[amsat-bb] ANS-279 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

E.Mike McCardel mccardelm at gmail.com
Sat Oct 5 18:30:05 PDT 2013


The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and infor-
mation service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite
Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space
including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur
Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building,
launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio

The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur
Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
ans-editor at amsat.org.

In this edition:

* AMSAT SYMPOSIUM - Procrastinator ALERT!!
* Space News in October CQ Magazine
* Cubesat Spaceport Coming to Jacksonville, Florida
* AMSAT-DL Satellite Symposium
* Two Ham Astronauts Depart NASA
* High altitude Ham Radio balloon to study comets
* Amateur Satellites in World Radio Online
* AMSAT Journal Call for Articles
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-279 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 279.01
DATE October 6, 2013
BID: $ANS-279.01

AMSAT SYMPOSIUM - Procrastinator ALERT!!

The 2013 AMSAT Space Symposium & Annual General Meeting will be held
November 1-3, 2013 at the Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport

Some important deadlines loom.

The cutoff date for hotel reservations is Oct 16, 2013.

Reservations for the Marriott at Hobby can be made at the following
link http://tinyurl.com/kz26tk9 or by calling 713-943-7979
Ask For The AMSAT Block or Use the Code AMSAMSA

Registration for the Symposium continues for $45.00
At the door registration is $55.00.
Registration includes a copy of the Proceedings.

Symposium Registration can be made at the AMSAT Store

Don't forget the Saturday Evening Banquet, $45.00 and the Sunday
morning Area Coordinators' Breakfast, $15.00

For the most up to date information visit the 2013 ASMAT Symposium
website page.

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]


Space News in October CQ Magazine

The October, 2013 CQ Magazine includes news of interest to the amateur
satellite world. Ham Radio News on page 2 reports on AMSAT's filing
for clarification on the status of amateur satellites under new US
Government regulations. VHF Plus columnist Joe Lynch, N6CL discusses
the filing in more detail on page 89.

Other news of amateur radio in space in this issue include:

+ News of the HamTV transmitter launched to the ISS is covered on page

+ OSCAR 7 gets mention on page 2.

+ Video from the NASA Cubesat workshop on page 90.

+ The 2013 AMSAT Space Symposium in Houston is mentioned on page 91.

[ANS thanks CQ Magazine for the above information]


Cubesat Spaceport Coming to Jacksonville, Florida

NASA awards first CubeSat-class launch services contract (30
September 2013) NASA has selected Generation Orbit Launch Services
Inc., of Atlanta, Ga., to provide a CubeSat-class launch via the NASA
Launch Services Enabling eXploration and Technology (NEXT) contract.

NEXT is an element of a strategic initiative led by NASA's Launch
Services Program (LSP), focused on assuring long-term launch services
while also promoting the continued evolution of the U.S. commercial
space launch market.

The NEXT launch service will deliver three 3U-configuration CubeSats
to a 264-mile orbit via a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-
licensed launch aboard Generation Orbit's GOLauncher 2 rocket in
August 2016 from Cecil Field Spaceport in Jacksonville, Fla.

NEXT is a pathfinder contract for future acquisitions of launch
services for low-cost and/or high-risk tolerant payloads.  It sets
the groundwork for LSP to utilize different contracting strategies
that tailor the spectrum of government insight and approval based on
the risk tolerance of the spacecraft.  The total cost value for the
NEXT launch service is approximately $2.1 million.  This new contract
resulted from a competitive award set-aside for small businesses only.

GOLauncher 2 will launch CubeSats as the primary payload via the
NEXT contract due to their ability to tolerate the higher risk of a
new nano-class rocket while also helping to provide additional
opportunities for the many CubeSats awaiting launch opportunities
under NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI).

[ANS thanks NASA for the above information]


AMSAT-DL Satellite Symposium

The AMSAT-DL satellite symposium and AGM will be held in Bochum,
Germany on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

The AMSAT Deutschland Facebook page says
“There will be certainly some exciting news!”

The radome of the amateur radio facility at Bochum houses an
impressive 20 metre dish antenna that was used to bounce amateur
radio signals off the planet Venus.

The AMSAT-DL Symposium lecture schedule

Saturday 05.10.2013

10:15 – 10:30 Welcome

10:30 – 11:15 Stereo A / B status and Turbo Code introduction,
experience report by Mario Lorenz, DL5MLO

11:15 – 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 – 12:15 Asteroid Defense by Wolfgang Wittholt, Fernuni Hagen

12:15 – 12:45 Space Generantion Advisory Council (SGAC) Small
Satellite Project Group (SSPG) presentation and objectives by Dennis

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 Current and new projects / project progress / etc then an
official part of the AGM with elections.

AMSAT-DL event announcement


[ANS thanks Southgate ARN for the above information]


Two Ham Astronauts Depart NASA

NASA astronauts Gregory E. Chamitoff, KD5PKZ and Ronald J. Garan
KF5GPO are leaving the agency. Chamitoff is joining the faculty of
Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and the University of
Sydney in Australia. Garan will work on a range of new
entrepreneurial and humanitarian efforts.

"Greg and Ron will certainly be missed by the Astronaut Office,"
said Bob Behnken, KE5GGX, NASA's chief astronaut. "Greg's passion
for sharing the spaceflight experience will serve him well as he
begins a new adventure in academia and continues to inspire the next
generation of innovators and explorers. I'll miss Ron both as a
contributor to our office and as a classmate. The entire office is
grateful for their service to NASA."

Chamitoff began his 18-year NASA career in 1995 as a space shuttle
guidance and control officer in mission control at the agency's
Johnson Space Center in Houston.
He was selected as an astronaut in 1998.

He flew in space twice, in 2008 as a flight engineer and science
officer for Expeditions 17 and 18 aboard the International Space
Station, and as
a mission specialist during STS-134 in 2011, the penultimate shuttle
mission. During his most recent mission, Chamitoff participated in
two spacewalks to complete assembly of the International Space
Station, taking part in the installation of the Alphamagnetic
Spectrometer. He has spent more than 198 days in space.

Garan, who joined the agency in 2000, is ending a 13-year NASA
career that included more than 178 days in space and four spacewalks.
Garan flew in space twice, first in 2008 as a space shuttle Discovery
mission specialist on STS-124, and again in 2011 aboard the
International Space Station as a flight engineer for Expeditions 27
and 28. Garan retired from the Air Force as a colonel in 2009 after
25 years of service. He has logged more than 5,000 flight hours in
more than 30 aircraft types. He recently served within NASA’s Open
Government Initiative.

For Chamitoff's biography, visit:

For Garan's biography, visit:

For information about NASA and agency programs, visit:

EDITOR's NOTE: Due the the U.S. Governmaent shut down the above
links may not work until which time governmaent services are restored.

[ANS thanks Southgate ARN for the above information]


High altitude Ham Radio balloon to study comets

An amateur radio balloon operating on 145.765 MHz will be launched
on Sunday from Bangalore, India

The National Institute of Amateur Radio, Hyderabad with Dhruva
Space, India's first small satellite start-up, is supporting the
Indian Institute of Astrophysics with its high altitude balloon
campaign to study the comet ISON.

The Helium filled balloon plans to launch on September 29, 2013 in
the early morning from the Hoskote campus of the Indian Institute of
Astrophysics, Bangalore.

The payload will carry a 145.765 MHz APRS packet radio transmitter
and a GPS GSM tracker, both of these are extremely important in
keeping track of the balloon in flight, as it rises up to 40 km
reaching the upper stratosphere. NIAR are extensively involved in the
efforts of tracing and safely recovery of the payload.

On the afternoon of September 29 there will be a presentation given
on "Amateur Radio For High Altitude Ballooning” by Dhruva Space.
Mr S.Ram Mohan, VU2MYH, Director, National Institute of Amateur
Radio will speak on APRS technologies for tracking.

National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR)

[ANS thanks Southgate ARN for the above information]


Amateur Satellites in WorldRadio Online

The October issue of WorldRadio Online reports on the IARU's
announcement that Fox-1 will operate in Mode U/V with a 435.180-MHz
uplink and a 145.980 downlink. It also links to AMSAT on YouTube's
video taken at the Dayton Hamvention. Other spories covered include
a video link on operating via SO-50, and  a report on the delivery of
the HamTV transmitter to the ISS.

WorldRadio Online is a pay for subscription service.

[ANS thanks WorldRadio Online and CQ Communications, Inc. for the
above information]



Frank, K4FEG received an email from Yuri, UT1FG/mm from port in
Uruguay. He will be leaving port today and he will be sailing SOUTH to
go around the southern tip of South America and will be making port in
Chile. He will be taking on loads in 4 ports in Chile before heading
NORTH towards Panama.

Here is the list of Ports of call for the "SILVER" the ships callsign
is: 5BNC3.

He is expected arrival at San Antonio, Chile is October 14, 2013.

1st port San Antonio/Chile - FF46
2nd port Las Ventanas/Chile - FF47
3rd port Coquimbo/Chile - FG40
4th port Punto Patache - FG49

[ANS thanks Frank, K4FEG for the above information]


AMSAT Journal Call for Articles

The AMSAT Journal is continuously searching for news, articles,
and photos related to all of the activities of amateur radio
in space. In the past this has included satellite development,
satellite history, ground stations, antennas, hardware devel-
opment, software. We find that some items related to SDR, VHF,
UHF, and microwave operating or roving are directly applicable
to satellite operations.

Educational outreach has been identified as a key area which AMSAT
may use to leverage launch opportunities. The Journal welcomes
news, photos, and articles of ARISS contacts, University research
and development, and STEM programs.

Amateur satellite operators have the gear and expertise to also
receive interesting transmissions from non-amateur spacecraft and
EME. Articles discussing how this is done are useful to our readers
discovering they can do more with the station they have built.

The deadlines for each AMSAT Journal, which is published six times
per year, are:

                   ISSUE                DEADLINE
             ---------------------    --------------
             1. January/February       December 20
             2. March/April            February 20
             3. May/June               April 20
             4. July/August            June 20
             5. September/October      August 20
             6. November/December      October 20

Our editors will work with you to finalize your article for publi-
cation. Please send the following:

1. Electronic copy of your article in any of the popular word pro-
   cessing formats (MS-Word, OpenOffice, plain-text Notepad, etc.)
   PDF files containing a custom layout with embedded graphics can-
   not be used.

2. Your text must be single column wide. You do not need to do any
   formatting to make it appear in the 3 column layout of the fin-
   ished magazine. We have to remove all your hard work of pre-
   formatting before publication so save yourself the problems of
   trying to get columns to line up, etc.

3. You may send a copy of your article with the photos where you
   recommend they appear with the text but this is not the version
   that will be published. This gives the editors some cues to
   maintain continuity with photos/captions and text.

4. We require a text-only copy your article. Embedded photos will
   not publish during the layout process. You can leave in a ref-
   erence in the text related to the photo associated with that
   point in your article as shown here:

   ... text ... text ... text ... text ... text ... text ...
   ... text ... text ... text ... text ... text ... text ...

   (Insert Graphic 1234 here)
   Figure 2.  Sample Lorem Ipsum Text

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5. Send a separate text file with the captions to each of the

6. Send photos and graphics as separate files. Use as high resolu-
   tion pixel format as you can. The preferred graphic format for
   the Journal is JPG.

   The Journal can publish additional graphic formats including
   GIF, BMP, and PNG. Contact the editor before submitting these

   Note that a photo which appears nicely on a web page does not
   publish well on the high resolution finished magazine product.
   Photos from digital cameras in mega-pixels work well. You do
   not need to compress or shrink the file for us.

7. If you use printed circuit board software or schematic drawing
   programs we can usually import a PDF copy of the diagram into
   the publishing software. Please do not send PDF formatted copies
   of the article however.

8. We can freely republish papers you have submitted to prior AMSAT
   Symposiums. If you have a good idea that you would like to get
   out the AMSAT Journal is an excellent way to expand your audience.
   We find that 200-300 copies of the Symposium Proceedings are dis-
   tributed. The AMSAT Journal reaches 4000 additional satellite

9. If your article was previously published in another AMSAT organi-
   zation's Journal, or magazine (QST, CQ, CQ VHF, etc.) we will
   work with you to secure the permission to republish your work.

Our Journal editors will be happy to work with you to assist getting
your article published. We can help you develop an idea into a fin-
ished article as well as a ready-to-print submission. Ask us via
e-mail and we can get rolling with your article.

During the preparation process it is quite likely that an editor
working on the article might personally contact you with questions
and suggestions. Those suggestions might include extra pictures or
maybe additional references, keeping in mind that some readers
might not have an extensive background on the topic being discussed.

Send your articles and photo/graphics files as attachments to
e-mail to journal at amsat.org.

[ANS thanks JoAnne, K9JKM for the above information]



+ A Successful contact was made between Sarnelli De Donato Middle
School, Polignano a Mare, Bari, Italy and Astronaut Luca Parmitano,
KF5KDP, using callsign NA1SS. The contact began 2013-09-21 10:03 UTC
and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was telebridged via
W6SRJ. The ARISS Mentor was IKØWGF

"Sarnelli De Donato" School is a middle school. It serves the
educational needs of the town because it is the only middle school in
town. It caters for boys and girls, aged 11-14. Located in one of the
region's tourist areas, it is in the suburbs of the pleasant town of
Polignano a Mare, in the south-east of the APULIA region, south-east
of Italy. In its Curriculum the school focus on: Space Communication,
Media Communication, the Environment, Science activities in lab. The
school has a gym, an auditorium, a music room, two computer rooms, a
new scientific laboratory, a video room, 22 classrooms. At present
there are 526 students on roll and they attend the regular class
daily, from 8.00 am to 1.00 pm.

+ A Successful contact was made between Collège de la Combraille, La
Mouniaude À Chatelguyon,  France, and Astronaut Luca Parmitano ,
KF5KDP, using callsign NA1SS. The contact began 2013-09-28 08:39 UTC
and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was telebridged via
VK5ZAI. The ARISS Mentors were ON4WF and F6ICS.

"Combraille High school is located 4 hours south from Paris in
beautiful Auvergne region. Our students aged 11-15 study non
vocational subjects. Three foreign languages are taught : English,
German an Spain. The school house has a scientific workshop. It
focuses on the yearly launch of a sounding balloon in partnership
with French Center for Space Studies (C.N.E.S.). The school has had
an astronomy club for five years now.

"We have night star gazing sessions, practice sun observations, take
digital pictures of the sun and the stars, experiment measuring
terrestrial meridian ( Eratosthenes experiment ), built a telescope
(Newton type), participate in science fairs and exhibits, organize
sessions for the public of the local area. Our school club has even
sparked off the creation of a local club (Les Astronomes de la
Combraille) We own and use: One DOBSON 250mm telescope, Two NEWTON
115 x 900 mm, One tracking 120 x 1000mm, One Herschel helioscope, One
digital reflex camera, One CCD webcam."

+ A Successful contact was made between Polska Akademia Dzieci
(Polish Academy of Kids), Gdansk,  Poland, and Astronaut Luca
Parmitano KF5KDP using callsign NA1SS. The contact began Sat 2013-10-
05 11:37:33 UTC and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact
was telebridged via W6SRJ. ARISS Mentors were SP3QFE and IN3GHZ

"Language Laboratories, School of Genius (SG), is one of the first
Language schools In Poland (est. in 1968). Till today it is a unique
scientific and educational unit, where each student has individually
designes programme of learning in a foreign language, including
Astronomy, Neuropsychology and Robotics. Classes at SG are
individually prepared for each student (including post- and prenatal
teaching ). Individual programmes include updated ICT tools carefully
adapted to the Ss' interest. Language is only the tool used to

"The Project Polish Academy of Kids is the first university run by
kids on an international scale, where Young Scientists can freely
choose the field of scientific interest. Lecturers are from 6 to 2
years old and examine magnetic levitation, the missing links of
vertebrates' evolution or dogs, cats and stick insects. They decide
about the scope of research and we, adults, only help them with the
technical aspects and show reliable sources of knowledge. We work
under the patronage of Ministry of Science and Education, Patent
Office, Ministry of Education, Jagiellonian University and many
others. For more details visit website: akademiadzieci.edu.pl.

Polish Academy of Kids was nominated the Science Populariser 2011
and 2012 in the contest organised by Science and Scholarship in
Poland (Polish Press Agency and Ministry of Science and Higher
Education) while the co-founders of Polish Academy of Kids were
awarded the Pol-Cul prize for their contribution to children's
development in Poland and wonthe award of distinction for the best
voluntary initiative in Pomerania."

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Scuola Media Statale “Salvo D’Acquisto”, Cesano Maderno,  Italy,
telebridge via VK6MJ
Contact is a go for: Mon 2013-10-07 07:48:49 UTC

S. K. Seri Suria, Bangsar, Selangor,  Malaysia, direct via 9M2RPN
Contact is a go for: Wed 2013-10-09  09:31:14 UTC

Exp.  36/37 on orbit
Fyodor Yurchikhin RN3FI
Karen L. Nyberg
Luca Parmitano  KF5KDP

Exp. 37/38 now on orbit. Welcome aboard!
Oleg Kotov
Sergey Ryazansky
Michael S. Hopkins  KF5LJG

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


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Alan, WA4SCA, reports that the AMSAT News Service is being picked up
and redistributed by the Taiwan Amateur Satellite Association, TAMSAT.

+ The October issue od SatMagazine is now online

+ NASA Mars mission escapes government shutdown, will launch
NASA says it next mission to Mars has been cleared for takeoff amid
fears the U.S. government shutdown could cause it to miss its launch
See http://tinyurl.com/ANS279-Mars for full story

[ANS thanks Mars Daily for the above information]



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

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

This week's ANS Editor,
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org

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