[amsat-bb] ANS-311 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Lee McLamb ku4os at cfl.rr.com
Sun Nov 6 02:13:17 UTC 2016


The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and infor-
mation service of AMSAT North America, 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

The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur
Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
ans-editor at amsat.org.

In this edition:

* AMSAT Symposium Cruise Port Call Changed
* ARISS Packet Active on 437.550 MHz
* Upcoming ARISS contact with Boca Raton Christian School, Boca Raton FL
* US Naval Academy Students Plan HF Transponder Satellite
* UBAKUSAT 3U Linear Transponder CubeSat
* NASA CubeSat Launch Opportunity
* Free Program -- Cubes in SpaceTM

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ANS-311 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 311.01
DATE November 6, 2016
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AMSAT Symposium Cruise Port Call Changed

The 2016 AMSAT Space Symposium will be held aboard a commercial cruise ship
departing from the port of Galveston, Texas.  Sail dates are November 10-14
aboard the Carnival Liberty.  Galveston is conveniently located near 
Texas with access from both the George Bush Intercontinental Airport 
(IAH) and
the Houston Hobby Airport (HOU.)

AMSAT has been notified that due to a technical issue with Carnival 
Liberty which
only affects the ship;s maximum cruise speed, the arrival and departure 
as well as scheduled itinerary have been modified.  This cruise will 
embark on
Thursday evening, 19:00-22:00 CST and return on the following Monday 
morning at
10:00 CST.  The trip includes two full days at sea and one day in port at
Progreso, Mexico.  Symposium presentations and meetings will be 
conducted during
the days at sea to allow free time during the stop while in port. The AMSAT
Board of Directors meeting will occur on shore at the DoubleTree by Hilton
Galveston Beach, Galveston, Texas, November 9-10.

[ANS thanks Carnival Cruise Lines for the above information]


ARISS Packet Active on 437.550 MHz

N5VHO reported via Twitter (#ARISS, #hamradio) that the ISS packet system
now operational on UHF (437.550 MHz). See also:

[ANS thanks Kenneth, N5VHO, for the above information]


Upcoming ARISS contact with Boca Raton Christian School, Boca Raton FL

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with 
at Boca Raton Christian School, Boca Raton FL on 07 Nov. The event is 
to begin at approximately 17:15 UTC. The duration of the contact is
approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct 
between NA1SS
and N4BRF. The contact should be audible over the state of Florida and 
areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz 
The contact is expected to be conducted in English.

Boca Raton Christian School is a faith-based school distinguished by its
academic excellence, spiritual formation, and caring environment. BRCS 
approximately 570 students in grades PreK-12. The campus is situated on
approximately 22 acres in downtown Boca Raton, FL. Founded in 1973 as a 
of Boca Raton Community Church, the school is accredited by several 
institutions and has been recognized twice as a National Blue Ribbon 
School. The
college preparatory high school features a one-to-one laptop program as 
well as
superior fine arts and athletic programs. All BRCS students participate in
community service: grades K through 8 are involved in local projects, 
and high
school students spend a week serving under-served communities in Tennessee,
Arizona, and Costa Rica.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative
venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies 
support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, 
are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio 
League (ARRL), the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space 
(CASIS) and
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  The primary goal 
is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and 
(STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between 
members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education 
With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak 
with large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and during 
radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about 
space technologies, and amateur radio.  For more information, see 
www.amsat.org, and www.arrl.org.

[ANS thanks David, AA4KN, for the above information]


US Naval Academy Students Plan HF Transponder Satellite

AMSAT-UK reported the US Naval Academy HFSAT received IARU frequency
coordination on October 27, 2016. This is a 1.5U CubeSat with a 15 meter to
10 meter linear transponder. The #HFsat 21.4 to 29.42 MHz inverting
transponder will have a bandwidth of 30 kHz. The satellite will also carry
an APRS digipeater on 145.825 MHz. crossed 1/4 wave whips on VHF and also a
10 meter dipole. No launch has yet been identified.

IARU Coordination:
US Naval Academy page: http://aprs.org/hfsat.html

[Thanks to IARU and US Naval Academy]


UBAKUSAT 3U Linear Transponder CubeSat

Turkey’s 3U CubeSat UBAKUSAT carrying an amateur radio 145/435 MHz SSB/CW
transponder is planned to be deployed from the ISS in 2017.

The linear transponder is almost the same as that on the TURKSAT-3USAT 
which was
launched on April 26, 2013.

The satellite is being developed by Istanbul Technical University, 
Faculty of
Aeronautics and Astronautics, Space Systems Design and Test Lab (SSDTL) 
with TAMSAT, GUMUSH and ERTEK Ltd, with some support of the RF lab of 
and Ministry of Transportation, Communication and Maritime in 
collaboration with
the Japanese Government.

The primary mission of UBAKUSAT is to provide voice communications for 
radio stations around the globe. Additionally the satellite will carry the
TAMSAT Simplesat card which will send telemetry data, including the 
radiation data absorbed by the card, to ground stations. There is also a CW

The estimated duration of the satellite mission is about 6 to 12 months 
re-entry. The launch from Japan to the International Space Station is 
for late 2016 or early 2017 and deployment from the ISS will occur sometime

IARU coordinated frequencies:
• 437.225 MHz CW Beacon
• 437.325 MHz Telemetry
• SSB/CW transponder:
– 145.940-145.990MHz
– 435.200-435.250 MHz

IARU satellite frequency coordination pages http://www.amsat.org.uk/iaru/

Turkish Amateur Satellite Technologies Organization (TAMSAT)

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


NASA CubeSat Launch Opportunity

NASA has opened the next round of its CubeSat Launch Initiative in an 
effort to
engage the growing community of space enthusiasts who can contribute to 
space exploration goals.

The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a 
chance to
get hands-on flight hardware development experience in the process of 
building and operating small research satellites. It also provides a 
pathway to space for research in the areas of science, exploration, 
development, education or operations consistent with NASA's Strategic Plan.

Applicants must submit their proposals electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST, 
Nov. 22,
2016. NASA will choose the payloads by Feb. 17, 2017, but initial 
selection does
not guarantee a launch opportunity. Certain selected experiments are 
slated to
be flown as auxiliary payloads on agency rocket launches or to be 
deployed from
the International Space Station beginning in 2017 and running through 
2020. NASA
does not fund the development of the small satellites, and this 
opportunity is
open only to U.S. nonprofit organizations and U.S. accredited educational

One goal of the CubeSat Launch Initiative is to extend the successes of 
exploration to all 50 states by launching a small satellite from at 
least one
participant in each state in the next five years. During this round, 
particularly focused on gaining participation in the District of Columbia,
Puerto Rico and 18 states not previously selected for the CubeSat Launch
Initiative. These states are Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, 
Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina,
Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming.

CubeSats are in a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. 
The base
CubeSat dimensions are about 4 inches by 4 inches by 4 inches (10 
centimeters by
10 centimeters by 11 centimeters), which equals one "cube," or 1U. CubeSats
supported by this launch effort include volumes of 1U, 2U, 3U and 6U. 
of 1U, 2U and 3U size typically have a mass of about three pounds (1.33
kilograms) per 1U Cube. A 6U CubeSat typically has a mass of about 26.5 
(12 kilograms). The CubeSat's final mass depends on which deployment 
method is

To date, NASA has selected 119 CubeSat missions from 66 unique 
organizations. Of
those missions, 46 have been launched into space with 29 more CubeSats 
to go in the next 12 months.

For additional information about NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative 
program, visit

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Jason Crusan at
Jason.Crusan at nasa.gov.

[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message -- Nov. 3, 2016 for the 


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[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message -- Nov. 3, 2016 for the 


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This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org

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