[amsat-bb] ANS-025 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Lee McLamb ku4os at cfl.rr.com
Sun Jan 25 02:56:31 UTC 2015


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-025

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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
satellites.

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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:

* Listen In To Radar Observations of Near-Earth Asteroid 2004 BL86
* SKN on OSCAR Best Fist Nominations Due
* Upcoming ARISS Contact
* Containerized Satellite Survey
* Search for NASA Educational Resources With New Search Tool


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ANS-025 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 025.01
  From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
January 25, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-025.01

Listen In To Radar Observations of Near-Earth Asteroid 2004 BL86

On 2015 January 26, the near-Earth asteroid 2004 BL86 will pass within 
0.008 AU
of Earth (3.1 times as far away as the Moon).  This will be the closest 
approach
to Earth by this asteroid for at least the next 240 years.

As part of an extensive campaign of radar observations to learn about
BL86’s shape, spin state, and surface; and to refine knowledge of its
trajectory; the Arecibo Observatory’s S-band planetary radar plans to 
illuminate
the asteroid with a continuous-wave signal over 2015 January 27 03:45 – 
04:00
UTC.  Over that time, BL86’s radar echo will be received by elements of 
the Very
Long Baseline Array and the Very Large Array in New Mexico.  Anyone with an
antenna and receiver capable of detecting the echo is welcome to listen in.

BL86 will be above the horizon for most observers in North and South 
America,
and for some parts of western Europe and western Africa. To readily 
detect its
radar echo, observers should have an antenna with an effective 
collecting area
of at least 10 square meters. BL86 will be moving rapidly across the 
sky.  Over
Jan 27 03:45 – 04:00, it will move by ~0.5º.  The asteroid’s exact 
position on
the sky will depend on where it is observed from as well as the time, 
but will
be near (RA,Dec) = (130º,+17º).  A current ephemeris can be obtained 
from JPL’s
Horizons system:
http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/?horizons.

The Arecibo transmission will be tuned to give a nominal echo center 
frequency
of exactly 2380 MHz at geocenter.  Without correction for Earth’s rotation,
BL86’s radar echo will appear as slowly-drifting and within 15 kHz of 
2380 MHz.
Predicted echo frequency as a function of time for a given location can be
obtained on-request by emailing Michael Busch (mbusch at seti.org).  We 
expect an
echo bandwidth of 6 Hz or less.

Details of the BL86 radar observing campaign at the Arecibo Observatory, 
NASA’s
Goldstone Solar System Radar facility, and the National Radio Astronomy
Observatory are available at:
http://echo.jpl.nasa.gov/asteroids/2004BL86/2004BL86_planning.html.

[ANS thanks JPL for the above information]


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SKN on OSCAR Best Fist Nominations Due

Thanks to all who participated in AMSAT's Straight Key Night on OSCAR 
2015.  If
you haven't already done so, please take a moment to nominate someone 
you worked
for Best Fist.  Your nominee need not have had the best fist of those 
you heard,
only of those you worked.

Send your nomination to w2rs at amsat.org

[ANS thanks Ray, W2RS, for the above information]


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Upcoming ARISS Contact

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with 
participants
at Masakame" event, Shibuya, Japan on 24 Jan. The event is scheduled to 
begin at
approximately 14:21 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 
minutes
and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and JK1ZRW. The 
contact
should be audible over Japan and adjacent areas. Interested parties are 
invited
to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be 
conducted
in English.

Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) are televising a regular science program 
Masakame
(means Good Heavens) for young people and their parents.

  Aa special program focusing ARISS program and Amateur radio 
satellites, etc. on
  2015-02-28 on air, with video record of ARISS school contact. Members of
  contact are TV talent (who has a amateur radio license) and high school
  students (age 15 to 18).

[ANS thanks David, AA4KN, for the above information]


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Containerized Satellite Survey

Bungo Shiotani is a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Norman Fitz-Coy at the
University of Florida. He is requesting your assistance with this survey to
assess the potential impact that containerized satellite have on the debris
population in low Earth orbit. The results will be used as part of his Ph.D.
dissertation to create a statistical database and to quantify the growth of
debris population. The hope is the outcome will increase the awareness 
to the
community regarding the potential growth of debris population due to
containerized satellites.

Your identify will not be collected unless you choose to disclose it in the
survey. Additionally, if you would like the results sent directly to 
you, please
disclose your contact information when requested in the survey.

Please respond to this survey by Friday, February 27th 2015. The survey 
should
take less than 30 minutes to complete.

Survey link: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8CYyyDTFUGKHFbL

Please forward this information to other members of the space community.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to 
contact:

Bungo Shiotani
Graduate Researcher
bshiota at ufl.edu

Dr. Norman Fitz-Coy
Research Advisor
nfc at ufl.edu

[ANS thanks Bungo Shiotani for the above information]


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Search for NASA Educational Resources With New Search Tool

Are you looking for a lesson plan about the planet Jupiter? Do you need a
poster with information about the Wright Brothers' first flight? Or maybe
you're hunting for a website with information about NASA's deep space
missions. NASA Education has a new tool to help you in your search!

NASA's new Educational Resource Search Tool can help you find lesson plans,
posters, educator guides and other materials to supplement your science,
technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum. Search hundreds of
resources by subject, grade level, type and keywords.

To check out the new search tool and begin your educational resource hunt,
visit http://www.nasa.gov/education/materials/

[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message -- Jan. 22, 2015 for the
above information]

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73,
This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org
















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