[amsat-bb] ANS-354 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

E.Mike McCardel mccardelm at gmail.com
Sun Dec 20 02:39:30 UTC 2015


The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and infor-
mation 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

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:
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In this edition:

* Special Membership Offer for Fox-1A launch expiring December 31
* 17 US Schools Move Forward Into the Next Stage of ARISS Selection
* ARISS Commemorative Event Update
* SA AMSAT Kletskous Cubesat Invites School Experiments to Fly to
* Slow Scan TV Image Sent Through AO-85
* Yuri, UT1FG/MM, Itinerary During Trip Up the St. Lawrence River
* Unscheduled Spacewalk Likely on Monday
* SME-SAT video
* Look Up and Spot the Station! Learn More With STEM on Station
* NASA's Digital Learning Network Seeking Participants for
  International Event
* Now Accepting Applications for NASA Summer Internships
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-354 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 354.01
December 20, 2015
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Special Membership Offer for Fox-1A launch expiring December 31

We've welcomed dozens of new members since the AO-85 launch with our
offer of "Getting Started With The Amateur Satellites" as a free PDF
with membership in AMSAT, but this offer will come to an end on
December 31st, 2015. Point your browser to
http://store.amsat.org/catalog/index.php?cPath=32 and help AMSAT keep
amateur radio in space, and get a free e-book as a thank you.

>From http://www.amsat.org/?p=4591

AMSAT's Fox-1A is set to launch as part of the GRACE (Government
Rideshare Advanced Concepts Experiment) auxillary payload on the NROL-
55 mission October 8, 2015 from Vandenburg AFB on an Atlas V vehicle.
More details will be released when made available from our launch
provider. NRO has released this factsheet about the mission:

General information on Fox-1A is available in the downloadable
AMSAT Fox Operating Guide http://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-

(Editor's Note: The above two links were truncated to in order to fit
required editorial format standards. Please copy and paste complete
link, without spaces, into your browser of choice to view the

FoxTelem software for decoding and submitting telemetry has been
made available for download at http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=4532

As part of the preparations for the launch and activation of this
new satellite, AMSAT is making our "Getting Started With The Amateur
Satellites" book available for a limited time as a download with any
paid new or renewal membership purchased via the AMSAT Store. This
offer is only available with purchases completed online, and for only
a limited time. A perennial favorite, Getting Started is updated
every year with the latest amateur satellite information, and is the
premier primer of satellite operation. The 132 page book is presented
in PDF format, in full color, and covers all aspects of making your
first contacts on a ham radio satellite.

Please take advantage of this offer today by visiting the AMSAT
store (http://store.amsat.org/catalog/) and selecting any membership
option. While there, check out our other items, including the M2
LEOpack antenna system, AMSAT shirts, hats, and other swag. Thank
you, and see you soon on Fox-1A!

[ANS thanks Drew KO4MA for the above information]


17 US Schools Move Forward Into the Next Stage of ARISS Selection

Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) and the

American Radio Relay League (ARRL), US managing partners of Amateur
Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), are pleased to
announce the schools/organizations selections for the second half of
2016. A total of 17 of the submitted proposals during the recent
proposal window have been accepted to move forward into the next
stage of planning to host a scheduled amateur radio contact with crew
on the ISS during the July through December period of 2016. This is a
significant step in ARISS' continuing effort to engage young people
in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities and
raise their awareness of space exploration, space communications and
related areas of study and career possibilities.

The ARISS program anticipates that NASA will be able to provide
scheduling opportunities for these US host organizations during the
July - December 2016 time period. These 17 schools/organizations must
now complete an acceptable equipment plan that demonstrates their
ability to execute the ham radio contact. Once theirequipment plan is
approved by the ARISS technical team, the final selected
schools/organizations will be scheduled as their availability and
flexibility match up with the scheduling opportunities offered by

The schools and organizations are:

Boca Raton Christian School Boca Raton, FL
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
Frontiers of Flight Museum's "Moon Day 2016" Dallas, TX
Howell L. Watkins Middle School Palm Beach Gardens, FL
iSPACE Cincinnati, OH
John Glenn Middle School Maplewood, MN
Kopernik Observatory &Science Center Vestal, NY
Lawrence Public Library Lawrence, KS
Museum of Innovation and Science Schenectady, NY
Northland Preparatory Academy Flagstaff, AZ
Peoria Riverfront Museum Peoria, IL
University of Nebraska's Peter Kiewit Institute Omaha, NE
South Street School Danbury, CT
Space Jam 10 Rantoul, IL
United Space School Seabrook, TX
U.S. Space & Rocket Center Huntsville, AL
World Genesis Foundation (WGF) Goodyear, AZ

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a
cooperative venture of the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
(AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States, and
other international space agencies and international amateur radio
organizations around the world. The primary purpose of ARISS is to
organize scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members
aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and classrooms or
informal education venues. With the help of experienced amateur radio
volunteers from amateur radio clubs and coordination from the ARISS
team, the ISS crew members speak directly with large group audiences
in a variety of public forums such as school assemblies, science
centers and museums, Scout camporees, jamborees and space camps,
where students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space,
space technologies and Amateur Radio. Find more information at
www.ariss.org, www.amsat.org and www.arrl.org.

[ANS thanks ARISS, The ARRL and AMSAT for the above information]


ARISS Commemorative Event Update

ARISS is celebrating its 15th anniversary of continuous operations
on the ISS. On November 13, 2000 the crew conducted their first ham
radio contacts on ISS and then on December 21, 2000 ARISS conducted
their first school contact with the Burbank School in Burbank,

An SSTV commemoration of these historic events is in the planning for
December 26 and 27. The transmission mode will be PD120 instead of
the P180 mode used in the past. This will allow for more pictures to
be transmitted per pass. ARISS is also investigating the possibility
of a repeat of the event in January.

Pictures for transmission are currently under review and will be
images that commemorate 15 years of school contacts using Amateur
Radio on the International Space Station.

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 web sites and
the AMSAT-BB for the latest information on this event and others that
ARISS plans to conduct over the next few months

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]


SA AMSAT Kletskous Cubesat Invites School Experiments to Fly to Space

SA AMSAT is inviting Southern African leaners and school science
groups to take their next science project into space on the first
amateur radio satellite being designed and built by radio amateurs in
South Africa. Named Kletskous (Afrikaans for Chatterbox) the CubeSat
will carry a linear transponder for communication between amateurs,
school science projects and a telemetry system.

Kletskous measures 10x10x10 cm and will be powered by solar panels.
Because of the small size, any science project to be considered for
inclusion in the satellite has to be small and consume the minimum of
power. The selected projects will be incorporated on one of the main
printed circuit boards and connected to the telemetry system. This
means that participants in the science projects will be able to
download their own telemetry and evaluate how their project is
performing and analysing the data collected inspace.

The telemetry stream will also be made available on the SA AMSAT web
pages giving access to the data to learners on the tablets and
laptops. The mission of the new satellite is to give radio amateurs
and educational institutions in Southern Africa easy access to a Low
Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite on as many of the available passes as
possible and thus stimulate interest and activity in space,
satellites and amateur radio. A secondary mission is to fly
scientific payloads proposed and designed by learners or school
science groups.

Kletskous will be using the two metre and 70 cm amateur bands. The
uplink is on 70 cm, and the downlink on 2 m. A linear transponder
with a bandwidth of 20 kHz is utilised for both FM and SSB. A sub-
carrier for a telemetry downlink will be included. For command and
control purposes a separate 70 cm frequency will be used. Currently
frequencies in the 435.100 to 435.140 MHz range are considered for
the uplink and 145.860 to 145.980 MHz for the downlink. The above
architecture will ensure that the transponder is accessible for
general use while the satellite is being commanded and controlled by
the ground station.

School science payloads are being encouraged that measure things
happening in space such the temperature inside or outside the
satellite, sounds in space, radiation particle count and many more.
Develop the project on a breadboard and test it on the bench, develop
software for the project and then write up a proposal with as much
information as possible. Include information about yourself or your
group, include any photographs and contact details such as telephone
number, email address, and physical location.

Email the proposal to saamsat at intekom.co.za

The closing date for proposal is 31 March 2016. Depending on the
type and scope of the proposal, SA AMSAT will make the final decision
and advise all entrants by 30 April 2016. Theentrants of the
successful project or projects will be invited to make a short
presentation at the 2016 SA AMSAT Space Symposium on 28 May 2016
planned to be held at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria.

The SA AMSAT CubeSat project is funded by donations. To contribute or
participate in the project see the SA AMSAT web page at:

[ANS thanks SA AMSAT for the above information]


Slow Scan TV Image Sent Through AO-85

On December 13 Brazilian radio amateur Roland, PY4ZBZ, received an
SSTV image sent in Robot 36 via AO-85.

AMSAT Vice President for Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, said "I can
tell you that in South America, they are having some fun, and that
our analog-to-digital to analog IHU processing of the audio seems to
work very well at SSTV frequencies!" Buxton told ARRL. "I don't know
who uplinked the signal, but it was a ground-satellite-ground
contact, nothing that originated on AO-85."

Buxton went on to state that the transmission was "a very good
demonstration of the capability of the FM repeater on the Fox-1
series satellites."

The FM satellite uplink is at 435.170 MHz (67 Hz CTCSS tone
required). The downlink is at 145.978 MHz. Both frequencies are
subject to Doppler shift.

Whereas is it not recommended to use satellites to transmit SSTV
images this personal experiment by South American hams didn't seem to
interfere with any other transmissions. AMSAT VP of Operations Drew
Glasbrenner KO4MA stated "At some point we will set up a period to try
it over the US, but until then please refrain from repeating this

[ANS thanks AMSAT, Jerry, N0JY, and Drew KO4MA for the above


UT1FG/MM Itinerary During Trip Up the St. Lawrence River

Yuri, UT1FG/MM, is heading up to the St. Lawrence and Montreal and
will visit two ports there.  He has shared a list of grids that he
will likely travel through.  Some of these grids have not been
previously activated, however, keep in mind that not every grid will
be workable due to the timing of the available satellite passes.  He
may be in some of these grids for a very short time.

FL17 FL18 FL28 FL29

FM20 FM30 FM31 FM32 FM42 FM43 FM53
FM54 FM55 FM56 FM66 FM67 FM68 FM78 FM79 FM89

FN80 FN81 FN82 FN83 FN93 FN94 FN95

GN05 GN06 GN07

FN97 FN98 FN88 FN89 FN79 FN69 FN58 FN57 FN47 FN46 FN36 FN35

The ship is the Barnacle, a vessel on which he has previously sailed.

[ANS thanks John K8YSE for the above iformation]


Unscheduled Spacewalk Likely on Monday

Impacts that the amateur radio on the ISS will not return to service
until after the EVA.

The International Space Station’s mission managers are preparing for
a likely unplanned spacewalk by Astronauts Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra
no earlier than Monday, Dec. 21.

Late Wednesday, the Mobile Transporter rail car on the station’s
truss was being moved by robotic flight controllers at Mission
Control, Houston, to a different worksite near the center of the
truss for payload operations when it stopped moving. The cause of the
stall is being evaluated, but experts believe it may be related to a
stuck brake handle, said ISS Mission Integration and Operations
Manager Kenny Todd. Flight controllers had planned to move the
transporter away from the center of the truss to worksite 2. The
cause of the stall that halted its movement just four inches (10
centimeters) away from where it began is still being evaluated.
Progress 62 is scheduled to launch at 3:44 a.m. EST Monday, and dock
on Wednesday to the Pirs docking compartment at 5:31 a.m. Wednesday.

The ISS Mission Management Team met Friday morning and is targeting
Monday for the spacewalk, but will meet again in a readiness review
Sunday morning. Managers could elect to press ahead for Monday, or
take an extra day and conduct the spacewalk Tuesday.

ISS Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Tim
Kopra of NASA will conduct the spacewalk. It will be the 191st
spacewalk in support of space station assembly and maintenance, the
third in Kelly’s career and the second for Kopra. Kelly will be
designated Extravehicular Activity crew member 1 (EV1) wearing the
suit bearing the red stripes, and Kopra will be Extravehicular
Activity crew member 2 (EV2) wearing the suit with no stripes.

A start time for the spacewalk either Monday or Tuesday has not yet
been set, but NASA TV coverage will begin 90 minutes prior to the
start of the spacewalk.

For amateur radio enthusiats should note that the EVA impacts the
use of the amateur radio which will likely not return to service
until after the EVA.

[ANS thanks blogs.nasa.gov for the above information]


SME-SAT video

The Surrey Space Centre in Guildford has released a ‘Softstack’
Integration time-lapse video of the SME-SAT CubeSat.

The mission objectives are:
A: Outreach – The satellite will provide beacons for which amateur
satellite users and ham radio users will be able to receive.

B: Space qualification and performance characterisation of sensors.
• High performance COTS Gyroscopes (x3).
• High precision MEMS accelerometers.
• 2 Aperture Star Camera, At a later point in the mission these will
be used in conjunction with the ADCS to characterise the closed loop
performance of the sensors.

C: Performance characterisation of Nano-Control Moment Gyros (CMGs)
for agility. The mission is equipped with 4-Nano-CMGs in a pyramid
configuration for ADCS. This part of the mission will evaluate the
performance of this system on the ADCS and agility of the satellite.

D: Space qualification and performance characterisation of the EPS
The EPS for this mission has heritage from the Delfi-C3 and other
missions and includes additional improvements to be demonstrated on
this mission.

E: Smart Thermal Radiation Devices (STRD tiles) SME-SAT is equipped
with a number of STRD tiles on the outside faces of the satellite for
passive thermal management of the internal structure.

F: Flux Gate Magnetometer The mission contains a scientific grade
miniaturized flux gate magnetometer that sits on the end of a
deployable boom to improve the performance of the sensor. This
payload will be switched into the ADCS for evaluation of performance
during parts of the mission but is not the primary magnetometer for

G: GPS SME-SAT also contains an experimental GPS system that will be
switched into the ADCS loop at stages in the orbit to evaluate the
performance of the system.

The IARU coordinated frequency for the satellite’s 9k6 RC-BPSK AX.25
downlink is 437.150 MHz.

More information here

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


Look Up and Spot the Station! Learn More With STEM on Station

The International Space Station orbits 250 miles above Earth and
travels about 17,500 miles per hour. The space station is visible in
the night sky and looks like a fast-moving plane, but it is dozens of
times higher than any airplane and travels thousands of miles an hour

Learn more about how you can spot the space station and other ways
you can bring the station into your classroom by visiting NASA's STEM
on Station website. While you are there, stop by and learn more about
the yearlong mission and how it is helping us on our #JourneytoMars.
Opportunities, resources and more await at this space-station-focused

To check out the website, visit

[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message -- Dec. 17, 2015 for
 the above information]


NASA's Digital Learning Network Seeking Participants for
International Event

In February 2016, NASA's Digital Learning Network is teaming up with
The Royal Institution and Faraday Studios for a series of Google
Hangout events in connection with British astronaut Tim Peake's
mission to the International Space Station. The live hourlong events
will include selected classrooms from the United Kingdom and the U.S.
These classes will pose questions to Dr. Kevin Fong (author of
"Extreme Medicine"), Dr. Steven Jacobs (Mr. Wizard) and NASA experts.
The events will be broadcast live on YouTube.

The DLN currently is seeking U.S. middle and high schools (grades 5-
12) that would be interested in participating in these events
interactively with our U.K. partners.

Schools, if selected, would be required to conduct a test call in
early January with a representative of the DLN to confirm
participation. If you would like to have your school considered,
please contact Caryn Long at caryn.long at nasa.gov. Inquiries must be
received no later than Dec. 21, 2015.

For more information about the lecture series, visit

To learn more about NASA's Digital Learning Network, visit

[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message -- Dec. 17, 2015 for
 the above information]


Now Accepting Applications for NASA Summer Internships

Now is your chance to apply for exciting hands-on summer internship
opportunities available at all NASA centers. High school,
undergraduate and graduate students are needed to help NASA
scientists and engineers with ongoing scientific and engineering
research, technology development and spaceflight operations
activities. Internship opportunities also exist in nontechnical areas
such as communications, budget, procurement, education and human
resources. NASA internships are stipend-paid and offer students
mentor-directed, degree-related, real-time tasks. If you think you
have what it takes to be part of NASA's Journey to Mars, please visit
https://intern.nasa.gov today to apply or to learn more about the
numerous opportunities available to you.

The deadline for summer applications is March 1, 2016!

Please submit inquiries about the NASA Internships, Fellowships, and
Scholarships One Stop Shopping Initiative, or NIFS OSSI, via

[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message -- Dec. 17, 2015 for
 the above information]



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

Look for SSTV image downlinks to commemorate ARISS' 15 years of
school contacts on the ISS on December 26 and 27 (subject to change)
See related story above.

An EVA that needs to be scheduled to fix a problem with the mobile
transporter cart, will most likely mean that the the amateur radio on
the ISS will remail off until after after the EVA.

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


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Fox-1A Operating Guide - updated with post launch information. A Hi-
resolution PDF for hard copy printing is available.

Hamfest brochure introducing AMSAT - trifold, print double-sided

[ANS thanks JoAnne K9JKM for the above information]

+ New ISS SSTV Video and "ISS SSTV Reception Hints" webpage

To help promote the tentative December 26th International Space
Station Slow Scan TV event (and others that are planned over the next
year) John Brier, KG4AKV, made a new video of an ISS SSTV reception
that he filmed last April. He also made an extensive webpage with
information, resources, and hints on receiving ISS SSTV events,
including the upcoming ones.

Video: My First Perfect ISS SSTV Image!

Webpage: ISS SSTV Reception Hints

+ NASA Commercial Crew Program 2016 Children's Artwork Calendar

Some of the best works of art come from children who are only
limited by their imaginations, like the more than 150 young explorers
from across the country who submitted artwork depicting human
spaceflight as they see it. Sixteen masterpieces were chosen to be
included in the NASA Commercial Crew Program 2016 Children's Artwork
Calendar, which is now available for download in PDF format, at
http://go.nasa.gov/1NVTww4. We offer a huge "thank you!" to all the
explorers, ranging in age from four to 12, who submitted their work
and hope that everyone will enjoy and use this calendar next year.

[ANS thanks the NASA Commercial Crew Program for the above



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

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

This week's ANS Editor,
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org

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