[ans] ANS-320 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Mark Johns, K0JM k0jm.mark at gmail.com
Thu Nov 19 23:30:08 UTC 2020


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-320

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In this edition:
* Australian Space Communications Station To Feature Optical Data
  Transfer
* WB4APR Seeking high power VHF stations for Leonids Meteor Shower
* AMSAT Italia and Italian Space Agency ISS STEAM agreement
* ORI sponsors the M17 VOCODER and hardware development
* Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for November ##, 2020
* ARISS News
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
* Tips for the New Operator - Mobile Apps

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ANS-320 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 320.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE 2020 November 15
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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Australian Space Communications Station Will Feature Optical Data
Transfer

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is set to install an optical
communications station capable of receiving high-speed data transmis-
sions from space. The communications station will be able to receive
data from spacecraft from anywhere between low-Earth orbit (between
100 miles and 620 miles above Earth's surface) to as far away as the
surface of the moon -- some 240,000 miles away. Astrophotonics Group
Leader Dr. Sascha Schediwy at UWA and the International Centre for Radio
Astronomy (ICRAR) said optical communications are an emerging alterna-
tive to radio waves and are expected to drastically improve data trans-
fer capabilities from space.

"Most current space communications rely on radio waves -- it's the same
technology that brought us the voice of Neil Armstrong when the Apollo
11 mission landed on the moon in 1969," Schediwy said. "Free-space op-
tical laser communications has several advantages over radio, including
significantly faster data rates and hack-proof data transfer. It's the
next generation of space communications, and it's likely to be how
we'll see high-definition footage of the first woman to walk on the
moon."

The $535,000 ground station will use a 0.7-meter observatory-grade op-
tical telescope donated to ICRAR, which will be fitted with atmospheric
noise suppression technology developed at the university. The Western
Australian ground station will be a joint venture between the UWA
Astrophotonics Group, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quan-
tum Systems (EQUS), and UK industry partner Goonhilly Earth Station,
which handles data traffic and supports secure communications links for
major satellite operators including Intelsat, Eutelsat, and SES Satel-
lites.

Data from the station will be fed to Goonhilly's supercomputer data
center in Cornwall, England by high-speed fiber. It will form part of
a larger Australasian network of optical stations, led by the Austral-
ian National University and supported by partners in South Australia
and New Zealand.

EQUS Director Andrew White said the Western Australian ground station
could be the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere and have ad-
ditional applications in research in different fields.

Goonhilly Chief Executive Ian Jones said the initiative is driving sat-
ellite communications into the next generations of systems and techno-
logies needed to support the "enormous" data volumes produced by space
missions. "This data arises from science and other missions and, in the
future, will come from lunar and Mars missions that involve remote op-
erations, robotics, and AI," Jones said. The ground station is expected
to be operational from early 2021 and open for business later that year.

[ANS thanks Rick Lindquist, WW1ME, Editor of The ARRL Letter for the
above information]

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WB4APR Seeking high power VHF stations for Leonids Meteor Shower

Bob Bruninga, WB4APR is seeking a several AMSAT operators with beams
and high power transmitters to join in a Meteor Shower experiment.
Bob writes:

With the Leonids Meteor shower coming up after Midnight next Monday
(Tues AM), maybe its time to have some fun with APRS again!

Last time we did this was 1998 and over 48 MS packets were seen over
500 to 600 miles on the APRS channel..  Here is the report:
http://aprs.org/APRS-docs/LEONIDS.TXT

This year I propose not a free-for-all but just a few HIGH power sta-
tions transmitting and everyone else in the country checks the next
morning to see what they copied. Best TX stations are those with sev-
eral hundred watts and a beam. Even one such station would be a great
test, because on 144.39 we would have maybe 10,000 full time normal
APRS stations as receivers. In retirement, I don't have the power nor
the beam.

Up to 15 TX stations with power capability > 100W and beams would par-
ticipate. Beams would be pointed toward distant population centers. The
15 transmitting stations will be distributed in various parts of the
country would TX a continuous keydown string of short packets for 15
seconds every minute. Special software and APRS ID's will be used.
Xmission will be on the 144.39 national APRS channel to maximize the
number of people that might copy one.

Transmissions begin at midnight local time and runs to 6 AM only to
minimize any interference to other operators. This will result in local
reception within about 20 miles of the TX station, but since the pac-
kets have no path, they can only be heard in simplex range of a trans-
mitter or via meteor scatter. If a meteor happens, someone within about
400 to 600 miles is likely capture it.  Because the APRS channel load
in most areas is only a packet every 3 or 4 seconds and that gives
everyone a receive window of 75% of the total slots available.  Even if
the TX stations are not synchronized, it doesnt matter because a given
meteor path only exists for a fraction of a second between two fixed
100 mile or so areas for that instant.

The 15 high power TX stations will send is about 30 copies of the APRS
grid format in a single burst every minute. This burst would look like:
>GG##gg<CR>
>GG##gg<CR>
>GG##gg<CR>
>GG##gg<CR>
...
>GG##gg<CR>
>GG##gg<CR>

The TNC will concatenate probably seven to ten of these at a timel into
dense packets with only a single TX delay, not 30 delays.

The TNC has UNPROTO set to simply "APRS" no path! And set to CONVErSE..

Adjust the number (30?) till the TX burst lasts 15 seconds each minute.
The result is a complete grid in only 200 milliseconds each.  Hopefully
short enough so that occasionally one will get bounced somewhere by the
extremely short meteor path bursts at VHF.

Point beam toward an area with a dense ham population that is at least
600 miles away. Vertical or Horizontal polarization will work.

The PARS IS will be from the range METEOR-1 through METEOR-15

RX stations will not need to do anything special.  Any APRS software
should capture and decode and plot a grid report if received overnight.

For those who are interested, here is the 1998 experiment page:
http://aprs.org/meteors.html Look about 75% down the page for the map
of the 1998 2m experiment.


[ANS thanks Bob Bruninga, WB4APR for the above information]

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AMSAT Italia and Italian Space Agency ISS STEAM agreement

AMSAT Italia and ASI, the Italian Space Agency, have subscribed a
three-year framework program for joint initiatives in the area of the
scientific culture development with particular interest in the aero-
space field. The agreement also aims to develop interest of new genera-
tions in the STEAM disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts,
and Mathematics. In this framework AMSAT Italia will propose the Agency
project with particular technical relevance and high dissemination
value for a joint technical feasibility and, as national reference for
the ARISS project, the association will involve ASI in the school con-
tacts with the astronauts on board the ISS. On the other hand ASI will
make available the resources at its operation centers for verification
activities or test of devices developed for educational purposes. The
2020-2023 framework program subscription confirms the collaboration
between the Agency and our Association already started in 2011. More
on the event on the AMSAT Italia web site <http://www.amsat.it>
(in Italian).

[ANS thanks Fabrizio Carrai, IU5GEZ of AMSAT Italia for the
above information]

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ORI sponsors the M17 VOCODER and hardware development.

Open Research Institute is proud to formally sponsor M17, an open
source digital radio protocol, code, voice codec, and hardware project.
The designs and technology are highly useful for digital radio uplinks
or a wide variety of amateur satellite projects. The project is dyna-
mic, international, accessible, modern, and welcoming. Open Research
Institute is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to open source research and develop-
ment for the amateur radio satellite service and beyond. Find out more
at https://openresearch.institute

Learn about M17 and get involved at https://m17project.org/

[ANS thanks <Michelle Thompson W5NYV, Member AMSAT Board of Directors,
CEO Open Research Institute> for the above information]

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         Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AMSAT office
    is closed until further notice. For details, please visit
  https://www.amsat.org/amsat-office-closed-until-further-notice/

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Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for November 12, 2020

The Neutron-1 cubesat was deployed from the ISS on 11-5-2020 at 10:40
UTC, but its NORAD Catalog number has not yet been identified. Neu-
tron-1 is a 3U cubeSat built by the Hawaii Space Flight Lab at the Uni-
versity of Hawaii.

The Hawaii Space Flight Lab has asked the world wide amateur to help
collect beacon data as a part of this project. The IARU coordinated
beacon frequency is 435.300 MHZ,1200bps BPSK every 60 seconds.

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 306.01 has further information on this pro-
ject at the following url.
https://www.amsat.org/pipermail/ans/2020/001212.html

Editor's Note: Also see comment in the Satellite Shorts section.

A post launch TLE set (updated 11-9-2020) is available at the following URL.
https://www.hsfl.hawaii.edu/
Sources: AMSAT News Service and Hawaii Space Flight Lab

A Chinese student/radio amateur satellite BY70-3 was launched 11-6-2020
with a CZ 6 rocket. The IARU coordinated downlink frequency is 437.443
MHz, 8000 bps BPSK. So far no signals have been recieved.
Source: Nico Janssen, PA0DLO.

[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager, for the
above information]

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ARISS NEWS for the week of 8 November, 2020

ARISS has posted a special anniversary message and a video celebrating
our 20th Anniversary on the ARISS Web Page: <http://www.ariss.org>.

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

A multi-point telebridge contact means that each student will be on
the telebridge from their own home.

ARISS is very aware of the impact that COVID-19 is having on schools
and the public in general.  As such, we may have last minute cancella-
tions or postponements of school contacts.  As always, I will try to
provide everyone with near-real-time updates. Watch for future COVID-19
related announcements at https://www.ariss.org/

The following schools have now been postponed or cancelled due to
COVID-19:
Postponed: No new schools
Cancelled: No new schools

Note, all times are approximate.  It is recommended that you do your
own orbital prediction or start listening about 10 minutes before the
listed time.

All dates and times listed follow International Standard ISO 8601 date
and time format YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS

The complete schedule page has been updated as of 2020-11-10 16:00 UTC.
(***) Here you will find a listing of all scheduled school contacts,
and questions, other ISS related websites, IRLP and Echolink websites,
and instructions for any contact that may be streamed live.

https://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/arissnews.rtf

https://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/arissnews.txt

The successful school list has been updated as of 2020-10-14 18:00 UTC.

https://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/Successful_ARISS_schools.rtf

The ARISS webpage is at https://www.ariss.org/. Note that there are
links to other ARISS websites from this site.

The main page for Applying to Host a Scheduled Contact may be found at
https://www.ariss.org/apply-to-host-an-ariss-contact.html


ARISS Contact Applications (United States)

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program
is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations,
individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with
a crew member on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates that the contact
would be held between July 1, 2021 and December 30,

2021. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact
dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking
for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and in-
tegrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.

The deadline to submit a proposal is November 24th, 2020. Proposal in-
formation and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines
and the proposal form can be found at www.ariss.org. An ARISS Intro-
ductory Webinar session will be held on October 8, 2020 at 8PM ET. The
Eventbrite link to sign up is:
https://ariss-proposal-webinar-fall-2020.eventbrite.com

The Opportunity

Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in
scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are approxi-
mately 10 minutes in length and allow students to interact with the
astronauts through a question-and-answer session.

An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via Amateur
Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station and
classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford education audiences
the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to
live and work in space and to learn about space research conducted on
the ISS. Students also will have an opportunity to learn about satel-
lite communication, wireless technology, and radio science.

Because of the nature of human spaceflight and the complexity of sched-
uling activities aboard the ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexi-
bility to accommodate changes in dates and times of the radio contact.

Amateur Radio organizations around the world with the support of NASA
and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe present educa-
tional organizations with this opportunity. The ham radio organizations
volunteer efforts provide the equipment and operational support to en-
able communication between crew on the ISS and students around the
world using Amateur Radio.

Please direct any questions to ariss.us.education at gmail.com.

For future proposal information and more details such as expectations,
proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of Informa-
tion Webinars, go to www.ariss.org.

ARISS Contact Applications (Europe, Africa and the Middle East)

Schools and Youth organizations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East
interested in setting up an ARISS radio contact with an astronaut on
board the International Space Station are invited to submit an applica-
tion from September to October and from February to April.

Please refer to details and the application form at
www.ariss-eu.org/school-contacts.  Applications should be addressed by
email to:  school.selection.manager at ariss-eu.org

ARISS Contact Applications (Canada, Central and South America, Asia
and Australia and Russia)

Organizations outside the United States can apply for an ARISS contact
by filling out an application.  Please direct questions to the appro-
priate regional representative listed below. If your country is not
specifically listed, send your questions to the nearest ARISS Region
listed. If you are unsure which address to use, please send your ques-
tion to the ARISS-Canada representative; they will forward your ques-
tion to the appropriate coordinator.



For the application, go to:
https://www.ariss.org/ariss-application.html.

ARISS-Canada and the Americas, except USA: Steve McFarlane, VE3TBD
email to: ve3tbd at gmail.com

ARISS-Japan, Asia, Pacific and Australia: Satoshi Yasuda, 7M3TJZ email
to: ariss at iaru-r3.org, Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL)
https://www.jarl.org/

ARISS-Russia: Soyuz Radioljubitelei Rossii (SRR) https://srr.ru/

ARISS is always glad to receive listener reports for the above contacts.
ARISS thanks everyone in advance for their assistance.  Feel free to
send your reports to aj9n at amsat.org or aj9n at aol.com.

Listen for the ISS on the downlink of 145.8Ø MHz unless otherwise noted.
ARISS congratulations the following mentors who have now mentored over
100 schools:

Francesco IKØWGF with 140
Satoshi 7M3TJZ with 138
Sergey RV3DR with 137
Gaston ON4WF with 123

The webpages listed below were all reviewed for accuracy. Out of date
webpages were removed, and new ones have been added.  If there are ad-
ditional ARISS websites I need to know about, please let me know.

Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school events is 1403.
Each school counts as 1 event.
Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school contacts is 1336.
Each contact may have multiple schools sharing the same time slot.
Total number of ARISS supported terrestrial contacts is 48.

The following US states and entities have never had an ARISS contact:
South Dakota, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands,
and the Virgin Islands.

QSL information may be found at:
https://www.ariss.org/qsl-cards.html
ISS callsigns: DPØISS, IRØISS, NA1SS, OR4ISS, RSØISS

Frequency chart for packet, voice, and crossband repeater modes showing
Doppler correction as of 2005-07-29 04:00 UTC
https://bit.ly/3kVbNNL

Check out the Zoho reports of the ARISS contacts
https://reports.zoho.com/ZDBDataSheetView.cc?DBID=412218000000020415

Exp. 63 now on orbit
Kate Rubins KG5FYJ
Sergey Ryzhikov
Sergey Kud-Sverchkov

About ARISS:

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a coopera-
tive venture of international amateur radio societies and the space
agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS).  In the
United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
(AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS National Lab
and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The primary
goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engin-
eering, and mathematics (STEAM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts
via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in
classrooms or public forms. Before and during these radio contacts,
students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space
technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see
www.ariss.org.

73,

Charlie Sufana AJ9N
One of the ARISS operation team mentors


[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, one of the ARISS operation team men-
tors for the above information]

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    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/

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Upcoming Satellite Operations

Quick Hits:

Note: Watch Twitter, there are lots pop-up roves happening lately, and
I can't keep this page updated with all of them.

DM89, 11/14 @N6UA Saturday might just be a good day to rove. Thinking
of DM89 east of Denver – either around Last Chance or Agate, CO.

KH67, 7Q7RU, AO-7, RS-44, QO-100, 11/11 thru 11/21.

BRAZIL BAHIA. Sandro Ribeiro PY1SAN and Claudio MARCelo PY1CMT are QRV
on the QO-100 satellite (some opportunities AO-07, FO-29 or RS-44)
using CW and SSB as ZX6BA from Prado (HH02) 13 to 15 November 2020.
The activity will be in several HF bands too, using CW and FT8, por-
table Alex Loop Antenna with 5 watts. QSL via LoTW.

BRAZIL, ESPIRITO SANTO. Sandro Ribeiro PY1SAN and Claudio MARCelo
PY1CMT are QRV on Satellite QO-100 (maybe AO-07, FO-29, RS-44) using
CW and SSB as PR1S from Nova Almeida (GG99) from 16 to 18 November 2020.
A activity will be in several HF bands too, using CW and FT8, portable
Alex Loop Antenna with 5 watts. QSL via LoTW.

Major Roves:

Maine!!!!!!

@KL7TN will be in FN53/54/55/56/57/64/65/66/67 Nov 13-18. Details to
follow.

Editor's Note: Don't forget to check out Paul Overn's GridMasterHeatMap
on Twitter: https://bit.ly/35kUqB3 and Blog at: https://bit.ly/3eOpYT4

Please submit any additions or corrections to KE0PBR (at) gmail.com
[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager, for the
above information]
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Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

Clint Bradford K6LCS has booked his "Work the FM Voice Satellites
With Minimal Equipment"  presentation for the clubs.

TBD – Antelope Valley (CA) ARC

TBD – A private presentation for a Boy Scout troop in Danville, Penn-
sylvania

These will be Zoom presentations. Everyone is asked to update their
copies of the Zoom application – by directly visiting Zoom.us.

Clint will be conducting “working the easy satellites† sessions
via Zoom on November 19, 2020 at 7pm Pacific. If you are interested in
attending, please send him a private email for exact times and Zoom
meeting number!

[ANS thanks Clint Bradford, K6CLS for the above information]

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Tausat, a 3U CubeSat created by university students at Herzliya Sci
  ence Center in Israel, received frequency coordination approval from
  the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) on November 12. It will
  carry a U/V FM amateur radio transponder, as well as a 9k6 BPSK AX25
  telemetry downlink. The builders are planning a JAXA deployment from
  the ISS in February, 2021.
  (ANS thanks IARU for the above information)

+ NASA is inviting the public to take part in virtual activities and
  events ahead of the launch the agency's SpaceX Crew-1  mission with
  astronauts to the International Space Station. This is the first crew
  rotation flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9
  rocket following certification by NASA for regular flights to the
  space station as part of the agency's Commercial Crew Program. The
  launch is targeted for 7:49 p.m. EST Saturday, Nov. 14, from Launch
  Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Crew Dra-
  gon is scheduled to dock to the space station at 4:20 a.m. Sunday,
  Nov. 15. Launch, prelaunch activities, and docking will air live on
  NASA Television and the agency’s website.
  https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive Additional Information is available at:
  https://go.nasa.gov/38Aii5J
  (ANS thanks NASA for the above information)

+ Rocket Lab launch delayed to November 19 UTC.
  See: https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1327691418970644481
  Previous announcement: The next Rocket Lab launch window is scheduled
  for November 15 UTC at 01:44 to 04:34. It's is called "Return to
  Sender". They are going to try to recover the first stage by captur-
  ing it by helicopter as it is descending.
  See: https://www.rocketlabusa.com/missions/next-mission/
  The payload is 30 cubesats, one of which (APSS-1) is a 1U student
  satellite from Auckland University. This one has a 9600 GMSK downlink
  in the 70CM band. The format and details are due to be published here
  in the next few days. https://apss.space.auckland.ac.nz/.
  To balance the payloads, a 3D printer version of "Gnome Chompski" has
  been attached to the kick stage. See:
  https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1323335303008903170
  Gabe Newell who made the Gnome is going to donate $1 to Starship
  Children's Hospital for every person watching the launch live. For
  information about Starship Children's Hospital, see:
  https://www.starship.org.nz

  Editors Note: at time of 11/11/2020 draft, a group message from Mark
  Jessop, VK5QI indicated that APSS-1's IARU frequency coordination re-
  quest has not been completed:
  http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/formal_detail.php?serialnum=669
  (ANS thanks Terry Osborne ZL2BAC for passing along the above informa-
  tion)

+ NROL-101 Mission Targeting Nov. 13 due to Hurricane Eta
  (Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Nov. 11, 2020) -- Due to
  impending weather and escalation of Hurricane Eta, ULA is now target-
  ing Friday, Nov. 13, at 5:13 p.m. EST (2213 UTC) for the launch of
  the NROL-101 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. See
  https://bit.ly/35kiIeA for additional information.
  (ANS thanks the ULA editors for the above information)

+ NASA has extended the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System
  mission (CYGNSS) through 2023 with plans to revisit and possibly
  extend  the mission through 2026. The constellation of microsatel-
  lites designed, built and operated by Southwest Research Institute
  with the University of Michigan, has made history over the last three-
  plus years, penetrating thick clouds and heavy rains to accurately
  assess wind speeds and better understand hurricane intensification.
  The NASA senior review panel rated the mission extension proposal as
  excellent, based on the current health of the constellation of instru-
  ments, particularly considering the low-cost nature of the sensors.
  (ANS thanks Space Daily for the above information)

+ SpaceX fired up the three rocket engines of its Starship SN8 proto-
  type for the second time last night at its testing facilities in Boca
  Chica, Texas. The event was a powerful blast of orange smoke — and
  flying sparks, as captured by onlookers on video. The video and addi-
  tional information is available at https://bit.ly/3lmcSPD
  (ANS thanks futurism.com for the above information)

+ Two Russian cosmonauts are scheduled to go outside the International
  Space Station on Wednesday, Nov. 18, to conduct a spacewalk that will
  initiate preparations for the arrival of a new Russian research
  module. Expedition 64 Commander Sergey Ryzhikov and Flight Engineer
  Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, both of the Russian space agency Roscosmos,
  will relocate an antenna from the Pirs docking compartment, to the
  Poisk module, the first in a series of tasks over the course of sev-
  eral spacewalks that will prepare Pirs for decommissioning, undocking,
  and disposal. The Earth-facing Pirs will be replaced by the new Rus-
  sian Multipurpose Laboratory Module, named "Nauka," Russian for "sci-
  ence," which is being prepared for launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome
  in Kazakhstan. The spacewalk is expected to last up to six hours.
  Live coverage of the Russian spacewalk will begin at 13:30z on NASA
  Television and the agency's website. The spacewalk is expected to be-
  gin about 14:30Z.
  (ANS thanks NASA for the above information)

+ A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifted off Saturday, Nov. 7 with
  India's EOS 1 radar imaging satellite and nine rideshare payloads for
  customers based in the United States, Luxembourg, and Lithuania. The
  successful mission was India’s first launch in nearly a year due to
  delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Also on Saturday, a new
  four-stage rocket operated by the Chinese launch company Galactic
  Energy succeeded on its inaugural flight, delivering a data relay
  microsatellite to an orbit 300 miles above Earth.
  (ANS thanks SpaceflightNow for the above information)

+ After its release from the ISS, many satellite enthusiasts have lis-
  tened for a signal from the Hawaii Spaceflight Lab's Neutron-1 cube-
  sat. Reports have not come flooding in. Shane Pule, KC3PPM shared an
  email with the UH-SFL with me that outlines a possible explanation:
  Aloha Shane, Thank you for this information, we appreciate you lis-
  tening for Neutron-1. We haven't been successful at contacting Neu-
  tron-1 yet. We have noticed a signal at 435.275MHz while tracking
  Neutron-1, and we are investigating this in the event that our signal
  is shifted by 25kHz. We are not sure what could have caused this, but
  there may be an issue with the SDR tuning onboard the spacecraft. 73,
  Amber Imai-Hong
  (ANS thanks < Shane Pule, KC3PPM > for the above information)

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Tips for the New Satellite Operator - Mobile Apps

This is the second of a what I hope to be a monthly New Satellite Opera-
tors Corner. I will offer AMSAT New Operator tips and links to AMSAT
resources for new operators and posts from various interest groups where
useful info is published. This weeks tip comes from Rick, WA6NDR via
TH-D74A at groups.io. I hope you find this as useful as I have.
Jack, KD4IZ, Editor, AMSAT News Service.

There are many websites, cell phone, and desktop apps available for
tracking satellites and learning about launches. For the beginner, the
choices are bewildering and everyone seems to have a favorite. There
are many choices available for all operating systems to choose from.
Scott Harvey, KA7FVV, has a very comprehensive website with links to a
tremendous amount of great information. He does an excellent job of
distilling the basics and presenting them along with some great "how
to" information. See: https://bit.ly/3nwx6H9

Scott suggested a number of the rocket launch apps to me recently and
I have been exploring them. He also suggested several tracking apps. I
don't have an opinion or a recommendation for any of them yet, but I
would encourage you to join me in looking these over.

Of the launch apps I am looking over, the primary are Launchcraft,
Spacelaunch, and Supercluster. All appear to be available for both iOS
and Android devices and can be found on the respective "store" sites
for each OS. They are news aggregation apps that focus on upcoming
space launches as well as offering timetable and post-launch reports.

By the my next monthly report, I should be able to address them, but
for those who are interested, have at it and tell me what you think.
Please let me know if you find an app that is particularly useful.

(ANS thanks AMSAT Member Scott Harvey, KA7FVV for sharing this informa-
tion and his website)

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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
Office.

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.

73 and Remember to help keep amateur radio in space,
This week's ANS Editor, Jack Spitznagel, KD4IZ

kd4iz at amsat dot org


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