[amsat-bb] Nanosail-D (what are we listening for???)

Bob Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Wed Jan 19 15:12:25 PST 2011

Would someone pass back to the FASTSAT and NANOSAT folks that they should
tell us what we are listening for?  AX.25?  1200 baud, 9600 baud? CW?  What
are we listening for?

I just had an overhead pass, but by the time I went through all their web
pages and links, I found NOTHING useful.  By the time I gave up, and got
back to the radio, I really missed the whole pass.

Bob, Wb4APR

-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
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Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 4:24 PM
To: amsat
Subject: [amsat-bb] Fwd: NanoSail-D Ejects; NASA Seeks Amateur Radio
Operators' Aid to Listen for Beacon Signal

For those interested...

-- Dave, W8AAS

> -----Original Message-----
> RELEASE: 11-009
> HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 11:30 a.m. EST, engineers at
> Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., confirmed that the
> NanoSail-D nanosatellite ejected from Fast Affordable Scientific and
> Technology Satellite, FASTSAT. The ejection event occurred
> spontaneously
> and was identified this morning when engineers at the center analyzed
> onboard FASTSAT telemetry. The ejection of NanoSail-D also has been
> confirmed by ground-based satellite tracking assets.
> Amateur ham operators are asked to listen for the signal to verify
> NanoSail-D is operating. This information should be sent to the
> NanoSail-D dashboard at: http://nanosaild.engr.scu.edu/dashboard.htm.
> The NanoSail-D beacon signal can be found at 437.270 MHz.
> The NanoSail-D science team is hopeful the nanosatellite is healthy
> and
> can complete its solar sail mission. After ejection, a timer within
> NanoSail-D begins a three-day countdown as the satellite orbits the
> Earth. Once the timer reaches zero, four booms will quickly deploy and
> the NanoSail-D sail will start to unfold to a 100-square-foot polymer
> sail. Within five seconds the sail fully unfurls.
> "This is great news for our team. We're anxious to hear the beacon
> which
> tells us that NanoSail-D is healthy and operating as planned," said
> Dean
> Alhorn, NanoSail-D principal investigator and aerospace engineer at
> the
> Marshall Center. "The science team is hopeful to see that NanoSail-D
> is
> operational and will be able to unfurl its solar sail."
> On Dec. 6,, 2010, NASA triggered the planned ejection of NanoSail-D
> from
> FASTSAT. At that time, the team confirmed that the door successfully
> opened and data indicated a successful ejection. Upon further
> analysis,
> no evidence of NanoSail-D was identified in low-Earth orbit, leading
> the
> team to believe NanoSail-D remained inside FASTSAT.
> The FASTSAT mission has continued to operate as planned with the five
> other scientific experiments operating nominally.
> "We knew that the door opened and it was possible that NanoSail-D
> could
> eject on its own," said Mark Boudreaux, FASTSAT project manager at the
> Marshall Center. "What a pleasant surprise this morning when our
> flight
> operations team confirmed that NanoSail-D is now a free flyer."
> If the deployment is successful, NanoSail-D will stay in low-Earth
> orbit
> between 70 and 120 days, depending on atmospheric conditions.
> NanoSail-D
> is designed to demonstrate deployment of a compact solar sail boom
> system that could lead to further development of this alternative
> solar
> sail propulsion technology and FASTSAT's ability to eject a
> nano-satellite from a micro-satellite - while avoiding re-contact with
> the FASTSAT satellite bus.
> Follow the NanoSail-D mission operation on Twitter at:
> http://twitter.com/nanosaild
> For additional information on the timeline of the NanoSail-D
> deployment
> visit:
> http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/501204main_NSD2_timeline_sequence.pdf
> To learn more about FASTSAT and the NanoSail-D missions visit:
> http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats
> -end-
> News release
> http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news/news/releases/2011/11-009.html
> For releases sent directly to you, contact: betty.humphery at nasa.gov.
> Marshall Space Flight Center
> Public Affairs Department
> 256-544-0034
> 256-544-5852 (fax)
> http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news
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> Facebook, Twitter and Flickr:
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> http://twitter.com/NASA_Marshall
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