[ans] ANS-018 AMSAT Weekly Bulletins

Lee McLamb ku4os at cfl.rr.com
Sat Jan 17 20:44:15 PST 2009


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-018

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In this edition:
* General Astrodynamics Library Version 0.5.0 Released
* November/December AMSAT Journal Status
* H-IIA Launch; Satellite Frequencies and Separation Sequence
* CubeSat Workshop Abstract/Poster Deadline
* ARISS Status - 12 January 2009

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General Astrodynamics Library Version 0.5.0 Released

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 018.01
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
January 18, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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Version 0.5.0 of the General Astrodynamics Library has been released.
It can be downloaded from the project website here:

http://homepage.mac.com/pclwillmott/GAL/index.html

Updates in this release:

** Additional routines added to Kepler sub-library

** Planetary and Moon rotational elements added

** Reference frame routines for planets other than Earth

** Acceleration due to Solar Radiation Pressure added

** Acceleration due to Atmospheric Drag added

** Sun occulation routine added for satellite eclipses

** Support for Harris-Priester Earth Atmosphere Model

** Mars date and time routines added

** Ellipsoid models for the planets and the Sun added

** Earth satellite rise/set routine added.

The Reference Manual will be updated shortly.

The General Astrodynamics Library (GAL) is a numerical library for C
and C++ programmers. It is free software under the GNU General Public
License.

The library provides a wide range of astrodynamical routines such as
ephemerides, earth orientation, and orbit propagation. There are over
260 functions in total with an extensive test suite.

[ANS thanks Paul, VP9MU, for the above information]

/EX


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November/December AMSAT Journal Status

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 018.02
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
January 18, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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The November/December 2008 issue was been 
uploaded to the printer last week. You
should have it in your mailbox soon.

Thanks to our new associate editors we are 
getting more articles. We hope to get
the Journal back on schedule within a couple of issues.

Thanks for your support and patience!

[ANS thanks Ed, WA4SWJ, for the above information]

/EX

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H-IIA Launch; Satellite Frequencies and Separation Sequence

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 018.03
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
January 18, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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Mineo Wakita, JE9PEL sent a Cubesat launch alert for seven amateur
radio satellites planned as secondary payloads when Japan launches
its GOSAT IBUKI satellite on January 21, 2009 at 03.54 UTC.

JAXA shows H-2A F15 launch sequence on the web site.
http://www.jaxa.jp/countdown/f15/index_e.html
http://www.jaxa.jp/countdown/f15/overview/sequence_e.html

Separation time is followings. They will be serapate aroud Antarctica.
SHOLA-1  T+32:41  (min:sec)
KAGAYAKI T+36:51
KKS-1    T+41:01
STARS    T+45:11
PRISM    T+49:21

The small satellite palyloads will consist of:

Satellite   Downlink     Beacon      Mode         Callsign
---------  -----------  ----------- --------    --------------
KAGAYAKI   437.375      437.375     FSK9k6/CW
STARS      437.485/465  437.305/275 FM/CW        JR5YBN/JR5YBO
KKS-1      437.445      437.385     AFSK/CW      JQ1YYY
PRISM      437.425      437.250     AFSK/GMSK/CW JQ1YCX
SOHLA-1    437.505      437.505     AFSK/CW
SPRITE     Scientific observation satellite
SDS-1      Small demonstration satellite

(Ed. note - this table and all links can also be found on the
  main AMSAT web page http://www.amsat.org - see the bottom story.)

[ANS thanks Mineo Wakita, JE9PEL and Masa, JN1GKZ for the
  above information]

/EX


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CubeSat Workshop Abstract/Poster Deadline

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 018.04
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
January 18, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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The 2009 CubeSat Developers' Workshop is quickly approaching. The workshop will
take place April 22-25th at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

In order to present at the workshop, you must submit an Abstract by January
31st.  You can find the abstract submission form at:
<http://cubesat.atl.calpoly.edu/pages/workshops/developers-workshop-2009/
presenter-application.php>

We strongly encourage all university students who are attending to present a
poster.  The poster submission deadline is also January 31st.  The
application form can be found at:
Form<http://cubesat.atl.calpoly.edu/pages/workshops/developers-workshop-2009/
poster-session-form.php>

The workshop website also has useful information regarding travel and
accommodations in San Luis Obispo.
<http://cubesat.atl.calpoly.edu/pages/workshops/developers-workshop-2009.php>

[ANS thanks Marissa for the above information]

/EX


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ARISS Status - 12 January 2009

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 018.05
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
January 18, 2009
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1. Upcoming School Contact

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, Canada has been scheduled for
an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Tuesday,
January 20 at 18:01 UTC via telebridge station ON4ISS in Belgium. A space club
has been formed at the hospital and those children participating in the club
have learned about the ISS via videos, the internet and guest speakers. They
have learned to use correct radio protocol and have tracked and plotted the
course of the ISS. They have also created artwork to be displayed during the
contact. Media coverage of the event is expected.


2. Students in India Experience Successful Contact

On Wednesday, January 7, youth from Axam Jatiya Vidyalaya in Guwahati, India
spoke with Mike Fincke, KE5AIT on the ISS. During the Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS) contact, 
students asked 14 questions as 1000
students, parents and guests looked on. All Assam Students’ Union (AASU)
officials, Mr Brindaban Goswami and many other 
Guwahati dignitaries attended the
event.

The contact was facilitated by the telebridge station W6SRJ in California. The
audio was fed into the EchoLink AMSAT and JK1ZRW servers and received eight
connections including three link nodes and one 
repeater from five countries. The
news was reported on television and in the newspapers. The Assam Tribune posted
an article to its Web site:
http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/details.asp?id=jan0809/at01
The headliner with photos may be found here:
http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/details.asp?id=jan0809/main


3. ARISS Distributes Calendars

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) distributed
International Space Station 2009 calendars to 
over 40 schools that have recently
experienced or will be scheduled for ARISS contacts in the upcoming months.
Calendars were also distributed to ARISS volunteers worldwide as a token of
appreciation for their hard work and dedication to the program.  Over five
hundred calendars were distributed.


4. Article on ARISS Contact with Challenger Learning Center

The Ohio Department of Education posted an article on the September 1, 2008
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with students
at the Chal­lenger Learning Center of Lucas County in Toledo. The article,
“Students connect with International Space Station,” may be found at:
http://www.ode.state.oh.us/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEDetail.aspx?page=3&
TopicRelationID=1601&ContentID=58983&Content=59741


5. Technopolis Contact Video Posted

On Saturday, January 3, students visiting Technopolis in Mechelen, Belgium
experienced an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact
via telebridge station VK4KHZ in Australia. The video of this contact is now
available on YouTube.  See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ipy4isPtuKA

[ANS thanks Carol, KB3LKI, for the above information]

/EX


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




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