Tuesday, March 14, 2017

CAS-4A and CAS-4B Linear Transponder Frequencies Announced

XW-2A satellite was launched September 19, 2015 (Graphic courtesy of UK AMSAT)

Frequencies for the CAS-4A and CAS-4B Linear Transponder satellites have been announced by IARU - launch was planned for March 31, 2017. Story at https://amsat-uk.org/2017/03/13/cas-4a-cas-4b-transponder-sats-2/

CAS-4A
• Linear transponder downlink 145.870 MHz, emission designator 20K0V8WWF, output power 20 dBm
• Linear transponder uplink 435.220 MHz
• CW telemetry beacon 145.855 MHz, emission designator 100HA1AAN, output power 17 dBm
• GMSK telemetry 145.835 MHz, emission designator 16K0F1DCN, output power 20 dBm

CAS-4B
• Linear transponder downlink 145.925 MHz, emission designator 20K0V8WWF, output power 20 dBm
• Linear transponder uplink 435.280 MHz
• CW telemetry beacon 145.910 MHz, emission designator 100HA1AAN, output power 17 dBm
• GMSK telemetry 145.890 MHz, emission designator 16K0F1DCN, output power 20 dBm
IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination pages http://www.amsat.org.uk/iaru/


Sunday, March 12, 2017

AMSAT News Service AMS-071

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information 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:

* US ARISS Proposal Window Remains Open Through April 15, 2017
* First Moon Bounce using Opera
* NEON - NASA Educators Online Network - ANNOUNCEMENTS
* Cubesat Developers Workshop 2017
* ARISS News


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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 071.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
March 12, 2017
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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US ARISS Proposal Window Remains Open Through April 15, 2017

Message to US Educators Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity

Call for Proposals
Proposal Window February 15 – April 15, 2017

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS.  ARISS anticipates that the contact would be held between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is
looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.

The deadline to submit a proposal is April 15, 2017.  Proposal information and documents can be found at www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact.

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

An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford
education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and to learn about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also will have an
opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless technology, and radio science. Because of the nature of human spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the
ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate changes in dates and times of the radio contact.

Amateur Radio organizations around the world, NASA, and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe sponsor this educational opportunity by providing the equipment and operational support to enable direct communication between crew on the ISS and students around the world via Amateur Radio. In the US, the program is managed by AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) and ARRL (American Radio Relay League) in partnership with NASA and CASIS (Center for the Advancement of Science in Space).

More Information
Interested parties can find more information about the program at www.ariss.org and www.arrl.org/ARISS.

For proposal information and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of Information Sessions go to http://www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact.

Please direct any questions to ariss at arrl.org.

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]

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ARISS News

+ A Successful contact was made between Blair Pointe Upper   Elementary School, Peru, IN, USA and Astronaut Shane Kimbrough   KE5HOD using Callsign NA1SS. The contact began Thu 2017-03-09   15:21:33 UTC and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was   Direct via WD9GIU.
ARISS Mentor was Charlie AJ9N.

+ A Successful contact was made between 3rd Junior High School, Komotini, Greece and Astronaut Shane Kimbrough KE5HOD using   Callsign OR4ISS. The contact began  Fri 2017-03-10 08:20:46 UTC and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was Direct via  SV7APQ. ARISS Mentor was Bertus PE1KEH.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

McBride  High School, Long Beach, CA, direct via K6MHS
The ISS callsign is presently  scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG
Contact is a go for: Wed 2017-03-15 16:28:44 UTC

[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above information]

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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.

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This week's ANS Editor, EMike McCardel, AA8EM aa8em at amsat dot org
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Saturday, March 04, 2017

AMSAT News Service ANS-064

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information 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:

* Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, 2017 Dayton Hamvention Amateur of the Year
* VUCC Awards for February 2017
* On-line Information Sessions for ARISS-US School Contact Proposals
* Ham radio satellite activation of Berry Islands, Bahamas
* NASA Explores Opportunity for Smaller Experiments to 'Hitch a   Ride' to Mars
* Belize on Satellite
* October Amateur Radio Satellites Activation of Sint Maarten Announced
* Nayif-1 Status Report and New Dashboard
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over


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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 064.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
March 5, 2017
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-064.01

Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, 2017 Dayton Hamvention Amateur of the Year

The Dayton Hamvention has announced the winners of the 2017 Hamvention Awards. Each year, the Dayton Hamvention honors radio amateurs who have made major contributions to the art and science of amateur radio. AMSAT Vice President for Human Spaceflight Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, was named 2017 Amateur of the Year.

The award citation reads:

“Frank serves as the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) international chairman. In the mid-1990s, Bauer proposed a GPS reception experiment on the AMSAT Phase 3D satellite (AO-40). The experiment was to measure the signal strength of the GPS satellite constellation while Phase 3D was in high-Earth orbit (HEO). The AO-40 experiment subsequently has been cited often in aerospace literature, as it remained the most comprehensive above-the-
constellation data source for nearly a decade and led to changes in the system’s specifications and applications. The results of the AO-40 experiment jump started a game-changing transformation in
navigation at HEO/GEO altitudes, enabling new and exciting missions in these orbits.

Bauer holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from Purdue University. His career in aerospace spans 4 decades within NASA and in private industry

Bauer has been licensed since 1974. In 1983, in preparation for the space mission of Owen Garriott, W5LFL, he was responsible for setting up and operating the worldwide retransmission of Space Shuttle air-to-ground communications from Goddard Amateur Radio Club station WA3NAN.
This initiative provided a critical conduit of information to hams attempting to contact astronaut-hams in the pre-Internet era.”

The 2017 Dayton Hamvention Award winners are listed at http://hamvention.org/event-details/awards/

[ANS thanks Dayton Hamvention via the ARRL for the above information]

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VUCC Awards for February 2017

Congratulations to the following satellite operators who were awarded endorsements for Satellite VUCC by the ARRL during the period 1Feb2017 thru 1Mar2017:

WA4NVM-1413
KD8CAO-1200
W5PFG-982
N8RO-918
N7SFI-829
K4FEG-711
N8HM-608
N4UFO-601
KG5CCI-452
N9IP-417
K5ND-200
W7QL-180
W4DTA-151
AI6GS-136
N6RFM-107

There were 2 new VUCC awards:
WI7P - 829
AK4WQ (EN34) - 106

The ARRL VUCC Award is the most prestigious and sought after award for satellite operators.  The award is what inspires all of the roving activity here in the United States and around the world.  A special thanks to all rovers who make the effort to operate away from home.  The Central States VHF Society sponsors the reverse VUCC award for rovers who operate in 100 or more grids away from home.  Some of our current rovers are already eligible or close to being eligible for this award.  Recipients so far include N7SFI, N5AFV, ND9M and KD4ZGW. (as of 5July2016 www.csvhfs.org)

[ANS thanks John K8YSE for the above information]

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On-line Information Sessions for ARISS-US School Contact Proposals

ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, radio contact with an orbiting space station crew member between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2018. Proposals are due April 15, 2017.

Informational Sessions
To help organizations learn about ARISS radio contacts and the proposal process, ARISS offers one-hour online information sessions and welcomes all questions. Attending an online session is not
required but strongly encouraged.

Informational sessions will be offered March 6, 2017, at 7 p.m. EST and March 16, 2017, at 4 p.m. EDT.

Advance registration is necessary. Email ARISS (ariss@arrl.org) to sign up for an information session.

For proposal information and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and proposal forms, visit http://www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact.

Please email questions about this opportunity to ariss@arrl.org.

ARISS-US is offered through a partnership between NASA, the American Radio Relay League, and the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ARISS was created and is managed by an international working group.

[ANS thanks ARISS and NASA Education Express Message -- March 2, 2017 for the above information]

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Ham radio satellite activation of Berry Islands, Bahamas

Steve M1ACB, Rob M0VFC and John M0IDA will be active on the FM and SSB amateur radio satellites from Berry Islands in the Bahamas.

The trio plan to operate from March 4-10 and will be using hand-held antennas. Since the FM satellites will only cover part of the USA they’ll also be using SSB on FO-29 to reach the British Isles and Europe.

They will be operating from Little Harbour Cay in the Berry Islands, IOTA NA-054, Grid Square FL15do.

For further information see https://m1acb.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/1527/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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NASA Explores Opportunity for Smaller Experiments to 'Hitch a Ride' to Mars

NASA's goals for human deep space exploration are complex and ambitious. To maximize resources as it pushes the boundaries of exploration, the agency is exploring opportunities to take advantage of emerging private sector space capabilities.

NASA released a request for information Monday regarding possible commercial sources to fly limited payloads on planned, non-NASA missions to Mars. The agency will use the responses to gather market data on the complete spectrum of commercial plans, and identify any excess capacity that may exist for NASA payloads.

Furthering NASA's human deep space exploration goals will require a significant amount of scientific research, and opportunities to collect data on Mars have been rare. Only seven successful missions to the surface of Mars have taken place in the history of space flight.

Evolving capabilities in the private sector have opened the possibility for NASA to take advantage of commercial opportunities to land scientific payloads on the surface of the Red Planet. Such capability would provide an additional method of acquiring science and engineering data concerning Mars, and would complement NASA's current deep space exploration efforts.

[ANS thanks www.marsdaily.com for the above information]

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Belize on Satellite

Good evening to my fellow people of the birds,

The time has come. I will be venturing to the land of Belize March 11-19 and will be on the satellites with the call V31NJ. I will operate from various grids and possibly some islands (a side trip to
Roatan, Honduras is possible with operations from there, not positive yet). This is gonna be a vacation style op (going with my little brother for his spring break), so don't expect me on every pass.

If I can get a permit for Guatemala TG/NJ7H may also be on a few passes, though I'm not sure if from any grids different than in Belize.

QSLing will be via LoTW. If there is a demand, I can get some cards printed when I'm back.

[ANS thanks Gabe V31NJ/NJ7H for the above information]

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October Amateur Radio Satellites Activation of Sint Maarten Announced

PJ7, ST. MAARTEN. Members of Argentinian DXers Group will be active as PJ7T from Sint Maarten (NA-105) between October 24th and November 4th. Operators mentioned are Dan/LU9FHF, Bob/LU4FBU, Andy/LU2JCW, Wally/LU3FMD and Jose/LU1FM. They plan to have three station on the HF bands and one on the Amateur Radio Satellites. QSL via LU1FM direct, LoTW or eQSL.
Look for their Web page to be active soon at: http://www.tarjetasqsl.com.ar/pj7t

[ANS thanks Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1307 for the above information]

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Nayif-1 Status Report and New Dashboard

The Nayif-1 (EO-88) CubeSat has now been in orbit for more than two weeks and all systems continue to operate nominally.

The power budget is positive, the spin/tumble rate is acceptably low, on board temperatures are perfectly okay and, importantly, the educational/amateur transponder switching is taking place
autonomously as  planned.

More than 250 stations around the world have provided telemetry to the Nayif Data Warehouse and the FUNcube Team are extremely grateful to them for their invaluable support.

The experts have now formally allocated Catalog Number 42017 to Nayif-1 (EO88) and the TLEs can now be downloaded from Celestrak – TLEs

New Dashboards

The FUNcube Team have now updated the Dashboards for both Nayif-1 and FUNcube-1 so that they display only the telemetry received from the individual spacecraft that they are designed for. This will help users to display only the correct information and graphs and reduce confusion. Whilst they only display the data from ONE spacecraft, they will, as now, receive and decode the data from all FUNcube payloads currently in orbit and automatically submit it to the relevant Data Warehouse.

The new Dashboard for FUNcube-1 (ver 1044) can be downloaded from here: FUNcube Dashboard Installer 1044

The new Dashboard for Nayif-1 (ver 1040) can be downloaded from here: Nayif-1 Dashboard Installer 1040

Additionally some command line parameters have been added to enable the programmes to auto-start with the desired parameters.  These are:

/minimized
/autostart
/source=dongle
or
/source=soundcard

Some notes on how to implement these parameters can be found here: funcube-dashboard-autostart

Nayif-1 Data Warehouse http://data.amsat-uk.org/nayif1/

Ham radio satellite transmits Vice President’s message
https://amsat-uk.org/2017/02/25/nayif-1-uae-vice-president-message/

Nayif-1 Launched https://amsat-uk.org/2017/02/15/nayif-1-launched/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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ARISS News

+ A Successful contact was made between ABOUT GAGARIN FROM SPACE.
  Raduga Space Communication Center of St. Petersburg, Russia and
  Cosmonaut Sergey Ryzhikov using Callsign RSØISS. The contact began
  UTC and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was Direc via
  RA1AJN. ARISS Mentor was Sergey RV3DR.

+ A Successful contact was made between Ecole “Robespierre B.”,
  Rueil-Malmaison, France and Astronaut Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG using
  Callsign FX0ISS. The contact began 2017-03-01 08:04 UTC  and lasted
  about nine and a half minutes. Contact was Direct via F6KFA.
  ARISS Mentor was Joseph F6ICS.

+ A Successful contact was made between College Marcel Pagnol, Rueil-
  Malmaison, France and Astronaut Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG using Callsign
  FX0ISS. The contact began 2017-03-01 08:04 UTC  and lasted about
  nine and a half minutes. Contact was Direct via F6KFA.
  ARISS Mentor was Joseph F6ICS.

+ A Successful contact was made between Ecole Albert Camus, Rueil-
  Malmaison, France and Astronaut Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG using Callsign
  FX0ISS. The contact began 2017-03-01 08:04 UTC  and lasted about
  nine and a half minutes. Contact was Direct via F6KFA.
  ARISS Mentor was Joseph F6ICS.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

+ Blair Pointe Upper Elementary  School, Peru, IN, direct via WD9GIU
  The ISS callsign is presently scheduled  to be NA1SS
  The scheduled astronaut is Shane Kimbrough KE5HOD
  Contact is  a go for: Thu 2017-03-09 15:21:33 UTC

+ 3rd Junior High  School, Komotini, Greece, direct via SV7APQ
  The ISS callsign is presently  scheduled to be OR4ISS
  The scheduled astronaut is Shane Kimbrough KE5HOD
  Contact is a go for: Fri 2017-03-10 08:20:46 UTC

[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above  information]

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ The AMSAT-NA office was closed Friday March 3 and will remain closed through Monday March 6. Martha will return to office Tuesday March 7.

  [ANS thanks Martha for the above information

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

Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status. Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership information.

73,
This week's ANS Editor, EMike McCardel, AA8EM aa8em at amsat dot org
_______________________________________________

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Monday, February 27, 2017

AMSAT News Service ANS-057

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information 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:

* OSCAR Number EO-88 for Nayif-1
* Two projects with AMSAT ties selected for NASA launches
* ARISS Equipment on SpaceX Launch
* VEGA Flight Opportunity for Multiple Small Satellites
* Satellite Changes in AMSAT Keplerian Element Distribution
* LUSAT LO-19 Calls Home
* Expect More from Amateur BY70-1 Youth Space Program
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts from All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 057.01
 >From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE Febuary 26, 2017
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-057.01

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OSCAR Number EO-88 for Nayif-1

In accordance with the request sent to the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors for an OSCAR number for the UAE CubeSat, Nayif-1, and the statement that all of the conditions for an OSCAR number have been met, I hereby by the authority vested in me by the AMSAT-NA president, do convey on Nayif-1 the designation  Emirates Oscar 88 or EO-88.

Along with the rest of the Amateur Radio satellite community, I hope that EO-88 will meet all of its objectives.

I wish you and your group the best of luck in this and future endeavors to keep Amateur Radio in space.

[ANS thanks William A. (Bill) Tynan, W3XO, OSCAR Number Administrator for the above information]

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Two projects with AMSAT ties selected for NASA launches

Two cubesat missions with ties to AMSAT have been selected as part of the eighth round of the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative. These spacecraft are eligible for placement on a launch manifest after final negotiations, depending on the availability of a flight opportunity.

TJREVERB is a CubeSat from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, in Alexandria, Virginia. This satellite will include an AMSAT Fox mode U/v FM radio system, and will be capable of serving as an analog FM repeater.

HuskySat-1 from the University of Washington in Seattle will carry a mode V/u linear transponder and 1200 baud BPSK beacon similar to RadFXsat-2. The satellite will demonstrate plasma propulsion and high gain telemetry in advance of a larger CubeSat lunar mission.

The complete list of satellites selected may be found at on the NASA web  page.

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-announces-eighth-class-of-candidates-for-launch-of-cubesat-space-missions

http://www.amsat.org/?p=5795

[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA, AMSAT Vice-President for Operations for the above information]

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ARISS Equipment on SpaceX Launch

Included as part of the successful launch of the SpaceX Dragon vehicle to ISS is an ARISS Ericsson 2 meter VHF radio.  This radio will replace the Ericsson radio that failed a few months ago.  The VHF radio is used for school group contacts and amateur packet radio in the Columbus module.  Once the Dragon vehicle is berthed to ISS, the Ericsson will be unstowed and, at some point, installed in Columbus, replacing the UHF radio that is now supporting APRS packet and some school contacts.

The unmanned cargo ship packed with food and supplies for astronauts arrived safely at the International Space Station Thursday, 2/23/2017. The Dragon cargo ship was grabbed by the station's robotic arm at 5:44 am (1044 GMT).

Our thanks to SpaceX on an outstanding and historic flight from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A, where many Space Shuttle missions and nearly all the Apollo moon missions were launched.  We also would like to thank our ARISS benefactors-NASA and CASIS, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space.  And, of course, our amateur radio long-time sponsors-our national amateur radio organizations around the world, including the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) in the US, and our international AMSAT organizations, including AMSAT-NA.

ARISS is also making great progress on the development of the new interoperable radio system that we hope to use to replace our aging radio infrastructure in the Columbus module and the Service module.  The hard (and expensive) part of this effort is just beginning, with testing and human certification on the horizon.  We thank all that have donated to the cause thus far.  We hope you continue to help ARISS move forward through your support, including your volunteer time and talent and, of course, financial contributions through the AMSAT web site donate button.

[ANS thanks Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, ARISS International Chair, AMSAT-NA V.P. for Human Spaceflight for the above information]

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VEGA Flight Opportunity for Multiple Small Satellites

Europe’s Vega small launcher is set to demonstrate its extended capability to deploy multiple light satellites using its new versatile Small Satellites Mission Service (SSMS) dispenser, in the second half of 2018.

This demonstration provides the first of the launch opportunities under the new Light satellite, Low-cost Launch opportunity (LLLor L3) Initiative initiated at the ESA Council Meeting at Ministerial Level in December 2016 with the aim to provide low-cost and regular launch services for European
Institutional light satellites through full exploitation of the Ariane 6 and Vega C launch systems’ capabilities.

This first proof-of-concept flight using the current Vega launch system will demonstrate and validate standard innovative services for light satellites.

The SSMS dispenser with its modular design enables Vega to provide launch opportunities for light satellites with an overall mass ranging from 1 kg CubeSats up to 400 kg minisats with different alternative configurations and relevant combinations under a ‘rideshare’ concept.

Potential customers, be they European public-sector organizations or other entities, are invited to respond to the joint ESA and European Commission Announcement of Opportunity, which can be downloaded together with its questionnaire, by 31 March.
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Launchers/Vega_flight_opportunity_for_multiple_small_satellites (including links for the application process due by March 31)

[ANS thanks the European Space Agency for the above information]

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Satellite Changes in AMSAT Keplerian Element Distribution

The following five satellites/object numbers have been deleted:

SATELLITE     NORAD CAT ID    REASON
BY70-1         41909           Deorbit 2-18-2017
OBJECT 41930  41930           Not Amateur Sat-ISS Launch
EGG           41933           Not Amateur Sat-ISS Launch
OBJECT 41934  41934           Not Amateur Sat-ISS Launch
TuPOD  41936  41936           Batteries Dead-ISS Launch
Thanks to Nico Janssen for his work in predicting BY70-1's deorbit.

As noted last week, Nayif-1 was launched with 103 other satellites on 2-15-2017.  The cloud of satellites is beginning to spread and Nico Janssen, PA0DLO, has developed a TLE set that many on AMSAT-BB say is very accurate. I have included it in this week's distribution. Thanks again to a very busy Nico for his excellent work.

Detailed doppler measurements show that Nayif 1 is object 42017, 2017-008BX.

Keith Pugh, W5IU, suggested that I include Nayif-1 in the regular distribution so those using apps like PocketSat would be able to track it. Good idea Keith. (I have PocketSat myself!)

[ANS thanks AMSAT's Keeper of the Keps Ray Hoad, WA5QGD for the above information]

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LUSAT LO-19 Calls Home

On Feb-20 15:45z LUSAT LO-19 on Orbit 141493 had been heard with strong carrier on 437.125 ± Doppler.

LUSAT had been in space last 27 years and still emits it's CW carrier un-modulated with 900 mW.

Now and then the satellite comes alive, it is useful to test reception and demonstrate Doppler, check antennas, etc.

Please try to listen, on http://amsat.innova-red.net/pass you will find an easy way to locate, receive, and thank you if reported.

[ANS thanks Pedro, LU7ABF for the above information]

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Expect More from Amateur BY70-1 Youth Space Program

In announcing the end of a successful mission the students who built the amateur radio FM transponder satellite BY70-1 say “We hope more Amateur youth space program will be brought to you in the near future!”

The 2U CubeSat BY70-1 was built by students from the Beijing Bayi High School and carried into a 524 x 212 km orbit on a CZ-2D rocket launched from the Taiyuan Space Launch Center on December 28, 2016.

On February 17, 2017, as the satellite was about to burn up on its re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, this end of mission statement was posted on the school’s website.

Dear friends of BY70-1:

Satellite BY70-1 has completed all designed missions. For the amateurs who completed 2-way QSO using the repeater onboard, received effective satellite telemetry, or obtained satellite camera photos, we would like to invite you sending connection data package (audio or video evidence), satellite
telemetry data or photos received to Email: 6015@bayims.cn.

So that we can keep statistics records and deliver our appreciation toward you in public. We would be pleased to exchange QSL card for QSO users, and some souvenirs for the telemetry or camera photos users.

We hope more Amateur youth space program will be brought to you in the near future!

E-mail Address: 6015 @bayims.cn
Post Address: Mr Xiangming TAOBeijing Bayi School, 29# Suzhou Street, Haidian Dist, Beijing, China P.O. 100080

http://www.bayims.cn/article-16881.html

BY70-1 FM transponder satellite
https://amsat-uk.org/2016/12/27/by70-1-fm-transponder-satellite/

BY70-1 FM contact video
https://amsat-uk.org/2016/12/30/by70-1-fm-transponder-contact/

See BY70-1 page on Roland PY4ZBZ website
http://www.qsl.net/py4zbz/by70.htm

[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).

*Saturday and Sunday, 11-12 March 2017 – ScienceCity in Tucson AZ

*Saturday, 18 March 2017 – Scottsdale SpringFest in Scottsdale AZ

*Friday through Sunday, 31 March–2 April 2017, NVCON in Las Vegas NV

*Wednesday, 5 April 2007 – presentation for Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club in Scottsdale AZ

*Friday and Saturday, 7-8 April 2017, Green Country Hamfest in Claremore OK

*Saturday, 6 May 2017 – Cochise Amateur Radio Association hamfest in Sierra Vista AZ

*19-21 May 2017, HamVention in the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, Dayton, Ohio

*Friday and Saturday, 9-10 June 2017, HAM-COM in Irving TX

*Saturday, 10 June 2017 – Prescott Hamfest in Prescott AZ

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]

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ARISS News

Successful Contacts

*  Collège André Malraux, Chatelaillon-Plage, France, telebridge via ON4ISS The ISS callsign was scheduled to be FXØISS The scheduled  astronaut was Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG Contact was successful  Mon 2017-02-13 14:00:35 UTC 67 deg. Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG answered 19 questions prepared by students for an audience 190 students and guests.  HamTV downlinked
Pesquet live throughout the entire contact thanks to British Amateur TV Club merging 2 HamTV ground stations’ received signals. The live-stream was seen by 230 of the general public via BATC connections. Watch a recording of  the live-streamed HamTV downlink:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Byp8JadKjPOmOUFCeDdZMFhSMm8/view?usp=sharing
Watch France's national television's report at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb7amhLMgA8&feature=em-upload_owner

*  John Glenn Middle School, Maplewood MN, direct via  KØJDD The ISS callsign was scheduled to be NA1SS The scheduled  astronaut was Shane Kimbrough KE5HOD Contact was successful: Wed 2017-02-22  18:47:59 UTC 25 deg All 16 questions answered with a 73 round.  Students, teachers and parents came to 900 individuals.  One television station and four print media outlets were also in attendance. They reported full quieting for the entire pass.

*  Ecole primaire Elie Desplan, Boissières,  France and Marie Castang, Saint Dionisy, France, direct via F4HHV The ISS  callsign was scheduled to be FXØISS The scheduled astronaut was Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG Contact was successful: Sat 2017-02-25 13:14:15 UTC 58 deg Successful contact between the 2 schools of Boissieres and Saint Dionisy with Thomas Pesquet. All 20 questions answered, clear audio all the way long (Normal and acceptable UHF noise at the beginning and at the end) Reported 350 people present in the gymnasium. Also success for the Ham video transmission through BATC, but also through the local Ham-Video Ground Station. Press and media presence:
1 national TV (BFM) -> scheduled broadcasted 2/25
2 Regional TVs (France 3), TV TV-Sud
1 Regional radio (France Bleu)
Several Regional newspapers including Le Midi Libre

Upcoming Contacts

*  3rd Junior High School, Komotini, Greece,  direct via SV7APQ The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS The scheduled astronaut is Shane Kimbrough KE5HOD The contact will be rescheduled for a later date.

*  ABOUT GAGARIN FROM SPACE, Space Odyssey Project, Krasnoyarsk, Russia, direct via RVØADW The ISS callsign is presently  scheduled to be RSØISS The scheduled astronaut is Andrei Borisenko Contact is a go for Sat 2017-02-25 08:36 UTC

*  ABOUT GAGARIN FROM  SPACE, Raduga Space Communication Center of St. Petersburg, Russia, direct via  RA1AJN The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS The scheduled astronaut is Sergey Ryzhikov Contact is a go for Sun 2017-02-26 09:15 UTC

*  Student Space  Technology Association, Knoxville, TN, direct via AA4UT The ISS callsign is  presently scheduled to be NA1SS The scheduled astronaut is Shane Kimbrough  KE5HOD
Contact is a go for: Wed 2017-03-01 19:08:03 UTC 49 deg

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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.
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Message  to US Educators Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact  Opportunity

Call for Proposals
Proposal Window February 15 –  April 15, 2017

The Amateur Radio on the International Space  Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal education institutions  and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with  a crew member on board the ISS.  ARISS anticipates that the  contact would be held between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018. Crew scheduling  and ISS  orbits will
determine the exact contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.

The deadline to submit a proposal is April 15,  2017.  Proposal information and documents can be found at www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact.

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

An ARISS contact is a voice-only  communication opportunity via Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts  aboard the space station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford  education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it  is like to live and work in space and to learn about space research conducted on  the ISS. Students  also
will have an opportunity to learn about satellite  communication, wireless technology, and radio science. Because of the nature of  human spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate changes in dates and  times of the radio contact.

Amateur Radio organizations around the  world, NASA, and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe sponsor this  educational opportunity by providing the equipment and operational support to  enable direct communication between crew on the ISS and students around the world via
Amateur Radio. In the US, the program is managed by AMSAT (Radio  Amateur Satellite
Corporation) and ARRL (American Radio Relay League) in partnership with NASA and CASIS (Center for the Advancement of Science in  Space).

More Information
Interested parties can find  more information about the program at www.ariss.org and  www.arrl.org/ARISS.

For proposal information and more  details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates  and times of Information Sessions go to  http://www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact. Please direct any  questions to  ariss@arrl.org.

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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.

Listen for the ISS on  the downlink of 145.8Ø  MHz.

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All  ARISS contacts are made via the Kenwood radio unless otherwise  noted.

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Several  of you have sent me emails asking about the RAC ARISS website and not being  able to get in.  That has now been changed to http://www.ariss.org/

Note that there are links to other ARISS  websites from this site.

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Looking  for something new to do?  How about receiving DATV from the  ISS?

If interested, then please go to the ARISS-EU website for complete details.  Look for the buttons indicating Ham Video.

http://www.ariss-eu.org/

If you need some  assistance, ARISS mentor Kerry N6IZW, might be able to provide some  insight.  Contact Kerry at  kbanke@sbcglobal.net

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ARISS  congratulations the following mentors who have now mentored over 100 schools:

Satoshi 7M3TJZ with 123
Gaston ON4WF with  123
Francesco IKØWGF with  119

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

Note, all times are approximate.  It is recommended that you  do your own orbital prediction or start listening about 10 minutes before  the listed time. All dates and times listed follow International  Standard ISO 8601 date and time format  YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS

The complete schedule page has been updated as of 2017-02-23 05:00 UTC. Here you will find a listing of all scheduled school contacts, and questions, other ISS related websites, IRLP and Echolink websites, and instructions for any contact that may be streamed live.

http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/arissnews.rtf
http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/arissnews.txt

Total  number of ARISS ISS to earth school events is 1116. Each school counts  as 1 event. Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school contacts is 1080. Each contact may have multiple schools sharing the same time slot. Total number of ARISS supported terrestrial contacts is 47.

A  complete year by year breakdown of the contacts may be found in the file.
http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/arissnews.rtf

Please  feel free to contact me if more detailed statistics are needed.

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

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

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The  successful school list has been updated as of 2017-02-23 05:00 UTC.
http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/Successful_ARISS_schools.rtf

Frequency chart for packet, voice, and crossband repeater modes showing Doppler correction as of 2005-07-29 04:00  UTC http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/ISS_frequencies_and_Doppler_correction.rtf

Listing of ARISS related magazine articles as of 2006-07-10 03:30 UTC.
http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/ARISS_magazine_articles.rtf

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

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Exp.  49 on orbit
Shane Kimbrough KE5HOD
Andrei Borisenko
Sergey  Ryzhikov

Exp. 50 on orbit
Peggy Whitson
Thomas Pesquet  KG5FYG
Oleg  Novitskiy

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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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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 student 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

Sunday, February 19, 2017

ARISS Equipment on SpaceX Launch


From AMSAT-bb and Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, ARISS International Chair, AMSAT-NA V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs

Included as part of today's successful launch of the SpaceX Dragon vehicle to ISS is an ARISS Ericsson 2 meter VHF radio.  This radio will replace the Ericsson radio that failed a few months ago.  The VHF radio is used for school group contacts and amateur packet radio in the Columbus module.  Once the Dragon vehicle is berthed to ISS, the Ericsson will be unstowed and, at some point, installed in Columbus, replacing the UHF radio that is now supporting APRS packet and some school contacts.

Our thanks to SpaceX on an outstanding and historic flight from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A, where many Space Shuttle missions  and nearly all the Apollo moon missions were launched.  We also would like to thank our ARISS benefactors-NASA and CASIS, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space.  And, of course, our amateur radio long-time sponsors-our national amateur radio organizations around the world, including the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) in the US, and our international AMSAT organizations, including AMSAT-NA.

 Before closing, I want to let you know that ARISS is making great progress on the development of the new interoperable radio system that we hope to use to replace our aging radio infrastructure in the Columbus module and the Service module.  The hard (and expensive) part of this effort is just beginning, with testing and human certification on the horizon.  We thank all that have donated to the cause thus far.  We hope you continue to help ARISS move forward through your support, including your volunteer time and talent and, of course, financial contributions through the AMSAT web site
donate button.


ARLK014 Keplerian data

SB KEP @ ARL $ARLK014
ARLK014 Keplerian data

ZCZC SK14
QST de W1AW 
Keplerian Bulletin 14  ARLK014
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington, CT  February 17, 2017
To all radio amateurs

SB KEP ARL ARLK014
ARLK014 Keplerian data

Special thanks to AMSAT-NA (AMSAT.ORG) for the following Keplerian data.

Decode 2-line elsets with the following key:
1 AAAAAU 00  0  0 BBBBB.BBBBBBBB  .CCCCCCCC  00000-0  00000-0 0  DDDZ
2 AAAAA EEE.EEEE FFF.FFFF GGGGGGG HHH.HHHH III.IIII JJ.JJJJJJJJKKKKKZ
KEY: A-CATALOGNUM B-EPOCHTIME C-DECAY D-ELSETNUM E-INCLINATION F-RAAN
G-ECCENTRICITY H-ARGPERIGEE I-MNANOM J-MNMOTION K-ORBITNUM Z-CHECKSUM

0 AO-07
1 07530U 74089B   17048.54485324 -.00000027  00000-0  11012-3 0  9996
2 07530 101.6147  19.6647 0011873 193.1015 282.8105 12.53625507933861
0 FO-29
1 24278U 96046B   17048.52028426 -.00000029  00000-0  94200-5 0  9999
2 24278  98.5802 307.5985 0349411 287.4599  68.8635 13.53074670 12690
0 ISS
1 25544U 98067A   17048.57667564  .00002324  00000-0  42005-4 0  9992
2 25544  51.6427 274.5669 0007026 199.9470 246.7513 15.54380521 43155
0 SO-50
1 27607U 02058C   17047.68296191 +.00000026 +00000-0 +24332-4 0  9994
2 27607 064.5558 133.7910 0038431 151.4993 208.8222 14.75283224761200
0 CO-55
1 27844U 03031E   17047.96759627 +.00000047 +00000-0 +41022-4 0  9996
2 27844 098.6921 058.7128 0009312 341.3859 018.6977 14.22014919707196
0 RS-22
1 27939U 03042A   17048.57282559  .00000154  00000-0  36142-4 0  9992
2 27939  97.9190 197.3049 0011851 242.9572 184.9949 14.66521440715782
0 CO-58
1 28895U 05043F   17048.17301387  .00000169  00000-0  41409-4 0  9992
2 28895  97.8493 216.0951 0017402 159.4901 200.7004 14.63342080602935
0 CO-65
1 32785U 08021C   17048.53260924  .00000247  00000-0  32735-4 0  9994
2 32785  97.5786  78.2007 0012690 198.6093 161.4662 14.87796256477107
0 COMPASS 1
1 32787U 08021E   17048.14338400  .00000250  00000-0  29646-4 0  9999
2 32787  97.5747  85.9413 0012919 172.3803 187.7616 14.92427988477596
0 DO-64
1 32789U 08021G   17048.38692779  .00001872  00000-0  13822-3 0  9998
2 32789  97.5743 109.0839 0013799 145.6021 214.6101 15.04390027478852
0 RS-30
1 32953U 08025A   17048.19991592  .00000010  00000-0  38933-5 0  9994
2 32953  82.5052 314.2798 0018422 185.1845 174.9047 12.43074591396511
0 KKS-1
1 33499U 09002H   17047.95064676 +.00000124 +00000-0 +26391-4 0  9993
2 33499 098.3159 209.9132 0009958 043.3904 316.8086 14.75134427433218
0 AO-71
1 37854U 11061E   17048.42716085  .00001383  00000-0  82241-4 0  9995
2 37854 101.7085 221.1033 0168865  69.2849 292.6370 15.03616441288935
0 AO-73
1 39444U 13066AE  17047.90851547 +.00000265 +00000-0 +39680-4 0  9991
2 39444 097.6483 096.7835 0057303 301.1982 058.3622 14.81331219173216
0 UKUBE 1
1 40074U 14037F   17048.22916127  .00000324  00000-0  46580-4 0  9996
2 40074  98.3366 157.8581 0005894  82.8454 277.3432 14.83374864141398
0 XW-2A
1 40903U 15049E   17048.50442614  .00002491  00000-0  68635-4 0  9999
2 40903  97.4325  72.7157 0014535 342.4699  17.6042 15.38036162 79249
0 XW-2C
1 40906U 15049H   17048.51378785  .00000861  00000-0  50599-4 0  9999
2 40906  97.4554  56.4184 0013718 269.1024  90.8636 15.14258981 78121
0 XW-2F
1 40910U 15049M   17048.50546882  .00001331  00000-0  74468-4 0  9992
2 40910  97.4546  56.7053 0013974 265.1243  94.8394 15.15095289 78034
0 IO-86
1 40931U 15052B   17048.34831449  .00000731  00000-0  12817-4 0  9990
2 40931   6.0025   7.2114 0013730 348.8294  11.1712 14.76511442 75223
0 AO-85
1 40967U 15058D   17047.10786537  .00000189  00000-0  41066-4 0 04018
2 40967 064.7742 226.1193 0175925 122.7752 239.0441 14.75314216059255

Keplerian bulletins are transmitted twice weekly from W1AW.  The next scheduled transmission of these data will be Tuesday, February  21, 2017, at 2330z on Baudot and BPSK31.
NNNN
/EX

And the latest hamsat

NAYIF
1 17002U 17002A  17046.17824931 0.00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0  9993
2 17002  97.5521 107.5843 0004848 278.6481 296.8511 15.21991390    01

AMSAT News Service ANS-050

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information 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:

* Nayif-1 Launched
* Satellite Operators on the Road
* Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity
* RadFXsat-2 Receives IARU Frequency Coordination
* 14th Annual CubeSat Developers Workshop
* BY70-1 Re-entry

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-050.01
ANS-050 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 050.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE February 19, 2017
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-050.01

Nayif-1 Launched

The Indian Space Agency ISRO successfully launched the amateur radio satellite Nayif-1 along with 103 other satellites, a record for a single launch. The PSLV-C37 lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh at 03:58 UT on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

Nayif-1 started transmitting about an hour after launch and radio amateurs in the west of the USA reported the first signals. The first frame of data received at the Data Warehouse was from Christy Hunter KB6LTY. Telemetry data was also received by WA6FWF, KA7FVV, WC7V, NC7V, K6FW, KE7QPV, WA9ONY, W5PFG,  KK6AYK.

Ken Eaton GW1FKY reports he received his first frames of data when the satellite came in range of the UK at 10:07 UT.

The satellite looks to be in perfect health and it was placed in autonomous mode before the end of the first day in orbit. Just like FUNcube-1, this mode has the spacecraft sending high power telemetry when in sunlight and with the  SSB/CW transponder active when in eclipse. Already many contacts have been made through the transponder. As expected, the frequency stability of this spacecraft is much better than its predecessors.

A new post-launch set of TLE’s has been issued by the launch authority and it can be downloaded from http://amsat-nl.org/download/NAYIF_TLE.txt

Please note that these numbers are not based on JSpOC observations so we do not yet have a valid catalog number.

During the Launch and Early Operation phase (LEOP) of the mission, the Nayif-1 command team have been headquartered at the American University of Sharjah Ground station in the United Arab Emirates. They have been very grateful for all the telemetry received from around the world. It has proven to be immensely useful to the team in checking that the spacecraft is functioning correctly.

Our world-wide network has greatly impressed the many professionals that have been watching our activities. Already more than 100 ground stations are submitting data to the Nayif Data Warehouse. Please continue uploading the data as this will further enhance our knowledge about the spacecraft and the space environment through which it is traveling at 7.6 km/s.

The Nayif-1 Data Warehouse has been updated and now includes the Whole Orbit, High Resolution graphs and the upload ranking. It also includes telemetry details from the ADCS sub-system – this is called the iMTQ and is capable of actively magnetorquing. Over the coming days, we will be further
tweaking the warehouse, so bear with us if it is unavailable for short periods of time.

Background Nayif-1 has been developed by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and
American University of Sharjah (AUS). The UAE’s first Nanosatellite was developed by Emirati engineering students from AUS under the supervision of a team of engineers and specialists from MBRSC within the framework of a partnership between the two entities, aiming to provide hands-on
experience to engineering students on satellite manufacturing.

The spacecraft includes a U/V linear transponder and telemetry transmitter. It employs enhanced oscillator circuitry and includes an active attitude determination and control system.

The operating frequencies for the spacecraft are:

Telemetry
145.940 MHz using 1k2 BPSK to the FUNcube standard.

SSB/CW Transponder
Uplink on 435.045 – 435.015 MHz
Downlink on 145.960 – 145.990 MHz

The Nayif-1 Telemetry Dashboard can be downloaded from
http://download.funcube.org.uk/nayif-1_Dashboard_1039_Installer.msi

Guidance notes
https://funcubetest2.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/nayif-1_dashboard_notes_release-1-0b.pdf

A file to test that the Dashboard and Warehouse configuration are working correctly
http://download.funcube.org.uk/nayif1_testfile.funcubebin

Nayif-1 Data Warehouse http://data.amsat-uk.org/nayif1/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Satellite Operators on the Road

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Scott/KA9P and Ron/W9XS will be active as ZF2SC and ZF2FB, respectively, from the Cayman Islands between February 22-28th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15 meters and the satellites. Operations will typically be CW, with a KX1 or KX3, and Buddipole beams or verticals. QSL via their home callsigns or LoTW.

6E, MEXICO. A group of Ham Radio operators from Southern Mexico will be operating from some Mayan archaeological sites from the Mexican States of Yucatan, Campeche, Tabasco, Chiapas and Quintana Roo, using the special callsign 6E3MAYA between March 18-21st. Activity is to commemorate the Spring Equinox which is so important for the Mayan culture. Activity will be on 80-6 meters on CW, SSB, the satellites and the Digital modes. QSL via XE3N.

C6, BAHAMAS (IOTA Op). Operators John/M0IDA, Rob/M0VFC and Steve/M1ACB hope to be active as C6APY from Little Harbour Cay, Berry Islands (NA-054, WW Locator FL15do). They will fly into the Bahamas on March 2nd, but it will take them a couple of days to get to the island, so they hope to be active around March 4th - but this is very much weather dependent, as is the whole operation. They will fly back to the UK on March 12th, which means they will need to de-rig on the 10th or 11th, again varying according to the weather. Operation probably won't be 24/7 - they will do as much operating as they can, but eating and sleeping is back on the boat, there's only three of them, and they will probably want to go for the occasional swim as well. They will be running up to three stations simultaneously, all Elecraft K3s at 100W. They will be generator powered and have to carry
the full week's fuel with them on the boat, hence no amps. They are expecting that most QSOs will be on 40-15 meters; they will monitor the higher HF bands as well and may venture on to 10/12m if propagation favors them; similarly they may throw up an 80m dipole, but don't expect to do very much, if anything, there. There will definitely be CW (op M0VFC) and SSB (ops M0IDA and M1ACB); they may also do some data if time permits. They should be active on some satellite passes with hand-held antennas: the FM birds will only cover parts of the USA, and not EU, so they will
attempt some FO-29 passes as well. They are not satellite experts though, so be patient with them. QSL is via M0OXO's OQRS system. They will upload the logs to ClubLog and LoTW regularly throughout the trip, assuming all the kit plays nicely. Watch Twitter for any other updates:
https://twitter.com/rmc47 (M0VFC)
https://twitter.com/ItinerantHam (M0IDA)

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

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Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity

Call for Proposals
Proposal Window February 15 - April 15, 2017

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS.  ARISS anticipates that the contact would be held between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking
for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.

The deadline to submit a proposal is April 15, 2017.  Proposal information and documents can be found at www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact.

The Opportunity

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

An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and to learn about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also will have an opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless technology,  and radio science. Because of the nature of human spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate changes in dates and times of the radio contact.

Amateur Radio organizations around the world, NASA, and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe sponsor this educational opportunity by providing the equipment and operational support to enable direct communication between crew on the ISS and students around the world via Amateur Radio. In the US, the program is managed by AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) and
ARRL (American Radio Relay League) in partnership with NASA and CASIS (Center for the Advancement of Science in Space).

More Information

Interested parties can find more information about the program at www.ariss.org and www.arrl.org/ARISS.

For proposal information and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of Information Sessions go to http://www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact.

Please direct any questions to ariss@arrl.org.

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

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RadFXsat-2 Receives IARU Frequency Coordination

RadFXSat-2 is a 1U cubesat technology demonstration mission from Vanderbilt University that has been accepted for launch as part of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative. Vanderbilt University is partnered with AMSAT, who will provide the satellite and communications for the experiments onboard as part of the AMSAT Fox program.

AMSAT recently received IARU frequency coordination for a 1200 baud BPSK telemetry downlink beacon on 435.750 MHz, and a mode V/u inverting transponder with an uplink of 145.860-145.890 MHz and a downlink of 435.760-435.790 MHz.

RadFXSat-2 is currently manifested as part of the ELaNA XX mission, scheduled for no earlier than December 2017, on a Virgin Galactic Launcher One, from Mojave, California. Other satellites on the mission include:

     CACTUS-1 – Capitol Technology University, Laurel, Md.
     ALBus – NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio
     SurfSat – University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.
     Q-PACE – University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.
     CAPE-3 – University of Louisiana Lafayette, La.
     MiTEE – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
     PICS – Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
     INCA – New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N.M.
     MicroMas-2b – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lexington, Mass.
     EXOCUBE – California Polytechnic University, San Louis Obispo, Calif.
     PolarCube – University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colo.

[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA, for the above information]

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14th Annual CubeSat Developers Workshop

The 14th Annual CubeSat Developers Workshop will be held in San Luis Obispo, CA April 26-28 2017.  The schedule is now on the workshop website at the link below.
http://www.cubesat.org/s/2017-Workshop-Schedule.pdf

REGISTRATION
Prices are as follows:
3 Day Pass + Banquet
Early Bird Professional - $375
Professional - $475
Student - $150

1 Day Pass
Early Bird Professional - $160
Professional - $200

Early bird registration ends on March 17, 2017 so be sure to register
before the
price goes up!

[ANS thanks the CubeSat Workshop Team for the above information]

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BY70-1 Re-entry

The 2U CubeSat BY70-1 was built by students from the Beijing Bayi High School and carried into a 524 x 212 km orbit on a CZ-2D rocket launched from the Taiyuan Space Launch Center on December 28, 2016.

On February 17, 2017, as the satellite started to burn up on its re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, this end of mission statement was posted on the school’s website.

Dear friends of BY70-1:

Satellite BY70-1 has completed all designed missions. For the amateurs who completed 2-way QSO using the repeater onboard, received effective satellite telemetry, or obtained satellite camera photos, we would like to invite you sending connection data package (audio or video evidence), satellite
telemetry data or photos received to Email: 6015@bayims.cn.

So that we can keep statistics records and deliver our appreciation toward you in public. We would be pleased to exchange QSL card for QSO users, and some souvenirs for the telemetry or camera photos users.

We hope more Amateur youth space program will be brought to you in the near future!

E-mail Address: 6015@bayims.cn

Post Address:  Mr Xiangming TAOBeijing Bayi School, 29# Suzhou Street, Haidian Dist, Beijing, China, P.O. 100080

[ANS thanks Beijing Bayi High School and AMSAT-UK 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

Two projects with AMSAT ties selected for NASA launches

Courtesy of AMSAT/KO4MA

Two cubesat missions with ties to AMSAT have been selected as part of the eighth round of the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative. These spacecraft are eligible for placement on a launch manifest after final negotiations, depending on the availability of a flight opportunity.

TJREVERB is a cubesat from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, in Alexandria, Virginia. This satellite will include an AMSAT Fox mode U/v FM radio system, and will be capable of serving as an analog FM repeater.

HuskySat-1 from the University of Washington in Seattle will carry a mode V/u linear transponder and 1200 baud BPSK beacon similar to RadFXsat-2. The satellite will demonstrate plasma propulsion and high gain telemetry in advance of a larger cubesat lunar mission.

The complete list of satellites selected may be found at on the NASA web page. Further information will be shared when available.

RadFXsat-2 receives IARU frequency coordination

Courtesy of AMSAT-US and  
            
RadFXSat-2 is a 1U cubesat technology demonstration mission from Vanderbilt University that has been accepted for launch as part of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative. Vanderbilt University is partnered with AMSAT, who will provide the satellite and communications for the experiments onboard as part of the AMSAT Fox program.

AMSAT recently received IARU frequency coordination for a 1200 baud BPSK telemetry downlink beacon on 435.750 MHz, and a mode V/u inverting transponder with an uplink of 145.860-145.890 MHz and a downlink of 435.760-435.790 MHz.

RadFXSat-2 is currently manifested as part of the ELaNA XX mission, scheduled for no earlier than December 2017, on a Virgin Galactic Launcher One, from Mojave, California. Other satellites on the mission include:
  • CACTUS-1 – Capitol Technology University, Laurel, Md.
  • ALBus – NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio
  • SurfSat – University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.
  • Q-PACE – University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.
  • CAPE-3 – University of Louisiana Lafayette, La.
  • MiTEE – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • PICS – Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • INCA – New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N.M.
  • MicroMas-2b – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lexington, Mass.
  • EXOCUBE – California Polytechnic University, San Louis Obispo, Calif.
  • PolarCube – University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colo.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

BY70-1 is no more

Nico PA0DLO posted

BY70-1 re-entered today 2017-02-18 at 00:19 UTC +/- 3 minutes near 11 degrees South, 159 degrees West.


First amateur radio geosynchronous satellite to launch in 2017

From the KB6NU Ham Radio Blog

It was recently announced that researchers at the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology, part of Virginia Tech University are preparing to send an amateur radio transponder into a geosynchronous orbit in 2017.

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, a new ham band will be available for the Americas,” said Robert McGwier, N4HY, a research professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Hume Center’s director of research. This would be the first amateur radio payload in a geosynchronous orbit, and would significantly enhance communications capabilities for amateur radio operators, in particular following natural disasters or other emergency situations.

Amateurs have, of course, been communicating via satellite for decades. The first Orbiting Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio, or OSCAR, satellites were launched in the 1960s. Until now, however, these satellites have been in low Earth orbit (LEO), and were only available for short times when they happened to be overhead.

A geosynchronous satellite, however, would be accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A geosynchronous orbit has the same period as the Earth’s rotation — just under 24 hours. That makes them easy to locate and access, as they are almost always in the same spot in the sky. In this case, the satellite will always be within a band of longitudes over the Americas, continually accessible to any amateur radio operator there, including the students and researchers at the Virginia Tech Ground Station.

One expected application is emergency communications. This satellite will allow amateur radio operators to help emergency personnel reliably access supplies, logistical support, and medical assistance. They key is to ensure that the satellite would always be accessible to the radio operators — which is why the geosynchronous orbit is critical.

The satellite itself will be operated by Millennium Space Systems on behalf of the United States Air Force; the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, also known as AMSAT, will operate the radio, which will be designed and built by Virginia Tech students — making this project a unique collaboration among the university, nonprofit organizations, private companies, and the federal government.

The Hume Center team is also engineering a ground terminal that emergency personnel could use to relay their own existing communications channels through the satellite. This setup could be deployed through the American Radio Relay League and the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation as a key part of a robust national emergency response system, allowing trained operators to reliably mobilize to disaster areas in the first critical hours after a devastating event.

Questions. I have questions.

I’ve taken most of this information from a press release on the Virginia Tech website. The press release raises nearly as many questions as it answers. For example:
  • What can I and other amateur radio operators do to support this effort?
  • What frequencies will this satellite use?
  • Will amateurs like you and me be able to build their own equipment to access this satellite?
  • If so, what kind of equipment will amateur radio operators need to communicate via this satellite?
I’ve e-mailed N4HY with these questions. I’ll follow up on this story when I have the answers. This will be an amazing addition to amateur radio, and I’m looking forward to it.
UPDATE: There is more information in the QRZ.Com at http://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/first-amateur-radio-in-geosynchronous-orbit.505312/, if you want to wade through some the usual baloney that these threads contain. I’ll do that myself and update this post later.

Gary Pearce KN4AQ says:
Here’s the presentation on the satellite from the 2016 ARRL/TAPR DCC. It’ll be a “Five & Dime” satellite (5 GHz up, 10 GHz down), with 1000 10 kHz wide all-digital channels.
https://youtu.be/BE6ZZ3MQsNY

Monday, February 13, 2017

Nayif-1 CubeSat with Amateur Radio Transponder Set to Launch on February 15

From ARRL

AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NL have learned that MBRSC has released information about the launch date of the Nayif-1 satellite, which includes a full FUNcube communication package. Nayif-1 is set for launch on an Indian PSLV launch vehicle on February 15 at 0358 UTC. PSLV Flight C-37, will be carry more than 100 satellites into orbit. Nayif-1 carries a U/V linear Amateur Radio transponder for SSB and CW and a telemetry transmitter. The initial plan called for a late-2015 launch.

Nayif-1 was a joint project of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and American University of Sharjah (AUS). The United Arab Emirate’s first nanosatellite, Nayif-1 was developed by Emirati engineering students from AUS under the supervision of a team of engineers and specialists from MBRSC. The partnership between the two entities was aimed at providing hands-on satellite-manufacturing experience to engineering students.

Telemetry will be transmitted on 145.940 MHz, 1.2 kb BPSK (FUNcube standard). The SSB/CW transponder uplink passband is 435.045-435.015 MHz, and the downlink passband is 145.960-145.990 MHz.

AMSAT-UK is seeking post-launch reports from stations around the world, especially during the first few minutes and hours after launch. It is anticipated that the first signals may be heard in North America during the mid-evening hours on February 14 (local time).

A mission-specific telemetry dashboard is available. In a manner similar to that of the FUNcube-1 dashboard, this one will be capable of uploading the telemetry received to a central data warehouse.
More information on the telemetry dashboard is available, as is a test file.

Initial spacecraft operation will be in a low-power “safe” mode, with just the telemetry transmitter activated.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Amsat News Service ANS-043

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information 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:

* SSTV From The ISS February 13-14
* K5T Grid Expedition to DL88jx
* Great STEM Lesson Idea
* Donations for AMSAT SA Kletskous CubeSat
* 2017 Teachers Institute Schedule Announced
* University CubeSat Opportunity
* Nayif-1 CubeSat Launch Announced
* Nayif-1 UPDATE Pre-launch Keps and more details
* UT1FG/MM QSL Procedure for this season
* Live HAMTV Video Planned for ARISS Contact
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-043.01
ANS-043 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 043.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
February 12, 2017
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-043.01

SSTV From The ISS February 13-14

An MAI-75 Experiment SSTV event is planned to begin on Monday, Feb. 13 from 09:25-18:00 UTC and Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 11:25-16:30 UTC. The downlink frequency is expected to be 145.800 MHz and the transmission mode  is expected to be PD180. This opportunity should cover most of the world during the operational period.

The MAI-75 experiment uses a notebook computer on the ISS Russian Segment, which stores images that are then transmitted to Earth using the ham radio, specifically the onboard Kenwood TM D710E transceiver. Images received can be posted and viewed at https://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/

Please note that the event, and any ARISS event, is dependent on other activities, schedules and crew responsibilities on the ISS and are subject to change at any time.

While preparations are being finalized please check for new and the most current information on the AMSAT.org and ARISS.org websites, the AMSAT-BB@amsat.org, the ARISS facebook at Amateur Radio On The International Space Station (ARISS) and ARISS twitter @ARISS_status for the latest information on this event.

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]

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K5T Grid Expedition to DL88jx

Several satellite operators will make their way down to the southernmost tip of Texas' "Big Bend" on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Operating from within Big Bend National Park's Talley Campground via
amateur satellites, grid chasers will have a shot at the elusive DL88jx for a period of roughly 18 hours.

Listen for K5T on FM and SSB satellites starting roughly at 21:00 UTC on February 12 through 15:00 UTC on February 13. ISS packet is possible but not planned. You may occasionally catch K5T in grid square DL89. Pass/schedule requests will not be honored on this trip. Some HF operation may occur.

Paper QSL with SASE via W5PFG or LoTW with the callsign "K5T."

[ANS thanks Clayton W5PFG for the above Information]

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Great STEM Lesson Idea

Dave Ryan, EI4HT/M0GIW, has posted an excellent video of a project he devised with his daught Erin. Dave and his daughter downloaded the list of questions for the ARISS QSO between Astronaut Shane Kimbrough and South Street School, Danbury, Connecticut USA. He and Erin researched the questions and made a list of projected answers for them. The contact was made with ON4ISS, an ARISS telebridge station in Belgium, and Erin and Dave were able to listen to the transmission live from from their QTH in South Yorkshire, UK. Dave videotaped the QSO and posted it online at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzQbyIH8Qwg

This is an excellent example of how to integrate Amateur Radio and the the ISS without being directly part of an ARISS contact. The examples can be used with any demo or within a planned classroom setting. This is a great example of how to introduce a STEM related activity and create an interest in the hobby at the same time.

[ANS thanks Dave EI4HT/M0GIW and Erin for the above information]

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Donations for AMSAT SA Kletskous CubeSat

Two companies, RS Components and Trax Interconnect, have made major contributions to AMSAT SA's Kletskous CubeSat.  RS Components have supplied components for the next generation Electronic Power Supply system (EPS) and the controller board.  Trax Interconnect supplied the PC Boards for the EPS, the controller board and the magnetic stabilization system.  Their support for amateur radio and amateur radio satellites is much appreciated.

[ANS thanks the SARL weekly news in English 2017-2-4 for the above  information]

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2017 Teachers Institute Schedule Announced

ARRL has announced the 2017 schedule for our Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology. We want you to be among the first to receive this information.  If you are an ARRL member you’ll see an article about the Teachers Institute in the March issue of QST.  You will also see an announcement in our next issue Radio Waves.

If you are a past participant of the Teachers Institute we hope that you have found many ways to use the ideas, training and resources you received and are interested in spreading the word to other teachers. You may want to consider signing up for the advanced TI-2 on Remote Sensing and Data Gathering.

You are probably in the best position to know where to circulate information about this opportunity within your school district.  A listing on your school or school district website?  A newsletter?   A
web page for science and technology teachers?  Word of mouth to teachers in your circle? We’d like to get the word out to reach teachers who can make use of this opportunity.

If you would like to receive copies of our printed brochures please send your request and your mailing address to etp@arrl.org.

Here’s some copy you can use to announce the opportunity in your school community:

Integrate STEM by Exploring Wireless Technology

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, has just announced the schedule for two sessions of its Introductory Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology (TI-1) to be offered during the summer of 2017. The ARRL Teachers Institute is an expenses paid, intensive professional development opportunity for educators who want to receive training and resources to explore wireless technology in the classroom.  Topics at the TI-1 Introduction to Wireless Technology, include basic electronics, radio science, microcontroller programming and basic robotics.  ARRL will also offer an advanced Teachers Institute (TI-2) on Remote Sensing and Data Gathering. This linked article from the March issue of ARRL’s journal, QST, includes the schedule and description of offerings this summer.

Please visit the ARRL website at: www.arrl.org/ti for more details and to download an application. Watch this video for an inside look at the Teachers Institute! Application deadline is May 1.

[ANS thanks Debra K1DMJ and the ARRL for the above information]

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University CubeSat Opportunity

The UK Space Agency is encouraging university students to take advantage of a new opportunity to build and test their own CubeSats

The aim of the The Fly Your Satellite! program is to support university student teams with educational CubeSats throughout the assembly, integration, testing, and verification process. By
participating in the programme, students will implement standard practices for spacecraft development; receive support from experienced ESA specialists; attend tailored training courses; and
will be offered access to state-of-the-art test facilities.

ESA say only launch opportunities from the International Space Station (ISS) are envisioned, and CubeSat teams applying need to ensure that their mission complies with a deployment to orbit from
the ISS.

Further information at http://tinyurl.com/ANS043-UnivCubesats

UK Space Agency
https://twitter.com/spacegovuk

[ANS thanks ESA via Southgate ARN for the above information]

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Nayif-1 CubeSat Launch Announced

AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NL are delighted to now be able to confirm that the Nayif-1 1U CubeSat, which has a full FUNcube payload, is now scheduled for launch on an Indian PSLV launch vehicle at 03:58 UT on February 15, 2017. The flight, C-37, will be carry a total of 104 satellites into orbit.

Nayif-1 has been developed by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and American University of Sharjah (AUS). The UAE’s first Nanosatellite was developed by Emirati engineering students from AUS under the supervision of a team of engineers and specialists from MBRSC within the framework of a partnership between the two entities, aiming to provide hands-on experience to engineering students on satellite manufacturing.

The spacecraft includes a U/V linear transponder and telemetry transmitter. It employs enhanced oscillator circuitry and includes an active attitude determination and control system.

As with previous missions carrying FUNcube payloads, AMSAT-UK would very much like to receive as many reports from stations around the world, especially during the first few minutes and hours after launch. We expect that the first signals may be heard in North America during the mid evening hours (local time) on Feb 14.

There is a mission specific Telemetry Dashboard for this project and this can be downloaded from:

http://download.funcube.org.uk/Nayif-1_Dashboard_1038_installer.msi

and, in a similar way to the FUNcube-1 Dashboard, this will be capable of uploading the telemetry received to a central Data Warehouse.

Guidance Notes for the installation of the Dashboard, integration with a FUNcube Dongle and the Data Warehouse have been prepared for the Nayif-1 mission. These can be downloaded from:

http://tinyurl.com/ANS043-Nayif-1-Dashboard

A file to test that the Dashboard and Warehouse configuration are working correctly can be downloaded from: http://download.funcube.org.uk/nayif1_testfile.funcubebin

The operating frequencies for the spacecraft will be:

Telemetry  145.940 MHz using 1k2 BPSK to the FUNcube standard.

SSB/CW Transponder  Uplink on 435.045 – 435.015 MHz  Downlink on 145.960 – 145.990 MHz

Initial operations of the spacecraft will be in a low power “safe” mode where only the telemetry transmitter is activated.

More details about the launch, exact deployment time and pre-launch TLE’s will be made available as soon as they become available; in the meantime we will really appreciate your support!

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Nayif-1 UPDATE Pre-launch Keps and more details

The launch time for the Nayif-1 CubeSat has been confirmed as 03:58UTC on February 15th 2017 on the PSLV C37 vehicle and a set of pre-launch TLEs have now been released:

NAYIF

1 17002U 17002A   17046.17824931 0.00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0  9993
2 17002  97.5521 107.5843 0004848 278.6481 296.8511 15.21991390    01

This file can also been downloaded from here http://download.funcube.org.uk/nayif_tle.txt

We expect that the FUNcube transmitter on Nayif-1 will activate at approximately 05:06UTC, but the exact timing is still to be confirmed!  Initial transmissions will be in “safe” mode and will be
of the 1k2 BPSK telemetry only with approx 50mW of RF power. If the predictions are correct, the spacecraft will be heading north over Mexico and the western parts of the US and Canada.

During the Launch and Early Operation phase (LEOP) of the mission, the Nayif-1 command team will be headquartered at the American University of Sharjah Ground station in the United Arab Emirates. They will obviously be especially keen to have all possible reports of signal reception during this first orbit! To encourage everyone to take part, there will be a small prize for the station that submits the first data to the Nayif-1 Data Warehouse and perhaps an extra reward if they manage to receive the very first frame transmitted by the spacecraft! This should have the sequence number 5471 or 5472.

Details of the Nayif-1 frequencies, together with details of how to the download the Dashboard can be found here

https://funcube.org.uk/2017/02/08/nayif-1-launch-date-now-confirmed/

The Data Warehouse is still under final development but a preview can be seen here: http://data.amsat-uk.org/nayif1/index

Please note that if you are already a registered user of the FUNcube Dashboard then you do not need to re-register. Your existing details will transfer automatically to the new Dashboard when you run it for the first time.

If you run the test file with the Nayif-1 Dashboard please do not expect the Warehouse to show the data - it is from an earlier date than that is already displayed. However the “packets uploaded” tab at
the bottom right corner of your Dashboard will show that the files have uploaded OK, that all is well with your system and that it is ready for action.

We are hoping that the actual launch will be webstreamed and details of this will be made available as soon as possible.  The AMSAT-UK and -NL team will also be using the #funcube IRC channel
on launch day and you will be very welcome to join them there. If you do not have the Dashboard available then please submit your heard reports here. A web client can be found at http://irc.lc/freenode/funcube if you do not have an IRC client installed.

[ANS thanks Graham G3VZV for the above information]

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UT1FG/MM QSL Procedure for this season

As you may know Yuri, UT1FG, prefers to do his own QSLs to the extent possible.  He has asked me to help funnel QSL requests to him while he is at sea so that he can process them and mail them from
ports as he travels. Yuri does not process qsl requests when he is not on a ship.

The following procedure only applies to contacts made during this season from the M/V Chestnut. Previous seasons will be handled by his manager Eugene, UX0FY.  Eugene has all the logs for previous seasons and can be contacted through his qrz.com email address.  Please contact Eugene before sending anything in the mail to him and ask for instructions on how to proceed.

You may prepare a logsheet of QSO's that Yuri can print, verify, sign and mail from one of his destination ports.  An example of a suitable logsheet can be found at papays.com/sat under the UT1FG/MM QSL Instructions link at the top of the page.

Please use the following conventions when preparing the logsheet:

1.  List only one contact per grid.
2.  Only request confirmations of NEW Grids.
3.  Use Excel or a similar program to create the logsheet.
4.  Save the Logsheet to a .pdf  If your program cannot     save to a .pdf, download a free program like Bullzip that will install a .pdf printer that you can print to and create a .pdf file.
5.  Each page should stand alone; there should be a place for Yuri's signature on each page.
6.  Incude your COMPLETE Mailing Address on each page.
7.  Name the logsheet file with this format: Yourcall_UT1FG_DateLastQSO for example:  DJ8MS_UT1FG_10Feb2017.pdf
8.  Email your file as an attachment to: k8yse at papays.com with the subject line the same as the .pdf file name:  DJ8MS_UT1FG_10Feb2017
10. Please be sure to follow the example on the website papays.com/sat/ut1fgqsl.html  Consistency   will help Yuri process requests more efficiently.
11. If there are qso's on your list that are not in the log, Yuri will draw a line through them and initial.

I will send an acknowledgement email when I receive a request.  This way you will know that Yuri will have your logsheet.

If Yuri tells me that he has mailed your logsheet, I will post that information on the bulletin boards.

Yuri's time when nearing or in port is very limited. He has a lot of responsibilities to carry out and large amounts of paper to process along with requests from his Company.  He has more time when he is sailing. Let that guide you when deciding when you email your requests.  A good time to mail  your request is when Yuri is about 5 days from making port.  Follow him at marinetraffic.com (M/V Chestnut - bulk Cargo).

This new procedure may be changed or stopped depending on how it goes.  Hopefully this will work well and Yuri will find it acceptable.

We are very fortunate that Yuri operates from so many water grids that otherwise would never be on the satellites.  His passion for satellites is amazing. Have fun working him.

[ANS thanks John K8YSE for the above information]

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Live HAMTV Video Planned for ARISS Contact

The HAMTV experiment is planned transmit live video during the ARISS contact with Collège André Malraux, Chatelaillon-Plage, France on Mon 2017-02-13 14:00:35 UTC.

The HAMTV video downlink is on 2395 MHz (DVB-S,SR2000,fec 1/2, PID video 256, PID audio 257, Mp eg2 codec). Audio will be on 70cm.

The video will be streamed on-line at: https://hamtv.batc.tv/live/

Additional streaming from other ground stations will be at: http://www.batc.tv/iss/

[ANS thanks Jean-Pierre, F6DZP and the HAMTV yahoogroups e-mail list for the above information]

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ARISS News

+ A Successful contact was made between Space Exploration Educators
  Conference, Houston, Texas, and Astronaut Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG
  using Callsign NA1SS. The contact began Thu 2017-02-09 20:30:10 UTC
  and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was Telebridge via
  K6DUE. ARISS Mentor was Frank KA3HDO.

+ A Successful contact was made between Palmetto Scholars Academy,
  North Charleston, SC, USA and Astronaut Shane Kimbrough KE5HOD using
  Callsign NA1SS. The contact began Fri 2017-02-10 17:59:18 UTC and
  lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via K4PSA.
  ARISS Mentor was John K4SQC.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Collège André Malraux, Chatelaillon-Plage, France, direct via F4KJT
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be FXØISS
The scheduled  astronaut is Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG
Contact is a go for: Mon 2017-02-13  14:00:35 UTC

3rd Junior High School, Komotini, Greece,  direct via SV7APQ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut is Shane Kimbrough KE5HOD
Contact is a go for:  Fri 2017-02-17 08:58:11 UTC

[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above
 information]

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ The Smallsat Launcher War

  "Over the last decade or so the definition of what a ‘small
  satellite’ is has ballooned beyond the original cubesat design
  specification to satellites of 50 or 100 kg. Today a ‘smallsat’ is
  defined far more around the cost, and sometimes the technologies
  used, than the size and shape of the box that goes into orbit."

  Read the full story at:
  http://hackaday.com/2017/02/09/the-smallsat-launcher-war/

  [ANS thanks Hackaday.com for the above information and Bernhard
   VA6BMJ for bringing it to our attention]

+ NASA seeks partnerships with US companies to advance commercial
  space technologies

  NASA is seeking partnerships with U.S. companies focused on
  industry-developed space technologies that can advance the
  commercial space sector and benefit future NASA missions through
  the "Announcement of Collaborative Opportunity (ACO)" solicitation
  released by NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD).

  Read complete story at:
  http://tinyurl.com/ANS043-NASAPartners

  [ANS thanks spacedaily.com for the above information]

+ Smallsat Builders Admit a Little Bigger Might Be a Little Better

  "What’s the perfect size for a small satellite? “The answer is 42
  kilograms,” said Martin Sweeting, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.
  founder and executive chairman, at the Small Satellite
  Symposium Feb. 7 and 8."

  See more at:
  http://tinyurl.com/ANS043-SmallSatBuilders

  [ANS thanks SpaceNews for the above information]

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This week's ANS Editor,
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