[ans] ANS-227 AMSAT Weekly Bulletins

Lee McLamb ku4os at cfl.rr.com
Sat Aug 14 19:41:01 PDT 2010


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-227

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In this edition:
* 2010 AMSAT Space Symposium Reminders
* ISS cooling system problem disrupts ARISS operations
* HO-68 Operating Schedule 15-22 August 2010
* ARRL Files Petition to Deny 433-445 MHz ReconRobotics Applications
* NASA Announces CubeSat Launch Initiative
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
* For Hams Who Like Science: Einstein at Home


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-227.01
2010 AMSAT Space Symposium Reminders

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 227.01
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
August 15, 2010
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-227.01

The September 1 deadline of the call for papers for the 2010 AMSAT
Space Symposium and Annual Meeting is rapidly approaching! So far
the Proceedings crew has received two abstracts for papers - thank
you!

The abstract for your paper does not require any special format.
Simply send an e-mail to the Proceedings Editor, K9JKM with the
basic information: Author Name, Callsign, and a few sentences that
describe your proposed topic. I'll be looking forward to receiving
your abstracts in my in-box at k9jkm at comcast.net.

You can now register on-line at the AMSAT store for the 2010 AMSAT
Space Symposium and Annual Meeting:
http://www.amsat-na.com/store/SymposiumReg.php

The 2010 Symposium Committee is looking forward to welcoming you
to Chicago in October! As the latest information becomes available
you can find it on the AMSAT Symposium pages:
http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/symposium/2010/index.php

[ANS thanks the 2010 Symposium Committee for the above information]

/EX

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ISS cooling system problem disrupts ARISS operations

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 227.02
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
August 15, 2010
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-227.02

On Saturday, July 31, 2010, The ISS suffered a cooling system failure.
Repair work planning for two spacewalks has been underway throughout the
week to fix the problem. As a result, ARISS operations which include both
voice and packet have been given a low priority until the problem is
resolved. Attempts will be made to carry out scheduled ARISS contacts, but
with the understanding that they may be aborted at the last minute.

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

/EX


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HO-68 Operating Schedule 15-22 August 2010

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 227.03
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
August 15, 2010
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-227.03

The following operating schedule for HO-68 (XW-1) was provided by Alan Kung,
BA1DU,
HO-68 Project Manager.  Dates and times shown are UTC.

15 Aug 2010
================================
16:35...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
India, Africa, Middle East,
Europe,NA
17:20...Turn Off

18:25...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
Africa,Europe,Middle East,NA
19:10...Turn Off

19:50...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
Africa,Europe,Middle East,NA
20:35...Turn Off

16 Aug 2010
================================
00:15...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
South America,NA,North Asia
01:00...Turn Off

02:11...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
North Asia,East Asia,South Asia
02:27...Turn Off

16:20...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
Africa,Europe,NA
17:05...Turn Off

22:10...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
NA,North Asia,East Asia,
Oceania
22:55...Turn Off

17 Aug 2010
================================
00:00...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
South America,NA,North Asia
00:45...Turn Off

10:10...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
Oceania,Asia,Europe
10:55...Turn Off

16:00...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
India,Middle East,Europe,NA
16:45...Turn Off

17:50...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
Africa,Europe,NA
18:35...Turn Off

21:50...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
NA,North Asia,East Asia,
Oceania
22:35...Turn Off

18 Aug 2010
=================================
09:55...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
Oceania,East Asia,North Asia,Europe
10:40...Turn Off

16:00...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
Africa,Europe,NA
16:45...Turn Off

21:35...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
NA,North Asia,East Asia,Oceania
22:20...Turn Off

19 Aug 2010
=================================
01:42...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
South Asia,Oceania
02:00...Turn Off

06:40...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
Middle East,India,Africa
07:25...Turn Off

09:35...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
Oceania,Asia,Europe,NA
10:20...Turn Off

12:15...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
Europe,NA,South America
13:00...Turn Off

17:15...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
Africa,India,Middle East,Europe,NA
18:00...Turn Off

18:45...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
Africa,Europe,NA
19:30...Turn Off

21:20...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
Oceania,Asia,Europe,NA
22:05...Turn Off

20 Aug 2010
================================
09:20...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
Oceania,Asia,Europe,NA
10:05...Turn Off

12:00...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
Europe,NA,South America
12:45...Turn Off

17:00...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
India,Africa,Europe,NA
17:45...Turn Off

22:50...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
South America,Africa,NA,
Europe,North Asia,East Asia
23:35...Turn Off

21 Aug 2010
================================
00:40...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
South America,NA,North Asia
01:25...Turn Off

02:30...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
North Asia,East Asia,South Asia
02:45...Turn Off

10:50...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
Oceania,Asia,Europe,NA
11:35...Turn Off

13:25...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
Europe,NA,South America
14:10...Turn Off

16:45...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
Africa,Europe,NA
17:30...Turn Off

22:35...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
South America,NA,North Asia
23:20...Turn Off

22 Aug 2010
================================
00:20...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
NA,North Asia,East Asia,
South Asia,Oceania
01:05...Turn Off

02:21...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
North Asia,East Asia,South Asia
02:37...Turn Off

05:50...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
North Asia,Europe,Africa
06:35...Turn Off

13:10...Turn On--FM/PACSAT
Europe,NA,South America
13:55...Turn Off

[ANS thanks Alan, BA1DU, for the above information]

/EX


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ARRL Files Petition to Deny 433-445 MHz ReconRobotics Applications

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 227.04
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
August 15, 2010
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-227.04

The ARRL Letter this week reported that on August 4, 2010, the ARRL
filed a Petition to Deny Applications with the FCC to deny 68 pending
Public Safety Pool license applications associated with the Recon-
Robotics Video and Audio Surveillance System.

Each license application is accompanied by a waiver request to permit
operation of the devices in the 433-445 MHz band. The applications were
coordinated by APCO International Inc Licensing Services -- the
frequency coordinator for the public safety land mobile radio services
-- and would allow the use of the Recon Scout product currently being
marketed by ReconRobotics pursuant to an FCC waiver. Read more here:
http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-files-petition-with-fcc-to-deny-
applications-with-reconrobotics.

[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information]

/EX


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NASA Announces CubeSat Launch Initiative

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 227.05
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
August 15, 2010
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-227.05

NASA said at the end of July that the space agency anticipates launch
opportunities for a limited number of CubeSats may be available on
launches currently planned for 2011 and 2012. These launch opportunities
would constitute a pilot project intended to demonstrate viable launch
opportunities for CubeSat payloads as auxiliary payloads on planned
missions. The full announcement is published on-line at:

http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/430539main_CubeSat_Launch_Initiative_
Announcement_7_30_2010.pdf

An earlier NASA announcement did not solicit enough proposals to fill
the launch opportunities. NASA noted that, "If there is adequate res-
ponse from the CubeSat projects, the initiative could be continued on
future flight opportunities.

Successful CubeSat proposal teams will be required to enter in a
collaborative Agreement to support the pilot project. NASA will pro-
vide integration and other services as necessary to complete the
launch activity. Participation in the pilot program will be contingent
upon selection by NASA and negotiation of an appropriate Agreement
between NASA and the collaborator. Collaborators may be required to
provide partial reimbursement of the launch and integration costs of
up to $30,000 per 1U Cube associated with their participation in the
pilot project.

Investigations supported by CubeSat payloads proposed for the pilot
project must address an aspect of science, exploration, technology
development, education, or operations encompassed by NASA's strategic
goals and outcomes as identified in the NASA Strategic Plan and/or
Education Strategic Coordination Framework.

Selection is anticipated by January 31, 2011. Consult the NASA docu-
ment at the URL above for all project proposal requirements.

[ANS thanks NASA for the above information]

/EX


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 227.06
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
August 15, 2010
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-227.06

+ Congratulations are in order to George, WA5KBH for being awarded
   his Worked All States - Satellite #319. George got his 50th state
   when he worked Adrian, AA5UK/KH6, during his April trip to Hawaii.
   George has also been awarded his VUCC Satellite award for 350
   grids.

+ The next Hudson Valley Satcom Net will meet on the air and on
   Echolink on August 19, at 8PM EDT (2400 UTC). If you are within
   range of the Mt. Beacon ARC repeater the net will be on 146.970.
   The Echolink node is N2EYH-L.  More info; http://www.hvsatcom.org.
   (via Stu, WA2BSS)

+ The British Amateur Television Club (BATC) have produced a short
   video showing the people and equipment in the web streaming of the
   AMSAT-UK Colloquium, see:
   http://www.southgatearc.org/news/august2010/behind_the_scenes.htm
   (via Trevor, M5AKA)

+ Drew, KO4MA has posted a short video with my phone illustrating the
   differences in received performance when your portable FM satellite
   antenna can be twisted to track downlink polarity. This was recorded
   at the tail end of an AO-51 pass, with the satellite below 10 degrees.
   The downlink is received with the UHF half of an Arrow, 10 feet of
   high quality coax, and a Yaesu FT-817. Watch the video at:
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTqjQ9xIQQE

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]

/EX


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For Hams Who Like Science: Einstein at Home

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 227.07
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
August 15, 2010
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-227.07

SpaceDaily.com this week published a story about three citizen
scientists, an American couple and a German, have discovered a
new radio pulsar hidden in data gathered by the Arecibo Observa-
tory. This is the first deep-space discovery by Einstein at Home,
which uses donated time from the home and office computers of
250,000 volunteers from 192 different countries. Einstein at Home
is based on SETI at Home, a similar program looking for signs of
extraterrestrial life in data from the radio telescope at Are-
cibo Observatory.

Einstein at Home describes their project on their home page:
http://www.einsteinathome.org. "Einstein suggested that we live
in a universe full of gravitational waves. He proposed that explod-
ing stars, colliding black holes and other violent events create
waves that alter space and time. We have not detected these waves
yet because it requires tools sensitive enough to measure very
small effects. It's like trying to detect a change in the distance
from the earth to the sun equal to the width of an atom. Technology
has caught up with Einstein's prediction. We now have detectors
sensitive enough to see these waves."

Einstein at Home uses private computers to process data. Private computer
owners can download software onto their computers that receives data
from a central server. The computers process the data when they are
not being used for other things, like email or word processing. Then,
the computers send the processed data back to the server and can get
more to analyze. The site explains Einstein at Home doesn't affect how
computers perform and you can stop it any time.

Imagine finding a new pulsar, such as this week's PSR J2007+2722 dis-
covery, a neutron star rotating 41 times per second located in the Milky
Way, approximately 17,000 light years from Earth in the constellation
Vulpecula ... while waiting for the next satellite pass or for 10 meters
to open.

The full story at SpaceDaily.com can be found on-line at:
http://tinyurl.com/29ggsb8

[ANS thanks Einstein at Home and SpaceDaily.com for the above information]

/EX


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73,
This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
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