[ans] ANS-041 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin

JoAnne Maenpaa k9jkm at comcast.net
Fri Feb 10 15:10:08 PST 2012


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-041 Special Bulletin

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-041.01
ANS-041 AMSAT Fox-1 Cubesat Selected for NASA ELaNa Launch Collaboration

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 041.01
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
February 10, 2012
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-041.01

Project ELaNa, NASA's "Educational Launch of NanoSat" managed by the 
Launch Services Program at the Kennedy Space Center, announced on 
February 10 that the AMSAT Fox-1 cubesat has been selected to join 
the program.

NASA will work with AMSAT in a collaborative agreement where NASA 
will cover the integration and launch costs of satellites deemed to 
have merit in support of their strategic and educational goals.

Watch for full details to be published in the AMSAT Journal.

AMSAT teamed with the ARRL to write and deliver the 159 page educa-
tional proposal to NASA. Letters documenting the importance of AMSAT's 
satellites in the education programs at the ARRL and also at the Clay 
Center for Science and Technology at the Dexter and Southfield schools 
in Brookline, MA, were important parts of our proposal.

AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW said, "The ELaNA Launch oppor-
tunity marks AMSAT's return to space after the conclusion of the 
successful ARISSat-1/KEDR flight. We need to get the flight Fox-1, 
along with an operational flight backup satellite, built, integrat-
ed, tested, and delivered. Our ability to provide a spacecraft and 
get it launched is dependent upon the active support of our donors 
who wish to see Fox-1 fly."

AMSAT Vice-President of Engineering, Tony Monteiro, AA2TX noted this 
will provide a launch opportunity for AMSAT's next generation of FM 
repeater satellites with features and operation beyond the experience 
of AO-51. AMSAT's Fox-1 Engineering Team is making progress developing 
the advanced satellite that will provide these features:

+ Fox-1 is designed to operate in sunlight without batteries once
   the battery system fails. This applies lessons learned from AO-51
   and ARISSat-1 operations.

+ In case of IHU failure Fox-1 will continue to operate its FM
   repeater in a basic, 'zombie sat' mode, so that the repeater
   remains on-the-air.

+ Fox-1 is designed as the immediate replacement for AO-51. Its U/V
   (Mode B) transponder will make it even easier to work with modest
   equipment.

+ From the ground user's perspective, the same FM amateur radio
   equipment used for AO-51 may be used for Fox-1.

+ Extending the design, Fox-2 will benefit from the development work
   of Fox-1 by adding more sophisticated power management and Software
   Defined Transponder (SDX) communications systems.

The Fox-1 Project presents an opportunity to literally put your call-
sign on the Fox hardware. AMSAT is looking for major donations to help 
underwrite the cost of solar cells/panels, one of the more significant 
expenses of the project. 

These solar cells are needed for the flight unit as well as for the a 
flight spare. As Fox-1 will have solar cells on all six sides of the 
spacecraft and given the relatively small surface area available on 
each side (at most 4" by 4" per side), AMSAT needs to invest in high 
efficiency solar cells to gain as much power as possible to operate 
the spacecraft.

Several opportunities to make your donation to keep amateur radio in
space include:

+ Return the form sent with the letter to reply with your donation
  for the Fox-1 Project.
  - All donations over $40 will receive a Fox pin.
  - Donations of $120 or more qualify you for AMSAT President's Club

+ Call Martha at the AMSAT Office +1-888-FB AMSAT (1-888-322-6728)
+ Paypal donation widget on the main page at: http://www.amsat.org
+ Paypal donation widget for Project Fox at:
   http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/fox/
+ You can also go to the Paypal site and send your donation to
  martha at amsat.org.
+ The AMSAT Store: http://www.amsat-na.com/store/categories.php

Project Fox web site provide a good overview of the technical progress
of the new satellite: http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/fox/

[ANS thanks AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW, AMSAT Vice-President
 of Engineering, Tony Monteiro, AA2TX and AMSAT's Project Fox Engineering 
 team for the above information]

/EX




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