[amsat-bb] ANS-239 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

JoAnne Maenpaa k9jkm at comcast.net
Mon Aug 28 14:12:05 UTC 2017


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:

* RadFsSat/Fox-1B Integration With P-POD Complete & Waiting for Launch
* AMSAT-NA BoD Ballots Due At AMSAT Office By September 15, 2017
* AMSAT Office Closed Until September 6
* ARISS Crossband Repeater is NOT Active for General Communications
* Hamvention 2017 AMSAT Forum Videos Posted
* CubeSat Launch Initiative Announcement of Opportunity
* AMSAT 2017 Symposium Call for Papers
* NASA Tournament Lab USSOCOM CubeSat Challenge
* Russian Arctic DXpedition Plan Includes Satellite Operation

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ANS-239 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 239.01
DATE August 27, 2017
BID: $ANS-239.01


RadFsSat/Fox-1B Integration With P-POD Complete & Waiting for Launch

Following successful integration into the P-POD last week, it has now
been announced that the launch date of RadFxSat/Fox-1B is set for
November 10, 2017.

RadFxSat will fly with four other CubeSats in the ELaNa XIV mission on
the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket launching NASA's JPSS-1
satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA.  

After successful
deployment of the JPSS-1 primary payload, the ELaNa XIV CubeSats will be
deployed.  RadFxSat should have an orbit lifetime of about seven years in
the projected orbit:
+ 811 km x 440 km
+ i = 97.73 degrees
+ LTAN = 13:20:35

[ANS thanks Jerry Buxton, NØJY, AMSAT Vice-President Engineering for the
above information]


AMSAT-NA BoD Ballots Due At AMSAT Office By September 15, 2017

Ballots for AMSAT-NA's Board of Directors were mailed to members in
good standing on July 15. Members are encouraged to complete their
ballots and return them as soon as possible. Ballots must be received
at the AMSAT office by September 15 in order to be counted.

This year AMSAT-NA will be electing four voting members of the Board
of Directors. These will go to the four candidates receiving the
highest number of votes. In addition, there will be one alternate
chosen, based on the next highest number of votes received.

The 2017 candidates, in alphabetical order by last name are:

Jerry Buxton, N0JY
Clayton Coleman, W5PFG
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
Peter Portanova, W2JV
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM

Election of Board members is both an obligation as well as an
opportunity by our membership to help shape the future direction of
AMSAT. Please take the time to review the candidate statements that
will accompany the ballot and determine who you wish to see on the
Board. You have the option to vote for up to four candidates.

[ANS thanks AMSAT Office for the above information]


AMSAT Office Closed Until September 6

The AMSAT Office is closed between August 25 and Sepetember 6. It will 
reopen on Wednesday, September 6th.

[ANS thanks Martha for the above information]


ARISS Crossband Repeater is NOT Active for General Communications

ARISS reminds amateur operators that the voice repeater aboard the ISS
has not officially been activated for general radio contacts although
some stations have reported successful contacts using 435.050 MHz FM
as the uplink and 145.800 MHz FM as the downlink.

Last week these satellites with amateur radio were deployed by the
Russian crew during their EVA:

TOMSK TPU-120  (RS04S) 437.025 MHz FM voice announcements
Tanusha-SWSU-1 (RS-6S) 437.050 MHz AX25 9K6 bps, FM voice announcements
Tanusha-SWSU-2 (RS-7S) 437.050 MHz AX25 9K6 bps, FM voice announcements

The Russian team set up the ISS repeater as a crossband relay between
437.050 MHz and 145.800 MHz at the last minute because they were concerned
about getting telemetry from their satellites, which might be spinning
more than they had expected.  They are hoping the nearby receiver on ISS
can capture and retransmit telemetry that is not being picked up on the


Radio amateurs wishing to try receiving the Tanusha telemetry can find
technical details on the Southwest State University Space Activity page
at: http://eng.swsu.ru/space

When the ARISS voice repeater is active and authorized for general amateur
voice contacts the uplink frequency is 437.800 MHz FM using the 145.800 MH
FM downlink.

[ANS thanks ARISS and the Russian Southwest State University for the above


Hamvention 2017 AMSAT Forum Videos Posted

Matthew, NJ4Y reports that three of the 2017 Hamvention AMSAT Forum
videos have been added to the AMSAT Youtube channel, with more to
come next week.

Visit the AMSAT Youtube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/AMSATNA
For Hamvention video of the AMSAT Forum for:

+ 2017 Hamvention AMSAT Forum - AMSAT Status Report by Barry Baines
+ 2017 AMSAT Hamvention Forum - AMSAT Operations Update by Drew Glasbrenner
+ 2017 AMSAT Hamvention Forum - AMSAT Engineeting Update by Jerry Buxton

[ANS thanks Matthew Stevens, NJ4Y for the above information]


CubeSat Launch Initiative Announcement of Opportunity

Accredited education institutions, nonprofit organizations, and 
NASA centers can join the adventure and challenges of space while 
helping the agency achieve its exploration goals through the next 
round of the agency’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI). 

Applicants must submit proposals by 4:30 p.m. EST, Nov. 21.

The CSLI provides CubeSat developers with a low-cost pathway to 
conduct research in space that advances NASA's strategic goals 
in the areas of science, exploration, technology development, 
education and operations. The initiative allows students, 
teachers and faculty to gain hands-on experience designing, 
building, and operating these small research satellites.

To date, NASA has selected 151 CubeSat missions, 49 of which 
have been launched into space. NASA has offered a launch 
opportunity to 95 percent of those selected through previous 
announcements, with 44 scheduled for launch within the next 
12 months. The selected CubeSats represent participants from 
38 states and 85 unique organizations across the country.

NASA will make selections by Feb. 16, 2018, and selection 
does not guarantee a launch opportunity. Selected experiments 
will be considered as auxiliary payloads on agency launches 
or for deployment from the International Space Station 
beginning in 2018 through 2021. U.S. non-pro?t and accredited 
educational organizations are responsible for funding the 
development of the small satellites.

For this round of the initiative, NASA is particularly interested 
in participation from organizations in the District of Columbia, 
Puerto Rico, and 12 states not previously selected. These states 
are: Delaware, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New 
Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota 
and Wyoming.

CubeSats are part of a class of research spacecraft called 
nanosatellites. CubeSats are built to standard dimensions of 
10x10x11 centimeters, which are called units or U. They can be 
1U, 2U, 3U, or 6U in size, and typically weigh less than 3 pounds 
(1.33 kilograms) per U.  A 6U CubeSat typically has a mass of 
about 26.5 pounds (12 to 14 kilograms). The final mass of a 
CubeSat depends on the selected deployment method.

Small satellites like CubeSats play a valuable role in the 
agency’s exploration, technology, educational, and science 
investigations, including planetary exploration, Earth observation, 
and fundamental Earth and space science. They are a cornerstone in 
the development of cutting-edge NASA technologies like laser 
communications, satellite-to-satellite communications and 
autonomous movement.

For additional information about NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative, 
visit: http://go.nasa.gov/CubeSat_initiative

[ANS thanks NASA for the above information]


AMSAT 2017 Symposium Call for Papers

This call for papers is for the 2017 AMSAT Annual Meeting and Space 
Symposium to be held on the weekend of October 27, 28, 29, 2017 at 
the Silver Legacy Resort, Reno, Nevada. 

Proposals for papers, symposium presentations and poster presentations 
are invited on any topic of interest to the amateur satellite community. 
We request a tentative title of your presentation as soon as possible, 
with final copy to be submitted by October 6 for inclusion in the
printed proceedings. Abstracts and papers should be sent to Dan Schultz 
N8FGV at n8fgv at amsat.org

[ANS thanks Dan, N8FGV, for the above information]


NASA Tournament Lab USSOCOM CubeSat Challenge

Do you have an idea that could advance the state of current CubeSat
technologies and payloads and demonstrate applications that may benefit any
of the USSOCOM missions? Propose new or innovative CubeSat payload
technology/use concepts that can be demonstrated to support USSOCOM missions
within 12-24 months. Seven $5,000 prizes will be awarded in the following
categories: 4 - 3U Winners, 2 - 6U Winners and 1 - People's Choice Award

Make sure to follow the competition to find out how you can get involved:

The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is the Unified
Combatant Command charged with manning, training, and equipping the various
Special Operations Component Commands of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and
Air Force of the United States Armed Forces.  Core Activities within the
scope of Special Operations Forces (SOF) include: Direct Action, Special
Reconnaissance, Unconventional Warfare, Foreign Internal Defense, Civil
Affairs Operations, Counterterrorism, Military Information Support
Operations, Counter-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Security
Force Assistance, Counterinsurgency, Hostage Rescue and Recovery, and
Foreign Humanitarian Assistance.

One of the guiding tenets of SOF is that most special operations require
non-SOF assistance.  As such, USSOCOM is seeking global ideas on how to
advance CubeSat capabilities. Specifically, USSOCOM is conducting this
crowdsourcing challenge to solicit concepts that advance the state of
current CubeSat technologies and payloads and demonstrate applications that
may benefit any of the USSOCOM missions.  Concepts should be viable for a
prototype demonstration within 12-24 months. These concepts will advance how
CubeSats can be utilized to support Special Operations Forces (SOF)

Example areas that are relevant to USSOCOM missions are (not an exhaustive
+ Next-generation CubeSat and/or sensor technologies
+ Advanced communications; including full orbit Command & Control
  and data exfiltration
+ Electro-Optical (EO)/Infrared (IR) sensing and imaging
+ Multi/Hyper spectral sensor technology
+ Propulsion capabilities to modify or maintain orbits
+ Advanced On-Orbit data processing
+ Multi-function payloads
+ Tagging, Tracking and Locating capabilities

[ANS thanks NASA and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
for the above information]


Russian Arctic DXpedition Plan Includes Satellite Operation

Members of the Russian Robinson Club (RRC) continue planning for 
their next Arctic operation. Look for RI1F to be active from 
Victoriya Island (EU-190). They will will leave Murmansk sometime 
late September (27th), and they are expected to operate between 
October 1-7th. This island group has never been activated before. 
By the way, these islands count for DXCC purposes as Franz Josef 
Land. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, including the WARC bands, 
VHF and UHF. Operations will be on CW, SSB, the Digital modes, 
EME (dates are October 3-7th) and the satellites.

They plan to operate from two different sites (one HF and EME; 
one VHF/UHF). The complete break down can be see on QRZ.com.

Currently, 12 operators have been named: Igor/UA9KDF (Team 
leader), Yury/ UA9OBA (RRC President), Andrey/UA9LDD (CW op), 
Valery/UA0ZC (CW/SSB op), Vladimir/R9LR (SSB/CW op), Sergey/UA9KB 
(CW op), Artemy/UA9KAM (Photo, video, SSB op), Andrey/RT9K 
(Mechanic, cook, SSB op), Victor/RW0BG (CW/SSB op), Mikhail/UA1QV 
(CW/SSB op), Valery/RA9J (CW/SSB op) and Vladimir (Son of UA9LDD; 
CW/SSB op).

Pilot station is Igor, RA3CQ. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS or by the 
Bureau. QSL Manager is Alexandr, RX9KM. Watch QRZ.com for updates. 
Their Web page is still under construction at: http://legendsarctic.com

[ANS thanks Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1328 for the above information{



In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the
President's Club. Members of the President's Club, as sustaining
donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT

Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students
enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
information. And with that, please keep in mind the tale of the two 
antennas got married – the wedding was lousy, but the reception 
was outstanding.

This week's ANS Editor,
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
k9jkm at amsat dot org

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