AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletin

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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
satellites.

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-NA Board of Directors Ballots Due by 15 September
* July/August 2015 AMSAT Journal Sent to the Print Shop
* SPROUT Deployable Membrane – Request for Telemetry
* Frequencies Announced for Nayif-1 CubeSat
* UK radio ham’s ISS contact in the press
* Work continues on ESEO FUNcube-4
* Scout ISS ham radio contact video
* Last Call for Papers: ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference
* Satellite Frequency Co-ordination Announcement from IARU Region 1
* Chinese Amateur Radio Satellites Set to Launch in Early September
* Do not Digipeat via PCSAT in IARU Region 1
* Planned DX Activity Via Satellite
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 221.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE August 9, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballots Due by 15 September

Ballots were mailed to AMSAT-NA members in good standing by 15 JULY 2015, and
must be returned to the AMSAT-NA office by 15 SEP 2015 in order to be counted.
Those sent outside North America were sent by air mail. Your completed ballot
should be returned as promptly as possible, and those from outside North
America preferably by air mail or other expedited means.

This year there are eight candidates:

Barry Baines, WD4ASW
Jerry Buxton, N0JY
Steve Coy, K8UD
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
Mark Hammond, N8MH
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
Bob McGwier, N4HY
Bruce Paige, KK5DO

The four candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be seated as
voting Board Members with two year terms. The two candidates receiving the
next highest number of votes will be non-voting Alternate Board Members with
terms of one year. Please vote for no more than four candidates.

Please take the time to review the candidate statements that accompany the
ballot and determine who you wish to see on the Board. Election of Board
members is both an obligation as well as an opportunity by our membership to
help shape the future direction of AMSAT-NA.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]

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July/August 2015 AMSAT Journal Sent to the Print Shop

The July/August 2015 AMSAT Journal is complete and has been sent to the
print shop. The Journal is sent six times a year to all members as one of
AMSAT’s membership benefits.

In this issue you will find:

+ AMSAT Announcements

+ Apogee View
by Barry Baines, WD4ASW

+ AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-DL, and Virginia Tech Announce Potential
Phase-3E Opportunity

+ AMSAT 2015 Field Day Results
by Bruce Paige, KK5DO

+ A Field Day 2015 Experience
by George Carr, WA5KBH and Hector Martinez, CO6CBF/W5CBF

+ AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballots in the Mail
by Alan Biddle, WA4SCA

+ Engineering Update July/August 2015
by Jerry Buxton, N0JY

+ AMSAT at Dayton 2015
by Keith Baker, KB1SF/VA3KSF

+ Orbital Debrief – July/August 2015
by Paul Stoetzer, N8HM

+ ARISS Announces New Challenge Coin

+ Israel’s Duchifat-1 Cubesat Open for Users
by Shamai Opfer, 4Z1WS and David Greenberg, 4X1DG

+ Investigation of the International Arms Export Control Act of 1976
by Elizabeth Garbee, KC0OTR

+ A Quick Satellite Rover Trip
by Kevin Manzer, N4UFO

+ 2015 AMSAT Symposium at Dayton Announcement

+ AMSAT Help Wanted Ads

The Journal is always looking for your articles about your station, antenna
topics, operating events and photos, technical articles suitable for amateur
radio in space, software applications, software defined radio. To help you
get started we have a web page “How to Write for the AMSAT Journal” posted
at: http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=1709. The editors are available to help
get you from idea into print.

A big round of thanks goes to our contributors for this issue. The editors
do a lot of work behind the scenes to get each issue ready. Thanks to
Bernhard, VA6MBJ; Douglas, KA2UPW/5; James, K3JPH; Joe, KB6IGK; Red, KC4LE.

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Journal Team for the above information]

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SPROUT Deployable Membrane – Request for Telemetry

Students at Nihon University in Japan are requesting the assistance of radio
amateurs in collecting telemetry from the SPROUT satellite which has deployed
an inflatable membrane structure.

The SPROUT JQ1YGZ Team say:

We’d like to show to everyone about SPROUT, and we’d like to ask receiving
cooperation to everyone.

SPROUT was launched at May 24, 2014 from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan.

There are 3 main missions in SPROUT.
·Deployment demonstration of inflatable membrane structure.
·Demonstration of attitude determination and control technology for several
kilogram class nano-satellite.
·Upbringing of human resources of a space sector

For more information
http://sat.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp/sprout-e/
Please see this website.

This time, we made a deployment demonstration of inflatable membrane
structure. But it’s necessary to get a deal of data to get information on a
satellite, and it takes time to get one of data only my satellite communication
ground station.

So when everybody of amsat would do reception cooperation, information on a
satellite can be got quickly.

We’d like to request reception cooperation of everybody of “AMSAT” for
study promotion.

If you wouldn’t mind, please reception cooperation. Please inform the
following mail address of your question and a reception report –
sprout_contact@forth.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp

Best regards

SPROUT JQ1YGZ Team on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008270115808

SPROUT transmits on 437.525 MHz FM 1k2 AFSK AX.25
http://www.dk3wn.info/sat/afu/sat_sprout.shtml

SPROUT SSTV activation
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/05/31/sprout-sstv-digitalker-active/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Frequencies Announced for Nayif-1 CubeSat

Nayif-1 is an educational single CubeSat project with the goal of providing an
actual space project for Emirati University students. Additionally it is
intended to enthuse and educate young people about radio, space physics and
electronics.

The 1U CubeSat is a collaboration between the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center
and the American University of Sharjah both in the United Arab Emirates.

The spacecraft will only require simple ground station antennas and an SDR
dongle receiver. This will make it uncomplicated for schools and colleges to
use with their students.

It is anticipated Nayif-1 will be launched into an elliptical, sun
synchronous, Low Earth Orbit (LEO) about 400 by 750 km. In such an orbit the
satellite passes over the Emirates at least twice a day. This would allow the
morning passes to be used for educational purposes and the evening passes for
Amateur Radio communications.

The student team will develop and operate a special ground station for this
spacecraft. They will also be developing a unique “Dashboard” to display the
received telemetry data and greetings messages in Arabic.

Nayif-1 will incorporate a novel autonomous attitude determination and control
system. This will be the first flight of this system. Additionally it will
carry a UHF to VHF linear transponder (FUNcube-5) that will have up to 0.5 watt
output and which can be used by Radio Amateurs worldwide for SSB and CW
communications.

A launch is planned for late 2015 on a SpaceX Falcoln 9.

IARU coordinated frequencies for NAYIF-1:
• 145.940 MHz 1200 bps BPSK FUNcube beacon
• 500 mW inverting SSB/CW linear transponder
– 435.045-435.015 MHz Uplink
– 145.960-145.990 MHz Downlink

Follow Nayif-1 on Twitter
https://twitter.com/Nayifone

Nayif-1
http://amsat-uk.org/satellites/communications/nayif-1/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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UK radio ham’s ISS contact in the press

Adrian Lane 2E0SDR got some great newspaper publicity for the hobby when he
made an amateur radio contact with an astronaut on the International Space
Station.

The story was published in the Thursday, August 6, 2015 edition of many UK
national daily newspapers including The Sun, The Times, Telegraph, Independent,
Daily Mail, Daily Express and Mirror. The Thursday edition of the BBC Radio 4
Today show also featured the story at 8:09:46am. To hear it fast forward to
2:09:46 in this recording:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0643x5z#play

During Thursday evening the story featured on the TV news station CNN.

On Friday, August 7, Adrian was interviewed about the contact on the BBC TV
Victoria Derbyshire programme. Watch the interview at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33816779

The astronaut Adrian talked to was Kjell Lindgren who holds the amateur radio
callsign KO5MOS. Kjell was operating the ISS amateur radio station in the ESA
Columbus module using the callsign NA1SS. There is another ISS amateur radio
station in the Russian Service module which uses the callsign RS0ISS.

The online version of the Daily Mail story features a video interview with
Adrian 2E0SDR
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3186534/Radio-ham-contacts-
International-Space-Station-GARDEN-SHED.html

CNN Story – Ham radio and the ISS broadcast 1930 GMT Aug 6, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=35&v=XNs_b73Oiac

Read the Telegraph story at
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/11786461/Radio-ham-
talks-to-space-station-from-garden-shed.html

Read the Mirror newspaper story at
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/amateur-radio-enthusiast-dials-
international-6199955

The Sun newspaper story is behind a paywall at
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/6575742/One-small-step-for-a-ham.html

The Register story: HAM IN SPAAAAAACE
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/08/06/radio_ham_talks_to_iss_astronaut_from_g
arden_shed_in_gloucestershire/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Work continues on ESEO FUNcube-4

AMSAT-UK members have been busy this week working on the FUNcube-4 amateur
radio payload for the new European Student Earth Orbiter (ESEO) satellite. On
Friday, August 7, 2015 they tested the transponder and it seems to work fine.
More testing and characterisation will follow over the next few days.

This is the third mission within the European Space Agency’s Education
Satellite Programme. The satellite, which has a mass of 40 kg and measures
33x33x63 cm, is planned to launch into a Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

The spacecraft will carry a 1260/145 MHz FM transponder and 145 MHz 1200 bps
BPSK telemetry beacon to provide a telemetry downlink that can be easily
received by schools and colleges for educational outreach purposes. The data
will be displayed in an attractive format and provide stimulation and
encouragement for students to become interested in all STEM subjects in a
unique way.

The target audience is primarily students at both primary and secondary levels
and the project includes the development of a simple and cheap “ground station”
operating on VHF frequencies in the Amateur Satellite Service. This station is
an omni-directional antenna feeding a FUNcube DonglePRO+ SDR receiver which
will receive the signals direct from the satellite and transfer the data to
specially developed graphical software running on any Windows laptop.

2015 International Space Colloquium Presentations Playlist
https://www.youtube.com/user/AMSATUK/playlists

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Scout ISS ham radio contact video

Scouts at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree at Bunkyo-ku in Japan had an amateur
radio contact with the International Space Station.

The contact on July 31, 2015 was between 8N23WSJ and NA1SS operated by
astronaut Kjell Lindgren, KO5MOS from the ISS Columbus module.

Watch Radio scouting with the ISS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGhQ8OamfTY

ARISS 23rd World Scout Jamboree contact
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2015/august/ariss_event_0308.htm

23rd World Scout Jamboree
http://www.23wsj.jp/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Last Call for Papers: ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference

ARRL/TAPR are soliciting technical papers for presentation at the 34th Annual
ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference, to be held October 9-11 in
Chicago, Illinois. Papers will also be published in the Conference Proceedings.
You do not have to attend the conference to have your paper included in the
Proceedings. The submission deadline is August 17, 2015.

E-mail your submission to Maty Weinberg at ARRL Headquarters at
maty@arrl.org<mailto:maty@arrl.org>
Please to do not send zip files as these will be rejected by our e-mail server.

[ANS thanks Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the ARRL for the above information]

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Satellite Frequency Co-ordination Announcement from IARU Region 1

The following announcement has been released by the IARU International
Secretariat:

For some years, IARU has sought, through its group of volunteer satellite
coordinators, to assign appropriate frequencies to be used by space satellites
operating in the amateur bands. These efforts have generally been successful,
allowing satellites to operate without undue interference to each other and to
other services using the bands in question. The IARU role in coordination of
frequencies is supported by ITU.

IARU is aware of a few satellites already operating in amateur bands which are
causing difficulties in parts of the world as the frequencies they use do not
appear to accord to existing band plans. IARU has now become aware of plans to
launch a series of satellites where the frequencies proposed appear to conflict
with existing IARU band plans in some parts of the world. IARU is investigating
how this has arisen, and is discussing the issues with the parties involved.

We will make a further statement as soon as possible.

http://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/88-news/1461-satellite-frequency-co-ordination

[ANS thanks Trevor, M5AKA for the above information]

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Chinese Amateur Radio Satellites Set to Launch in Early September

China’s Amateur Satellite Group CAMSAT said this week that nine satellites
carrying Amateur Radio payloads have been delivered to the Taiyuan Satellite
Launch Center in Central China. CAMSAT CEO Alan Kung, BA1DU, said they’re
expected to launch between September 7 and 9. All are part of the CAS-3 series
of satellites. Four of the microsatellites and two of the CubeSats included in
the launch have been designated as the XW-2 (Hope-2) amateur satellite system
(XW-2A through XW-2F), although Kung also refers to them using their initial
CAS-3A through CAS-3F nomenclature. The other three satellites — a CubeSat, a
nanosatellite, and a picosatellite, carry the designations CAS-3G through CAS-
3I, respectively. CAMSAT announced earlier this year that the launch date would
be postponed from mid-July until early September.

“Each satellite of the CAS-3 series will work independently, and they are made
by different organizations,” Kung told ARRL.

The XW-2 series satellites are equipped with substantially identical Amateur
Radio payloads — a U/V mode linear transponder, a CW telemetry beacon and an
AX.25 19.2k/9.6k baud GMSK telemetry downlink, CAMSAT said in May. Each Amateur
Radio complement has the same technical characteristics, but will operate on
different 70 centimeter uplink and 2 meter downlink frequencies. XW-2A through
XW-2F have identical quarter-wavelength deployable monopole whip antennas made
of steel tape.

CAMSAT worked with three entities to complete the other three satellites: CAS-
3G (DCBB), a 2U CubeSat being built by Shenzhen HIT Satellite Ltd of China for
educational purposes; CAS-3H (LilacSat-2), a Harbin Institute of Technology of
China microsatellite for science experiments and Amateur Radio, and CAS-3I (NDT-
Phone Sat), a National University of Defense Technology of China picosatellite
for carrying out technical experiments. CAS-3G and CAS-3I will downlink digital
telemetry on amateur frequencies, while CAS-3H will carry a U/V FM transponder
and APRS. Details on all satellites are attached (see “Downloads,” below).

Kung said a Long March-6 rocket will carry the XW-2 and CAS-3 satellites into
orbit along with 11 other satellites.

http://www.arrl.org/news/chinese-amateur-radio-satellites-set-to-launch-in-
early-september

[ANS thanks the ARRL, CAMSAT CEO Alan Kung, BA1DU, and IARU for the above
information]

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Do not Digipeat via PCSAT in IARU Region 1

As has been reported in the RSGB News, the PCSAT spacecraft was launched some
fourteen years ago and has, due to an on-board power system issue, started to
transmit APRS on 144.390 MHz

Although this is the correct frequency for APRS operation in IARU Region 2, it
is not compatible with our Region 1 bandplan which has this part of the band
designated for weak signal and particularly Meteor Scatter operation.

The orbit of this spacecraft means that sometimes it is in full sunlight and,
at other times, it is eclipsed for a major percentage of the orbit. As the on-
board batteries have lost their ability to hold a charge, the problem can only
occur when it is in sunlight.

Various methods of mitigate this problem are presently under active
consideration but in the meantime it is important that no amateur in Region 1
should attempt to digipeat through this spacecraft. Additionally those amateurs
on the east coast of the American continent are also requested not to attempt
to activate the spacecraft when it can be “seen” from Europe.

At IARU level, further work is being undertaken to reduce the risk from future
spacecraft potentially causing similar problems. Such problems could result
from developers not following the globally agreed bandplans for amateur
satellite operations. In particular the IARU Satellite Coordinator has been
requested to make urgent contact with the team responsible for XW-2(CAS-3)
mission of nine satellites from China. Some of the proposed frequencies do not
respect the internationally agreed Region 1 Bandplan for 2 metres.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Planned DX Activity Via Satellite

HH, HAITI. Doug, KD8CAO, son of K8YSE (OPDX Webmaster), will be active
as HH8/KD8CAO from Jacmel (FK38rf) between August 15-22nd. He is there
on a “Medical Mission Trip” with his XYL. Activity will be mainly on the
satellites (SSB/FM), with a possibility of some HF activity (QRP). His
activity on the satellite will be on FO29, AO7, AO73 and SO50. As this
was being written, Doug was thinking of using/taking his FT-817 (this
could change). QSL via KD8CAO and LoTW.

T47, CUBA (LH Op). Members of the Camaguey Contest Crew got special
permission to operate as T47LH during the ILLW from the Colon Light-
house at Sabinal Key, Cuba. A crew of 5 hams (CO7RR, CO7SF, CO7FR, CO7DS
and CO7WT) will be active from mid-day August 14th to mid-day August 16th.
Operations are planned on all HF bands (60m is pending approval) and
Satellite via SO-50 passes during the ILLW. For more info and details,
see the QRZ.com page for T47LH. QSL route is TBD.

V7, MARSHALL ISLANDS. A group of JA operators will be active from Majuro
Island (OC-029) between September 24-28th. Operators are YL Mami/JP3AYQ
(V73YL) and her husband Sanny/JJ3CIG (V73H), Team Leader Takio/JH3QFL
(V73A), Co-Leader Keizo “Kay”/JH3AZC (V7EME) and Hiro/JR3GWZ (V73GW).
Activity will be on the HF bands, 6 meters, satellite, EME, CW, SSB
and RTTY. Radios are a FT857 and FT847. Their antennas will be a homebrew
3 element full size beam (3 bands) and a SpiderBeam antenna (5 band).
They will also have a Elecraft 500w amp to use. QSL all operators via
their home callsigns. ADDED NOTES:
* YL Mami, JP3AYQ, states (on QRZ.com), that her activity will be holiday
style (she like to scuba dive) on the HF bands using CW (be patient),
SSB and the Digital mode (RTTY). Suggested frequencies are the IOTA
frequencies, such as 14260, 14040, 21260 and 21040 kHz. QSL via JP3AYQ,
direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. Log will be uploaded to LoTW and ClubLog.
She does have a Blog page at:      http://jp3ayq.269g.net
* Sanny, JJ3CIG/KH0YA, states (on QRZ.com), that he plans to operate on
the JT65 mode. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by eQSL.

[ANS thanks Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1225 for the above information]

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AMSAT Events

Information about AMSAT activities at other important events around
the country.  Examples of these events are radio club meetings where
AMSAT Area Coordinators give presentations, demonstrations of working
amateur satellites, and hamfests with an AMSAT presence (a table with
AMSAT literature and merchandise, sometimes also with presentations,
forums, and/or demonstrations).

*Saturday, 15 August 2015 – Arctic Amateur Radio Club Hamfest in
Fairbanks AK

*Sunday, 16 August 2015 – demonstration at Chena Hot Springs AK

*Saturday and Sunday, 22-23 August 2015 – Boxboro Hamfest and ARRL
New England Convention in Boxborough MA

*Saturday and Sunday,  5-6 September – ARRL Roanoke Division Convention
Shelby, NC Hamfest, AMSAT Forum scheduled for Saturday

*Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 16-18 2015, AMSAT Symposium in
Dayton OH (Dayton Crown Plaza)

*Saturday, 7 November 2015 – Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club Hamfest in
Marana AZ

*Saturday, 5 December 2015 – Superstition Superfest 2015 in Mesa AZ

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]

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ARISS News

Successful Contacts

Maroochydore State School, Maroochydore, Queensland,  Australia, telebridge
via LU1CGB
The ISS callsign scheduled was NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut was Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS
Contact was  successful: Thu 2015-08-06 10:10:26 UTC 59 deg

The Maroochydore ISS contact was a success with all 10 questions answered in
detail by Kjell.  There were good signals right through the entire contact.
The principal Stuard Maish just had enough time to thank Kjell before LOS.

Space Jam 9, Rantoul, IL,  telebridge via IK1SLD
The ISS callsign was scheduled to be  OR4ISS
The astronaut was Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS
Contact was successful: Sat 2015-08-08 16:58:02 UTC 33 deg

Space Jam 9 just had a successful contact.  All 24 questions got asked and we
did get 24 answers.  The last 3 or 4 were pretty noisy but he was there.  There
was no notice any signal dropouts and the signal seemed pretty steady
throughout.

Space Jam 9 has about 1000 scouts there for the weekend.  The contact was held
outside so all could see.  Space Jam 9 did their annual balloon launch, they
told me it went to 101000 feet and traveled about 40 miles.  They had a beacon
going and a cross band repeater.  The electronics were recovered just fine.

Greetings to all stations from the participants and volunteers of Space Jam 9
in Rantoul, Illinois. Though primarily a weekend Scouting and STEM education
event, we are open to all interested youth.  Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from
24 states have come together in an educational and fun format to learn more
about the life skills that will prepare them for the increasingly complex
technological future.  Training is our theme this year.  While it is well
known that Scouting teaches pioneering skills like camping and wilderness
survival, the new pioneers and wilderness are in outer space and we are
working hard at 44 technology oriented Merit Badges and activities, plus some
fun things like the Duct Tape Merit Badge.  Talking to the astronauts on the
ISS is an unforgettable part of the experience at Space Jam and that’s next on
our list.  We will not know for many years whether one of these youths
becomes an astronaut themselves but it is certain that they are all part of
tomorrow’s leaders.

ESA Space Camp, Külsheim, Gemany
A telebridge contact with students at ESA Space Camp, Külsheim, Gemany, was
successful  Mon 2015-08-03 10:43:44 UTC  75 deg. The interview was conducted
via W6SRJ with astronaut  Kjell Lindgren, KO5MOS, who answered 21 questions for
students.

The European Space Agency (ESA )Space Camp 2015 was held in the Germany at
a sport and activity centre Aktiv-Welt in  Külsheim, which is situated on the
beautiful landscape of  Baden-Württemberg. The camp will run from Sunday 26
July to Saturday 8 August 2015.
165 children aged 8 to 17 years old will be participating in this annual space
camp from every ESA establishment in Europe where their parents are working.
The children will learn in the spirit of international cooperation and team
work where the camp theme of “ My planet, beyond Earth”, will be take these
young explorers on a continuing journey around our planet and beyond.  The
children will be participating in a range of physical and cultural activities
as well as a full space education program.
Apart from the science element, the children will learn how to work as part of
a team, to be respectful of different cultures and embrace and appreciate the
various talents each child brings to a group. Good training for any ‘first
contacts’ that the future may bring! Learning through active participation will
be paramount as with every camp – as well as having FUN!
Beyond Earth – as last year, the children will continue to ‘reach for the
stars’ with new and innovative activities involving rocket design and launches
as well as making observations of the night sky using telescopes. With such an
environment as in Külsheim, we hope to explore more of the sky in relatively
low light pollution.
The children will be expected to communicate activities in a range of ways
from designing and drawing to building models. It is hoped that the spirit of
fun and collaboration with such an international group of young children will
enable them to learn new things as well as share information which will help
each other be better acquainted with the space environment their families work
in.

The audio file can be downloaded from the internet at
https://www.dropbox.com/s/eb1y6ke2lgg0h35/ISS-final.mp3?dl=0

Upcoming ARISS Contacts

Fleurance Astronomy  Festival, France, telebridge via IK1SLD
The ISS callsign is presently  scheduled to be RSØISS
The scheduled astronaut is TBD
Contact is a  go for: Fri 2015-08-14 19:42:01 UTC 46 deg

Fleurance is a small town located in the South-West of France near Toulouse,
in the Gers department, with about 7,000 inhabitants. One of the main
specialties of this city is the French gastronomy, and especially everything
made from duck (e.g. french foie gras, duck magret) and melon.  In terms of
beverages, Gers is the home region of Armagnac (french alcohol made from white
wine), Floc de Gascogne (made from Armagnac and grape must) and Pousse-Rapiére
(made from Armagnac and a kind of Champagne).

Since 1991, the French Astronomy Festival takes place in August in Fleurance
where more than 10,000 people attend this summer event, the largest European
festival on astronomy and space topics. More than 50 international researchers
as well as astronauts are welcomed and give lectures to everyone coming to the
festival over the week. Since 2006, Astro-jeunes, a kids festival, is
organized during the same week, and welcomes more than 200 children per day to
unveil them the mysteries of our universe and space conquest history.  A dozen
of children from this festival and the Fleurance high-school “Hubert Reeves”
(sponsor of the Festival) have prepared this contact both with their physics
and English teachers.

Watch
http://www.ariss.org/upcoming-contacts.html
for information about upcoming contacts as they are scheduled.

[ANS thanks ARISS, and Charlie, AJ9N for the above information]

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

* Live Broadcast of Space Launch System RS-25 Engine Test Firing

The Space Launch System, or SLS, Liquid Engines Office is conducting a
series of tests for its RS-25 engine. The seven-test series began in January
2015 and will conclude in September 2015. On Aug. 13, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.
EDT, a 550-second test will be conducted at Stennis Space Center near Bay
St. Louis, Mississippi.

The seven-test series will provide critical data on the new engine
controller unit and will show how the RS-25 will perform. New ablative
insulation and heaters also will be tested during the series.

NASA’s SLS will help send humans to deep space destinations like an asteroid
and Mars. SLS is an advanced, heavy-lift launch vehicle that will provide an
entirely new capability for science and human exploration beyond Earth’s
orbit. The SLS will give the nation a means to reach beyond our current
limits and open new doors of discovery from the unique vantage point of
space.

The test will be carried live on NASA TV beginning at 4 p.m. EDT and will be
streamed at http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html. Please make
plans to watch and hear the rumble as NASA continues on its Journey to Mars.

To learn more about the Space Launch System, visit
http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/sls/

[ANS thanks NASA Education Express Message — Aug. 6, 2015 for the above
information]

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/EX

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,
This week’s ANS Editor,
Joe Spier, K6WAO
k6wao at amsat dot org

 

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE SPECIAL BULLETIN
ANS-216

In this edition:

* RadFXSat/Fox-1B Launch Opportunity Announcement November 2016

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-216.01
ANS-216 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 216.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
August 4, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-216.01

RadFXSat/Fox-1B Launch Opportunity Announcement November 2016

AMSAT has been notified by Scott Higginbotham, Mission Manager for ELaNa-12
(Fox-1A launch) and ELaNa-14 (RadFxSat/Fox-1B launch) in NASA’s Launch
Services Program at Kennedy Space Center, “The ELaNa-14 CubeSat complement
is scheduled to fly along with NOAA’s JPSS-1 spacecraft on a Delta II that
will be launching from VAFB on November 15, 2016. Due to a number of
CubeSats recently dropping off of the manifest for this flight, a door has
been opened, and it is my pleasure to inform you that your respective
CubeSats (RadFXSat, GoldenEagle-1, EagleSat, and MiRaTA) have all been
officially added to the manifest.”

AMSAT will begin working with Tyvak, the CubeSat Dispenser and Dispenser
Integration Contractor for this flight. Additional news regarding the
schedule milestones toward meeting launch requirements will be released as
more information becomes available.

In a message sent to AMSAT Vice President Engineering, Jerry Buxton, N0JY,
Higginbotham concluded, “Congratulations and welcome aboard!”

Planned Frequencies for the Fox-1 FM Series Cubesats
————————————————————
Uplink FM (67 Hz tone)      Downlink FM
—————————-    ———–
Fox-1A            435.180 MHz                   145.980 MHz
RadFxSat/Fox-1B * 435.250 MHz                   145.960 MHz
Fox-1C*           435.300 MHz/1267.300 MHz **   145.920 MHz
Fox-1D*           435.350 MHz/1267.350 MHz **   145.880 MHz

* Pending IARU Coordination, Changes will be announced
** Switchable by command station, not operational simultaneously

Download the Fox-1A Operating Guide from the AMSAT Station and
Operating Hints page: http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=2144

[ANS thanks NASA and Jerry Buxton, N0JY, AMSAT Vice President Engineering
for the above information]

/EX

 

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-214

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
satellites.

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:

* Fox-1A Mated to the Centaur for Launch
* AMSAT 2015 Symposium Papers
* PCSAT Default Beacon Transmissions on 144.390 MHz
* 2015 AMSAT-UK Colloquim Videos Aavilable Online
* FUNcube Certificate of Achievement and QSL Card
* Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-214.01
ANS-214 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 214.01
From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
August 2, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-214.01

Fox-1A Mated to the Centaur for Launch

AMSAT-NA’s Fox-1A satellite which will launch on a NASA ELaNa flight from
Vandenburg AFB has been mated to the Centaur upper stage which will carry it to
orbit.  A photo of the NPSCuL mated to the Centaur with the P-POD containing
Fox-1A, BisonSat, ARC1 and 7 other P-PODs can be seen on the AMSAT website.
http://www.amsat.org/?cat=21

[ANS thanks Jerry, N0JY, for the above information]

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AMSAT 2015 Symposium Papers

The 2015 AMSAT-NA Annual Meeting and Space Symposium to be held on the weekend
of October 16-18, 2015. 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. The final copy must be submitted by September 15 for inclusion in the
printed proceedings. Abstracts and papers should be sent to Dan Schultz at n8fgv
at amsat.org

The 2015 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting will be held October 16, 17,
18, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 33 East 5th Street, in Downtown, Dayton,
Ohio.

[ANS thanks the 2015 Symposium Committee for the above information]

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PCSAT Default Beacon Transmissions on 144.390 MHz

An FM APRS signal has been received in England causing interference to the MGM
frequency and weak-signal Meteor Scatter (MS) operation which is just below
144.390 MHz. A MS DXpedition was disrupted by such activity earlier in the month
and interference has been occurring at various times since.

Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, explains that the beacon was planned over 15 years ago for
operation only when PCSAT is over North America based on published band plans at
that time. Now, after 14 years on orbit, the ability to turn that backup beacon
off has been lost.

PCSAT (now 14 years old) had a backup fail-safe beacon on 144.39 that
would activate after any unknown spacecraft reset to give a backup comm
link in case the primary 145.825 channel died.  Being on the North
American APRS frequency with hundreds of IGates there would always be at
least one that would hear this “emergency call home” from PCSAT even
though the channel is generally saturated.  It worked.

The problem is, that now PCSAT resets on every orbit due to negative power
budget and so, on every orbit that beacon comes back on.  Even if we did
get a command up to reset it, that setting would last only 15 minutes to
the next eclipse.

We learned our lesson!  That was our FIRST amateur satellite and we sure
learned NOT to use a “connected-packet-command link” that needs ACKS and
Retries and logon passwords  just to LOGON before you can even send a
SHUTUP command.  All our satellites since, operate without the multiple
Send, connect, ACK, retry, ACK, command, ACK overhead…. just to get one
command understood.  Now, only the receiver on the spacecraft has to be
functional to command it to silence in a single packet.  But too late for
PCSAT.

We are sorry that we have no good answers.  But we hope we can mitigate
this instance of “friendly fire” collateral damage so that we don’t cause
an overall black-eye to amateur radio overall friendly operations?

What you may hear will be 2 one-second packets per minute, one at 1200
baud and one at 9600 baud, trying to “call home”.

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

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2015 AMSAT-UK Colloquim Videos Aavilable Online

Thanks to the cooperation between the BATC and AMSAT-UK, this years
colloquium footage is becoming available online already.

The BATC and AMSAT-UK teams are working to upload all video material on to
the AMSAT-UK YouTube account. (http://youtube.com/user/AMSATUK)

Video’s will become available as soon as uploading is complete. Since the
high-definition files are rather large, please allow for some time for
editing and uploading.

For convenience, if you wish to watch the entire colloquium, go to the
playlist at
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTDI7lbh1cWq2av8hb6EzddopHERvDH0i

[ANS thanks Wouter, PA3WEG, for the above information]

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FUNcube Certificate of Achievement and QSL Card

As announced at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium 2015, a ‘Certificate
of Achievement’ and/or an amateur radio style ‘QSL’ card are now available
online. Only those who have successfully received telemetry from FUNcube-1 and
uploaded it to the Data Warehouse are able to download these documents.
AO-73 (FUNcube-1)

The Certificate of Achievement is aimed at educational establishments such as
schools, and the QSL card at radio amateurs who would like confirmation of their
report. However, station operators are welcome to download both if they wish.

Each is personalised with the callsign/name which has been previously registered
with the Warehouse, and the date and time of the first packet to be uploaded by
the requesting station is also added.

Download your Certificate or QSL card from
http://amsatuk.me.uk/on/funcube_qsl.php

FUNcube-1 (AO-73) Telemetry:
• Dashboard App
http://funcube.org.uk/working-documents/funcube-telemetry-dashboard/
• Data Warehouse Archive http://warehouse.funcube.org.uk/
• Whole orbit data http://warehouse.funcube.org.uk/wod.html?satelliteId=2

BBC News video about FUNcube-1
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25084547

FUNcube website http://www.FUNcube.org.uk/

FUNcube Yahoo Group http://amsat-uk.org/funcube/yahoo-group/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2015-07-31  23:30 UTC

ESA Space Camp, Külsheim, Gemany, via W6SRJ
The ISS  callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Kjell  Lindgren KO5MOS
Contact is a go for: Mon 2015-08-03 10:47:58 UTC 67  deg

Maroochydore State School, Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia, telebridge
via W6SRJ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be  NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS
Contact is a go  for: Thu 2015-08-06 10:10:15 UTC 59 deg via LU1CGB

Space  Jam 9, Rantoul, IL, telebridge via IK1SLD
The ISS callsign is presently  scheduled to be OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut is Kjell Lindgren  KO5MOS
Contact is a go for: Sat 2015-08-08 16:57:49 UTC 33  deg

*************************************************************************

From  2015-12-20 to 2016-01-04, there will be no US Operational Segment
(USOS) hams  on board ISS.  So any schools contacts during this period will be
conducted  by the ARISS Russia  team.

/EX

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

 

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-207

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
satellites.

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-NA, AMSAT-DL, and Virginia Tech Announce Potential Phase-3E
Opportunity
* AMSAT Awards Update
* Request for help with SPROUT Telemetry Collection
* QIKCOM-2 Satellite messages
* NEON – Upcoming NASA Education Events For Your Attention
* 73 on 73 Awards #21-#26
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-207
ANS-207 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 207
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
July 26, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-207
AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-DL, and Virginia Tech Announce Potential Phase-3E
Opportunity

Virginia Tech has approached the US Government to fly the Phase 3-E
space frame into High Earth Orbit (HEO) in order to support
scientific payloads as well as serve as an amateur radio satellite.
During the AMSAT-DL Annual Meeting on 4 JUL 15, the AMSAT-DL
membership approved the concept, agreeing to allow the Phase 3-E
space frame that is currently stored in Germany to be shipped to
Virginia Tech in the USA for further construction, testing and
preparation for eventual launch to HEO should the US Government
formally agree to fund such a mission.

Should the project move forward, AMSAT-NA will apply for frequency
coordination from the IARU Satellite Advisor and satellite licensing
from the FCC as the satellite’s initial operator.

Stay tuned to the AMSAT-DL Journal, the AMSAT-NA Journal, and the
AMSAT-NA News Service for further developments and details as they
become known.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-DL, and Virginia Tech for the above
information]
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AMSAT Awards Update

Here are our newest award recipients and quite a good batch we have
this time.

The following have entered into the Satellite Communicators Club for
making their first satellite QSO.

Andrew Chaloupka, KB9WHV
Lesley Swann, KM4BKO
Joseph Kornowski, KB6IGK
Bill Dillon, KG5FQX

——
AMSAT Communication Achievement Award

Toralf Renkwitz, DJ8MS #563
Steve Kristoff, AI9IN #564

——
AMSAT Sexagesimal Award

Toralf Renkwitz, DJ8MS #167
David Webb, KB1VPH #168

——
AMSAT Century Award

David Webb, KB1PVH #43
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM #44

——
AMSAT South Africa Communication Achievement Award

Toralf Renkwitz, DJ8MS #US191
Steve Kristoff, AI9IN #US192

——
AMSAT Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI Satellite Operator Achievement Award
for 1000 contacts

Michael McCoy, KC9ELU #83 with 2000, 3000, 4000 endorsements

——
AMSAT Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI Satellite Operator Achievement
Award for 5000 contacts

Michael McCoy, KC9ELU #32

Bruce Paige, KK5DO
AMSAT Director Contests and Awards

To see all the awards visit http://www.amsat.org or
http://www.amsatnet.com/awards.html

[ANS thanks Bruce KK5DO for the above information]
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Request for help with SPROUT Telemetry Collection

Students from Japan’s Nihon University are requesting help gathering
telemetry from the SPROUT satellite

SPROUT was launched at May 24, 2014 from Tanegashima Space Center in
Japan.

There are 3 main missions in SPROUT.

·Deployment demonstration of inflatable membrane structure.
·Demonstration of attitude determination and control technology for
several kilogram class nano-satellite.
·Upbringing of human resources of a space sector

For more information
http://sat.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp/sprout-e/

An English document describing SPROUT’s FM Telemetry Data Format
can be found at
http://tinyurl.com/ANS207-SPROUT

The students at Nihon University have deployed the demonstration of
inflatable membrane structure. They find it necessary to collect as
much data as possible to get information on the satellite. They are
requesting reception cooperation from anyone who has the means of
colecting the data, specifically mebers of AMSAT and amateur radio
satellite enthusiasts.

If you would like to assist contact, cssu12036 (at) g.nihon-u.ac.jp
for more information.

[ANS thanks Nihon University Students for the above information]
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QIKCOM-2 Satellite messages

In a message to the AMSAT-BB on July 22 Bob Bruninga WB4APR, invites
proposed standard messages for the next APRS Satellite:

Bob writes, “Our next QIKCOM-2 APRS satellite will accept 2 digit
uplink DTMF messages to be spoken on the downlink. We have already
programmed all of the ARRL standard radio grams and emergency
messages.

But there is room for more. So think…. What kind of message
would you want to send (that is not included in the existing ones)
from your HT out in the wilderness. At a hamfest? or any other HAM
Radio event or opportunity. Keep them simple and of the same order
of length as the existing ones.

The existing ones are listed here: http://nts.ema.arrl.org/node/30

But the implementation cannot include blanks for fill-in like the
regular ones. But any sentence that stands alone can work.

Just thought I’d open it up. Plenty of RAM and only 1 week before
delivery…

Serious considerations only.”

To clarify some thought processess Bob added in a subsequent follow-
up,

“Well, took a few moments and here are some of my ideas. I just
realized I can allow a single digit modifier, so the digit can go
from 0 to 8.

Demonstrating APRStt at Hamfest
Demonstrating APRStt to friends
I am on schedule.
I may be delayed N hours
I may be delayed N days
I may be early N hours
I May be early N days
I may quit early N stops
I may go farther N stops
We are camping and enjoying it greatly.
We are hiking and enjoying it greatly.
We are sailing and enjoying it greatly
Call me on my cell
Call my cell on the hour.

Or there can maybe be 1-to-8 different whole word modifiers too.
Like:
Please Send ___ (Money, food, water, supplies, shoes, sleeping bag,
blanket,fuel)

We are operating on ___ power (Solar, wind, battery, generator,
emergency)
We are staying with ____ (Mom, dad, sister, brother, uncle,
aunt,friends)
Please pass to ____ (Mom, dad, sister, brother, uncle, aunt,friends)

Just thinkin…”

[ANS thanks Bob, WB4APR, for the above information]
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NEON – Upcoming NASA Education Events For Your Attention

NEON – NASA Educators Online Network

Free NASA STEM Education Webinars — NASA Educator Professional
Development

Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators

+ July 27, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. EDT: Exploring Strange New Worlds
Series: Exoplanets and Kepler Mission (Grades 4-8) – Celebrate The
centuries-old quest for other worlds like our Earth has been
rejuvenated by the intense excitement and popular interest
surrounding the discovery of hundreds of planets orbiting other
stars. There is now clear evidence for substantial numbers of the
three types of exoplanets; gas giants, hot super-Earths in short
period orbits, and ice giants. During this webinar, teachers will
learn to use tools scientists use to determine planet
characteristics, learn about the mission and explore and interpret
data from the mission. Register online to participate.
https://www.etouches.com/133574

+ July 28, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. EDT: ISS Across the Curriculum: Social
Studies and Geography in Space (Grades 4-8) – The International Space
Station (ISS) is not just a science and math mission. It is a unique,
orbiting laboratory that travels around the world and across your
curriculum. This webinar will explore how the ISS can also be
integrated into your social studies and geography curriculum with
NASA inquiry lessons, online resources and teaching strategies. Let
the ISS bring space and the world around us together in your
classroom. Register online to participate.
https://www.etouches.com/129777

+ July 29, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT: Art and the Cosmic Connection
(Grades K-16) – Celebrate New Horizons arrival at Geology meets art!
Let you inner geologist use art to recreate craters, mountains,
rivers, wind driven landscapes and more. Learn to read planetary
images as well as Earth images. Meets NGSS for Earth Place in the
Universe, Earth Systems, and with Social Studies integrations.
Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/134190

+ July 30, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. EDT: Rockets 2 Racecars: Session 4 –
Educators Go Green (Grades 3-9) – Get your students revved up about
science, technology, engineering and mathematics with NASA’s Rockets
2 Racecars (R2R) STEM Education webinar series! In this webinar you
will have access to various solar and engineering activities for the
classroom and will discover various solar energy uses in space as
well as on planet Earth. Join NASA Specialists to discuss how NASA
utilizes the power of the Sun in our missions, such as the
International Space Station and Mars Exploration Rovers, as well as
how Pocono Raceway uses solar energy at the Pocono Raceway track!
This webinar is guaranteed to brighten your day! Register online to
participate. https://www.etouches.com/133233

For the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development webinar
schedule, go to: http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/

[ANS thanks NEON – NASA Educators Online Network for the above
information]
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73 on 73 Awards #21-#26

Several 73 on 73 Awards have been recently issued.
Congratulations to all!

#21 – Kiyosi Hasegawa, JA3FWT
#22 – Mariusz Kocot, SQ9MES
#23 – Hector Luis Martinez, W5CBF
#24 – George Carr, WA5KBH
#25 – Michel Ribot, F6GLJ
#26 – Paul Stoetzer, N8HM (application reviewed and award issued by
W5PFG)

For more information on the award see
http://amsat-uk.org/funcube/73-on-73-award/

[ANS thanks Paul N8HM for the above information]
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ARISS News

+ A Successful contact was made between [Entity, City, State,
Country] and Astronaut [NAME, CALLSIGN] using Callsign [CALLSIGNE.
The contact began [YEAR, Month, Date Time] UTC and lasted about nine
and a half minutes. Contact was[direct/telebridge] via K6DUE.
ARISS Mentor was KA3HDO.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

United Space School, Seabrook, TX 12:52 UTC July 28

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with
participants at United Space School, Seabrook, TX on 28 July. The
event is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:52 UTC. It is
recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before
this time.The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and
30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and W6SRJ.
The scheduled astronaut is Kimiya Yui KG5BPH
The contact should be audible over the west coast of the U.S.
Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz
downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.

The United Space School is the premier educational program hosted by
the Foundation for International Space Education (FISE). For two
weeks each summer, FISE invites approximately 50 students from 23
different countries to the Clear Lake, Texas area to introduce them
to aspects of working in the space sciences. During their stay, the
students work together in teams to assemble a manned mission to Mars,
utilizing knowledge gained from guest lecturers and interactive field
trips. The Foundation for International Space Education Board of
Directors has two head teachers and five team mentors to assist the
students in their day-to-day activities. United Space School
culminates in a project presentation, in which the students present
their final project to a panel of industry experts and the public.
Upon successful completion of their final project presentation, the
students are awarded a graduation certificate.

Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time
allows:

1. How has your understanding of the universe changed now that you
are seeing it from space?
2. What do you think about the plans of some multi-billion dollar
investors to mine raw materials on asteroids and satellites?
3. If you were in an emergency situation inside the ISS where an
ammonia leak is quite high and the hatches don’t work, what
would you propose as escape route to save you and your team,
and why?
4. What is the most interesting experiment to perform, and why?
5. Do you see the speed of space travel progressing much further
than the point it’s at now (within our own solar system)?
6. When you return to Earth what do you think you will miss most
about the Space Station?
7. What are your expectations of the manned trip to Mars?
8. Isn’t the NanoRacks deployer a cool temperature when it’s
actually working?
9. How do you maintain a natural sleep pattern aboard the ISS?
10. What were the steps you took to become an astronaut? Do you
have any advice for those of us who wish to go into space?
11. What do you think the biggest challenge to the space industry
today, besides budget?
12. In terms of hardware, if you could have one thing installed on
the ISS, what would it be?
13. What went through your mind while listening to the final
countdown before lift-off?
14. How does the ISS keep away from space junk?
15. What are the first effects that you feel in zero gravity?
16. What was a favorite experience of yours while in space school?
17. How many meals do you eat in a day, and has your appetite
changed at all?
18. Is moving around in microgravity conditions always fun, or does
it get uncomfortable and annoying?
19. What do you think the most important decision you made that put
you on the path to becoming an astronaut?
20. Have you ever seen anything weird in space you couldn’t explain?
21. What planet would you like to investigate more, aside from Mars?

Next planned event:

23rd World Scout Jamboree Nippon Boy Scout Amateur Radio Club,
Bunkyo-ku, Japan, direct via 8N23WSJ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS
Contact is a go for: Fri 2015-07-31 11:26 UTC

PLEASE CHECK THE FOLLOWING FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ARISS UPDATES:

Visit ARISS on Facebook. We can be found at Amateur Radio on
the International Space Station (ARISS).

To receive our Twitter updates, follow @ARISS_status

Exp. 44 is now on orbit. Welcome aboard!
Oleg Kononenko RN3DX
Kimiya Yui KG5BPH
Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS

From 2015-12-20 to 2016-01-04, there will be no US Operational
Segment (USOS) hams on board ISS. So any schools contacts during
this period will be conducted by the ARISS Russia team.

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@amsat.org or aj9n@aol.com.

[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above
information]
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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ On July 22, 1962 the first live public trans-Atlantic TV broadcast
was relayed by Telstar 1, a communications satellite that had been
launched two weeks earlier. The broadcast featured CBS’s Walter
Cronkite and NBC’s Chet Huntley in New York and the BBC’s Richard
Dimbleby in Brussels. Later that same day the satellite relayed the
first telephone call to be transmitted through space. Although it is
no longer fully functional, Telstar 1 is still in orbit around
Earth.

+ What does it take to test, build and launch a compact (yet highly
sophisticated) satellite into orbit? U-M students explain in this
behind-the-scenes look at U-M’s latest CubSat:

http://tinyurl.com/UMich-Cubesat
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/EX

AMSAT User Services and the Editors of the AMSAT New Service pass on
our condolences to ANS Weekly Co-Editor Joe Spier K6WAO and his
family on the death of Joe’s mother this week.

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,
This week’s ANS Editor,
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org

 

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In this edition:

* AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-DL, and Virginia Tech Announce Potential Phase-3E
Opportunity

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-206.01
ANS-206 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 206.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
July 25, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-206.01

AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-DL, and Virginia Tech Announce Potential Phase-3E
Opportunity

Virginia Tech has approached the US Government to fly the Phase 3-E space
frame into High Earth Orbit (HEO) in order to support scientific payloads as
well as serve as an amateur radio satellite.  During the AMSAT-DL Annual
Meeting on 4 JUL 15, the AMSAT-DL membership approved the concept, agreeing
to allow the Phase 3-E space frame that is currently stored in Germany to be
shipped to Virginia Tech in the USA for further construction, testing and
preparation for eventual launch to HEO should the US Government formally
agree to fund such a mission.

Should the project move forward, AMSAT-NA will apply for frequency
coordination from the IARU Satellite Advisor and satellite licensing from
the FCC as the satellite’s initial operator.

Stay tuned to the AMSAT-DL Journal, the AMSAT-NA Journal, and the AMSAT-NA
News Service for further developments and details as they become known.

/EX

 

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
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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
satellites.

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-NA Board of Directors Ballots in the Mail
* W5KUB.com webcast with AMSAT; New Perk for Fox-1C donations
* School Shortlist for Tim Peake Space Station Contact
* SA AMSAT Kletskous Solar Cell Purchase
* Pico and Nano Satellite Workshop in Würzburg
* International Space Colloquium Guildford – Speakers for Saturday,
July 25
* Duchifat1 Updates
* Amateur Radio Geostationary Transponder and the Adventures of a
Hacker
Turned Ham
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 200.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE July 19, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-200.01
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AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballots in the Mail

Ballots have been mailed to AMSAT-NA members in good standing, and
must be returned to the AMSAT-NA office by 15 SEP 2015 in order to be
counted. Those sent outside North America were sent by air mail. If
you have not received your ballot package in a reasonable time for
your QTH, please contact the AMSAT-NA office. Your completed ballot
should be sent as promptly as possible, and those from outside North
American preferably by air mail or other expedited means.

This year there are eight candidates:

Barry Baines, WD4ASW
Jerry Buxton, N0JY
Steve Coy, K8UD
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
Mark Hammond, N8MH
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
Bob McGwier, N4HY
Bruce Paige, KK5DO

The four candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be
seated as voting Board Members with two year terms. The two
candidates receiving the next highest number of votes will be non-
voting Alternate Board Members with terms of one year. Please vote
for no more than four candidates.

Please take the time to review the candidate statements that
accompany the ballot and determine who you wish to see on the Board.
Election of Board members is both an obligation as well as an
opportunity by our membership to help shape the future direction of
AMSAT-NA.
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]
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W5KUB.com webcast with AMSAT; New Perk for Fox-1C donations

Check out the AMSAT VPs of Engineering, Jerry Buxton, N0JY, and
Operations, Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA on the W5KUB.com webcast from
July 14th, talking all about Fox and AMSAT.

Also, we have a new perk available for donations of $1,000 or more.
Eighteen donors will receive engraved, mounted solar panel protective
covers actually used on Fox-1C. Don’t miss this limited availability
perk for supporting your amateur satellite program! Donations may be
made via the AMSAT website, via the FundRazr crowdsourcing app at
http://fnd.us/c/6pz92/sh/561Zd
or via the AMSAT office at (888) 322-6728.
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]
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School Shortlist for Tim Peake Space Station Contact

On Tuesday, July 14 at the UK Space Conference in Liverpool the
names were announced of the UK schools which have won the opportunity
to contact UK astronaut Tim Peake via amateur radio during his
mission to the International Space Station. Tim holds the call sign
KG5BVI and is expected to use the special call GB1SS from the amateur
radio station in the Columbus module of the ISS.

Tim will launch to the ISS in December of this year and will spend 6
months working and living in space. The Amateur Radio competition is
a collaboration between the UK Space Agency, the Radio Society of
Great Britain (RSGB) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Selected schools will host a direct link-up with the ISS during a
two-day, space related STEM workshop which will be the culmination of
a large range of learning activities using space as a context for
teaching throughout the curriculum.

ARISS UK (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) will
provide and set up all necessary radio equipment such as low earth
orbit satellite tracking antennas and radios, to establishing a fully
functional, direct radio link with the ISS from the schools’ very own
premises. In a ten-minute window when the ISS will be over the UK, an
amateur radio contact will be established with Tim, and students will
be able to ask him questions about his life and work on board the ISS.

Owing to the nature of scheduling the links, which is dependent on
geography, the exact orbit of the ISS and the crew schedules, the
exact dates and times for possible links will not be known until 2
weeks before the link up is scheduled. The shortlisted schools will
all be prepared for such scheduling challenges and, by having a
number of schools, we can ensure that all links are used.

Jeremy Curtis, Head of Education at the UK Space Agency, said: We’re
delighted with the amount of interest in this exciting project and
look forward to working with the selected schools as they make a call
into space.

Both Tim’s space mission and amateur radio have the power to inspire
young people and encourage them into STEM subjects. By bringing them
together we can boost their reach and give young people around the UK
the chance to be involved in a space mission and a hands-on project
that will teach them new skills.

The following schools have been shortlisted for a possible ARISS
call with Tim whilst he is in orbit on the ISS:

Ashfield Primary School, Otley, West Yorkshire
The Derby High School, Derby
The Kings School, Ottery St Mary
Norwich School, Norwich
Oasis Academy Brightstowe, Bristol
Powys Secondary Schools Joint, Powys
Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth
Sandringham School, St Albans
St Richard’s Catholic College, Bexhill-on-Sea
Wellesley House School, Broadstairs

John Gould, G3WKL, President of the RSGB, said: The Radio Society of
Great Britain will be delighted to support shortlisted schools by
teaching their pupils about amateur radio and helping them through
their licence exams where appropriate. Members of our Youth Committee
are based across the UK and will be keen to visit the chosen schools
in their area and chat to the pupils.

The ARISS UK Operations team will now work with the shortlisted
schools to prepare them for this exceptional opportunity during the
mission of the first British ESA Astronaut.

ARISS Europe http://www.ariss-eu.org/
[ANS thanks ARISS and AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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SA AMSAT Kletskous Solar Cell Purchase

SA AMSAT made a significant investment in the KLETSKOUS project by
placing an order for solar cells with an overseas supplier. The solar
cells will be used to build the first prototype solar panels for
testing with the power unit.

The electrical power system (EPS) is the sub-system that provides
various other systems and the payload with power, and controls the
charging and conditioning of the batteries. The first prototype was
tested with panels borrowed from the Denel Dynamic CubeSat project.
“We are looking forward to building our own panels to meet the
physical dimension requirements of the space frame,” Hannes Coetzee,
ZS6BZP, said. Fritz Sutherland, ZS6FSJ, who built the prototype,
which he showed at the recently held SA AMSAT Space Symposium,
designed the EPS. Both Hannes Coetzee and Frik Wolff, ZS6FZ, who
recently joined the project team, will build the solar panels.

The Kletskous project is funded by donations from radio amateurs. To
learn more about the project and how to make your financial
contribution visit
www.amsatsa.org.za
[ANS thanks SA AMSAT and the SARL weekly news in English 2015-7-11
for the above information]
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Pico and Nano Satellite Workshop in Würzburg

The Pico and Nano Satellite Workshop in Würzburg will be held on
September 15-16, 2015.

We are happy to announce that several national and international
institutions acknowledged the value of our workshop by providing co-
sponsoring for this event. Thus, we would like to point out the great
opportunity to further disseminate your scientific results as
selected best contributions will be invited for paper publication in
a conference proceedings in the IAA book series on Small Satellites.

If you want to take the opportunity to present your current progress
in the field of pico- and nano-satellites please do not forget to
submit your presentation abstract by sending an email to
pina2015@informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de until July 20, 2015.

For more information and latest updates about the workshop please
visit our website:

http://www7.informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de/conferences/pina2015/
[ANS thanks the PiNa Team for the above information]
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International Space Colloquium Guildford – Speakers for Saturday,
July 25
There is a great line up of speakers for the AMSAT-UK International
Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, Guildford as well as visits to
the satellite construction facilities at the SSTL Kepler Building.
The event is open to all. Admittance is £10 for the day and car
parking is free.

Speakers for Saturday, July 25

• Introduction by Prof. Sir Martin Sweeting G3YJO OBE, FRS, FREng,
FIET
• SSTL Update by Tony Holt, Director, SSTL
• The Satellite Applications Catapult PocketQube Kit by Chris
Brunskill
• AMSAT-DL Presention by Peter Guelzow DB2OS
• What else does Space do for You! by Prof. Richard Holdaway, former
Director
RAL Space
• The Nayif-1 opportunity by Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG
• AMSAT-NA / Fox-1 Presentation by Drew Glassbrenner KO4MA
• Dutch Satellite Days by Ivo Klinkert PA1IVO

Further details at
http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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Duchifat1 Updates

Duchifat1, launched 1 year ago, was supposed to have onboard a
“standard” space APRS transceiver operating on 145.825MHz. That
would have made the satellite compatible with ISS, other APRS
satellites and APRS-IS.

Unfortunately, a short time before launch, we realized that
technically we couldn’t keep the intended 145.825MHz transceiver in
the final satellite configuration but we still wanted to make some
contribution to amateur radio in space. After a quick research we
discovered that the 2nd transceiver onboard Duchifat1, the ISIS
(Netherlands) TRXUV planned for Duchifat1’s command and telemetry can
be programmed to also accept APRS packets!, however, limited to 14
characters long. Also, the downlink digital modulation was not the
common space APRS of 1200bd AFSK but 1200bd BPSK, and the uplink
frequency is in the UHF band.

We therefore came with the idea of supporting COMPRESSED APRS, and
instead of the standard digipeater, we implement kind of
“store&forward” function in which the satellite collects packets
during its flight in orbit and the students of Herzliya Science
Center will download those packets and display them on a world map in
a web site programmed by them.

We published here a few weeks ago the opening of this service and
put in our web site detailed instructions on how to use the Byonics
TinyTrak4 (TT4) tracker, with or without GPS to generate packets in
the required format that Duchifat1 will accept. So far, TWO pioneers
used this service.
THANKS PETER & MIKE!

While the TT4 solution is still the best we know for sending your
actual live position to Duchifat1, we are happy to announce the ‘APRS
Encoder’, a new tool in our web site that can generate for you the
COMPRESSED APRS packet for Duchifat1.

The input for the new APRS Encoder is the station’s (or nearby)
coordinates set that can be obtained from Google Maps, so this
solution is naturally adequate for stationary base stations, while
mobile stations should still use the Byonics TT4.

The output of the APRS Encoder is a 14 character long Compressed
APRS packet that can be converted to 1200bd AFSK with a hardware TNC
or software like MIXW
– just copy the 14 chars string and paste it into the MIXW window.
The MIXW should be set to mode Packet, using the most common “VHF
1200 baud (Standard 1200/2200Hz)” setting. Prior registration is
required.

All the details on the satellite, the registration and the APRS
Encoder are at
this link:
www.h-space-lab.org
Please read all the documentation in the site.

We wish you all good luck and enjoy!

73 from 4X4HSC team: instructors 4Z1WS and 4X1DG, and the students!
[ANS thanks AMSAT-BB and AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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Amateur Radio Geostationary Transponder and the Adventures of a
Hacker Turned Ham

HamRadioNow episode 211 features two presentations given at the
TAPR/AMSAT banquet on Friday, May 15 at the 2015 Dayton Hamvention.
The first is about the Amateur Radio transponder on the geostationary
satellite Es’hail 2 by Thani Ali al-Malki followed by Adventures of a
Hacker Turned Ham by Michael Ossmann AD0NR.

The night begins with a short presentation on what will be the first
Amateur Radio transponder on a geostationary satellite, a project of
the Qatar Amateur Radio Society, with help from AMSAT DL (Germany).
The satellite, Es’HailSAT-2, is owned by the Qatar Satellite Company,
and senior engineer Thani Ali al-Malki will give the details. Western
Hemisphere hams will be disappointed that the satellite footprint
won’t cover anything in North America or Australia, and just a bit of
South America. The satellite is primarily a communications system for
Qatar and the Middle East, but the ham transponder will also cover
Europe, Africa and western Asia (but also missing the China coast and
Japan).

Michael Ossmann, AD0NR, founder of Great Scott Gadgets grew up as a
computer nerd embracing the hacker ethos. Eventually Michael became
very interested in the security of wireless systems such as remote
keyless entry, garage door openers, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. He designed
Ubertooth One, a Bluetooth sniffer that was successfully funded on
Kickstarter.

Not one to rest, Michael later designed and successfully funded
HackRF One, an open source SDR platform that attracted the attention
of the amateur radio community. Michael talks about his unique
perspective on the community as an outsider looking in, why he
resisted getting an amateur radio license for years, and why he
finally decided to join. Michael shares his thoughts on what it means
to be a hacker, what it means to be a ham, and what amateur radio may
look like in the decades to come.

TAPR President Steve Bible N7HPR’s introduction establishes the
youth theme with an interesting survey of the crowd.

http://arvideonews.com/hrn/HRN_Episode_0211.html

Previous editions of HamRadioNow
http://www.youtube.com/user/HamRadioNow/videos

Es’hail 2 geostationary satellite
http://amsat-uk.org/satellites/geosynchronous/eshail-2/
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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AMSAT Events

Information about AMSAT activities at other important events around
the country. Examples of these events are radio club meetings where
AMSAT Area Coordinators give presentations, demonstrations of working
amateur satellites, and hamfests with an AMSAT presence (a table with
AMSAT literature and merchandise, sometimes also with presentations,
forums, and/or demonstrations).

*Friday and Saturday, 7-8 August 2015 – Austin Summerfest in Austin
TX*

*Saturday, 15 August 2015 – Arctic Amateur Radio Club Hamfest in
Fairbanks AK

*Sunday, 16 August 2015 – demonstration at Chena Hot Springs AK

*Saturday and Sunday, 22-23 August 2015 – Boxboro Hamfest and ARRL
New England Convention in Boxborough MA

*Saturday and Sunday, 5-6 September – ARRL Roanoke Division
Convention
Shelby, NC Hamfest, AMSAT Forum scheduled for Saturday

*Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 16-18 2015, AMSAT Symposium in
Dayton OH (Dayton Crown Plaza)
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]
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ARISS News

Contacts

Pima County 4H/Vail Vaqueros 4H Club, Tucson, AZ, direct via W7LB
The ISS callsign was scheduled to be RSØISS/OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut was Mikhail Korniyenko RN3BF
Contact was not successful: Wed 2015-07-15 18:01:42 UTC 67 deg
ARISS is attempting to determine what happened.

Moon Day/ Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas, TX, telebridge via
W6SRJ
The ISS callsign was scheduled to be RSØISS/OR4ISS The scheduled
astronaut was Mikhail Korniyenko RN3BF Contact was successful: Sat
2015-07-18 16:58 UTC 84 deg The Moon Day contact was successful with
11 questions asked and 10 fully answered. The answer to the 11th
question was lost in the noise at LOS.

Participants asked the following questions:
1. How do you get internet?
2. How is your perspective of Earth different from ours who have not
been to space?
3. What has been your most exciting and memorable experience during
your time on the International space station?
4. As you don’t have gravity in the Space Station, and nothing drops
or drips down, what happens to a scoop of ice cream in space when
it melts? Once it has melted, can you suck it up with a straw?
Have you ever tried that?
5. What happens to fire in space?
6. What do you eat when in space?
7. What happens if an astronaut gets sick in space? Do they have a
doctor on board? If not, do they have to go back to Earth early
for treatment?
8. Has your time on the space station helped in the research of
finding a way
to send someone to Mars for a longer period of time?
9. If a meteorite, space junk, or another spacecraft collides with
the ISS, or there was a fire on board, what kind of emergency
procedures would be performed to ensure station integrity and crew
safety?
10. What has been your biggest unexpected obstacle, and how did you
solve it and still reach your goal?
11. How do you put on your spacesuit to go out in space?
Upcoming ARISS Contacts

Albert Park College, Albert Park, Victoria, Australia, telebridge
via W6SRJ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS/OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut is Mikhail Korniyenko RN3BF
Contact is a go for: Mon 2015-07-20 08:40:28 UTC 30 deg

Watch
http://www.ariss.org/upcoming-contacts.html
for information about upcoming contacts as they are scheduled.

[ANS thanks ARISS, and Charlie, AJ9N for the above information]
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Satellite Shorts From All Over

* Illinois High Altitude Balloon to Carry Repeater and SSTV

The Balloon Assisted Stratospheric Experiments team at DePauw
University plans to launch a high altitude balloon, BASE-85, on
August 8, 2015 at 07:45 CDT (UTC – 5). The launch will be from the
Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul, Illinois which is approximately 100
miles south of Chicago. The amateur radio payload on this balloon
will include:

+ Telemetry: APRS: 144.390Mhz, APRS.FI: WB9SA-11; QRZ: WB9SA
+ Cross-Band FM Repeater: Uplink 144.34 MHz; Downlink 446.025 MHz.
+ SSTV unit will operate on 147.48 MHz using Scottie2 –
72 seconds on 30 seconds off.
+ 900 MHz tracking system.
+ DF beacon at 443 MHz

Website:
http://www.depauw.edu/academics/departments-programs/physics-
astronomy/department-research/base/

[ANS thanks the BALLOON_SKED@yahoogroups.com e-mail list for the above
information]
ARISS SSTV Images Commmemorate 40th Anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz
Mission

40 years ago this week, the historic joint Apollo-Soyuz mission was
conducted. Apollo-Soyuz (or Soyuz-Apollo in Russia) represented the
first joint USA-Soviet mission and set the stage for follow-on Russia-
USA space collaboration on the Space Shuttle, Mir Space Station and
the International Space Station. The Soyuz and Apollo vehicles were
docked from July 17-19, 1975, during which time joint experiments and
activities were accomplished with the 3 USA astronauts and 2 Soviet
Cosmonauts on-board. Apollo-Soyuz was the final mission of the Apollo
program and the last USA human spaceflight mission until the first
space shuttle mission in 1981.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of this historic international
event, the ARISS team has developed a series of 12 Slow Scan
Television (SSTV) images that will be sent down for reception by
schools, educational organizations and ham radio operators,
worldwide. The SSTV images are planned to start sometime Saturday
morning, July 18 and run through Sunday July 19. These dates are
tentative and are subject to change. The SSTV images can be received
on 145.80 MHz and displayed using several different SSTV computer
programs that are available on the internet.

We encourage you to submit your best received SSTV images to:

http://spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/submit.php

The ARISS SSTV image gallery will post the best SSTV images received
from this event at:

http://spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php

Also, as a special treat, on Saturday July 18 the ISS Cosmonauts
will take time out to conduct an ARISS contact with students
attending the Moon Day/Frontiers of Flight Museum event in Dallas
Texas. This Russian Cosmonaut-USA Student contact is planned to
start around 16:55 UTC through the W6SRJ ground station located in
Santa Rosa, California. ARISS will use the 145.80 MHz voice
frequency downlink (same as the SSTV downlink) for the Moon Day
contact.

For more information on ARISS, please go to our web site:
www.ariss.org

The ARISS international team would like to thank our ARISS-Russia
colleague, Sergey Samburov, RV3DR, for his leadership on this
historic commemoration.

[ANS thanks ARISS, and Frank H. Bauer, KA3HDO, ARISS International
Chair for the above information]
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/EX

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,
This week’s ANS Editor,
Joe Spier, K6WAO
k6wao at amsat dot org

 

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE SPECIAL BULLETIN
ANS-195

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
satellites.

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:

* ARISS SSTV Images to Commmemorate 40th Anniversary of the Apollo-
Soyuz Mission

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-195.01
ANS-195 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 195.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
July 14, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-195.01

ARISS SSTV Images to Commmemorate 40th Anniversary of the Apollo-
Soyuz Mission

40 years ago this week, the historic joint Apollo-Soyuz mission was
conducted.   Apollo-Soyuz (or Soyuz-Apollo in Russia) represented the
first joint USA-Soviet mission and set the stage for follow-on Russia-
USA space collaboration on the Space Shuttle, Mir Space Station and
the International Space Station.  The Soyuz and Apollo vehicles were
docked from July 17-19, 1975, during which time joint experiments and
activities were accomplished with the 3 USA astronauts and 2 Soviet
Cosmonauts on-board.  Apollo-Soyuz was the final mission of the
Apollo program and the last USA human spaceflight mission until the
first space shuttle mission in 1981.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of this historic international
event, the ARISS team has developed a series of 12 Slow Scan
Television (SSTV) images that will be sent down for reception by
schools, educational organizations and ham radio operators,
worldwide.  The SSTV images are planned to start sometime Saturday
morning, July 18 and run through Sunday July 19.  These dates are
tentative and are subject to change.  The SSTV images can be received
on 145.80 MHz and displayed using several different SSTV computer
programs that are available on the internet.

We encourage you to submit your best received SSTV images to:

http://spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/submit.php

The ARISS SSTV image gallery will post the best SSTV images received
from this event at:

http://spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php

Also, as a special treat, on Saturday July 18 the ISS Cosmonauts
will take time out to conduct an ARISS contact with students
attending the Moon Day/Frontiers of Flight Museum event in Dallas
Texas.  This Russian Cosmonaut-USA Student contact is planned to
start around 16:55 UTC through the W6SRJ ground station located in
Santa Rosa, California.  ARISS will use the 145.80 MHz voice
frequency downlink (same as the SSTV downlink) for the Moon Day
contact.

For more information on ARISS, please go to our web site:
www.ariss.org

The ARISS international team would like to thank our ARISS-Russia
colleague, Sergey Samburov, RV3DR, for his leadership on this
historic commemoration.

[ANS thanks Frank H. Bauer, KA3HDO, ARISS International Chair for
the above information]

/EX

AMSAT User Services and the Editors of the AMSAT New Service pass on
our condolences to ANS Weekly Co-Editor Joe Spier K6WAO and his
family on the death of Joe’s mother this week.

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,
This week’s ANS Editor,
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org

 

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-193

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
satellites.

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:

* DeorbitSail Launch Information
* AMSAT Field Day Submission Deadline 13 July 2015
* AMSAT Featured on Live W5KUB.com Tuesday, July 14 Webcast
* International Space Colloquium at Guildford
* ARISS Challenge Coin
* Delfi-C3 RASCAL Update Necessary for New Server IP Address
* CAMSAT Launch Postponement

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ANS-193 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 193.01
From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
July 12, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-193.01

DeorbitSail Launch Information

The CubeSat DeorbitSail built by researchers and radio amateurs at the Surrey
Space Centre in Guildford carries a 1200 bps BPSK beacon on 145.975 MHz. The
satellite was successfully launched at 1628 UT on  Friday, July 10.

DeorbitSail is a 3U CubeSat sized satellite with a deployable sail that will
demonstrate rapid deorbiting.

Chris Bridges 2E0OBC writes:

Dear AMSAT’ers, CubeSat’ers, Friends,

Please find attached exclusive details of a UK CubeSat called DeorbitSail flying
out tomorrow evening on PSLV. Please feel free to distribute to other hams that
can help out.

This contains all the info you should need including:
• Initial TLE
• DeorbitSail Flyer > Launch details, etc.
• Predicted first packet transmission on 145.975 MHz, 1k2 BPSK -> we predict to
be over Russia in the evening.

First packets sent in will get a Signed Certificate of thanks from the team!

If you have any telemetry or TLE/frequency information, please send it to me
and/or to deorbitsail.messages@gmail.com so we can quickly learn our satellite
state.

Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

73 Chris 2E0OBC

DEORBITSAIL
1 55554U 58056A   15191.72643157  .00000000  00000-0 +13828-4 0 335
2 55554  97.9842  81.0881 0007584 273.9578  86.0949 14.75593446209360

Follow @SpaceAtSurrey on Twitter

Deorbitsail website
http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ssc/research/space_vehicle_control/deorbitsail/

ISRO PSLV-C28 / DMC3 Mission
http://www.isro.gov.in/launcher/pslv-c28-dmc3-mission

[ANS thanks Chris 2E0OBC, for the above information]

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AMSAT Field Day Submission Deadline 13 July 2015

For those of you that only worked one or two stations on the satellite or if you
worked 10, 20, 50 or more stations, please still submit your scores for Field
Day. Although the form online at http://www.amsat.org (click on the Events tab
and then the Field Day link) is in PDF format, you can copy and paste the
submission portion into Word (amazing how they migrate back and forth). Or you
can download the DOCX file from http://www.amsatnet.com/fd2015.docx

Please remember that ARRL submissions are due much later than our submission
date. Your submission must be received by 11:59 PM Central Time on July 13, 2015
(Monday). That will leave less than a week to tabulate and write the article for
the Journal. Please include any pictures that will show off your field day site.
We have had flamingos, long horn steers, clocks running on lemons, campers,
ladder towers and all kinds of neat stuff in the past.

You will receive confirmation that your submission was received, usually
sometime that day. If you do not receive confirmation, please send to the other
email address, or send to both at the same time.

kk5do@arrl.net
kk5do@amsat.org

[ANS thanks Bruce, KK5DO, for the above information]

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AMSAT Featured on Live W5KUB.com Tuesday, July 14 Webcast

Join hosts Ted Randall, WB8PUM, and Tom Medlin, W5KUB, on the live ham show
Tuesday, July 14, at 8:00 PM CT on W5KUB.com. In addition to watching on
w5kub.com, this show is simulcast on powerful shortwave station WTWW on 5085
KHz. Call-in phone lines are open during the show.

Guests this week include AMSAT Vice President Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY and
Vice President Operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA. Jerry and Drew will talk
about the latest AMSAT information:

+ Fox-1A launch coming this fall
+ Operational satellites
+ AMSAT’s future opportunities

The webcast window and an accompanying chat room for the show are on Tom’s web
page: http://w5kub.com/

If you wish to get on the chat room you’ll need to pre-register with Tom’s site.
When you get to W5KUB.com the chat room should open automatically. Or, you can
click on the icon at the bottom right of Tom’s page. Select “new user”. Many use
their call sign for their username.

The webcast is recorded and is available a day or so later if you miss the live
show.

[ANS thanks Tom Medlin, W5KUB for the above information]

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International Space Colloquium at Guildford

The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium will be held on July 24-
26 at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ, UK.

Among the speakers will be:
• Peter Guelzow DB2OS with an update on AMSAT-DL projects, including
the Phase 4 satellite
• Chris Brunskill, formerly of Surrey Space Centre (SSC), now
working at the Space Catapult at the Harwell Campus. He will be
presenting an extremely novel project aimed at schools and education
• It is hoped the BATC will be able to demonstrate live Digital TV
reception from the International Space Station, using the Ham TV
system
• Drew Glasbrenner KO4MA, from AMSAT North America will be
attending, and presenting the latest news of the FOX satellite(s) due
for launch later this year, and also on their Phase 4 project

The Colloquium is open to all further information is at
http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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ARISS Challenge Coin

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is
announcing a brand new ARISS Challenge Coin that will be a thank you memento to
donors who give to ARISS. The beautiful coin will be a keepsake to treasure.

The ARISS program relies on resource support from NASA, ARRL, AMSAT, and
individual donors to ensure continuing the day-to-day operations and
communications, and to pay for space-flight certification of equipment.  Current
finances to sustain operations in future years are insufficient.

The ARISS program is initiating a fundraising campaign with the goal of securing
greater financial stability for the program.

According to ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, “To assure the
future of the program we are looking to individuals and corporate sponsors to
provide the resources we will need to sustain operations and to acquire needed
equipment upgrades.”

Plans are underway to develop a new higher power Amateur Radio station for the
ISS Columbus module.  The current radio is a lower power unit that sometimes
results in weak signals.  A new radio system will improve the communications for
education groups whose students are scheduled for ARISS contacts and related
educational activities. The new system will also allow greater interoperability
between the Columbus Module and the Russian Service Module. Integration of the
equipment into the ISS infrastructure and required testing and certification
require hours of engineering resources that ARISS must pay for and cannot
afford.

Each ARISS contact offers the opportunity to inspire young people through ARISS’
unique window into space exploration activities, opening the horizon of
possibilities of a career in a STEM field. Each contact also introduces students
and their communities to Amateur Radio—all positives for Amateur Radio and our
country and world.

ARISS needs your help to secure these opportunities for the future. Individuals
may make donations to ARISS online at www.amsat.org by selecting the “Donate
ARISS” button. (AMSAT-NA will provide people resources to handle your gifts to
ARISS.) Individuals contributing $100 US or more will receive the brand new
ARISS Challenge Coin.  Corporate donors may contact Frank Bauer at
KA3HDO@verizon.net   or ARISS@arrl.org.

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]

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Delfi-C3 RASCAL Update Necessary for New Server IP Address

Wouter Weggelaar, PA3WEG, reported this week that due to security and
maintenance reasons the Delfi-C3 team had to migrate the Delfi-C3 telemetry
server to a new environment. This change also required that the IP address
for uploading data needed to change. This means your server settings in
RASCAL need to be updated to:

New IP: 131.180.122.144
Port: 1099

On July 9 Wouter reported, “The migration has been completed almost without
a problem. We still have some minor issues to sort out. Telemetry submission
is operating normally but the database performance seems slow. This makes
processing more difficult on our end. New user accounts cannot be created
but new users can successfully submit received data via the ‘guest’
account.”

The team reports that Delfi-C3 is doing great. They have long exceeded the
design lifetime of the satellite and she continues to work well. They
appreciate your help in
acquiring data of Delfi-C3 and hope that you continue to track their “old”
bird in the future as well!

[ANS thanks Wouter Weggelaar, PA3WEG and the Delfi-C3 team for the above
information]

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CAMSAT Launch Postponement

A launch postponement has been announced for Beijing’s new CZ-6 rocket which is
planned to carry a constellation of amateur radio satellites.

Soon to be launched six CAMSAT satellites CAS-3A to F have now been named as
XW-2 (Hope-2) amateur satellite system, and correspond to the XW-2A to F.

All the satellites have completed environmental testing, currently being burn-in
tests, everything is underway. The satellites will be moved to the launch center
in mid-August and launch date has been postponed to early September.

[ANS thanks Alan, BA1DU, for the above information]

/EX

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

 

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE

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Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space
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The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur
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Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
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In this edition:

* AMSAT 2015 Symposium Call for Papers
* Reminder – Send in AMSAT Field Day Results
* $50SAT 19 months in Space and still working
* International Space Colloquium at Guildford
* WD9EWK California road trip July 9-13
* ARISS Poster Presented at ISS R&D Conference
* Help Wanted – Editor-in-Chief for the AMSAT Journal
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 186
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
July 5, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-186
AMSAT 2015 Symposium Call for Papers

This is the first call for papers for the 2015 AMSAT-NA Annual
Meeting and Space Symposium to be held on the weekend of October 16-
18, 2015. 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, but no later than August 1. The
final copy must be submitted by September 15 for inclusion in the
printed proceedings. Abstracts and papers should be sent to Dan
Schultz at n8fgv at amsat.org

The 2015 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting will be held
October 16, 17, 18, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 33 East 5th
Street, in Downtown, Dayton, Ohio.

[ANS thanks the 2015 Symposium Committee for the above information]
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Reminder – Send in AMSAT Field Day Results

Please send your AMSAT Field Day results to Bruce Paige, KK5DO.

Refer to the
AMSAT Field Day web page at http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=216
for a copy of the rules document. This also includes the format of
the Satellite Summary Sheet.

The Satellite Summary Sheet should be used for submission of the
AMSAT Field Day competition and be received by KK5DO (email or postal
mail) by 11:59 P.M. CDT, Monday, July 13, 2015. The preferred method
for submitting your log is via e-mail to kk5do@amsat.org or
kk5do@arrl.net. You will receive an email back (within one or two
days) from me when I receive your email submission. If you do not
receive a confirmation message, then I have not received your
submission. Try sending it again or send it to my other email address.

You may also use the postal service but give plenty of time for your
results to arrive by the submission date. If mailing your submission,
the address is:

Bruce Paige, KK5DO
AMSAT Director of Awards and Contests
PO Box 310
Alief, TX 77411-0310

Please add photographs or other interesting information that can be
used in an article for the Journal.

Certificates will be awarded to the first-place emergency
power/portable station at the AMSAT General Meeting and Space
Symposium in the fall of 2015. Certificates will also be awarded to
the second and third place
portable/emergency operation in addition to the first-place home
station running on emergency power. A station submitting high, award-
winning scores will be requested to send in dupe sheets for analog
contacts and message listings for digital downloads.

[ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director of Awards and
Contests for the above information]
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$50SAT 19 months in Space and still working

Michael Kirkhart KD8QBA provides an update on the $50SAT amateur
radio spacecraft which measures just 5x5x7.5 cm

Sunday, June 21, 2015 marked the 19 month anniversary of the launch
of $50SAT/MO-76/Eagle-2. The good news is it still operating. The
bad news is the power situation has been degrading, with an apparent
step change on or near May 12, 2015, followed by another on Tuesday,
June 23, 2015. The last full telemetry capture made here in EN82
land was on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, and the last time it was heard
was on Friday, June 6, 2015. I continued to attempt to listen for it
for another week or so, and heard nothing. Has anybody heard it
since then?

At this point, I have been monitoring it using Anton’s (ZR6AIC)
WebSDR as it makes daytime passes over South Africa. These occur
between 7:30 and 9:00 UTC, which translates to 3:30 and 5:00 AM here
in EN82 land. This is tough, as I am not a morning person.
Sometimes, however, you have to do these things; helping build a
satellite might be a once-in-a-lifetime event. During these passes,
where it has already spent a significant amount of time in sunlight,
the battery voltage is below 3400 mV. Is the battery going bad?
While it is certainly possible the battery has suffered from some
loss of charge capacity, one has to remember it is does not generate
energy; it merely stores it. Since it is the solar power system that
generates the power used by the satellite and stored in the battery,
could the drop in battery voltage be due to a degradation in solar
power generation?

Back around May 12, I noticed the MPPT (solar) current readings were
typically less than 10 mA. This much lower than it should be. To
better understand what might be going on, a new chart was added to
the telemetry spreadsheet which shows both the battery voltage and
the MPPT (solar) current (with the zero readings removed), each with
its own linear regression line. This chart can be seen from the
following URL:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l3919wtfiywk2gf/
AABKSR5V4cOvEPqPYbs8QYZNa/Telemetry-analysis/Current-
Telemetry/Battery-Voltage-MPPT-Current-Chart.pdf

Notice how the MPPT current trend line has been sloping downward,
similar to that of the battery voltage. Moreover, starting 2 weeks
before June 4, 2015 (each X axis division on the chart represents 2
weeks time), each reading has been at or below the trend line.

A more striking comparison can be seen by doing the following:
1. Zoom in of the Battery-Voltage-MPPT-Current-Chart to show the 4
week interval starting May 7, 2015, and ending June 4, 2015
(see https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l3919wtfiywk2gf/
AACdQtySHZW3kVl7UMgSrxfHa/Telemetry-analysis/Battery-Voltage-MPPT-
Current-Comparison-2015-05/Battery-Voltage-MPPT-Current-2015-05.pdf)

2. Zoom in of the Battery-Voltage-MPPT-Current-Chart to show the 4
week interval starting May 8, 2014, and ending June 5, 2014
(see https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l3919wtfiywk2gf/
AACracUWkivilfsKGBUFkmDXa/Telemetry-analysis/Battery-Voltage-MPPT-
Current-Comparison-2015-05/Battery-Voltage-MPPT-Current-2014-05.pdf)

[Editor’s Note: The URLs above don’t port well via tinyurl.com and
have been truncated to fit the ANS format requirements. They should
be copy and pasted as a continuous line to work with most browsers.]

In comparing these charts, it is clear both the battery voltage and
the MPPT current were significantly lower this year that during the
same period last year. On June 5, 2014, the trend line value for
battery voltage was about 3610 mV, and for MPPT current was about 30
mA. One year later (June 4, 2015), the trend line value for battery
voltage was about 3380 mV, and for MMPT current was about 14 mA.
Therefore, while it is likely the battery has suffered some loss of
capacity, it appears the low battery voltage is due to low solar
power output. There are many possible reasons for this, including:

* Solar cell damage due to sputtering: since there was no protective
covering on the solar cells, impacts from high energy particles can
damage the cells, causing a drop in output.

* Solar cell damage due to thermal cycling: We know from telemetry
data the interior of the satellite cycle between +30 degrees C and –
30 degrees C each orbit. It is likely the exterior temperatures
experienced higher extremes, and this periodic thermal cycling may
have caused the solar cells to fracture, thus leading to a drop in
output.

* Short circuit failure of one or more of the diodes which isolate
each MPP tracker output, which can cause an inactive MPP tracker (one
whose corresponding solar panel is not facing the sun) to load an
active one (one whose corresponding solar panel is facing the sun).

Because of the limited amount of telemetry gathered, it may not be
possible to determine the exact cause. If the solar output power
continues to drop, the battery voltage may never get above the 3300
mV threshold needed to enable the transmitter, at which point we will
lose the ability to monitor its status. Even if this does happen,
however, we never really thought it would last this long. We would
have been happy if it just worked, and really happy if it lasted a
month or two. 19 months – this is way beyond what any of us expected!

As of June 25, 2015, the orbit has decayed by about 73 km since
launch. Since April 21, 2015, it has been decaying at a rate of
about 1 km per week. Apogee is now at 561 km, and perigee is at 529
km.

The following are the TLEs from 2015-06-25:

EAGLE 2
1 39436U 13066W 15176.16386703 .00013608 00000-0 90105-3 0 9991
2 39436 97.7444 252.3622 0022818 80.2035 280.1767 15.07230510 86697

Again, if anyone wants to make an attempt at predicting when it will
de-orbit, here is some useful information:

Average cross-sectional area = 0.014252 m^2
Mass = 210 g
Area/mass ratio = 0.06787 m^2/kg

From the 2015-06-25 TLEs:
Semi-major axis: 6922.8 km
Eccentricity: 0.0022818
Apogee: 560.6
Perigee: 529.0

As always, please post any telemetry, or for that matter, any
reception reports to the Yahoo discussion group. We would especially
like to encourage our friends in the southern hemisphere to listen
for $50SAT/MO-76/Eagle-2. We really appreciate everyone who has
provided reception reports and telemetry as well as access to their
WebSDRs. To date, we have 3,098 individual error-free telemetry
captures, and the vast majority of these did not come from Stuart,
Howie, or I.

73 Michael Kirkhart KD8QBA
$50SAT/MO-76/Eagle-2 team

$50SAT is one of the smallest amateur radio satellites ever launched
at 5x5x7.5 cm and weighs only 210 grams. Transmitter power is just
100 mW on 437.505 MHz (+/-9 kHz Doppler shift) FM CW/RTTY. It uses
the low cost Hope RFM22B single chip radio and PICaxe 40X2 processor.

$50SAT has been a collaborative education project between Professor
Bob Twiggs, KE6QMD, Morehead State University and three other radio
amateurs, Howie DeFelice, AB2S, Michael Kirkhart, KD8QBA, and Stuart
Robinson, GW7HPW.

Further information in the $50SAT Dropbox
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l3919wtfiywk2gf/-HxyXNsIr8

There is a discussion group for $50SAT
http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/50dollarsat/

50DollarSat http://www.50dollarsat.info/

{ANS thanks Michael KD8QBA and Southgate ARN for the above
information]