[amsat-bb] ANS-347 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Joseph Spier wao at vfr.net
Sun Dec 13 18:07:15 UTC 2015

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In this edition:

* Upcoming ARISS Commemorative SSTV Event mid to late December
* STMSat-1 has made it to the Space Station
* ATVQ Magazine Documents Mir SSTV History
* Commemorative ANZAC Operations Include Satellite Activation
* UK students to have direct contact with astronaut Tim Peake during 
* NASA TV to cover launch of Tim Peake KG5BVI
* WRC-15: Amateur Bands Unsuitable for Non-Amateur Satellites
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 347.01
DATE December 13, 2015
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Upcoming ARISS Commemorative SSTV Event mid to late December

On November 13, 2000 the crew conducted their first ham radio contacts 
on ISS
and on December 21, 2000 ARISS conducted their first school contact with the
Burbank School in Burbank, Illinois.

An SSTV commemoration of these historic events is tentatively planned 
for mid
to late December. It is possible that the transmission mode will be P120
instead of the P180 mode used in the past. This would allow for more 
to be transmitted per pass.

More information at
when available

[ANS thanks ARISS & Trevor, M5AKA for the above information]


STMSat-1 has made it to the ISS

Cygnus cargo vessel carrying STMSat-1 has made it to the space station! At
6:19am Wednesday morning, the Space Station robotic arm grasped the 
ORB-4 cargo
element and mated it to the ISS.

The ISS will be it's home until on or about February 15th. On or about that
day, the STMSat-1 will be launched with other CubeSats via a pea pod ejector
and launched into low earth orbit. At that point, the timer starts for the
programmed deployment of the antennas, the solar array, and the earth
observation camera. Godspeed STMSat-1. Please open the link below for
additional information on the events of the day.



[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK & Spaceflightnow.com for the above information]


ATVQ Magazine Documents Mir SSTV History

December 12 marked the 17th anniversary of the beginning of the MIR SSTV
Station which was active in sending pictures over a period of about 2 years
and 4 months. For those interested in this historical event and would like
more background information, the Spring, 2015 issue of the Amateur
Television Quarterly Magazine (ATVQ), has an article, "How Did Mir SSTV come
into Existence?"

Back issue copies of ATVQ and cyber copies of the article are available
on-line at
or by contacting ATVQ via e-mail at
WA6SVT at aol.com.

[ANS thanks Farrell Winder, W8ZCF, for the above information]


Commemorative ANZAC Operations Include Satellite Activation

The ANZAC 100 program has entered its "last hurrah" phase, with plenty of on
air action now as ANZAC-suffixed callsigns commemorate the departure from
Gallipoli on December 20, 1915.

The multi-mode event by VI3ANZAC is in full swing, headed by Tony Hambling

In honor of the Royal Australian Navy Bridge Train, a large team lead by
Mike Charteris VK4QS is being heard through VI4ANZAC.

In the west VI6ANZAC organized by Chris Grice VK6PII has members of the Ham
College. The major operations are this weekend at the RAAF Museum Bull Creek
in the Cobra Helicopter display, and next weekend at the Ham College new
shack in a scout hall. Chris VK6PII advises that VI6ANZAC will be on HF
using SSB and sometimes CW, and plans to activate an FM satellite as well.

While VI8ANZAC is now on air, and is to finish at the Charles Darwin
National Park with Stuie VK8NSB and Rowan VK8RD, heard on HF using SSB & CW.

More details of each of these events are on the WIA website, wia.org.au

On next week's broadcast we will conclude with the special closing address
from the WIA President, Phil Wait VK2ASD. That is expected to talk about the
significance of the ANZAC legend, and the highly successful WIA ANZAC 100
program that began with pre-cursors at Queenscliff, Darwin and Albany.

These have been 50 events in the past eight months, joined by commemorative
callsigns in Turkey and Belgium.

Now the ANZAC-suffixed callsigns "last hurrah" on air until December 20, are
working the world.

[ANS thanks the VK1WIA-news from the Wireless Institute of Australia for the
above information]


UK students to have direct contact with astronaut Tim Peake during Principia

Working with the UK Space Agency, ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International
Space Station) is giving a number of UK schools the opportunity to speak
directly to Tim Peake, the first British ESA astronaut, during his 
mission on
board the International Space Station (ISS). This will enable live 
between pupils and Tim and is anticipated to be one of the highlights of the
Principia STEM outreach program.

During his 6 month mission to the ISS, starting in December 2015, Tim 
will be
undertaking a wide range of science experiments, some of which have been
designed by students from around the UK. Additionally he has committed 
to take
part in a large range of educational outreach activities with schools and
colleges around the country.

Jeremy Curtis, Head of Education at the UK Space Agency, said:
“Both Tim’s space mission and amateur radio have the power to inspire young
people and encourage them into STEM subjects. By bringing them together 
we can
boost their reach and give young people around the UK the chance to be 
in a space mission and a hands-on project that will teach them new skills.”

The pre-arranged schools contacts will take place between January and April
2016 and students will be able to put a number of questions directly to Tim
using amateur radio VHF and UHF radio equipment specially installed at the
school for the occasion.

The 3.8 meter dish owned by Satellite Applications Catapult is being 
loaned to
the project to track the ISS and will ensure real time video will be 
during the schools’ contacts scheduled for early next year. The dish is 
in the shadow of the 29 meter dish “Arthur” built in 1962 to receive the 
transatlantic television signals from the Telstar-1 spacecraft.

For Tim Peake’s mission, the ARISS team of licensed UK Radio Amateurs is
planning a world first by also receiving live video from the ISS during the
contact. Using the HamTV transmitter, which has recently been 
commissioned on
board the ISS, Tim will be the first astronaut to use this equipment 
during a
two way schools contact.

As well as building a vehicle based receive system, which will be 
installed at
the school on the day of the contact, the team recently visited 
Goonhilly Earth
Station in Cornwall to commission a dish to receive the 2.4 GHz HamTV
transmissions from the ISS.

During the contact at the schools the ARISS team will be providing 
displays on the ISS position and have webcams showing both the local and
Goonhilly dishes as they track the ISS.

The hosting schools will be organizing presentations and displays before and
after the contact and the ARISS team will be providing a live web cast 
of all
the day’s events including the actual contact with Tim Peake.

The live event webcast will be hosted by the British Amateur Television Club
(BATC) on their web streaming service at

The ARISS program is designed to maximize the impact of the Principia
Mission outreach activities. It will directly engage students with media and
communication technologies with the goal of inspiring them to pursue 
careers in
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

UK Space Agency Principia site

School Shortlist for Tim Peake Space Station Contact

NASA TV to cover launch of Tim Peake KG5BVI

[ANS thanks UK Space Agency, ARISS, & AMSAT-UK for the above information]


NASA TV to cover launch of Tim Peake KG5BVI

The next three crew members bound for the International Space Station 
are set
to launch on Tuesday, December 15. NASA Television will provide full 
of the launch beginning at 10:00 UT.

UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI, along with Yuri Malenchenko RK3DUP and Tim
Kopra KE5UDN, will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 
UT (5:03 p.m. Baikonur time) for a six-month stay on the orbital complex.

The three will travel in a Soyuz spacecraft, rendezvous with the space 
and dock to the Rassvet module at 17:24 UT NASA TV coverage of docking will
begin at 16:45 UT.

The hatches between the Soyuz and space station will be opened at about 
UT, and the newly arrived crew members will be greeted by Expedition 46
Commander Scott Kelly of NASA and Flight Engineers Sergey Volkov RU3DIS and
Mikhail Kornienko RN3BF of Roscosmos. NASA TV coverage of the hatch opening
will begin at 19:00 UT.

Kelly and Kornienko will return in March 2016 with Volkov after spending a
year on the station collecting valuable biomedical data that will 
improve our
understanding of the effects of long duration space travel and aid in NASA’s
journey to Mars.

Together, the Expedition 46 crew members will continue the several hundred
experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science
currently underway and scheduled to take place aboard humanity’s only 

For the full schedule of prelaunch, launch and docking coverage, visit:

Follow Tim Peake KG5BVI on Twitter at

Follow the space station crew members on Instagram and Twitter at:

[ANS thanks NASA, ARISS, & AMSAT-UK for the above information]


WRC-15: Amateur Bands Unsuitable for Non-Amateur Satellites

The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) held in Geneva during November
2015 has recommended an agenda for the next WRC, to be held in 2019, to the
Council of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). One of the 
items is of particular interest to the small-satellite community.

Agenda item 1.7 for WRC-19 reads: “to study the spectrum needs for 
tracking and command in the space operation service for non-GSO 
satellites with
short duration missions, to assess the suitability of existing 
allocations to
the space operation service and, if necessary, to consider new 
allocations, in
accordance with Resolution COM6/19 (WRC-15).”

Resolution COM6/19, which eventually will be given a new number, 
specifies the
frequency ranges that may be considered for possible new allocations. 
They are
150.05-174 MHz and 400.15-420 MHz.

One of the factors that the conference considered in deciding on these
particular frequency ranges was “that some non-amateur satellites have used
frequencies for telemetry, tracking and command in the frequency bands 
MHz and 435-438 MHz which are allocated to the amateur-satellite 
service, and
that such use is not in accordance with Nos. 1.56 and 1.57.” Those two
provisions of the ITU Radio Regulations define the amateur and amateur-
satellite services respectively.

The International Amateur Radio Union welcomed the exclusion from
consideration of all existing frequency allocations to the amateur and 
satellite services. IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, observed: “This is an
excellent result for the amateur services and clearly shows that non-amateur
satellite constructors need to consider spectrum other than the very limited
and congested segments that are available for amateur satellites at 144 
MHz and
435 MHz.”

[ANS thanks IARU, ARRL, & AMSAT-UK for the above information]


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, 9 January 2016 – Thunderbird Hamfest 2016 in Phoenix AZ

*Friday and Saturday, 19-20 February 2016 – Yuma Hamfest and 2016 ARRL
Southwest Division Convention in Yuma AZ

*Saturday and Sunday, 12-13 March 2016 – ScienceCity science fair, on
the University of Arizona campus in Tucson AZ

*Saturday, 19 March 2016 – Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club Spring
Hamfest 2016 in Scottsdale AZ

*Saturday, 26 March 2016 – Tucson Spring Hamfest in Tucson AZ

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]



Successful Contacts

*   A direct contact via 8N2YAYOI with students at Yayoi Elementary School,
Yatomi, Japan was successful Fri 2015-12-04  09:25:46 UTC 57 deg. Astronaut
Kimiya Yui KG5BPH and answered 14 questions prepared by students.

Watch a video of the contact which was conducted in Japanese at

*   The telebridge contact with students at Dragonskolan, Umeå, Sweden was
rescheduled via LU1CGB for Fri 2015-12-04 10:15:01 UTC 72 deg. Astronaut 
Lindgren, KO5MOS was able to answer 17 prepared questions for students.

The contact was recorded by the school. View it on the school website at:

Dragonskolan is one of the biggest upper secondary schools in Sweden and is
located in central Umeå. Currently hosting 1820 students aged 16-19 and 300
staff; it has recently been renovated to meet modern needs in a stimulating
learning environment.
At Dragonskolan, we have an ethos where we believe we can offer our students
three meaningful and enjoyable years. Our core values are “open and bright”,
referring not only to the physical surroundings but also to the social 
Dragonskolan is the biggest meeting place for young people in Umeå,
A wide range of 3 year programs, college preparatory and vocational, are
offered here, ranging from natural science to humanities and technological
At the core of the school is the Dragonskolan Technology Center where
everything is taught from industrial welding technology to electronics,
automation, computer science, CAD and much more.
With its close ties to the industry, the school keeps in pace with the 
industrial technology ensuring the students get the best education available
within their chosen field.

*   A direct contact with students at an event titled, “the development of
Gagarin from Space”, was sponsored by the Polytechnic Professional 
Councils of
the City of Grozny, Russia on Sat 2015-12-05 16:25  UTC. The cosmonaut 
for the
contact was Sergey Volkov RU3DIS.

*   A telebridge contact via LU1CGB with students at Konstanty Ildefons
Galczynski Junior High School, Swietajno, Poland, was successful
Tue 2015-12-08 08:19:31 UTC 62 deg.  Astronaut Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS 
14 questions prepared by students.

An audio recording may be heard at:

Konstanty Ildefons Galczynski Junior High School in Swietajno,
attended by approximately 170 pupils (aged 13-15), is situated in a
picturesque Land of a Thousand Lakes in Szczytno County (Warmian-Masurian
Voivodeship, in the northeastern part of Poland. The school consists of 
forms and it employs twenty well-qualified teachers. Mazurian Amateur Radio
Club SP4YWM has been established here and it functions with the number of
seventeen school members (among which there are three primary school pupils
and one pre-school girl, all from Swietajno).

In preparation for the amateur radio contact with the ISS, the students with
the guidance of their teachers improved their English, got familiar with the
life and work on the ISS. They had a great opportunity to learn everyday
English in order to ask an astronaut questions during the ISS contact as 
as the specialized language of science to visit space agencies pages. The
students learned geography with the use of modern technologies and 
the Earth from the camera on board the ISS (EarthKAM). The school cooperated
with the Olsztyn Planetarium to organize an observation. The planetarium
visited Swietajno to accompany one of the school events. Consequently, the
Astronomical Mobile Laboratory called Astrolabium was at the school’s 
Last year the ARISS participants from Swietajno attended the 4th Polish-Wide
Conference of Contributors and Sympathisers in ARISS held in the central 
of Poland, where they focused on interesting topics concerning the ISS and
learned how other Polish schools had prepared for ARISS contacts in the 

The pupils also performed an experiment in the near space as a part of the
miniSAT project. They sent peas, bubble wrap and a watch to near space 
to the
altitude of about 30 000 meters above the Earth. The conditions differ
significantly between near space and the surface of the Earth: the 
pressure is
much smaller, UV radiation is higher and the temperature is below zero
degrees Celsius. People from all over Poland, including the pupils from
Swietajno, took part in it. The balloon used in the event was marked “CP26”.
The experiment in the near space was possible thanks to ham radio operators
and other volunteers from a non-governmental organization called Copernicus
Project Foundation (near Torun, Poland). Their two flagship projects are
MiniSAT and Near Space Program in Poland and they have organized above 30
balloon flies to the near space since 2005.

In March 2013 the school started public relations activities connected with
the ham radio contact between an astronaut on the International Space 
and the students from Konstanty Ildefons Galczynski School. An official
inauguration of the ARISS program in Swietajno had been prepared. TVP 
Radio Olsztyn and other local mass media were present there and took part in
an inaugural lecture on ARISS. As a continuation of EarthKAM program an
exhibition of the photographs taken by the students was organized during the
inauguration. Before that, Swietajno primary school pupils (between the ages
of 5 and 12) had been invited to participate in the preparations to the 
contact. As a result, some of them are going to ask the astronaut their
questions, together with their older friends from the junior high school.

Upcoming Contacts

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

for information about upcoming contacts as they are scheduled.

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


* Satellite Shorts From All Over

* SpaceX to launch rocket Dec 19, six months after blast

SpaceX on Thursday announced plans to launch its Falcon 9 on December 
19, its
first mission since a massive explosion after liftoff destroyed the 
rocket and
its space station cargo six months ago.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter that the company is preparing for a
static fire -- an engine test on the launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space 
in Cape Canaveral, Florida -- on December 16, followed by "launch about 
days later."
The Falcon rocket will carry 11 satellites for the US company Orbcomm 
into low-
Earth orbit, a company spokesman said.
The spokesman did not say when SpaceX planned to begin sending cargo to the
International Space Station again.
SpaceX's only competitor in the commercial resupply industry is Orbital ATK,
which also suffered a major setback when its Antares rocket exploded after
launching from Wallops Island, Virginia in October 2014.

Orbital ATK launched on Sunday its unmanned Cygnus cargo ship to the 
ISS, this
time aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket while it upgrades the
Antares, which previously used a reconditioned Ukrainian rocket engine.

The Falcon 9 exploded on June 28, just over two minutes after launching from
Cape Canaveral with its Dragon cargo ship loaded with supplies for the
astronauts living in space.
Musk said the blast was due to a faulty strut.
The accident was a blow to the California-based company, which was the first
commercial outfit to send a cargo craft to space under a $1.6 billion 
with NASA.
The Falcon 9 rocket that is scheduled to fly December 19 is a new 
version that
is 30 percent more powerful and designed to improve the controlled 
landing of
the rocket's first stage, a mission that SpaceX has been attempting to 
in the hope of one day making rockets as reusable as airplanes.
SpaceX has tried multiple times to land its rocket upright on a floating
platform in the Atlantic Ocean, without success.
For this next launch, SpaceX said it plans to attempt a touchdown on 
land for
the first time.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, an Internet entrepreneur who like Musk also 
owns a
rocket company, announced on November 24 that he had successfully landed his
New Shepard rocket after a suborbital flight.
While Bezos touted the achievement, Musk and other experts pointed out 
that it
would have been much easier to control the landing of a rocket that 
flies lower
in altitude than the first stage of the Falcon 9.
Once rockets do become reusable, analysts say the practice will save 
of dollars in equipment and launch costs.


[ANS thanks SpaceDaily.com for the above information]



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