[amsat-bb] Indian Small Satellite Systems Conference -1

Prathap Kumar vu2pop at gmail.com
Tue May 4 09:12:28 PDT 2010

Hi All
A week late , sorry thought I had posted it here but heres the report.

Amsat India was invited to attended the Indian Small Satellite Systems 
Conference -1 conducted
28 April 2010 , at ISRO Bangalore.
Amsat India was represented by Ganesan ( our Hamsat 2 designer) and myself 
ISSSC was a one day programme from 9 am to 5.30 pm .
It was very interesting and as many papers were presented & topics discussed
 the time was short it got over by 7 pm.
One day is too short and hopefullu next year it will be 2 days.
However we thank ISRO for kickstarting a very interestng platform for 
interaction of ISRO with various educational institutions including Amsat 
India who are into ham satellite projects.

 Important topics were on the current Small satellite develpoments and the 
future trends of small satellites including Mini, Micro, Pico sats etc.
Hamsat VO-52 too falls into the small sats,  to add many students all over 
the world have been building student sats as projects and in India too, 
nearly 26 Universties have got into building student sats with various 
Most Ednl. intitutions already have a ham club and some institutions are now 
setting up ham clubs in their institutions to help learn more of ham 
satellite operations and facilitate building ham band payloads.
As of now most of them are either digital with only beacon downlink and no 
voice transponder.
In the next couple of months you will find many cube sats etc with 
experimental payloads launched.

 Amsat India has 2 linear tranponders ready and we Amsat India are asking 
ISRO for a higher orbit to cover a larger foot print and longer pass 
Its no use having another LEO as HAMSAT 1
Hamsat 1 will be celebrating its 5th birthday on 5 May and ISTRAC has been 
monitoring its health  and its utilisation, they report that Hamsat 1 is in 
good health and should serve the hams for many more years.
In this regard there was an email by VU2WMY Mani a few days ago asking for 
USER feedback like utilisation & experiences by hams all over the world with 
Hamsat 1
Please send in  your reports , utilisation and experiences with Hamsat by 
email and the same will be forwarded to ISRO.

 Looking forward to all your reports comments.
We would like to thank ISRO for the HAMSAT 1 and we look forward to HAMSAT 2
 Finally we thank Programme Dir and Project Director - Small Satellite & 
Uppagrah Amateur Radio Club for the kind invitaion to particpate in the 
ISSSC-1 and we look forward to many such platforms for the development of 
small satellite systems with the participation Educational Institutions & 
Amsat India.

 Best regards
Dir Technical
Amsat India

 Hams who attended VU2WMY, VU2GDX, VU2RVJ, Ganesan , Chandraskar new hams &
 myself VU2POP.

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