found on-line at:

http://www.amsat.org/?p=3395

– and – in the November/December 2014 AMSAT Journal, currently in-
transit to your QTH.
[ANS thanks the AMSAT Board Of Directors for the above information]
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November/December AMSAT Journal is Ready
The November/December 2014 AMSAT Journal is completed and has been
sent to the print shop.

The contents of this issue include:

+ AMSAT Announcements
+ Apogee View
+ November 15 – 40th Anniversary of AO-7 Launch
+ A Checklist to Design The Next AMSAT Satellite!
Jerry Buxton, N0JY
+ AMSAT Engineering Update
Jerry Buxton, N0JY
+ Satrack – Doppler and AZ/EL Control Software
Pedro Converso, LU7ABF
+ Operating FO-29 from CN73
Lee (Doc) Ernstrom, WA7HQD
+ Taking Part in the ARISS Project on a $500 Budget
Dr. Michael Butler, MA, MSc, PhD, G4OCR
+ How to Get Your AMSAT Challenge Coin
+ AMSAT Field Operations Report
Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK
+ ARISS 2014: A Program in Transition
Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, et al
+ An Eyeball QSO in India
Burns Fisher W2BFJ

Thanks to all who contributed!
[ANS thanks the AMSAT Journal for the above information]
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AMSAT SKN ON OSCAR 2015
You are cordially invited to participate in Straight Key Night on
OSCAR 2015, sponsored by AMSAT for radio amateurs throughout the
world.

This year’s event is being held in memory of Captain Charles Dorian,
W3JPT, who passed away in 2014, aged 92. Chuck, who had held many
senior positions in the U.S. Coast Guard, was one of AMSAT’s earliest
members and served as secretary of the Board of Directors.

Participation in AMSAT SKN on OSCAR is easy and fun. Just operate
CW, using a straight key or non-electronic “bug,” through any
amateur satellite between 0000 and 2400 UTC on January 1, 2015.
There is no need to send in a log, but all participants are asked to
nominate someone they worked for “Best Fist.” Your nominee need not
have the best fist of those you heard, only of those you worked.
Send your nomination to w2rs@amsat.org. A list of “Best Fist”
nominees will be published in early February.
[ANS thanks Ray, W2RS for the above information]
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ARISS Discusses Ham TV, Elects New International Officers
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is
continuing explore the possibility of establishing a network of
ground stations to enable the use of the Ham TV video system during
ARISS school contacts. Mark Steiner, K3MS, updated the ARISS
International team on the topic during its November meeting,
conducted by teleconference. Kerry Banke, N6IZW, who works on ARISS
hardware issues, reported that a document under development will
describe just what is required to build a ground station. He and
ARISS International Project Selection & Use Committee representative
Lou McFadin, W5DID, have successfully received Ham TV transmissions.

ARISS-EU President Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, has been working with
European Space Agency (ESA) management to finalize the agreement that
transfers custody of the Ham Video transmitter from ESA to ARISS.
Steiner told the teleconference that more “blank” test transmissions
could take place, once the custodial agreement is finalized.

NASA Astronaut Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG, successfully installed and
commissioned the ARISS) Ham Video system last March. The system can
transmit video of the crew and the interior of the Columbus module on
the 2.4 GHz band (S-band). Last April, Japanese Astronaut Koichi
Wakata, KC5ZTA, served as the host for a successful final
commissioning pass for the Ham Video transmitter and camera. The
ARISS project, led initially by ARISS-EU, AMSAT-Italy, and ESA, would
enhance ARISS school contacts by providing a video and audio
downlink, plus an audio-only uplink.

Operating under the call sign OR4ISS, the S-band transmitter can be
connected to one of two ARISS patch antennas on Columbus. Radiated RF
power is on the order of 10 W EIRP. The commissioning process
primarily involved making sure that ground stations in Europe would
be able to copy the DTV downlink signal. Commissioning of the overall
“Ham TV” system culminated more than a decade of planning and
preparation.

During the November 18 teleconference ARISS International delegates
re-elected the current slate of officers for new 2-year terms
starting on January 1, 2015. The incumbents are ARISS Chair Frank
Bauer, KA3HDO; ARISS Vice-Chair Oliver Amend, DG6BCE, and ARISS
Secretary-Treasurer Rosalie White, K1STO. In keeping with tradition,
Canada’s ARISS delegate Ian MacFarquhar, VE9IM, handled the election
logistics.
[ANS thanks ARISS, ARRL, & AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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Amateur radio spacecraft received over 1 million km from Earth
Michal Zawada SQ5KTM received signals from the ARTSAT2:DESPATCH and
Shin’en2 spacecraft on Friday evening, December 5 at a distance of
around 1,100,000 km from Earth.

Ham radio spacecraft launched into deep space

http://amsat-uk.org/2014/12/03/ham-radio-spacecraft-launched-into-

deep-space/
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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Japanese Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads are Launched into
Deep Space
This week, Japan successfully launched its Hayabusa 2 asteroid
sample-return mission into deep space, and with it, two satellites
carrying Amateur Radio payloads. A Japan Aerospace Exploration
Agency (JAXA) rocket lifted off on schedule early on December 3
(UTC), carrying the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft on the first leg of its
journey to Asteroid 1999 JU3. Along for the ride into deep space are
two Amateur Radio satellites, Shin’en 2 (Abyss 2) and ARTSAT2:
DESPATCH. The launch had been postponed twice owing to unfavorable
weather conditions. Shin’en 2 will identify as JG6YIG, while
ARTSAT2:DESPATCH will use the call sign JQ1ZNN.

Shin’en2 carries a 0.1 W CW beacon on 437.505 MHz and telemetry on
437.385 MHz (0.8 W) using a mode similar to WSJT. It will also carry
a F1D digital store-and-forward transponder with an uplink of 145.942
MHz and a downlink at 435.270 MHz (0.4 W), but not the Amateur Radio
Mode J linear transponder announced earlier. The data format is
posted on the Kagoshima University website.

A linear SSB/CW transponder had been part of the initial design,
but, according to Hideo Kambayashi, JH3XCU, that had to be abandoned
because of regulatory issues. The digital transponder will offer
earthbound hams an opportunity to test the limits of their
communication capabilities, however. The project also is hoping to
gather listener reports.

ARTSAT2:DESPATCH carries a 7 W CW transmitter on 437.325 MHz.
Onboard will be the first sculpture ever to be carried into deep
space. The ARTSAT2: DESPATCH mission is seeking “exceptionally
skilled ham operators” as part of its “cooperative diversity
communication” experiment. This effort will attempt to intercept
signals from the spacecraft not only at the ground station in Tokyo,
but at Amateur Radio stations around the world, “in order to
reconstruct the original data from the spacecraft.”

“Reception of such weak signals to reconstruct data from the
spacecraft will require the expertise of exceptionally skilled ham
operators,” the satellite’s developers explained.

The two spacecraft will have an elliptical orbit around the Sun and
travel to a deep space orbit between Venus and Mars. With an orbital
inclination of nearly zero, the spacecraft should stay in Earth’s
equatorial plane. The distance from the Sun will be between
approximately 6.5 million and 12 million miles.
[ANS thanks ARRL and AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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HAMSAT II – Dhruva Space and AMSAT India
The Economic Times report Dhruva Space, a two-year-old start-up co-
founded by space technologist and ham radio operator Sanjay Nekkanti
VU3ISS/AB3OE, sealed a deal with AMSAT India on November 30, 2014 to
develop HAMSAT II. VUsat-OSCAR-52_HAMSAT

It will be the successor to HAMSAT VO-52 which went silent on July
11, 2014 due to the failure of the on-board lithium ion batteries.
HAMSAT provided a valuable communications resource for the amateur
radio community for over 9 years.

Dhruva’s satellites are expected to be launched on ISRO’s workhorse
Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). Nekkanti said his team is
working closely with the space organization for design approvals and
testing of the satellite.

The AMSAT India Secretary Nitin Muttin, VU3TYG has released this
statement:

We are pleased to announce that AMSAT India and Dhruva Space Pvt.
Ltd. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on November 30th 2014
to pursue the development of a follow up mission to HAMSAT launched
in 2005 on-board the PSLV-C6. HAMSAT II is envisioned to fill the gap
created by the recent end of life of HAMSAT and shall continue
servicing the societal needs in disaster management,
amateur/emergency radio communications and education.

Some of the contemplated payloads for HAMSAT II include:
* U/V Analog FM Transponder
* U/V Linear Transponder, 50 kHz
* APRS Digipeater
* Digitalker

Read The Economic Times article at

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/45354501.cms

AMSAT India

http://amsatindia.org/

[ANS thanks Dinesh, AB3DC and AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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SpinSat Now in Orbit
The US Naval Research Laboratory SpinSat satellite was successfully
deployed from the International Space Station on November 28. SpinSat
arrived at the ISS on September 21 via the SpaceX Falcon 9 resupply
vehicle. For the next few days, SpinSat’s orbit will approximate that
of the ISS. The ISS real-time tracker on the ISS Fan Club website can
show when the spacecraft are within range.

The 125-pound SpinSat, a 22- inch diameter sphere, carries a 2 W
9600 bps AX.25 packet radio store-and-forward system on 437.230 MHz.
The satellite’s primary mission is to demonstrate a new micro-
thruster technology, from which SpinSat derives its name; its 12
electronically controlled solid-propellant thrusters will be fired in
pairs to spin the spacecraft.

Equipped only with primary batteries and just 4.8 grams of fuel, the
satellite’s working phase is expected to last up to 6 months
[ANS thanks ARRL and AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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Surrey Space Centre SME-SAT
The Surrey Space Centre (SSC) are developing a 3U CubeSat SME-SAT
expected to launch into a 550-620 km orbit using the ISIPOD CubeSat
deployer.

The mission objectives are:
A: Outreach – The satellite will provide beacons for which amateur
satellite users and ham radio users will be able to receive.
B: Space qualification and performance characterisation of sensors.
* High performance COTS Gyroscopes (x3).
* High precision MEMS accelerometers.
* Aperture Star Camera, At a later point in the mission these will
be used in conjunction with the ADCS to characterise the closed loop
performance of the sensors.
C: Performance characterisation of Nano-Control Moment Gyros (CMGs)
for agility. The mission is equipped with 4-Nano-CMGs in a pyramid
configuration for ADCS. This part of the mission will evaluate the
performance of this system on the ADCS and agility of the satellite.
D: Space qualification and performance characterisation of the EPS
The EPS for this mission has heritage from the Delfi-C3 and other
missions and includes additional improvements to be demonstrated on
this mission.
E: Smart Thermal Radiation Devices (STRD tiles) SME-SAT is equipped
with a number of STRD tiles on the outside faces of the satellite for
passive thermal management of the internal structure.
F: Flux Gate Magnetometer The mission contains a scientific grade
miniaturized flux gate magnetometer that sits on the end of a
deployable boom to improve the performance of the sensor. This
payload will be switched into the ADCS for evaluation of performance
during parts of the mission but is not the primary magnetometer for
ADCS.
G: GPS SME-SAT also contains an experimental GPS system that will be
switched into the ADCS loop at stages in the orbit to evaluate the
performance of the system.

Planning a 9k6 RC-BPSK UHF downlink using AX25.

Further information at

http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ssc/research/space_vehicle_control/smesat/

index.htm

IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination

http://www.amsat.org.uk/iaru

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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AMSAT Events
Information about AMSAT activities at other important events around
the country. Examples of these events are radio club meetings where
AMSAT Area Coordinators give presentations, demonstrations of working
amateur satellites, and hamfests with an AMSAT presence (a table with
AMSAT literature and merchandise, sometimes also with presentations,
forums, and/or demonstrations).

* Friday and Saturday, 11-12 December 2014 – Tampa Bay Hamfest in
Plant City FL (Agricultural Show Center)

* Sunday, 4 January 2015 – Ham Radio University in Bethpage NY
(Briarcliffe College)

* Saturday, 10 January 2015 – Thunderbird Hamfest 2015 in Phoenix AZ
(43rd Avenue, between Greenway and Bell Roads)

* Saturday, 14 February 2015 – Greater Los Angeles Mensa Regional
Gathering 2015 in Los Angeles CA (Concourse Hotel at Los Angeles
International Airport) – satellite- and AMSAT-related presentation

* Friday and Saturday, 20-21 February 2015 – Yuma Hamfest in Yuma AZ
(Yuma County Fairgrounds, 32nd Street between Pacific Avenue & Avenue
3E, south of I-8 exit 3)

* Saturday TBD in mid-March 2015 – Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club
Hamfest in Scottsdale AZ

* Saturday, 28 March 2015 – Tucson Spring Hamfest in Tucson AZ (22nd
Street, east of Columbus Blvd.)

* Saturday TBD in early May 2015 – Cochise Amateur Radio Association
Hamfest in Sierra Vista AZ

* Saturday TBD in early June 2015 – White Mountain Hamfest in Show
Low AZ
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]
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Call for Proposals ARISS Contact Opportunity
Proposal Window October 17 to December 15, 2014.

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program
is seeking formal and informal education institutions and
organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur
Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates
that the contact would be held between May 1, 2015 and December 31,
2015. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact
dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is
looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of
participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed
education plan.
The deadline to submit a proposal is December 15, 2014. Proposal
information and documents can be found at
www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact.
The Opportunity

Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate
in scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are
approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students and educators
to interact with the astronauts through a question-and-answer session.

An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via
Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space
station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford
education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from
astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and to learn
about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also will have an
opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless
technology, and radio science. Because of the nature of human
spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the
ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate
changes in contact dates and times.
Amateur Radio organizations around the world, NASA, and space
agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe sponsor this educational
opportunity by providing the equipment and operational support to
enable direct communication between crew on the ISS and students
around the world via Amateur Radio. In the US, the program is managed
by AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) and ARRL (American
Radio Relay League) in partnership with NASA.
More Information

Interested parties can find more information about the program at
www.ariss.org and www.arrl.org/ARISS.
For proposal information and more details such as expectations,
proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of
Information Sessions go to

http://www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact.

Please direct any questions to ariss@arrl.org.
[ANS thanks ARISS, AMSAT-Edu, and the ARRL for the above information]
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ARISS News
Upcoming Contacts

* From 2014-11-10 to 2014-12-07, there will be no US Operational
Segment (USOS) hams on board ISS. So any schools contacts during
this period will be conducted by the ARISS Russia team.
[ANS thanks ARISS, Gaston, ON4WF and Charlie, AJ9N for the above
information]
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Satellite Shorts From All Over
COSMOS-2491 RS-46

Dmitry Pashkov R4UAB reports that the COSMOS-2491 satellite carries
RS-46 operating on 435.465 MHz and 435.565 MHz (+/- Doppler).

The satellite was launched on December 25, 2013 and is in a 1,515.8
km by 1,489.1 km 82.5 degree inclination orbit.

Track COSMOS-2491 / RS-46 at

http://www.n2yo.com/satellite/?s=39497

Listen for RS-46 online with the SUWS WebSDR located near London

http://amsat-uk.org/2014/08/15/suws-websdr-moves-to-new-site/

COSMOS-2499 Callsign RS-47!

COSMOS-2499 (2014-028E) was launched on May 23, 2014 and is now in a
1,510.6 km by 1,158.8 km 82.4 degree orbit. Dmitry Pashkov R4UAB has
received signals from the satellite on approximately 435.465 MHz and
435.565 MHz (+/- Doppler). On November 30 the satellite started
identifying itself in Morse code on 435.465 MHz as RS-47.

There has been some mystery concerning the purpose of COSMOS-2499.
In a post updated November 20, 2014 Anatoly Zak @RussianSpaceWeb
wrote: Ground observations indicated that the mystery satellite had
not exceeded 0.3 meters in size. Previously, two Rockot launches
with trios of Rodnik/Strela-3M launches also carried Yubileiny
(a.k.a. MiR) experimental satellites with a reported mass from 48 to
100 kilograms. As with the previous launch, observers were at a
complete loss about the possible purpose of the satellite.

Cosmos-2499 has made a number or orbital changes since it was first
launched. For further information see

http://www.russianspaceweb.com/Cosmos-2499.html

Track COSMOS-2499 / RS-47 at

http://www.n2yo.com/?s=39765

Listen for RS-47 online with the SUWS WebSDR located near London

http://amsat-uk.org/2014/08/15/suws-websdr-moves-to-new-site/

RS-47 Telemetry data

http://www.dk3wn.info/p/?p=52752

Dmitry Pashkov R4UAB describes receiving the 435.465 MHz and 435.565
MHz signals at

http://tinyurl.com/R4UAB-COSMOS-2499

[ANS thanks Dmitry Pashkov R4UAB and AMSAT-UK for the above
information]
Job Opportunity: Quantum CubeSat Electronics and Software Engineer

The Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) at the National University
of Singapore (NUS) is looking for a talented and motivated engineer
with electronics and software expertise to join a young and dynamic
team developing science-grade cubesats to host state-of-the-art,
quantum communications experiments.
The successful candidate will be responsible for the electronics and
software of the satellite platform and will be engaged in the
complete cycle of satellite development from PDR, to operation of
satellites in space. They will work with the team to:

Specify and integrate spacecraft subsystems from our contracted
cubesat company.
Develop software to run the experiments and downlink the data
via an s-band network.
Perform extremely rigorous on-the-ground testing and
verification of the satellite and its payload.
Assist with electronics and software related issues with the
satellite and the payload as they arise.

They will need to be comfortable in a small-team academic
environment, flexible to changing priorities and requirements, and
they will need to develop a good understanding and appreciation of
the science payload and its working so as to best fulfill their
duties.

A proven track-record in developing successful, optimized,
electronics and software for control of experiments and
instrumentation in space or similar harsh environments is required.
Previous experience with the space industry, space hardware and/or
cubesats is very desirable but all cubesat-specific technical
training can be provided on-the-job by an internationally successful
cubesat company.

For an overview article on the project see:

http://www.quantumlah.org/media/story/2012_OPN_Alexfeature.pdf

Both Singaporeans and international applicants are encouraged to
apply. NUS is a globally ranked university and Singapore is a clean,
vibrant, multicultural English-speaking country with very high
standards of living. Salary is based on experience and skills but
will be internationally competitive.

Interested candidates should send a CV and cover letter to
cqtrb@nus.edu.sg and
cqtalej@nus.edu.sg

[ANS thanks CubeSat.org mailing list for the above information]
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/EX

In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the
President’s Club. Members of the President’s Club, as sustaining
donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT
Office.

Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students
enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
information.

73,
This week’s ANS Editor,
Joe Spier, K6WAO
k6wao at amsat dot org

 

MHz while you’re away at work

http://antoninoporcino.xoom.it/VoxRecorder/

ARISS Slow Scan TV (SSTV) Blog and Gallery
http://ariss-sstv.blogspot.co.uk/

Information on the MAI-75 SSTV experiment
http://www.energia.ru/eng/iss/researches/education-26.html

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Send your message “from the Moon”

The LuxSpace 4M amateur radio payload is expected to fly around the
Moon at the end of October and you can upload a message to the 4M
website that will be transmitted on 145.980 MHz using JT65B during
the flight.

There is room for 2500 messages each up to 13 characters long. Your
message could be your name/callsign or “73 de M5AKA”.

During the lunar flyby, the spacecraft will be about 399,636 km from
Earth. The LuxSpace team wish to encourage radio amateurs around the
world to receive the transmissions and send in data. There will be a
number of Experiments and Contests with prizes to the winners in each
experiment and category. Details are given on page 19 of 4M Mission:
a Lunar FlyBy experiment.

4M stands for Manfred Memorial Moon Mission in memory of Professor
Manfred Fuchs, founder and chairman of OHB group, Bremen, who passed
away on April 27, 2014.

Register and Upload your message at
http://moon.luxspace.lu/messages/

4M Mission: a Lunar FlyBy experiment
https://ukamsat.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/lxs-4m-eme2014-a4-v3.pdf

Further information on this project is at
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/09/01/4m-lunar-payload/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Contract to Build Es’hailSat Includes AMSAT-DL Phase 4 Transponders

Gunter Krebs reports on his Space Pages on the web that Es’hailSat has
signed a contract with MELCO to build the Es’hail-2 geostationary
comsat.

Es’hail 2 is a planned communication satellite operated by
Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company. It will also feature an
radio amateur payload.

The new satellite will be positioned at the 26° East hotspot
position for TV broadcasting and significantly adds to the company’s
ability to provide high quality, premium DTH television content
across the Middle East and North Africa. It will feature Ku-band and
Ka-band transponders to provide TV distribution and government
services to strategic stakeholders and commercial customers who
value broadcasting and communications independence, interference
resilience, quality of service and wide geographical coverage.
Es’hail 2 is expected to be launched at the end of 2016.

In September 2014, a contract with MELCO was signed to build the
satellite based on the DS-2000 bus.

Es’hail 2 will also provide the first Amateur Radio geostationary
communication capability linking Brazil and India. It will carry two
“Phase 4″ Amateur Radio transponders. The payload will consist of a
250 kHz linear transponder intended for conventional analogue
operations in addition to another transponder which will have an
8 MHz bandwidth. The latter transponder is intended for experimental
digital modulation schemes and DVB amateur television. The uplinks
will be in the 2.400-2.450 GHz and the downlinks in the
10.450-10.500 GHz amateur satellite service allocations.
Both transponders will have broad beam antennas to provide full
coverage over about third of the earth’s surface. The Qatar Amateur
Radio Society andQatar Satellite Company are cooperating on the
amateur radio project.
AMSAT-DL is providing technical support to the project.

This story is posted at:
http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/eshail-2.htm

[ANS thanks Gunter’s Space Pages for the above information]

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Chicago Media Coverage St. Joan of Arc School ARISS Contact

Here is a link to local Chicagoland coverage of the St. Joan of Arc
ARISS contact:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/09/08/students-at-lisle-school-chat-
with-astronaut-aboard-international-space-station

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]

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AMSAT Events

Information about AMSAT activities at other important events around
the country.  Examples of these events are radio club meetings where
AMSAT Area Coordinators give presentations, demonstrations of working
amateur satellites, and hamfests with an AMSAT presence (a table with
AMSAT literature and merchandise, sometimes also with presentations,
forums, and/or demonstrations).

* Friday through Sunday, 12-14 September 2014 – ARRL Southwestern
Division Convention 2014 in San Diego CA (near Montgomery Field and I-
805/CA-163 interchange)
* Sunday, 25 October 2014 – Hamfest Chattanooga 2014 in Chattanooga
TN (Alhambra Center, near TN-320 and I-75 exit 3)
* Saturday, 8 November 2014 – Tucson Hamfest 2014 in Marana AZ
(along I-10 west frontage road, east of exit 236)
* Saturday, 6 December 2014 – Superstition Superfest 2014 in Mesa
AZ (Mesa Community College, Dobson Road between Southern Avenue & US-
60 exit 177)
* Saturday, 10 January 2015 – Thunderbird Hamfest in Phoenix AZ
(43rd Avenue, between Greenway and Bell Roads)
* Friday and Saturday, 20-21 February 2015 – Yuma Hamfest in Yuma
AZ (Yuma County Fairgrounds, 32nd Street between Pacific Avenue &
Avenue 3E, south of I-8 exit 3)

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]

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ARISS News

Upcoming Contacts

* A direct contact via 4U1ITU with students at Institut Florimont,
Petit-Lancy, Switzerland is scheduled for Wed 2014-09-17
08:17:28 UTC 88 deg.

To celebrate ESA’s 50th anniversary, an audience comprised of
students from several countries will gather in the International
Conference Centre Geneva (CICG).

The nearby ITU (International Telecommunications Union) Headquarters
hosts the amateur radio station 4U1ITU. This ARISS contact will be
operated by the station’s trustee Attila Matas (HB9IAJ / OM1AM).

About 20 VIPs will be present in the 4U1ITU radio room (the “shack”
in Ham parlance). Via a video link, the audience in the CICG will
participate in the event.

Latest News

* September 9, 2014

A direct contact with students at Lanier Middle School and Lanier
Cluster Schools in Sugar Hill, GA, USA  via W4GR was successful at
11:16:25 UTC 83 deg.

Read and listen to a local media report about the contact:

http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/news/2014/sep/09/radio-contact-
allows-lanier-students-to-talk-with/

Welcome to the Lanier Cluster, home of the Longhorns! We are a group
of schools with a common goal: Learn, Lead, Succeed. We are comprised
of one special needs preschool (The Buice School), three elementary
schools (Sugar Hill Elementary, Sycamore Elementary, White Oak
Elementary), one middle school (Lanier Middle), and one high school
(Lanier High). Our schools are located in the greater Atlanta metro
area in the largest school district in Georgia. Our schools and
cluster are named after nearby Lake Lanier, which part of the
Chattahoochee River system.

Our schools strive to create authentic learning environments for our
students. Towards that end, our elementary schools, Lanier Middle,
and Lanier High have project based learning programs for students. At
Lanier High, students choose to be a part of a school within a school
(academy model) as we guide students towards career and college
readiness. Lanier High was also recently certified as a Georgia STEM
high school, the only all-inclusive, traditional high school in
Georgia that has received this STEM certification.

Our students are excited about science and space exploration. They
have participated in regional and state science fairs, designed an
experiment flown in microgravity, and chatted with a NASA Earth
scientist live on NASA TV. They have presented at conferences,
participated in robotics and app challenge events, and even won an
Emmy for work on a 3D computer animation for a PBS documentary. The
students of Lanier Cluster are excited to be a part of this ARISS
contact!

September 8, 2014

A direct contact with students at St. Joan of Arc  School, Lisle,
IL, USA via K9LEZ  was successful  at 18:34:45 UTC 84 deg. Students
interviewed astronaut Alexander Gerst KF5ONO.

Listen to a local media report:
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/09/08/students-at-lisle-school-chat-
with-astronaut-aboard-international-space-station/

St. Joan of Arc Catholic School is located in Lisle, Illinois, a
western suburb of Chicago. We are a pre-K to 8th grade school with
about 600 students. St. Joan provides an educational environment
which grants each student access to the highest quality and richest
variety of integrated educational experiences within our means. We
are committed to preparing our students to think critically and
become confident, sensitive, Christian leaders capable of adapting
and contributing to their community. Our school was awarded the
National Blue Ribbon Award for Academic Excellence in 2011. Our
school was named an IMSA (Illinios Math and Science Academy) Fusion
School in 2012. Our school participated in NASA’s microgravity
program through the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas in 2013.
The teachers directly involves in this contact completed the American
Radio Relay League’s (ARRL) summer teacher institute program and are
working with local radio amateurs to successfully complete this
contact and to provide additional opportunities to our classrooms.

September 5, 2014

A direct contact with students in St. Petersburg, Russia was
successful 2014-09-05 10:00 UTC.  No other details are available at
this time.

[ANS thanks ARISS, Keith, W5IU and Charlie, AJ9N for the above
information]

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

*Patrick Stoddard in October QST

See AMSAT’s own, Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK on page 79 of October’s
QST. The digital version is available online at
http://www.arrl.org

[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information]

*Share your Experience

There are lots of hamfests that occur every month. Please try to get
out and share your experiences. I attended the SFTARC hamfest on
Saturday, September 13, 2014 in Gardner, KS. Randy, KD0HKD, gave a
presentation and made a few contacts including one lady’s first satellite
QSO. My point is that with the new Fox-1 series of satellites being
launched next year, the opportunity to welcome new members and
operators is increasing. Let’s begin attracting new membership by
being present.

[ANS thanks Joe, K6WAO for the above information]

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/EX

In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the
President’s Club. Members of the President’s Club, as sustaining
donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT
Office.

Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students
enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
information.

73,
This week’s ANS Editor,
Joe Spier, K6WAO
k6wao at amsat dot org