[ans] ANS-204 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin - AMSAT Partners with UMaine's Wise-Net Lab to Develop Maine's First Small Satellite

Paul Stoetzer n8hm at arrl.net
Wed Jul 22 18:10:35 UTC 2020


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ANS-204

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* AMSAT Partners with UMaine's WiSe-Net Lab to Develop Maine's First
Small Satellite

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-204
ANS-204 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 204.01
 From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE July 22, 2020
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-204.01

AMSAT Partners with UMaine's WiSe-Net Lab to Develop Maine's First
Small Satellite

The University of Maine Wireless Sensing Laboratory (WiSe-Net Lab) and
AMSAT have signed an agreement to collaborate on building and
operating MESAT1, Maine’s first small satellite, to be launched in
space in the next three years.

MESAT1 is Maine's first CubeSat — one of 18 small research satellites
selected by NASA to carry auxiliary payloads into space between 2021–
23. It is part of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative that provides
opportunities for nanosatellite science and technology payloads built
by universities, schools and nonprofit organizations to ride share on
space launches.

UMaine’s WiSe-Net Lab, established in 2005, is involved in aerospace
and space research. The lab was founded by Ali Abedi, KB1VJV,
assistant vice president for research and director of the Center for
Undergraduate Research. Lab researchers have developed the first
wireless sensor network for NASA’s lunar habitation project and
launched wireless leak-detection to the International Space station.

The MESAT1 initiative will enable K–12 students and teachers in Maine
to access space data for educational and research purposes, and
encourage students to pursue STEM careers.

AMSAT will provide a Linear Transponder Module (LTM) along with
integration and operational support for MESAT1. AMSAT's LTM
incorporates a VHF/UHF telemetry beacon, command receiver, and linear
transponder. It will be available for radio amateurs worldwide to use
when the satellite is commissioned.

AMSAT President Clayton Coleman, W5PFG, celebrated the announcement.
"This is a great day for AMSAT and UMaine's Wise-Net Lab. This
partnership is a true win-win for both education and the amateur radio
community. The collaborative effort under AMSAT's engineering and
operations teams has once again succeeded to bring another opportunity
to AMSAT."

[ANS thanks AMSAT and UMaine's WiSe-Net Lab for the above
information]

/EX

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This week's ANS Contributing Editor,

Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
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