AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information service of AMSAT, 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.
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In this edition:
- SanoSat-1 has been assigned Nepal-OSCAR 116 (NO-116)
- The First Rocket from Mars
- Tiny Probes Could Sail to Outer Planets With the Help of Low-Power Lasers
- Northrop Grumman Sends NASA Science, Cargo to International Space Station
- ARISS News
- Upcoming Satellite Operations
- Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
- Satellite Shorts From All Over
ANS-058 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
To: All RADIO AMATEURS
From: Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
712 H Street NE, Suite 1653
Washington, DC 20002
DATE 2022 Feb 27
SanoSat-1 has been assigned Nepal-OSCAR 116 (NO-116)
On January 13, 2022, the SanoSat-1 satellite was launched on a Falcon 9 launch vehicle from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Developed by ORION Space, AMSAT-Nepal, and AMSAT-EA, the satellite carries a radiation sensor payload and provides a store and forward capability.
At the request of AMSAT-Nepal, AMSAT hereby designates SanoSat-1 as Nepal-OSCAR 116 (NO-116). We congratulate AMSAT-Nepal and their partners, thank them for their contribution to the amateur satellite community, and wish them continued success on this and future projects.
[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP Operations/OSCAR Number Administrator, for the above information]
The 2022 AMSAT President’s Club coins have arrived!
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of its launch on
October 15, 1972, this year’s coin features
an image of AMSAT-OSCAR 6.
Join the AMSAT President’s Club today and help
Keep Amateur Radio in Space!
The First Rocket from Mars
Two weeks ago, Lockheed Martin won a $194M contract to build the Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) for the upcoming joint NASA-ESA Mars sample return campaign. The cost-plus contract covers the development and manufacture of 10 test and flight-ready MAVs over the next six years culminating in what will likely be, barring other unforeseen entrants, the first rocket launched on another planet (as opposed to a moon, comet, or asteroid). Lockheed will be supported by Northrop Grumman, who will build the MAV’s solid propulsion motors—updated STAR 15 & 20 solid rocket motors, originally developed in the early 70s, which will need to survive a multi-year cold soak along with their propellant. To keep propellant grains above -40° C, the 2.8-meter long MAV will be housed in “the igloo,” an insulated dome blanketed with CO2, which will be heated by solar-powered electric heaters in 16 separately-instrumented heating zones. Additional information and graphics may be found at: https://bit.ly/3aA7V1G
All this is scheduled to kick off with the lander/rover/MAV combo launching NET 2026. Sample retrieval and launch to Martian orbit could take around 13 months after arrival, but samples won’t actually make it back to Earth until sometime in the first half of the 30s.
[ANS thanks The Orbital Index for the above information]
Tiny Probes Could Sail to Outer Planets With the Help of Low-Power Lasers
In this illustration, https://bit.ly/3hjGtsm, a low-power laser (red cone) on Earth could be used to shift the orbit (red lines) of a small probe (grey circle), or propel it at rapid speeds to Neptune and beyond.
Space travel can be agonizingly slow: For example, the New Horizons probe took almost 10 years to reach Pluto. Traveling to Proxima Centauri b, the closest habitable planet to Earth, would require thousands of years with even the biggest rockets.
Now, researchers calculate in ACS’ Nano Letters that low-power lasers on Earth could launch and maneuver small probes equipped with silicon or boron nitride sails, propelling them to much faster speeds than rocket engines.
Instead of catching wind, like the sails on boats, “laser sails” would catch laser beams and could, in principle, push spacecraft to nearly the speed of light. Scientists have been working on this concept for a while. For example, one privately funded project called the Breakthrough Starshot initiative aims to send a small, sailed probe weighing about a gram to Proxima Centauri b with a flight taking only 20 years.
It would be propelled to 20% of light speed by a 100 GW, kilometer-square laser array. Ho-Ting Tung and Artur Davoyan wondered if much lower-power, smaller laser arrays could find use in applications where conventional electric and chemical rockets are now used. More information at: https://bit.ly/3Il7Mi4
[ANS thanks SpaceDaily.com for the above information]
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Northrop Grumman Sends NASA Science, Cargo to International Space Station
Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket liftoff from pad 0A at 12:40 p.m. EST from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, on Feb. 19, 2022. Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket liftoff from pad 0A at 12:40 p.m. EST from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, on Feb. 19, 2022. The Cygnus spacecraft, carrying 8,300 pounds of science investigations and cargo, is scheduled to arrive at the space station on Monday, Feb. 21. A fresh supply of 8,300 pounds of scientific investigations and cargo launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 12:40 p.m. EST on Saturday, Feb. 19, aboard a Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply spacecraft, and is now traveling to the International Space Station. The Cygnus spacecraft, which was launched on an Antares rocket, is scheduled to arrive at the space station around 4:35 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 21. NASA Television, the NASA app, and agency’s website will provide live coverage of the spacecraft’s approach and arrival beginning at 3 a.m. NASA astronauts Raja Chari and Kayla Barron will capture Cygnus with the station’s robotic Canadarm2 upon its arrival. The spacecraft will then be installed on the Earth-facing port of the station’s Unity module. This is Northrop Grumman’s 17th contracted resupply mission under the second Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. The delivery includes critical materials to support dozens of the more than 250 science and research investigations occurring during NASA’s Expedition 66 mission aboard the space station. Details of the mission at https://go.nasa.gov/3HouZP6. More of the article above at https://go.nasa.gov/3BXyXx5
[ANS thanks Robert Margetta and NASA News for the above information]
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Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for February 24, 2022
The following satellite(s) have been added to this week’s AMSAT TLE Distribution.
Tevel 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 – NORAD Cat ID 50999
(Thanks to Dk3WN SatBlog for the identification.)
A close TLE for Tevel-5 and Tevel-6 is NORAD Cat ID 50999. Since the Tevel series of satellites is very close together, NORAD Cat ID 50999 should work for satellites Tevel 1 thru 4 and Tevel 7 thru 8 also.
[ANS thanks Joe Fitzgerald, KM1P, for the above information]
Amateurs and others around the world may listen in on contacts between amateurs operating in schools and allowing students to interact with astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station. The downlink frequency on which to listen is 145.800 MHz worldwide.
Carter G. Woodson Middle School, Hopewell, VA, telebridge via K6DUE.
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS. The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz. The scheduled crewmember is Thomas Marshburn KE5HOC. Contact is go for: Mon 2022-02-28 14:43:53 UTC 36 deg
Watch for Livestream at: https://youtu.be/KmFtTluF3aQ
The latest information on the operation mode can be found at https://www.ariss.org/current-status-of-iss-stations.html
The latest list of frequencies in use can be found at https://www.ariss.org/contact-the-iss.html
[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, one of the ARISS operation team mentors for the above information]
AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an Amateur
Radio package, including two-way communication capability, to
be carried on-board Gateway in lunar orbit.
Support AMSAT’s projects today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/
Upcoming Satellite Operations
EA8/EA4NF: March 4-6 IL07, IL17 Hierro Island (FK78) ! If you want to try a QSO with this rare island,check FP and contact Philippe before to be in his NA shortlist
KE0PBR: BL10 (HI) 2/26 through 3/5. Holiday style, but will announce on Twitter before hand (usually right before). KE0PBR will probably be on only FO-29 and RS-44, between 17:00UTC and 08:00UTC.
4A90, MEXICO (Special Event) continues. Members of the Federacion Mexicana de Radio Experimentadores (FMRE)[Mexican Society]are celebrating their 90th anniversary during January, February and March 2022 promoting each of the 31 States and Mexico City with the following 32 different special event callsigns and 4A90FMRE:
January 1-15th: 4A90COL, 4A90CMX, 4A90EMX, 4A90GTO, 4A90HGO, 4A90JAL and 4A90MIC
January 16-30th: 4A90MOR, 4A90NAY, 4A90PUE, 4A90QRO, 4A90TLX and 4A90VER
January 31st-February 14th: 4A90AGS, 4A90BAC, 4A90BCS, 4A90COA, 4A90CHH and 4A90DGO
February 15th-March 1st: 4A90NLE, 4A90SLP, 4A90SIN, 4A90SON, 4A90TAM and 4A90ZAC
March 2-16th: 4A90CAM, 4A90CHI, 4A90GRO, 4A90OAX, 4A90QUI, 4A90TAB and 4A90YUC
Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8/FT4 and the satellites. Awards are available (see QRZ.com for details). For more details on the event, see: http://fmre90.puebladx.org
Frank Aiello, K3TRM, will be operating as PJ5/K3TRM from St. Eustatius between March 6 – 12, 2022. Activity will be on 40-10m using SSB and Digital (RTTY & FT8), and satellite. QSLs will be available via home call, buro, LoTW, ClubLog OQRS.
[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager, for the above information]
Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
AMSAT Ambassadors provide presentations, demonstrate communicating through amateur satellites, and host information tables at club meetings, hamfests, conventions, maker faires, and other events.
AMSAT Ambassador Clint Bradford, K6CLS is making one of his outstanding Getting Started club presentations on Zoom, March 2 at 7:00PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific. Clint has added a new feature, he is being joined during the presentation by two special guests who will help explain SSB operations on linear satellites and will provide a live pass demonstration. Contact Clint for the latest information on his presentation schedule for the Getting Started With Amateur Satellites at 951-533-4984 or send a request at his website: https://bit.ly/3K0rEXY
+Charlotte NC Hamfest March 11-12
(AMSAT Ambassador Phillip Jenkins, N4HF)
Forum & demo(s) are Saturday only
Cabarrus County Arena & Events Center
4551 Old Airport Rd, Concord, NC 28025
(note: 2 day hamfest, but only open 4 hours on Friday the 11th.)
+Raleigh NC Hamfest April 16
(AMSAT Ambassador Phillip Jenkins, N4HF)
(info table and demos; possible forum, but not likely at this point)
Jim Graham Building – NC State Fairgrounds
4285 Trinity Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607
Scheduled Events with AMSAT involvement:
+ CubeSat Developers Workshop
April 26–28, 2022
San Luis Obispo, CA
+ Hamvention 2022
May 20, 2022 to May 22, 2022
Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center
210 Fairground Road
Xenia, Ohio 45385
+ 2022 Rocky Mountain ARRL Division Convention
October 7, 2022 – October 9, 2022
Event Center at Archer
3921 Archer Pkwy
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007
[ANS thanks AMSAT Ambassadors Clint Bradford, K6CLS and Phillip Jenkins, N4HF as well as Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT Events page manager, for the above information]
Satellite Shorts From All Over
+ From riverbed to crawlerway, the path to space goes through a unique Alabama resource. Alabama river rocks currently pave the path for rockets on the crawlerway at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This 4.2 mile road of rocks is crucial for launching NASA’s missions, specifically the upcoming launch of Artemis I, the uncrewed test flight of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion Spacecraft. A massive pair of machines called crawler-transporters have carried integrated rockets and spacecraft to Pads 39A and 39B for more than 50 years at Kennedy. Their initial design called for asphalt roads, but engineers quickly encountered issues. Asphalt couldn’t handle the weight of the 6.65-million-pound crawler on its own, much less with the weight of a rocket added to it. The asphalt also proved too sticky and therefore would not allow the crawler-transporter to turn properly, causing damage to its roller bearings. NASA conducted a study to find a material that would allow the crawler to make a proper turn and hold the weight required. The results: river rock. More at http://go.nasa.gov/3K0r3We [ANS thanks Jennifer Harbaugh of NASA for the above information]
+ Rocket Lab to debut new launch pad on next mission Rocket Lab’s next mission, targeted for no earlier than Feb. 28, will be the first from a new launch pad at the company’s private spaceport in New Zealand, an addition officials said could double the flight rate of Electron launchers. The new launch pad, named Launch Complex 1B, lies 383 feet (117 meters) from Launch Complex 1A, the pad Rocket Lab has used for all 23 of its Electron rocket missions to date, according to a company spokesperson. More at https://bit.ly/3LUMBW6 [ANS thanks Stephen Clark of Spaceflight Now for the above information]
+ To survive frigid temperatures, spacecraft often use radioisotope heaters. Masten Space’s under-development NITE system is an alternative that uses the exothermic oxidation of metals with excess propellant to produce power and heat. They claim it saves ~$50 million over nuclear solutions and ~$10 million in reduced launch mass when compared to batteries. The project is partially funded through a 2020 NASA Tipping Point award. More information is avalable at: https://bit.ly/3BOVtbn. [ANS thanks The Orbital Index for the above information]
+ESA is soliciting ideas and use cases for their proposed commercial lunar communication and navigation satellite network, which promises to allow for cheaper missions by providing shared infrastructure The proposale and timeline are available at: https://bit.ly/3pjcF3H. [ANS thanks The Orbital Index and ESA for the above information]
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73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space!
This week’s ANS Editor,
Jack Spitznagel, KD4IZ
kd4iz at arrl dot org