[ans] ANS-027 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

JoAnne Maenpaa k9jkm at comcast.net
Sat Jan 26 18:04:13 PST 2013


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-027

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In this edition:

* AMSAT-NA Website Outage
* K6GSJ Donates OSCAR-1 Historical Artifacts to ARRL Archives
* Open Source Satellite OSSI CubeSat Launch in April 2013
* IARU Satellite Coordination Board Says DOVE-1 Will Not Use 145.825
* Vote for Your Favorite Photos From Japan's PRISM Satellite
* February 14 PSLV-C20 Launch Planned by India
* Surrey Satellite Selected to Evaluate Small Satellites for GPS
* NASA History Program Office Summer 2013 Internships
* Satellite Shorts From All Over


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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 027.01
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
January 27, 2013
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AMSAT-NA Website Outage

On or about 20 January 2013, AMSAT-NA's main web site www.amsat.org 
was compromised by an attacker, with the contents of the supporting 
database, including non-public information, posted on other publicly 
available web sites. 

It is likely that the attacker gained enough access to the site to 
post arbitrary and possibly illegal content, so out of an abundance 
of caution the main site was shut down.  

Neither the AMSAT store nor the Fox project web site were affected 
by this breach. The AMSAT Store is still open for business, and can 
be reached directly at http://store.amsat.org/catalog/

Mail services remain operational.

The main site was developed roughly 10 years ago by a AMSAT volun-
teers under a more benign Internet threat environment. The team that
built that site is no longer associated with AMSAT, so work has been 
underway over the last several months to move to a modern, maintain-
able, secure infrastructure. This recent breach will accelerate that
activity. 

In the interim, www.amsat.org will have limited content.

[ANS thanks AMSAT's User Services Team for the above information]


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K6GSJ Donates OSCAR-1 Historical Artifacts to ARRL Archives

The February 2013 QST Magazine carries a story on page 71 noting 
the donation of OSCAR-1 historical artifacts to the ARRL Histori-
cal Collections. Lance Ginner, K6GSJ, one of OSCAR-1's builders, 
donated documents, test data, reception reports, and media to pre-
serve the pioneering work of Project OSCAR.

The archive also contains a vintage OSCAR Locator and the QST Cover
Plaque Award presented to Edgar Hilton, W6VKP for his article on
locating OSCAR.

The article notes the work by ARRL Museum Volunteer Custodians
Michael Marinaro, WN1M, and Jonathan Allen, K2KKH, to catalog and
preserve these materials for future historians.

Visitors to the ARRL Laboratory's Vintage Equipment Exhibit in 
Newington, CT can see and hear an operational prototype of OSCAR-1
transmitting its "HI" beacon on 145.080 MHz.

[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information]


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Open Source Satellite OSSI CubeSat Launch in April 2013

OSSI-1, the Open Source Satellite Initiative satellite, developed by
Hojun Song DS1SBO, is planned to launch in the 2nd quarter of 2013 
into a 575 km 63° inclination orbit on a Soyuz-2-1b rocket from the 
Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan. The 1U cubesat is 100% based
on COTS components. The main payload, the Bion-M1 satellite, antici-
pates a planned launch date of April, 2013.

Reports say OSSI-1 will have a beacon in the 145 MHz band, a data 
communications transceiver in the 435 MHz band although actual opera-
ting frequencies have yet to be published. The data communications
transceiver is reported to be using an open protocol, details have
not been released yet. 

OSSI-1 also carries a 44 watt LED optical beacon to flash Morse Code 
messages to observers on Earth.

The development of the satellite has been documented on the Open 
Source Satellite Initiative Blog http://opensat.cc/blog/ and the 
Wiki http://opensat.cc/wiki/

Other cubesats on this launch will include:

+ SOMP - downlink on 437.485 MHz including CW, 1k2 and 9k6 BPSK, 
         AX25 FSK, and AO40 standard 400bit/s BPSK. 

+ BEESAT 2 - 4k8 GMSK on 435.950 MHz

+ BEESAT 3 - 4k8 GMSK on 435.950 MHz

+ Dove-2 - Commercial technology demonstration mission. 

+ Bion-M1 - Research satellite collaboration between NASA and the 
            Russian Institute of Biomedical Problems. The mission 
            will launch an unmanned automated spacecraft carrying 
            a biological payload into Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The 
            rodents on the Bion-M1 spacecraft will be exposed to 
            spaceflight conditions for approximately one month. 

AMSAT-UK published photos and additional news at:
http://www.uk.amsat.org/?p=12231

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


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IARU Satellite Coordination Board Says DOVE-1 Will Not Use 145.825

Dove-1, a technology development experiment to be launched to Low 
Earth Orbit on the inaugural launch of Antares in February, 2013
from Wallops Island, Virginia will no longer be using frequencies
in the amateur radio bands based on information posted on the IARU
satellite coordination web page for this mission.

The satellite had requested IARU coordination for a 1 watt transmit-
ter on 145.825 MHz to downlink a 1200 baud AFSK AX.25 beacon with 
telemetry and health data.

The Wallops Launch also includes the PhoneSat cubesats into a plan-
ned 280 x 270km orbit at 51.6 deg inclination. Due to the extremely 
low orbit these satellites will reenter the Earth's atmosphere after
approximately 2 weeks.

(See ANS-006 at http://amsat.org/pipermail/ans/2013/000681.html for
details of the PhoneSat mission.)

IARU Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination web page can be found
at: http://www.amsat.org.uk/iaru/

[ANS thanks the IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Board for the 
 above information]


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Vote for Your Favorite Photos From Japan's PRISM Satellite

PRISM, a nano-satellite developed by Intelligent Space Systems Lab-
oratory, was launched on January 23rd 2009. It's mission is to take
pictures of the Earth from outer space. 35 photos taken by PRISM’s 
Wide Angle Camera have been selected by the PRISM team and posted 
at: http://www.smaster.jp/Sheet.aspx?SheetID=72633

Please take a look at the pictures and vote for your favorites.
Enter your choices in the check-box above each photo - multiple sel-
ections are allowed.

PRISM also carries an orbital store-and-forward message box open for
use by amateur radio operators. In PRISM's HAM Service FM packets 
uplinked are stored and available for download on future passes.

Downlink Frequency: 437.425 MHz FM, AFSK 1200, AX.25, UI Frames
Beacon Freequency:  437.250 MHz 
Call Sign:          JQ1YZW 

Full details of Amateur Radio access to PRISM is documented at: 
http://www.space.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/prism/en/HAMservice_info.aspx
http://www.space.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/prism/en/HAMservice_rule.aspx

You will find a pull-down menu at the bottom of this web page.
Use the pull-down arrow to access "Agree" then click on the web
page button also labeled "Agree". This will bring you to another
web page revealing uplink frequency and message formats.

[ANS thanks Professor Nakasuka of the University of Tokyo and the
 PRISM Team for the above information]


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February 14 PSLV-C20 Launch Planned by India 

India's "The Hindu" newspaper reports that the Indian Space Research 
Organisation (ISRO) has slated its first launch of the year PSLV-CA 
(PSLV-C20) for February 14. This launch includes the SARAL ocean 
study spacecraft and satellites carrying amateur radio payloads.

The payload includes:

+ SARAL - Ka-band radar altimeter operating at 35.75 GHz. 
  See: http://smsc.cnes.fr/SARAL/

+ NEOSSat Search for near-Earth asteroids and space debris. 

+ Sapphire – Canadian Department of National Defence first 
  dedicated military satellite.

+ CanX-3a, BRITE (BRIght-star Target Explorer) – small satellite 
  designed to make photometric observations of bright stars in 
  order to study their variability. 

+ TUGSat-1 - S-Band for telemetry downlinks and will have a 145 MHz 
  CW beacon.

+ AAUSat 3 – 1U cubesat developed and constructed by students from 
  Department of Electronic Systems at Aalborg University Denmark, 
  testbed for a pair of AIS receivers. The IARU Amateur Radio coor-
  dinated frequency is 437.425 MHz using Viterbi and Reed Solomon 
  encoding.

+ Max Valier – Small satellite to encourage student experimentation. 
  IARU Amateur Radio coordinated frequencies are 145.860 MHz and 
  145.960 MHz.

Full details and links to the satellite team web pages are posted
on the AMSAT-UK web at: http://www.uk.amsat.org/?p=12180

Read the Hindu article at: http://tinyurl.com/TheHindu-PSLV
(www.thehindu.com)

Zarya Launches and Orbital Operations Calendar
http://www.zarya.info/Calendar.php

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


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NASA History Program Office Summer 2013 Internships

The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and grad-
uate students for summer 2013 internships. The History Program Of-
fice maintains archival materials to answer research questions from 
NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and 
others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes 
several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number 
of websites on NASA history. 

Students of all majors are welcome to apply. While detailed prior 
knowledge of the aeronautics and space fields is not necessary, a 
keen interest and some basic familiarity with these topics are need-
ed. Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential. Exper-
ience with computers, especially hypertext markup language, or HTML, 
formatting, is a plus.

Intern projects are flexible. Typical projects include handling a 
variety of information requests, editing historical manuscripts, 
doing research and writing biographical sketches, updating and 
creating websites, and identifying and captioning photos.

Applications for summer 2013 internships are due Feb. 4, 2013. 

For more information, visit http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Bill 
Barry at bill.barry at nasa.gov.

[ANS thanks NASA Education Express Message of Jan. 24, 2013 for the
 above information]


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Surrey Satellite Selected to Evaluate Small Satellites for GPS

An article posted on the GPS Daily website says the US Air Force Re-
search Laboratory (AFRL) has selected Surrey Satellite Technology US 
LLC (SST-US) to investigate cost reduction and augmentation of the 
current GPS constellation through the application of the small sat-
ellite approach. (Full article at: http://tinyurl.com/Surrey-GPS)

SST-US will examine how constellations of smaller satellites could 
improve the overall system performance and resilience, including 
ways to deliver high-power signals and alternative architectures 
for rapid commanding that could provide system capability improve-
ment.

Small satellites have become the focus of many institutional pro-
grams in recent years, as they have become ever more capable and 
demonstrated their importance.

[ANS thanks GPSDaily.Com for the above information]


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Free NASA Calendar in PDF format with imagery from the ISS is
  posted at: http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/716960main_iss_calendar_2013.pdf

+ An animation showing UKube-1 CubeSat on-orbit and its payload is
  posted at: http://www.uk.amsat.org/?p=12334.  UKube-1 is slated to 
  launch in the 2nd/3rd quarter of 2013 on a Soyuz-2 along with 
  TechDemoSat-1. UKube-1 will carry a set of AMSAT-UK FUNcube boards 
  to provide an amateur radio 435/145 MHz linear transponder and a 
  1200 bps BPSK beacon for educational outreach.

+ Tom Doyle, W9KE has released 'Satellite Explorer', a Windows 8 
  app that runs on Intel based tablets, laptops and desktops as well 
  as Windows RT tablets like the Microsoft Surface. It is available 
  in the Windows Store - search for 'Satellite Explorer'. The app is 
  free but if you find it of value please contribute something to 
  your favorite AMSAT project. Watch a preview at:
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0-jPjpDoYs
  (W9KE)

+ The 2013 SA AMSAT Space Symposium will be held at the Innovation 
  Hub in Pretoria on 18 May 2013. The theme of the conference is 
  "Space - a challenging Amateur Radio frontier". If you are plan-
  ning to submit a paper please send in a brief synopsis of the pro-
  posed paper by 31 January to saamsat at intekom.co.za. For more 
  information visit www.amsatsa.org.za.

+ Enjoy an excerpt from "An Astronaut's Guide to Space Etiquette" at:
  http://www.space-travel.com/reports/An_Astronauts_Guide_999.html
  Scroll down about halfway down the page. (Space-Travel.com)

+ AMSAT-NA congratulates Martha Saragovitz on her 35th anniversary
  as our office manager in Silver Spring, Maryland. Please send her
  your greetings and congratulations to martha at amsat.org!

+ Professor Sir Martin Sweeting G3YJO appeared on Monday's BBC 
  Radio 4 show For All Mankind in which Chris Riley examined the 
  enduring legacy of the Apollo moon missions. In the interview 
  Martin G3YJO mentions the first UOSAT's (OSCAR-9 and 11). You 
  can hear him at 08:52 into the recording which is at:
  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pcqkk It is understood the 
  recording will be available until January 28.

+ The Australian Geographic website features an article on Austra-
  lia’s first amateur satellite, Australis-OSCAR-5 which was launch-
  ed on 23 January 1970. See: http://tinyurl.com/Australia-AO5
  (www.australiangeographic.com.au)

+ SpaceMart.com posted an article, "Phoenix Rising: New Video Shows 
  Advances in Satellite Repurposing Program" at:
  http://tinyurl.com/DARPA-Phoenix (SpaceMart.com) DARPA's Phoenix 
  program plans to repurpose retired satellites while they remain 
  in orbit. The article contains a link to an HD video simulation
  posted by DARPA.

+ Thursday, January 31 at 8PM Eastern (UTC-5) will be the last Hudson
  Valley Satcom Net until further notice. The radio link is via the
  MBARC Repeater on 146.970 MHz and on Echolink on the N2EYH-L node.
  (Stu, WA2BSS)

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


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/EX

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 
Office.

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 
information. And with that, please keep in mind the young ham who
was practicing the violin in the living room while his father was 
trying to read in the den. The family dog was lying in the den, and 
as the screeching sounds of little Harold's violin reached his ears, 
he began to howl loudly. The father listened to the dog and the vio-
lin as long as he could. Then he jumped up, slammed his paper to the 
floor and yelled above the noise, "For Pete's sake, can't you play 
something the dog doesn't know?!"

73,
This week's ANS Editor,
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
K9JKM at amsat dot org





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