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:

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.


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