[amsat-bb] ANS-145 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Lee McLamb ku4os at cfl.rr.com
Sun May 25 07:33:05 UTC 2014


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:

* SPROUT microsatellite launched with SSTV and digitalker
* 2014 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Nominations Deadline Approaching
* New launch date for UKube-1
* Dayton Satellite Demonstrations Videos
* 2015 NASA Aeronautics Scholarships
* NASA History Program Office Fall 2014 Internships

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ANS-145 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 145.01
May 25, 2014
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SPROUT microsatellite launched with SSTV and digitalker

SPROUT is a 7.1 kg microsatellite launched on the JAXA ALOS-2 mission
on May 24th from Tanegashima Space Center, Japan to a 654km sun
synchronous orbit.

This satellite is a project of Nihon University and includes some 
amateur radio payloads and experiments, including CW telemetry, an FM
digipeater, digitalker and message box, and live and preloaded SSTV 
Nihon University enjoyed previous success with SEEDS-II, aka CO-66.

SPROUT Preliminary TLE
1 00000U 14001A   14144.15426352  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0 10
2 00000 097.8740 241.6133 0035980 058.6810 194.6458 14.85960816 15

Callsign: JQ1ZJQ
Size:     214x210x220 mm
Weight:   7.1 kg
Mode: 1200bps AFSK, 9600bps GMSK
CW downlink          437.525 MHz
FM packet downlink   437.525 MHz
Digi-peater uplink   437.600 MHz
Digi-talker downlink 437.600 MHz
SSTV downlink        437.600 MHz

Telemetry software can be found at

[ANS thanks Mineo, JE9PEL, for the above information]


2014 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Nominations Deadline Approaching

It is time to submit nominations for the upcoming open seats on the 
Board of Directors. A nomination requires either one Member Society or five
current individual members in good standing to nominate an AMSAT-NA member
for Director. Three terms expire normally this year. In addition, a 
forth Director
will be elected for one year to fill the remainder of an unexpired term. 
Up to two
Alternates may be elected for one year terms.

In addition to traditional submissions of written nominations, which 
remains unchanged
and is the preferred method, nominations may be made by electronic 
means. These
include e-mail, FAX, or electronic image of a petition. Electronic 
petitions should be sent
to MARTHA at AMSAT.ORG or faxed to (301) 822-4371. Written nominations, 
of names, calls and individual signatures should be mailed to:
  10605 Concord St,
  #304 Kensington, MD 20895.

No matter what means is used, petitions MUST arrive no later than June 
15th at the
AMSAT-NA office. If the nomination is a traditional written nomination, 
no other action is
required. If it is other than this, i.e. electronic, a verifying 
traditional written petition MUST
be received at the AMSAT-NA office at the above address within 7 days 
following the close
of nominations on June 15th.


Please note the new mailing and FAX instructions.

[ANS thanks Alan, WA4SCA, AMSAT Corporate Secretary, for the above 


New launch date for UKube-1

The CubeSat UKube-1 will be launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on a 
Russian Soyuz-2-1b
Fregat-M rocket which has Meteor-M 2 as the primary payload. The new 
planned launch date
for UKube-1 is June 28, 2014 at 15:58:28 UT with separation +9253 s 
Greenwich inertial
(-1859.49, -3817.49, -5581.72) km (912.1, 6027.9, -4426.4) m.s-1 (TBC).

UKube-1 carries a set of AMSAT-UK FUNcube boards (FUNcube-2) providing a 
435/145 MHz
linear transponder and educational telemetry beacon.

Description of UKube-1 from Clyde Space:

UKube-1 is a 3U CubeSat has been designed and manufactured by Clyde 
Space at their high-tech
facility on the West of Scotland Science Park in Glasgow. This CubeSat 
is one of the most
advanced of its kind, the complexity of the spacecraft highlighted by 
the nature of the 6
independent, advanced payloads being flown by the mission. The UKube-1 
mission is the pilot for
a collaborative, national CubeSat programme bringing together UK 
industry and academia to fly
educational packages, test new technologies and carry out new space 
research quickly and

Payloads on UKube-1 include: the first GPS device aimed at measuring 
plasmaspheric space
weather; a camera that will take images of the Earth, and test the 
effect of radiation on space
hardware, using a new generation of imaging sensor; an experiment to 
demonstrate the
feasibility of using cosmic radiation to improve the security of 
communications satellites and
to flight test lower cost electronic systems; an advanced mission 
interface computer to enable
serious number crunching on tiny spacecraft; a high rate S-Band 
transmitter and patch antenna;
an outreach payload that allows school children to interact with the 

UKube-1 communications subsystem:
  Telemetry downlink 145.840 MHz
  FUNcube subsystem beacon 145.915 MHz
  400 mW inverting linear transponder for SSB and CW
         - 435.080 -435.060 MHz Uplink
         - 145.930 -145.950 MHz Downlink
  2401.0 MHz S Band Downlink
  437.425-437.525 MHz UKSEDS myPocketQub Downlink

Other satellites on the Soyuz-2-1b Fregat-M launch are: Meteor-M 2, 
SkySat 2, TechDemoSat 1 (TDS 1),
AISSat 2, Baumanets 2, Relek, DX 1, Venta 1, UKube 1.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


Dayton Satellite Demonstrations Videos

After a very successful set of demonstrations at the Dayton Hamvention,
several videos have been posted to YouTube by some of the operators.
We've gathered some of them together with links from the AMSAT
website for your viewing pleasure.

[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA, for the above information]


2015 NASA Aeronautics Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted for 2015 NASA Aeronautics
Scholarships. The program awards scholarships focused on aeronautical
research and related degree programs at both the undergraduate and
graduate levels. NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
sponsors the program.

Undergraduate students with at least two years of study remaining will
receive up to $15,000 per year for two years and the opportunity to
receive a $10,000 stipend by interning at a NASA research center
during the summer. Graduate students receive up to $46,000 per year
for up to three years, with an opportunity to receive a $10,000
stipend interning at a NASA research center for up to two consecutive
summers. Applicants must be citizens or nationals of the United

Due to the One Stop Shopping Initiative maintenance, the scholarship
application deadline has been extended to June 2, 2014.

Applications should be submitted through the NASA One Stop Shopping
Initiative at https://intern.nasa.gov/. Applicants should be sure to
select "scholarships" for the type of application.

[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message for May 15, 2014 for
the above information]


NASA History Program Office Fall 2014 Internships

The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate
students for fall 2014 internships. The History Program Office
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 needed.
Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential. Experience
with social media is a plus.

Intern projects are flexible. Typical projects include handling a
variety of information requests, writing posts for the NASA history
twitter and Facebook pages, editing historical manuscripts, doing
research and writing biographical sketches, and identifying and
captioning photos.

Fall 2014 internship applications are due June 1, 2014.

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 the NASA Education Express Message for May 15, 2014]


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,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org

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