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America, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS 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 satellites.

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******************** AMSAT 2006 Space Symposium **************************

The AMSAT web team has posted informational pages on the AMSAT web site.
You can find the announcement with many links at:

Details of the Space Symposium Call for Papers can be viewed at:


In this edition:

* EaglePedia is Now Open
* SSETI Moon Orbiter - Call for Proposals
* University of Illinois Provides Details of ION Cubesat
* AMSAT-UK Colloquium Draws ESA Support
* Final Reminder - ARISS and AO-51 Field Day Configurations
* AMSAT Awards This Week
* AMSAT Store Has New Items
* ARISS Status for the Week of June 12, 2006
* Multiple Cubesat Mission Launch Now Set for July 26

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-169.01
EaglePedia is Now Open

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 169.01
June 18, 2006
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This week AMSAT EAGLE Project Manager Jim Sanford, WB4GCS, announced
that EaglePedia is now open for general use.

EaglePedia is the communication medium used by the EAGLE developers,
and is now accessible to all AMSAT members.  A basic principle of the
EAGLE project is open design, so Jim made the decision to open access
to the EAGLE development effort once EaglePedia, a new effort itself,
was judged to be ready for general use.

"The entire Eagle team has been enthusiastically supportive of openness
to the members," said Jim.  "We are excited to give all AMSAT members the
opportunity to understand and to follow the design process of the various
satellite components and systems".

Emily Clarke, N1DID has developed and customized the EaglePedia appli-
cation using the MediaWiki software engine that was developed for Wiki-
pedia. "I'd like to thank Emily for all her efforts.  She has adapted
the wiki product to our needs, educated the illiterati (mostly me) and
added functions to make it easier for us to use.  EaglePedia would not
be the tool that it is, without tremendous effort on Emily's part, and
I am extremely grateful for all her work."

All major decisions about the space craft and their supporting document-
ation will be available through the site.  Although only EAGLE team
members will have the ability to comment on what is posted there, all
will be able to see them.

Jim notes that, "There will be some areas of the site that are available
only for internal EAGLE team communications during the preliminary
development stages.  I have made this decision to allow unfettered
communications among the team during the early phases of concept refinement
and design.  Once peer review of a design is complete, the initial design,
peer review comments, the resolution of those comments, and the revised and
approved designs will all be available to AMSAT members."

Jim, the entire EAGLE team, and AMSAT President Rick Hambly encourage
everyone interested in amateur satellites to take advantage of this 'new
way of working' and to follow the EAGLE design process and developments.
"We are excited about offering the unprecedented access into EAGLE's
development.  I fully expect this approach to enhance the EAGLE design
process and improve overall product quality", said Rick.

EaglePedia can be accessed via the AMSAT.org front page using the EAGLE
link in the 'Quick Access to Project Pages:' section in the top right of
the page.

Welcome to open satellite design.

[ANS thanks Jim, WB4GCS for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-169.02
SSETI Moon Orbiter - Call for Proposals

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 169.02
June 18, 2006
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The SSETI Association - Student Space Exploration & Technology
Initiative, together with ESA - the European Space Agency, have
just published a Call for Proposals for a Moon orbiter mission
planned for launch around 2011.

The call is open to any University student or team from one of the ESA
member states or one of the ESA cooperating states. The SSETO ESEO pro-
ject, which is currently underway, already has at least three radio
amateur students involved in addition to the AMSAT-UK team so it would
be exciting if amateurs could become involved with the new lunar project.

The ESMO spacecraft would be launched in 2011 as an auxiliary payload
into a highly elliptical, low inclination Geostationary Transfer Orbit
(GTO) on the new Arianespace Support for Auxiliary Payloads (ASAP) by
either Ariane 5 or Soyuz from Kourou. From GTO, the 200 kg spacecraft
would use its on-board propulsion system for lunar transfer, lunar orbit
insertion and orbit transfer to its final low altitude polar orbit
around the Moon.

A 10 kg miniaturised suite of scientific instruments (also to be provided
by student teams) would perform measurements during the lunar transfer
and lunar orbit phases. The core payload would be a high-resolution narrow
angle CCD camera for optical imaging of lunar surface. Optional payload
items being considered include a sub-surface sounding radar for polar
ice detection, and a Cubesat subsatellite for precision gravity field
mapping via accurate ranging of the subsatellite from the main spacecraft.

Two different propulsion designs are being studied in parallel by the
 + one based on a hybrid solid/liquid propulsion system
 + one relying upon solar electric propulsion.

The deadline for submission of proposals to the SSETI association is
15th August 2006.  The full document is available for download from the
http://www.sseti.net website. This gives full details of the planned
mission, its scientific aims and communications needs.

[ANS thanks Graham, G3VZV for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-169.03
University of Illinois Provides Details of ION Cubesat

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 169.03
June 18, 2006
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Purvesh Thakker, the Program Manager of the Illinois Observing
Nanosatellite (ION), provided additional details of this cubesat
which will be launched on June 28, 2006.

The University of Illinois is looking for amateur radio operators
who can listen for ION's beacon, which will begin transmission on
437.505 Mhz immediately after launch.  The beacon is sent in plain
text over AX.25 every 5 minutes. A TNC in monitoring in connection-
less mode should be able to copy the beacon.  Send beacon reports
to cubesat@ece.uiuc.edu with your name/location, any data that you
receive, time of contact, and signal strength.

The ION cubesat's scientific mission includes:
 + An experiment to measure oxygen airglow emissions from the
   Earth's Mesosphere to helps scientists understand how energy
   transfers across large regions of the atmosphere.

 + A new MicroVacuum Arc Thruster (AT) with high dynamic range.
   This will provide the satellite with a versatile low mass sat-
   ellite propulsion system capable of lateral movement and finely
   controlling attitude.

 + Testing of a new utilizing a Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS)
   processor that is radiation hardened through system design

 + Testing of a small CMOS camera for Earth imaging.

 + Testing of ground based attitude stabilization.

Interested amateurs are invited to subscribe to a low volume ION
e-mail list by sending a message to:

The ION website can be found at: http://cubesat.ece.uiuc.edu

[ANS thanks Purvesh Thakker for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-169.04
AMSAT-UK Colloquium Draws ESA Support

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 169.04
June 18, 2006
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AMSAT-UK's 2006 Colloquium, which is to be held from 28-30th July at
the University of Surrey, Guildford, has attracted the support of the
European Space Agency (ESA). The ESA Education Office have confirmed
that they will support the Colloquium by sponsoring the travel and
accommodation costs for up to five university students so that they
can attend and present at the meeting.

This opportunity is open to any University student presently studying
in one of the ESA member states or one of the ESA cooperating states.
Students who are interested in applying for this sponsorship should
urgently contact Tor.Viscor@esa.int giving their details and information
about their proposed paper.

Additionally ESA have approved the attendance of Neil Melville - the
SSETI Express project co-ordinator. Neil will be giving a full report
on the SSETI Express experience and the "Knowledgebase" that has been
created as a result. He will also be discussing the establishment of an
internet linked World-wide network of University and radio amateur
groundstations to help support future launches of satellites in the
amateur satellite service.

AMSAT-UK is very pleased to receive this support from ESA as this will
further assist towards promoting the synergistic relationships that
already exist between the two groups of space enthusiasts.

Also at the Colloquium, AMSAT-UK and the next SSETI "Student Space
Exploration & Technology Initiative" satellite project - ESEO will pro-
vide additional information about the AMSAT-UK payload, a linear 60 kHz
wide transponder for the satellite.

The transponder will be a single Mode U/S device and will incorporate
a STELLA SDR processor to provide the best possible system performance
for all uplinked signals. The transponder is also expected to provide
telecommand and telemetry facilities for mission controllers immediately
after launch and before the planned earth pointing attitude has been
achieved. It will also include a 400bps telemetry beacon.

Full details of the 2006 Colloquium and the online booking form can be
found at http://www.uk.amsat.org/Colloquium/

The ESA website has the latest details of the SSETI-ESEO project at:

[ANS thanks Graham G3VZV for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-169.05
Final Reminder - ARISS and AO-51 Field Day Configurations

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 169.05
June 18, 2006
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The ARISS Phase 2 station aboard the International Space Station
will be configured in crossband repeater mode--437.800 MHz up and
145.800 MHz down for Field Day.  Is is being requested that **ONLY**
low-power (QRP) Earth stations access the system. The definition of
a QRP station for this activation will be the same criteria that AMSAT
is using for its QRP operations on ECHO (AO-51) for Field Day.

Next, starting on June 19 AO-51 will be in the Field Day Configuration
to give stations time to test their gear before the June 24-25 event.

         FM Repeater ON  - Uplink   145.920 mHz FM with 67 hz Tone
                           Downlink 435.300 mHz FM

         QRP Repeater ON - Uplink   145.880 mHz FM, QRP Power Limits
                           Downlink 435.150 mHz FM

To attempt to keep this simple a low power station will be defined as a
station which can deliver no more than 10 watts to a vertical or
handheld antenna. Some examples of Low Power Stations:

1. Using an HT (barefoot, no amplifier) with 10 watts or less output
into any type of vertical whip antenna (rubber duck, etc) or handheld
beam antenna (arrow type).

2. Using a mobile station with 10 watts or less output into car mounted
mobile whip antenna(s).

3. Using a base station at 10 watts output into a vertical Omni
directional antenna on the side of the house.

Examples that are **NOT** Low Power Stations:
1.  Any type of high gain beam antenna, KLM, M2, Cushcraft, etc.

2.  Any station transmitting over 10 watts into any type of antenna.

The crossband repeater should be activated Thursday, June 22 (late in
the crew day) so ground operators can have a chance to practice with
their QRP setups and learn how best to deal with the Doppler on the
uplink. It will be deactivated on Monday as required for the docking of
the Progress cargo supply ship.

If Jeff Williams (KD5TVQ) and/or Pavel Vinogradov (RV3BS) do get a
chance to talk on the radio, they will be using the crossband repeater
mode and will be giving "NA1SS, 1 Alpha, ISS" or "RS0ISS, 1Alpha, ISS"

REMINDER - Contacts through the ISS crossband repeater count as a
satellite contact for Field Day bonus points, but contacts with the crew
do not count for Field Day satellite bonus points.

[ANS thanks Ken, N5VHO and the AO-51 Command Team for the above


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-169.06
AMSAT Awards This Week

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 169.06
June 18, 2006
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Bruce, KK5DO wearing his AMSAT Director Contests and Awards hat says
this week, congratulations go out to all of the following:

We would like to welcome the following to the satellite community.
They have made their first satellite contact and are now members of the
AMSAT Satellite Communicators Club:

 + Edward Chuang, BX1AD
 + Robert Wyckoff, KB3MBO
 + Karn Suwanrat, E20ZFD

Zachary Schrempp, KM7I, is awarded the W4AMI Award #44.

To see all the awards visit http://www.amsat.org.

[ANS thanks Bruce, KK5DO for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-169.07
AMSAT Store Has New Items

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 169.07
June 18, 2006
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Bruce, KK5DO wearing his AMSAT Online Store Manager hat invites all
to visit the AMSAT Online Store to take a look at some of the new

Bruce says, "We have added the 2006 edition of the AMSAT Shirts and
Caps as well as the newly updated 'Getting Started With Amateur
Satellites 2006' publication. Are you into patches and decals? There
is a new Eagle patch and decal."

Besides these new items, you can also apply for your AMSAT awards online
and join or renew your AMSAT membership.

The online store is for you, we welcome any comments or suggestions.
Go to http://www.amsat-na.com/categories.php to enter the store.

[ANS thanks Bruce, KK5DO for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-169.08
ARISS Status for the Week of June 12, 2006

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 169.08
June 18, 2006
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1.	New Jersey Contact Successful
The re-scheduled ARISS contact with Salt Brook Elementary School, an
ARRL Big Project school in New Providence, New Jersey, was successfully
completed on June 5. Ten students asked twelve questions of astronaut
Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ, as approximately 600 students, teachers and
parents witnessed the event.  The New Providence Amateur Radio Club
(NPARC) assisted with the radio contact.

2.	NASA Explorer School Contact Successful
Scarlett Middle School experienced an ARISS contact on June 6. Scarlett,
a NASA Explorer School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is attended by approx-
imately 600 students in grades 6 - 8. During the contact, thirteen
students asked one question each of Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ.  Students,
teachers, parents, school administrators and representatives from the
Ann Arbor Board of Education and Congressman John Dingell痴 office
attended the event, as did NASA Aerospace Education Specialist Jim
Fitzgerald. Media coverage included the Ann Arbor News, whose article
may be found on the web. See:

3.	Upcoming School Contact
The European Space Center Camp in Transinne, Belgium had a contact with
the ISS on Tuesday, June 13 at 13:39 UTC.  This was a telebridge contact
via the station, W6SRJ, in Santa Rosa, California.  Approximately 100
children, ages 8 18, from several European countries, attend the camp
for 5 days each week.

4.	School Selection Committee Meeting Held
The ARISS Educational Outreach/School Selection Committee Meeting was
held on Thursday, June 8. A new volunteer, Rita Wright, KC9CDL, has
joined ARISS.  She was the first teacher to have a contact with the
ISS and will be reviewing and helping teachers select lesson plans for
the classroom. This and other topics of discussion may be found in the
meeting minutes, which have been posted to the ARISS website.
See: http://www.rac.ca/ariss/arissschm.htm

5.	ARISS Member Receives Silver Snoopy Award
On Thursday, June 8, Bill McArthur, KC5ACR, presented ISS Ham Project
Engineer Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, with a Silver Snoopy award for his
hard work and dedication to the ARISS program during Expedition 12.
The pin flew on McArthur痴 first mission, STS-58, Columbia, in 1993.
Congratulations Kenneth!

[ANS thanks Carol, KB3LKI for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-169.09
Multiple Cubesat Mission Launch Now Set for July 26

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 169.09
June 18, 2006
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Roland Coelho, the CubeSat Acting Launch Coordinator at the California
Polytechnic State University reports via the CubeSat mailing list that
Kosmotras has recently notified the CubeSat teams that the DNEPR-1
launch has been officially postponed to July 26th with a reserve date
of July 27th.  The delay is due to a technical problem experienced during
launch vehicle preparation.

The approximate three week delay will be used to prepare a backup launch
vehicle.  The delay will also effect the date of P-POD integration which
means the satellites will be integrated with the launch vehicle starting
some time around July 14th.

The CubeSat project is a collaboration between California Polytechnic
State University-San Luis Obispo and Stanford University's Space Systems
Development Laboratory.

[ANS thanks Roland Coelho at Cal Poly 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 additional benefits.
Application forms are available from the AMSAT Office.

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