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

Dave Webb KB1PVH kb1pvh at gmail.com
Wed Jan 19 15:30:10 PST 2011

I got 2 packets by the time I got everything figured out.

Dave - KB1PVH

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On Jan 19, 2011 6:24 PM, "Bob Bruninga" <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:
> 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
> Behalf Of Dave Taylor
> 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
>> FOR
>> 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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