Help ARISS Raise Funds for Critical ISS Radio Infrastructure Upgrade

AMSAT and ARISS are currently supporting a FundRazr campaign to raise $150,000 for critical radio infrastructure upgrade on ISS to enable students to talk to astronauts in space via amateur radio.

Please help by donating today: https://fundrazr.com/arissnextgen?ref=ab_e7Htwa_ab_47IcJ9

ARISS is in critical need of the infrastructure upgrade to ensure that programs like talking in space using amateur radio can continue. Through your donations ARISS seeks the following upgrades:

+ Next Generation radio system will support easier radio mode transition, to enable new, exciting capabilities for hams, students and the general public including:
* New amateur radio communication and experimental capabilities, including an enhanced voice repeater and updated digital packet radio (APRS) capabilities
* Slow Scan TV (picture up and downlinks) in both US and Russian segments of ISS

+ New multi voltage power supply will support present and future radio capabilities and allow wireless experiments to be conducted

+ ARISS needs to build ten Next Generation radio systems to support our development on orbit operations, training and long term maintenance. This includes on-orbit (two units, one unit each in US and Russian segment), flight spares (two units), training (three units), testing (one unit), and ground-based maintenance and troubleshooting (two units)

Donations are fully tax deductible within the USA as AMSAT is A 501(c)(3) organization.

Upcoming ARISS-Russia Voice Greetings, SSTV Transmissions from the ISS

ARISS-Russia, in collaboration with the Southwest State University in Kursk, Russia, are developing a series of educational CubeSat satellites called Tanusha. Two Tanusha CubeSats were developed by students at Southwest State University and were hand-deployed by cosmonauts during an August 2017 extravehicular activity. These two CubeSats are performing cluster flight experiments through communications links. A second set of CubeSats, Tanusha 3 & 4 were launched earlier this year and are currently on-board ISS. Tanusha 3 & 4 are planned to be hand deployed by Cosmonauts in August.  They will perform even more comprehensive cluster flight objectives than Tanusha 1 & 2.

Tanusha-2

On June 20, Tanusha 3 will be connected to one of the ARISS Service Module antennas and will transmit from 0730-1200 UTC on 437.05 MHz.  These FM transmissions will include greetings from students in several languages, including Russian, English, Spanish and Chinese.  On June 21, Tanusha 4 will be connected to one of the ARISS Service Module antennas and will transmit from 0730-1200 UTC on the same frequency:  437.05 MHz.  The ARISS-Russia team plan to also retransmit these signals on the standard ARISS 2-meter downlink, 145.80 MHz using the JVC Kenwood D700 radio that is still on-board ISS.  All are invited to listen to the CubeSats from ISS on 437.05 and/or 145.80 MHz.

The next SSTV image downlinks are planned for June 29-July 1.  These images will commemorate the various satellites that the ARISS team has developed and hand-deployed from the ISS.  These will include the first satellite deployment from ISS:  SuitSat-1/Radioskaf-1 which was deployed in February 2006.  More details on this will be forthcoming as the date draws near.

ISS SSTV Image (Courtey M0AEU)

We thank ARISS-Russia delegate Sergey Samburov, RV3DR for this latest information.

73,  Frank Bauer, KA3HDO

Frank H. Bauer, KA3HDO
ISS Ham Radio Program Manager & PI
ARISS International Chair
AMSAT V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs