AMSAT-NA Related Information

There's lots of related information on just about everything on the World Wide Web. General Amateur Radio links are not indexed here, just links having some special connection to amateur radio satellites.

Other Organizations

Project OSCAR is the granddaddy of them all.

See also the whole list of other AMSAT organizations.

University of Surrey's Spacecraft Engineering Research Group.

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology's Satellite Technology Research Center (SatReC), home of KO-23 and KO-25.

The ITAMSAT Project designed and built ITAMSAT OSCAR-26. Check out their home page in English or Italian.

The UNAMSAT Project at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

The JARL Japan Amateur Satellite-2 project to build another spacecraft in the Fuji series, FO-29. See also the NASDA page.

The Arizona State University NASA Space Grant Project, including the ASUSat student satellite project.

The PANSAT (Petite Amateur Navy Satellite) project of the Space Systems Academic Group of the Naval Postgraduate School.

The Ham Radio Group at Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany is responsible for the SAFEX experiment on board the Russian space station Mir.

The Space Systems Development Laboratory at Stanford University is working on several satellite projects.

Sunsat is a micro-satellite built by post-graduate engineering students in the Electronic Systems Laboratory, in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch.

The American Radio Relay League has been of considerable assistance to the amateur radio space program over the years.

Tucson Amateur Packet Radio (TAPR) has long been a supporter of the amateur satellite program. TAPR and AMSAT-NA have a joint project to bring the DSP-93 digital signal processing modem to the amateur community.

The European Space Agency is one of the agencies that helps us get our satellites, including Phase 3D (AO-40), into orbit. This site includes the latest ESA press releases.

The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of the University of Arizona.

NASA SpaceLink provides access to all sorts of NASA-related information.

NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, operates weather satellites and has lots of related information available. Of particular interest may be the Space Environment Center, which studies the weather in space.

The SPARTAN Packet Radio Experiment is an amateur radio communications experiment developed by the University of Maryland Amateur Radio Association. It was deployed from the space shuttle Endeavor on STS-72, launched on January 11, 1996.

The National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) launched FO-12, FO-20, and FO-29.

The Amateur Radio Group, Inc. at the Virginia Air and Space Center Satellite Station KE4ZXW.

Local AMSAT Groups



Southeast Michigan


The International Telecommunication Union regulates the use of the radio spectrum world-wide, including the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite Service.

The International Amateur Radio Union is the international voice of amateur radio.

In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission regulates the radio spectrum.

Special Web Services

Manfred Bester, W6/DL5KR, maintains a service that provides on-line predictions for passes of Mir, SAREX, and several visually-observable satellites over many US cities.

John Walker has created a neat Earth Viewer that can, among many other features, show the Earth as seen from a satellite of your choice.

Heavens Above provides pass information on any satellite from any location.

Special Operating Modes and Interests

The AO-7 Resource Page contains information on AMSAT OSCAR 7, including a logbook of contacts.

Many amateur satellites make use of packet radio for digital communications. Slow-Scan Television (SSTV) is also popular on the analog transponders.

The Houston, Texas area AMSAT enthusiasts run a weekly AMSAT net, and rebroadcast it via a TV satellite for TVRO listeners. It's also rebroadcast over many VHF and UHF amateur repeaters. It's a pity there's no way to provide a hot link to a TV satellite broadcast ... yet. But check out the Houston AMSAT Net home page for all the details.

A satellite launch is rocket science, but many groups have found that a high-altitude balloon mission is within reach.


Here are some addresses and phone numbers for some suppliers of amateur satellite equipment and related publications.

Other Amateur Satellite Pages

Clive Wallis, G3CWV, maintains a page with lots of information on UOSAT OSCAR-11, including the latest status.

Jason Baack, N1RWY, has a personal satellite page.

Miguel A. Menéndez, EA1BCU has one too, including some interesting telemetry and WOD captured from several amateur radio satellites.

Berto Willems, ON1CAU's satellite page includes links on Mir and on weather satellites.

Ernie MacLauchlan, W1ELA, has a personal satellite page.

Emily Clarke, W0EEC, has a personal page with AO-7 and AO-40 information.

Also Of Interest

These links are not directly related to amateur radio satellites, but you may find them to be of interest.

The SETI League is one of the groups carrying on the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence.

The International Journal of Small Satellite Engineering is a refereed professional electronic publication.

Amateur high powered rocketry.

The Amateur Satellite Observers of Southeast Virginia specialize in visual observation of satellites.

Canadian Alumni of the International Space University (CAISU) sponsors LCASE, the Low Cost Access to Space in Education conference.

Space Calendar lists all sort of space-related events.

This Celestial and Orbital Mechanics Web Site is about computing satellite orbits.

Updated 7 April 2004. Feedback to KB5MU.