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January 14, 2001

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Phase 3D/AO-40 Update

AO-40 Project Leader Karl Meinzer, DJ4ZC, has expressed confidence that, despite its problems, the satellite will be functional in the future -- although its mission likely will be different from the one planned prior to launch:

"Personally, I am optimistic and I believe that the command and engineering team stand a good chance of turning AO-40 into an extremely useful Amateur Radio satellite."

73, Dr. Karl Meinzer, DJ4ZC

This past week command stations continued working with the satellite in the on-going recovery efforts. No new information is available as this edition of ANS is broadcast, however, DJ4ZC will have a status announcement in the very near future.

The AMSAT-DL web site is currently featuring updated AO-40 orbital elements:

Satellite: AO-40
Catalog number: 26609
Epoch time: 01007.63378031
Element set: 23
Inclination: 6.0423 degrees
RA of node: 232.5105 degrees
Eccentricity: 0.8133763
Arg of perigee: 203.8825 degrees
Mean anomaly: 69.7775 degrees
Mean motion: 1.26906686 rev/day
Decay rate: -1.13e-06 rev/day^2
Epoch rev: 86
Checksum: 278

AMSAT-UK's Richard Limebear, G3RWL, has put some thought into AO-40's future:

We know so far that the S-band transmitter and the L-band receiver are working and the IHU-1 is operational. If this is all what AO-40 will be, we could at least do some kind of 400 baud PSK digital communication via IHU-1. In addition, if the IF-matrix is functional (and telemetry shows it linked the S-band transmitter), SSB/CW via a linear-transponder will be possible. If AO-40 reaches such a state, we will get as much or more than AO-10 and AO-13 offered, only on more state-of-the-art frequencies.

Imagine if RUDAK and several other receiver and transmitter combinations can be turned on again.

I'll be patient and let the command-stations do their best to get as much as possible from AO-40. Also, I keep in mind that AO-40 is an experimental satellite, and from experiments we can learn.

Richard, G3RWL

[ANS thanks AMSAT-DL, AMSAT-UK, AMSAT-NA and the ARRL for this information]

AMSAT-UK Colloquium

The 16th AMSAT-UK Colloquium will be held at the University of Surrey, in Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom, July 27 - 29, 2001.

AMSAT-UK is inviting speakers to submit papers about amateur radio space and associated activities, both for the Colloquium and the Proceedings document to be published at the same time. AMSAT-UK is also inviting requests for Colloquium program topics.

AMSAT-UK's Richard Limebear, G3RWL, reported to ANS that "normally the Colloquium staff prefer authors to present the papers themselves rather than having someone else read them in the authors absence, but we also welcome unpresented papers for the Proceedings document."

Offers of Papers should be submitted as soon as possible; the final date for full documents to be received is June 15, 2001.

G3RWL reports that an added Colloquium attraction this year will be 'Show and Tell' presentations. In these, the presenter will be given ten minutes to tell about a useful project they are involved in. Additionally, AMSAT-UK will be offering sessions specifically for amateur radio satellite beginners.

Colloquium submissions should be sent to G3RWL via the following routes:

Internet e-mail: g3rwl@amsat.org
Terrestrial mail:
RWL Limebear G3RWL
60 Willow Road
Enfield EN1 3NQ
United Kingdom

More information about the AMSAT-UK Colloquium can be found at http://www.uk.amsat.org/colloquium.htm

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK Colloquium Program Organizer Richard Limebear, G3RWL, for this information]

AMSAT-DC Meeting Announcement

Space enthusiasts and amateur satellite operators are invited to the Maryland-DC area AMSAT Meeting and Space Seminar. The gathering takes place on Sunday, April 1, 2001 in the Visitor Center of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Topics at the seminar will relate to the amateur space program, amateur radio, homebrew electronic projects, high-altitude balloon experiments, telemetry and related items. AO-40 and ARISS news will be featured.

The format is a combination of presentations, informal show and tell demonstrations, followed by a social period. The first presentations and the keynote address are designed to be especially valuable to beginners.

The GSFC Visitor Center will also be open to the public on this during the event. Visitors can enjoy a walking tour of the Hubble space telescope Operations Control Center and the NASA Communications Center. The Educator's Resource Center will also be available for gathering student and classroom materials.

More information about the event can be found at http://simsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/ssamsatdc.html

For additional information on the GSFC Visitor Center, see http://pao.gsfc.nasa.gov/vc/vc.htm

[ANS thanks Pat Kilroy, N8PK, for this information]

AMSAT-NA Challenge Continues

As ANS announced last week, AMSAT North America is looking for members, both new satellite enthusiasts and former members who have re-activated their interests. To help in attracting members, AMSAT member Mike Honer, W1BFN, challenged his fellow satellite enthusiasts by his offer to match (up to $1,000) any amount earmarked for a new or lapsed membership received during the month of January.

ANS has learned of a new challenge. AMSAT-NA member Gunther Meisse, W8GSM, would like to join the challenge and offer to match any gifts or donation to AMSAT-NA from present members, up to a maximum of $1,000.00, made during the months of January or February 2001.

W8GSM is a seasoned satellite operator, telling ANS "that I'm an old OSCAR 6/7 Mode A operator who is thrilled by the efforts with AO-40." Gunther is also an AMSAT-NA life member.

Any matching funds will be used by AMSAT-NA to further advance both current and future projects.

Need more details on joining or donating to AMSAT-NA? Contact Martha, the AMSAT Office Manager, at +1(301)589-6062, or by e-mail at martha@amsat.org.

Information on AMSAT-NA is available at http://www.amsat.org

[ANS thanks Gunther Meisse, W8GSM, for his generosity and dedication to AMSAT]

Official Mir De-Orbit Date Announced

Several news agencies are reporting that Russian space officials have agreed on March 6, 2001 as the official day for de-orbiting the Mir space station.

The Russian Aviation and Space Agency and RKK Energia reported a Progress cargo ship with increased fuel capacity will be launched to Mir on January 18th, followed by the undocking of a Progress M-43 cargo ship currently at the station. Around mid-February, Mir's control attitude will be switched off and in early March, three pulses, designed to brake the station's orbital velocity, will take place.

A final thruster firing is scheduled to take place on March 6th, which should slow the station enough to drop out of orbit and plunge into the Pacific Ocean later that day.

Recently, the Russian government confirmed its intention to proceed with cooperation (with Canada, ESA, Japan and the United States) in the International Space Station program.

Mir has become a fixture in orbit. The central core of the Russian station was hurled into space on February 20, 1986. Many amateur radio contacts have been accomplished from the station during its time in space.

[ANS thanks Roy Neal, K6DUE, for this information]

ANS in Brief

ANS news in brief this week includes the following:

Weekly Satellite Report

ISS . Mir . RS-12 . RS-13 . RS-15 . AO-10 . UO-11 . UO-14 . AO-16 . DO-17 . WO-18 . LO-19 . FO-20 . UO-22 . KO-23 . KO-25 . IO-26 . AO-27 . FO-29 . TO-31 . GO-32 . SO-33 . PO-34 . SO-35 . UO-36 . AO-40 . SO-41 . SO-42

Phase 3D / AMSAT-OSCAR 40 / AO-40

Launched: November 16, 2000 aboard an Ariane 5 launcher from Kourou, French Guiana.
Status: S-Band transmitter is active, recovery efforts continue

So far, it has been determined that the L-band and U-band uplink receivers (both on high-gain antennas) seem to be OK. Also, the VHF and UHF uplink receivers are OK and they seem to be working nominally. Magnetorquing is underway and the results will be analyzed.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA and AMSAT-DL for this information]

International Space Station/ARISS

Worldwide packet uplink: 145.990 MHz
Region 1 voice uplink: 145.200 MHz
Region 2/3 voice uplink: 144.490 MHz
Worldwide downlink: 145.800 MHz
TNC callsign RZ3DZR-1
ARISS initial station launched September 2000 aboard shuttle Atlantis
Status: Operational (although current ISS workload is limiting operation)

The ISS contact with the Armstrong Fundamental School in Hampton, Virginia was successful. The next scheduled school contact is set for January 16th.

ARISS is made up of delegates from major national amateur radio organizations, including AMSAT.

U.S. callsign: NA1SS (NN1SS will be used for ground-based transmissions from the Goddard Space Flight Center)
Russian callsign: RZ3DZR
German call sign: DL0ISS

RZ3DZR-1 is also the callsign entered into the TNC currently onboard Alpha.

More information about the project can be found on the ARISS web site at http://ariss.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

[ANS thanks ARISS team member Will Marchant, KC6ROL, for this information]

RS-12

Uplink 145.910 to 145.950 MHz CW/SSB
Downlink 29.410 to 29.450 MHz CW/SSB
Beacon 29.408 MHz
Launched February 5, 1991 aboard a Russian Cosmos C launcher

Status: RS-12 was re-activated in mode A on January 1, 2001

Kevin, AC5DK, told ANS "when the command stations for RS-12/13 start changing modes, they often will change it several times over a short period of time before settling on one mode for awhile."

The latest information on RS-12 and RS-13 can be found on the AC5DK RS-12/13 Satellite Operators page:

http://www.qsl.net/ac5dk/rs1213/rs1213.html

[ANS thanks Kevin Manzer, AC5DK, for this information]

RS-15

Uplink 145.858 to 145.898 MHz CW/SSB
Downlink 29.354 to 29.394 MHz CW/SSB
Beacon 29.352 MHz (intermittent)
SSB meeting frequency 29.380 MHz (unofficial)
Launched December 26, 1994 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
Semi-operational, Mode A (2m uplink, 10m downlink)

Dave, WB6LLO, has operating information for both RS-15 and RS-13 on his personal web site. In addition to satellite data, antenna information for mode A operation is also featured. The WB6LLO web site URL is http://home.san.rr.com/doguimont/uploads

AO-10

Uplink 435.030 to 435.180 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink 145.975 to 145.825 MHz CW/USB
Beacon 145.810 MHz (unmodulated carrier)
Launched June 16, 1983 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou, French Guiana
Semi-operational.

DX continues to be worked (and heard) on AO-10.

Stacey Mills, W4SM, has more information about the satellite at http://www.cstone.net/~w4sm/AO-10.html

[ANS thanks Stacey Mills, W4SM, for his AO-10 status information and web site]

AO-27

Uplink 145.850 MHz FM
Downlink 436.795 MHz FM
Launched September 26, 1993 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou, French Guiana
Operational

Periodically, AO-27's analog repeater will be turned off for a few days at a time to enable ground controllers to gather Whole Orbital Data (WOD), to verify the health of the satellite.

An AO-27 question-and-answer page is available on the AMSAT-NA web site: http://www.amsat.org/amsat/intro/ao27faq.html.

AO-27 uses a method called Timed Eclipse Power Regulation (TEPR) to regulate the on-board batteries. In simple terms, TEPR times how long the satellite has been in an eclipse (or in the sun) and decides what subsystems to turn on or off. The current TEPR settings (as of November 25, 2000) are:

TEPR 4: 18
TEPR 5: 36

The AO-27 pages on the AMSAT-NA web site include an explanation of TEPR AO-27 operations at http://www.amsat.org/amsat/sats/n7hpr/ao27.html

[ANS thanks AMRAD for AO-27 information]

UO-14

Uplink 145.975 MHz FM
Downlink 435.070 MHz FM
Launched January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou, French Guiana
Operational.

Juan, CE3LWU, reports a UO-14 contact with LU5JB.

Tim, KG8OC, has updated the Michigan AMSAT Information site to include UO-14 information, see http://www.qsl.net/kg8oc

[ANS thanks Chris Jackson, G7UPN / ZL2TPO, for UO-14 information]

SunSat SO-35

Mode J uplink 145.825 MHz FM
Mode J downlink 436.250 MHz FM

Mode B uplink 436.291 MHz FM
Mode B downlink 145.825 MHz FM

Launched February 23, 1999 by a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California
Status: Non-operational in the amateur radio service

The SunSat web page contains the following:

The orientation changes needed in order to resume imaging activities have been hampered by ground station problems. Due to the additional operational effort required, amateur radio services have been suspended until further notice.

The SunSat package includes 1200 and 9600 baud digital store-and-forward capability and a voice 'parrot' repeater system that will be used primarily for educational demonstrations in addition to Mode J operation. The satellite has two VHF and two UHF transmit-receive systems.

For more information on SunSat, visit http://sunsat.ee.sun.ac.za/

A summary of the active modes and frequency allocations for SunSat is available at http://esl.ee.sun.ac.za/~lochner/sunsat/modes.html

[ANS thanks Garth Milne ZR1AFH, for this information]

JAS-1b FO-20

Uplink 145.900 to 146.000 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink 435.800 to 435.900 MHz CW/USB
Launched February 7, 1990 by an H1 launcher from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan
Operational.

FO-20 is in mode JA continuously.

Tak, JA2PKI, reported the FO-20 control station operators believe that the UVC (Under Voltage Controller) now is regulating the transponder. The UVC monitors battery voltage and tries to protect the batteries from over discharge. Tak notes that FO-20, launched in 1990, is now over 10 years old.

[ANS thanks Kazu Sakamoto, JJ1WTK for the FO-20 status reports]

JAS-2 FO-29

Voice/CW Mode JA
Uplink 145.900 to 146.000 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink 435.800 to 435.900 MHz CW/USB
Digital Mode JD
Uplink 145.850, 145.870, 145.910 MHz FM
Downlink 435.910 MHz FM 9600 baud BPSK
Callsign 8J1JCS
Digi-talker Mode
Downlink 435.910 MHz FM
Launched August 17, 1996, by an H-2 launcher from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan

The JARL FO-29 command station has announced the following operation schedule of FO-29:

through Jan 31 JA

Mike, KF4FDJ, has put together a very informative document on FO-29, addressing analog, digital and digi-talker modes. To obtain a copy e-mail Mike at kf4fdj@amsat.org

Mineo, JE9PEL, has updated his FO-29 satellite telemetry analysis program. The software will automatically analyze all digital telemetry from the satellite such as current, voltage and temperature. The JE9PEL FO-29/software update is available at http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hamradio/je9pel/

[ANS thanks Kazu Sakamoto, JJ1WTK, for the FO-29 status reports]

SO-41 SAUDISAT-1A

Uplink to be released
Downlink 437.075 MHz
Launched September 26, 2000 aboard a converted Soviet ballistic missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
Status: Commissioning stage, initial housekeeping tasks underway

SaudiSat-1A will operate as 9600 baud digital store-and-forward systems as well analog FM repeater mode capability. One of two new ham satellites from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia built by the Space Research Institute at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.

SO-42 SAUDISAT-1B

Uplink to be released
Downlink 436.775 MHz
Launched September 26, 2000 aboard a converted Soviet ballistic missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
Status: Commissioning stage, initial housekeeping tasks underway

SaudiSat-1B will operate as 9600 baud digital store-and-forward systems as well analog FM repeater mode capability. One of two new ham satellites from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia built by the Space Research Institute at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.

TIUNGSAT-1

Uplink 145.850 or 145.925 MHz 9600 baud FSK
Downlink 437.325 MHz
Broadcast callsign: MYSAT3-11
BBS: MYSAT3-12
NUP: MYSAT3-10
Launched September 26, 2000 aboard a converted Soviet ballistic missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
Status: Operational in digital mode, currently at 38k4 baud FSK

Chris, G7UPN, tells ANS that recently, TiungSat-1 has been operating at a data rate of 38k4. Data recovery at 38k4 is reported to be extremely good with efficiencies near 100%. The output power is at 8 watts "which should provide a very good downlink," said Chris, adding "the downside is that with the high power transmitter operating, the power budget is negative so we can't support continuous operation."

According to G7UPN, TiungSat-1 now requires the amateur radio station to switch the downlink 'on' when the satellite comes into range. The way this works is for the ground station software to send a request to the spacecraft to switch the downlink on. The spacecraft receives this request and checks the battery voltage to see if it can support the operation, and if it can it will activate the downlink.

TiungSat-1 is Malaysia's first micro-satellite and in addition to commercial land and weather imaging payloads will offer FM and FSK amateur radio communication.

TiungSat-1, named after the mynah bird of Malaysia, was developed as a collaborative effort between the Malaysian government and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

For more information on TiungSat-1, see http://www.yellowpages.com.my/tiungsat/tiung_main.htm

KO-25

Uplink 145.980 MHz FM
Downlink 436.500 MHz FM, 9600 Baud FSK
Broadcast callsign: HL02-11
BBS: HL02-12
Launched September 26, 1993 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou, French Guiana
Operational.

Jim, AA7KC, reports KO-25 operational with moderate traffic.

[ANS thanks Jim Weisenberger, AA7KC, for KO-25 status information]

UO-22

Uplink 145.900 or 145.975 MHz FM
Downlink 435.120 MHz FM 9600 Baud FSK
Broadcast callsign: UOSAT5-11
BBS: UOSAT5-12
Launched July 17, 1991 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou, French Guiana
Operational

Jim, AA7KC, reports nominal UO-22 operation with heavy individual station and Satgate traffic.

More information on the satellite is available at http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/EE/CSER/UOSAT/

[ANS thanks Chris Jackson, G7UPN/ZL2TPO for UO-22 status information]

OSCAR-11

Downlink 145.825 MHz FM, 1200 baud PSK
Beacon 2401.500 MHz
Launched March 1, 1994 by a Delta-Thor rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California
Operational.

OSCAR-11 celebrated its sixteenth birthday on March 1, 2000.

The G3CWV OSCAR-11 report for December shows "once again it's been an uneventful month for OSCAR-11. Good signals have been received from the 145 MHz beacon and the satellite is experiencing good solar conditions that should continue until the end of the year."

The battery voltage observed during daylight passes is unchanged with the average value observed at 14.0, with a range of 13.9 to 14.1 volts. Internal temperatures have now started to decrease slightly as the eclipse periods start to lengthen. The spin period has varied between 218 and 299 seconds. Seven positive magnetorquer correction pulses and zero negative pulses have been counted and there have been 281 Z-axis correction pulses.

The operating schedule is unchanged.

ASCII status (210 seconds)
ASCII bulletin (60 seconds)
BINARY SEU (30 seconds)
ASCII TLM (90 seconds)
ASCII WOD (120 seconds)
ASCII bulletin (60 seconds)
BINARY ENG (30 seconds)

The ASCII bulletin is currently a static message, detailing modes and frequencies of all the amateur radio satellites.

More information on OSCAR-11 is available at http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/clivew/

[ANS thanks Clive Wallis, G3CWV, for OSCAR-11 status information]

LUSAT-OSCAR-19

Uplink 145.840, 145.860, 145.880, 145.900 MHz 1200 bps Manchester FSK
Downlink 437.150 MHz SSB, 1200 bps RC-BPSK
CW Downlink 437.125 MHz
Broadcast callsign: LUSAT-11
BBS: LUSAT-12
Launched January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou, French Guiana
Semi-operational.

The CW beacon is sending eight telemetry channels and one status channel. No BBS service is available. The digipeater is not active.

Telemetry (limited) is as follows:

Sat Dec 30 at 23:25 2000 UTC
LUSAT HIHI 60 AVT ABV AA6 ADB ATB AB4 TTU AEE

Mineo, JE9PEL, has recorded LO-19 CW and PSK telemetry and placed the information on his Internet homepage site at http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hamradio/je9pel/

General information and telemetry samples can be found at http://www.telecable.es/personales/ea1bcu

[ANS thanks Miguel A. Menendez, EA1BCU, for this report.]

AMSAT-OSCAR-16 (PACSAT)

Uplink 145.900, 145.920, 145.940, 145.860 MHz FM, 1200 bps Manchester FSK
Downlink 437.025 MHz SSB, 1200 bps RC-BPSK 1200 Baud PSK
Beacon 2401.1428 MHz.
Broadcast callsign: PACSAT-11
BBS: PACSAT-12
Launched January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou, French Guiana
Semi-operational.

Russ, WJ9F, reported he has been doing some WOD (Whole Orbit Data) collections recently and has had the S-band transmitter on during some passes. Russ has a software update planned that may allow (hopefully) continuous S-band operation.

Telemetry is as follows:

uptime is 321/19:21:26	Time is Sat Dec 30 22:56:34 2000
+10V Bus        10.450 V  	PSK TX RF Out    1.631 W
+X (RX) Temp     1.814 D  	RX Temp         15.731 D
Bat 1 V          1.252 V  	Bat 2 V          1.257 V
Bat 3 V          1.270 V  	Bat 4 V          1.241 V
Bat 5 V          1.263 V  	Bat 6 V          1.292 V
Bat 7 V          1.262 V  	Bat 8 V          1.272 V
BCR Load Cur     0.413 A  	BCR Input Cur    0.186 A
BCR Output Cur   0.015 A 	Bat 1 Temp       9.075 D
Bat 2 Temp       9.075 D  	Baseplt Temp     8.470 D
RC PSK BP Temp   1.209 D  	RC PSK HPA Tmp   1.814 D
+Y Array Temp  -13.919 D  	PSK TX HPA Tmp   5.444 D
+Z Array Temp   -1.817 D
Total Array C= 0.000 Bat Ch Cur=-0.398 Ifb= 0.186 I+10V= 0.227
TX:1009 BCR:1E PWRC:36D BT:1E WC:25 EDAC:5B

Beacon text:
AO-16 S-Band Tx testing to begin shortly
Pacsat owned and operated by AMSAT-NA
AO-16 Command Team <WJ9F>

A new WOD collection of current graphics along with general information and telemetry samples can be found at http://www.telecable.es/personales/ea1bcu

[ANS thanks Miguel A. Menendez, EA1BCU, for AO-16 status information.]

TMSAT-1 TO-31

Uplink 145.925 MHz 9600 baud FSK
Downlink 436.925 MHz 9600 baud FSK
Launched July 10, 1998 by a Zenit rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
Status: Non-operational, no data downlinked since December 18, 2000

Chris G7UPN, (UoSAT operations manager) reports the following to ANS:

Over the next few days - or possibly couple of weeks - the TO-31 downlink will be off over most areas, with the exception of Europe and Thailand. This is required to allow control stations to recondition the battery with minimum power drain. I am trying to get this moving as quickly as possible however with Christmas holidays it may take slightly longer than normal.

ProcMail V2.00G has been released by G7UPN. This software permits the processing of image files from TO-31. It has been posted to the AMSAT-NA FTP site at http://www.amsat.org/amsat/software/win32/wisp

Many of the high-resolution color images transmitted by TMSAT are compressed using a UoSAT compression format. This format is supported by the VK5HI CCD display program.

[ANS thanks Chris Jackson, G7UPN/ZL2TPO, for this report]

UoSAT-12 UO-36

Uplink 145.960 MHz, 9600 baud FSK
Downlink 437.025, 437.400 MHz, 9600 baud FSK
Broadcast callsign: UOSAT12-11
BBS: UOSAT12-12
Launched April 21, 1999 by a Russian launcher from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
Status: Operational

Chris, G7UPN, reports to ANS that UO-36 may not be available at times due to the satellite currently in continual sunlight. Chris reports this generates considerable heat and command teams try and keep the transmitter off to avoid generating additional heat.

UO-36 carries a number of imaging payloads, digital store-and-forward communications and mode L/S transponders.

NASA has demonstrated on UO-36 the ability to use standard Internet protocols to communicate with an orbiting spacecraft (just like any node on the Internet). NASA has been developing this project by working with the commercial payload aboard UoSAT-12.

The BBS is open, although uploading and downloading may be disabled at times.

The VK5HI viewer shareware for UO-36 is available on the AMSAT-NA web site at ftp://ftp.amsat.org/amsat/software/win32/display/ccddsp97-119.zip

Further information on UO-36 is available from: http://www.sstl.co.uk/

[ANS thanks Chris G7UPN/ZL2TPO, and the University of Surrey, for this information]

ITAMSAT IO-26

Uplink 145.875, 145.900, 145.925, 145.950 MHz FM
Downlink 435.822 MHz SSB, 1200 Baud PSK
Broadcast callsign: ITMSAT-11
BBS: ITMSAT-12
Launched September 26, 1993 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou, French Guiana
Semi-operational.

Digipeater function is on, open for APRS users.

[ANS thanks ITAMSAT Project Manager Alberto E. Zagni, I2KBD, for this information]

The following satellites are in orbit but are non-operational at this time:

RS-13

Uplink 21.260 to 21.300 MHz CW/SSB
Downlink 145.860 to 145.900 MHz CW/SSB
Beacon 145.860 MHz
Launched February 5, 1991 aboard a Russian Cosmos C launcher

Status: non-operational (last operational in mode-T)

RS-12 was apparently re-activated recently. Prior to this switch RS-13 was operational (mode T), but was apparently turned off following the recent RS-12 switch.

The latest information on RS-12 and RS-13 can be found on the AC5DK RS-12/13 Satellite Operators page at http://www.qsl.net/ac5dk/rs1213/rs1213.html

[ANS thanks Kevin Manzer, AC5DK, for this information]

KITSAT KO-23

Uplink 145.850, 145.900 MHz FM
Downlink 435.175 MHz FM, 9600 Baud FSK
Broadcast callsign: HL01-11
BBS: HL01-12
Launched August 10, 1992 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou, French Guiana
Status: Intermittent operation with the downlink transmitter operating at unpredictable intervals

Jim, AA7KC, reports that KO-23's downlink transmitter continues in non-operational status. Jim says that KO-23 shows some signs of trying to recover, but no useful data has been downlinked. The duration of this status is unpredictable. No data has been received since October 28, 2000.

KyungHee Kim, HL0ENJ, reports (from the KO-23 control team) that part of the problem with non-operation has been the power budget aboard the satellite. "We are not sure when the bird might turn off again due to insufficient power. The capability of the onboard power system has been less and less," said Kim. HL0ENJ also noted that as of October 30, 2000 the onboard computer was reset and a reboot of operational software is now underway.

[ANS thanks Jim Weisenberger, AA7KC, and KyungHee Kim, HL0ENJ, for KO-23 status information]

TechSat-1B GO-32

Downlink 435.225 MHz, HDLC telemetry
Launched July 10, 1998 by a Russian Zenit rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
Semi-operational.

Efforts were reported to be underway to bring GO-32 on line, however no additional information has been received by ANS (the last report was dated November 1999).

Last reported, the satellite does transmit a 9600-baud burst every 30 seconds (the GO-32 beacon sends one short telemetry status transmission of 44 bytes) and, upon request, the complete telemetry buffer.

ANS has no further information.

PANSAT PO-34

Uplink/downlink frequencies have never been released.
Launched October 30, 1998 by the Shuttle Discovery
Status: unknown

The satellite is not currently available for general uplink transmissions.

PanSat was developed by the Naval Postgraduate School. At the time of launch, PanSat spread-spectrum digital transponders were promised to be available to amateur radio operators along with software to utilize this technology. To date, this has not happened.

For more information, visit the official PANSAT web site at:

http://www.sp.nps.navy.mil/pansat/

PanSat was the featured cover article in the July/August 1999 issue of the AMSAT-NA Journal (written by KD6DRA and N7HPR).

ANS has no further information.

Mir Space Station

145.985 MHz simplex FM voice and SSTV (Robot 36 mode)
Launched February 18, 1986
Unmanned.

MIR SAFEX II 70-cm Repeater
Uplink 435.750 MHz FM w/subaudible tone 141.3 Hz
Downlink 437.950 MHz FM
Not operational. No operation in 1999 or 2000 has been observed.

MIR SAFEX II 70-cm QSO Mode
Uplink 435.725 MHz FM w/subaudible tone 151.4 Hz
Downlink 437.925 MHz FM
Not operational. No operation in 1999 or 2000 has been observed.

Currently, there is no human habitation aboard the station and the amateur radio equipment has been turned off. Several news agencies have reported that Mir in now on 'autopilot'.

Several news agencies are reporting the Mir space station will be ditched this coming February in a controlled descent that will send it hurtling into a remote area of the Pacific Ocean.

Stay tuned to ANS for further details.

DO-17 (DOVE)

Downlink 145.825 MHz FM, 1200 Baud AFSK
Beacon 2401.220 MHz
Launched January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou, French Guiana
Non-operational.

DOVE stopped transmitting in March 1998. The 145.825 MHz and 2401.220 MHz downlinks are off the air and the satellite has not responded to ground station control.

ANS has no further information.

WEBERSAT (WO-18)

Downlink 437.104 MHz SSB, 1200 Baud PSK AX.25
Launched January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou, French Guiana
Non-operational.

WO-18 was last reported to be in MBL mode after a software crash.

ANS has no further information.

SEDSAT SO-33

Downlink 437.910 MHz FM 9600 Baud FSK
Launched October 24, 1998 by a Delta 2 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida
Semi-operational.

The satellite is not currently available for uplink transmissions and image and transponder recovery efforts have been unsuccessful.

SEDSAT-1 signifies Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (satellite number one).

SedSat-1 has downlinked months worth of telemetry data on the performance of its electrical power system parameters. The Nickel Metal Hydride batteries on the spacecraft were experimental and experienced some abuse due to a power negative situation. This information has provided NASA with useful information. With the exception of the imaging system and the use of the transponders, SedSat-1 has been judged a success.

For more information on SedSat-1 visit the satellite web site at http://www.seds.org/sedsat

ANS has no further information.


ANS would like to thank Mike Seguin, N1JEZ, ANS principal satellite investigator, for helping provide current satellite information for ANS.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to the ANS Editors at ans-editor@amsat.org, or to ANS Editor Dan James, NN0DJ, at nn0dj@amsat.org.

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This week's AMSAT News Service bulletins were edited by AMSAT  News Service editor Dan James, NN0DJ.

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