[ans] ANS-348 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Lee McLamb ku4os at cfl.rr.com
Sun Dec 14 01:24:52 UTC 2014


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-348

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Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space
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In this edition:

* SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station
* Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
* OSCAR Number for DESPATCH
* UWE-3 CubeSat Update
* Send your code into space with astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI



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ANS-348 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 348.01
 From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
December 14, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-348.01


SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station

The Russian ARISS team members plan to activate SSTV from the ISS on
Thursday December 18 and Saturday December 20, 2014.

Expected SSTV mode will be PD180 on 145.800 MHz with 3 minute off
periods between transmissions. A total of 12 different photos will be
sent during the operational period.

Start time would be around 14:20 UTC on December 18 and 12:40 UTC on
December 20. The transmissions should terminate around 21:30 UTC each
day.

For ongoing information visit the ARISS SSTV Blogspot
http://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/

Also, the full set of archived SSTV images are located at:
http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php

Those that receive images can upload to the above link. The best of
the best uploads may make it to the blog.

SpaceX CRS-55 will be launching this week and delays in the launch could
adjust SSTV operational times.

[ANS Thanks Gaston ON4WF, ARISS-Europe chairman, for the above
information]


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Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Istituto Tecnico Statale Economico e Tecnologico "Elena di Savoia" -- "
Piero Calamandrei", Bari, Italy, direct via IZ7EVR and State Technical
Institute of Technology Alessandro Volta, Bitonto, Italy, direct via IZ7EVR
Contact is presently scheduled to be with IRØISS
Contact is a go for: Mon 2014-12-15 15:18:40 UTC 44 deg

Yekaterinburg, Russia, direct via TBD
Contact is presently scheduled to be with RSØISS
Contact is a go for Sun 2014-12-21 11:55 UTC (primary) or Sun 2014-12-21
13:00 UTC (backup)

Kursk, Russia, direct via TBD
Contact is presently scheduled to be with RSØISS
Contact is a go for Thu 2014-12-24 TBD UTC

Kursk, Russia, direct via TBD
Contact is presently scheduled to be with RSØISS
Contact is a go for Fri 2014-12-25 TBD UTC

ARISS is always glad to receive listener reports for the above contacts.
ARISS thanks everyone in advance for their assistance. Feel free to send
your reports to aj9n at amsat.org or aj9n at aol.com.

For US schools, just a reminder that proposals for hosting an ARISS
contact are due December 15, 2014.

[ANS thanks Charlie, AJ9N, for the above information]


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OSCAR Number for DESPATCH

Prof. Akihiro Kubota of the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan has informed
AMSAT-NA of the successful launch on December 3 of deep space probe 
DESPATCH.

One important mission for DESPATCH is an experiment in what is called
"cooperative diversity communication." In this experiment, an attempt 
will be
made to collect signals from the spacecraft received not only at the ground
station in Tokyo, but also at many ham radio stations around the world. 
This is
in order to reconstruct the original data from the spacecraft.

Reception of such weak signals to reconstruct data from the spacecraft will
require the expertise of exceptionally skilled ham operators. The 
builders are
thereby providing a rare opportunity to receive radio signals 
transmitted by a
spacecraft in deep space, and ask for cooperation radio amateurs around the
world in the project.

Initially, it was expected that the spacecraft would last only a few 
days but
now it appears that this assessment was pessimistic with a longer life now
expected..

Since DESPATCH appears to have met all of the requirements for an OSCAR 
number,
including IARU coordination, I hereby with the authority vested in me be 
the
AMSAT-NA President, do confer on DESPATCH, the OSCAR number Fuji OSCAR 
81 or
FO-81.

I use the Fuji designation in recognition of the long history of 
contributions
the Japanese have made to Amateur Radio satellites.

I trust that Fuji OSCAR-81's mission will be successful and much 
valuable date
collected.

73,
William (Bill) Tynan, W3XO
OSCAR Number Administrator

Further information about the Cooperative Data Reconstruction project 
can be
found at the link below.

http://despatch.artsat.jp/en/Cooperative_Data_Reconstruction

[ANS thanks Bill, W3XO, for the above information]


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UWE-3 CubeSat Update

UWE-3 was launched with FUNcube-1 on November 21, 2013, the team says 
they will
now be temporarily ending operations.

Today, more than one year after launch, there will be a temporary end of
operations caused by the end of funding.

However, UWE-3 is in a very good health condition with fully charged 
batteries
and operations may be continued depending on future research plans.

Without any reception from ground, UWE-3 will carry out a warm reset 
every four
days and switch regularly between the redundant on-board processors and 
radios.
Therefore, UWE-3 will switch back to its nominal frequency of 437.385 MHz.

Nevertheless we appreciate the extensive support we received from the HAM
amateurs in the past and hope that also in the future the status of 
UWE-3 will
be monitored with your support, like you did so many times in the past 
year.
Thank you so much for the very helpful cooperation in this respect!

UEW-3 News
http://www7.informatik.uni-
wuerzburg.de/forschung/space_exploration/projects/uwe_3/uwe_3_news/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


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Send your code into space with astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI

Leading UK space organisations have joined forces with UK Astronaut Tim 
Peake
KG5BVI and Raspberry Pi to offer students a chance to devise and code 
their own
apps or experiment to run in space. Two Raspberry Pi computers are 
planned to be
flown to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of Tim's 6 month 
mission
and both will be connected to a new "Astro Pi" board, loaded with a host of
sensors and gadgets.

Launched December 10 at an event held by the UK Space Agency, the Astro Pi
competition will be officially opened at the BETT conference (January 
21-24) and
will be open to all primary and secondary school aged children who are 
resident
in the United Kingdom. The competition will be supported by a comprehensive
suite of teaching resources that are being developed by ESERO-UK and 
Raspberry
Pi.

During his mission to the ISS, Tim Peake KG5BVI plans to deploy the 
Astro Pi
computers in a number of different locations on board the ISS. He will 
then load
up the winning code whilst in orbit, set them running, collect the data
generated and then download this to Earth where it will be distributed 
to the
winning teams.

Speaking at the Astro Pi launch event, Dr David Parker, Chief Executive 
of the
UK Space Agency, also revealed that the UK Space Agency has been given a £2
million programme, as part of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, to support
further outreach activities around Tim's mission, particularly to help 
inspire
interest in STEM subjects.

Tim Peake KG5BVI said I'm really excited about this project, born out of 
the
cooperation among UK industries and institutions. There is huge scope 
for fun
science and useful data gathering using the Astro Pi sensors on board the
International Space Station. This competition offers a unique chance for 
young
people to learn core computing skills that will be extremely useful in 
their
future. It's going to be a lot of fun!

To help students on their way in developing their code, five inspirational
themes have been devised to stimulate creativity and scientific 
thinking. The
themes are Spacecraft Sensors, Satellite Imaging, Space Measurements, Data
Fusion and Space Radiation.

In the primary school age category, teams will be asked to devise and 
describe
an original idea for an experiment or application which can be conducted 
on the
Astro Pi by Tim during his mission. The two best submissions will get the
opportunity to work with the Astro Pi team to interpret their ideas and 
the team
at the Raspberry Pi Foundation will then code them ready for flight on 
the ISS.

In the secondary school age group, the competition will be run across 
three age
categories, one for each of Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 (in England and Wales, 
and
their equivalent ages in Scotland and Northern Ireland). In the first 
phase,
competitors can submit their ideas for experiments and applications. At 
least
the best 50 submissions in each age category will win a Raspberry Pi 
computer
and an Astro Pi board on which to code their idea. In phase 2, all teams 
will
develop code based on their original concept and two winning teams will be
selected in each age category. The winning teams' code will be readied for
flight by the Raspberry Pi Foundation and CGI.

As well as having their code uploaded to the ISS, all winning teams will 
each
receive a class set of Raspberry Pi and Astro Pi boards, meet the Astro 
Pi team
and participate in a winners event during Tim's flight.

In addition to the main prizes, each of the UK space companies 
supporting the
project have offered a prize. These prizes will be awarded to the best
submission associated with each of the themes, across the age ranges.

ESERO-UK and Raspberry Pi are developing a comprehensive suite of teaching
resources to link to the curriculum and assist teachers of STEM subjects in
engaging their students in the competition. As well as explaining how to 
use and
write code for the Astro Pi and its sensors, the resources will provide a
context for the Astro Pi in the curriculum and link to teaching subjects 
and
areas.

The first two resources of the series are available now in the National 
STEM
Centre eLibrary and the rest will follow.

Launching the Astro Pi computers, and consequently the successful 
implementation
and completion of this competition is subject to nominal progress 
through the
ESA integration programme and operations on-board the ISS.

BBC TV News: Astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI invites Raspberry Pi challenge
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30415207

Astro Pi: Your code in space http://astro-pi.org/

[ANS thanks the UK Space Agency for the above information]


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This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
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