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ANS is a free, weekly, news and information service of AMSAT North
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.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:

*  AMSAT thanks Frank Bauer, KA3HDO and Janet Bauer and the entire   *
*    2009 Symposium Team for a spectacular and inspiring event!      *

In this edition:

* AMSAT Says "We're Going Back to Space"
* AMSAT, IBM, SUNY-Binghamton Announce NextGen CubeSat Development
* Discussions Continue For New AMSAT Lab Site
* Canadian Hams to Share 430-450 MHz With Military System
* AO-51 Operations Schedule Posted
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-291.01
AMSAT Says "We're Going Back to Space"

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 291.01
October 18, 2009
BID: $ANS-291.01

The Board of Directors has adopted the Engineering Task Force 
recommendation that low-cost launch options be immediately pursued. 
The AMSAT engineering team will develop a 1U CubeSat design effective 
immediately. Tony Monteiro, AA2TX, Vice-President of Engineering said, 
"We are recommending an approach that gets AMSAT back up in space with 
new satellites by leveraging the skills and technology we have today."

The new AMSAT CubeSat's initial capability is planned to add to the 
popular low-earth orbit FM transponder fleet allowing hams to continue 
to use their existing handheld and portable antenna systems. This also
allows an accessible entry path for new satellite operators to get 
started. The existing FM satellites are starting to show their age.

The flight version of ARISSat-1 has been developed to fit into the 
CubeSat model. AMSAT's flexible Software Defined Transponder (SDX), 
simplified IHU, power control subsystem, external interfaces to ex-
perimental payloads and cameras will now allow a modular approach to 
mission design using proven subsystems and components. The ARISSat-1 
mission planned in 2010 will be the initial flight test of AMSAT's 
modular satellite.

Here are some of the highlights ...

+ AMSAT will develop comparable AO-51 level of performance packaged 
  into a 1U CubeSat. This includes a U-V transponder, V telemetry, 
  U command receiver, IHU, power control. This can be done with our 
  modular design.

+ This will be a U/V FM Transponder, not done before in a 1U CubeSat, 
  which can be worked with a HT and a simple antenna. CubeSat power 
  limitations are planned to be addressed through research and devel-
  opment of deployable solar-cells.

+ AMSAT will make our open-design satellite modules and technology 
  available for other satellite teams to build into their missions.

+ This new approach will provide a reliable radio link for future 
  CubeSats allowing university teams to concentrate on their scientific

+ The modular nature of the AMSAT CubeSat system will allow add-on 
  missions utilizing several different types of modulation and band-
  width. These can be pursued with future low-cost CubeSat launch 

AMSAT President, Barry Baines, WD4ASW Annual Meeting Powerpoint 
Presentation has been posted at http://www.amsat.org

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Board of Directors for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-291.02
AMSAT, IBM, SUNY-Binghamton Announce NextGen CubeSat Development

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 291.02
October 18, 2009
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AMSAT will work with a university student engineering team to
develop the NextGen Cubesat.

NextGen Program Manager, Alex Harvilchuck, N3NP introduced this new
program at the AMSAT Symposium. Alex revealed program goals and its
initial plans with a paper in the Proceedings and presentations to
the AMSAT Board of Directors and to the attendees during Symposium

NextGen consists of AMSAT volunteer mentors working with IBM Global
Services Systems Engineering Division, and SUNY-Binghamton (also 
called University of Binghamton) senior level engineering students 
participating in their 'capstone' engineering project. 

Alex summarized the NexGen program goals:

+ Intial analysis of ARISSat-1, documenting the systems, and analysis 
  of the lessons learned from ARISSat-1 and other prior spacecraft to
  create a building block architecture for future satellites.

+ Open, modular, evolutionary, and documented design based on this

+ Redesigning the ARISSat-1 Power Systems into a next generation power 
  system using supercapacitors instead of batteries and reducing the 
  footprint of some of the boards.

+ Analysis and modification to the structure to incorporate deployable 
  solar panels with a scalable design that will work for 1U, 2U and 3U 

+ Design a Picosat-class bus structure that AMSAT, or any other Univer-
  sity, can use for 1U, 2U, or 3U CubeSat spacecraft. AMSAT could make 
  the open design available at low-to-no-cost to qualified University 

+ An Engineering Model of the NextGen CubeSat spacecraft bus will be 
  on display at the Dayton Hamvention AMSAT Booth for everyone to 

Alex summarized, "Starting with our initial core team of 34 students,
plus advisers, mentors and volunteers at Binghamton University this
will be an ongoing effort. It is not a one time event, but the start 
of a stable, evolutionary design process that will further STEM (Sci-
ence, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) with the Next Generation 
of engineers and amateur radio operators. We are looking for other 
individuals and University/School teams to participate in all aspects 
of the spacecraft design - RF Systems - Guidance, Navigation, Control 
& Experiment Systems - Power & Structure Systems."

Volunteer mentors are needed! Even if you only have an hour a week, 
you can mentor a student over the phone or you can peer review a 
document that the students are working on. If you have more than an 
hour a week, you can implement a small design change to an existing 
subsystem; you could respin the board layout to meet a reduced form 
factor; you could redesign a module to use different technology.
Contact Alex via e-mail at amsat@elkmtn.org .

AMSAT's Board of Directors has approved the support of the University 
of Binghamton NextGen Cubesat Proposal and agreed to provide $1,200.00 
in immediate funding to the Binghamton Foundation to support student 
expenses and initially budgeted $10,000.00 to cover material costs 
associated with hardware development between September 2009 and May 
2010. The Board will review progress at the end of the first semester.

[ANS thanks Alex, N3NP and AMSAT Board of Directors for the above


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Discussions Continue For New AMSAT Lab Site

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 291.03
October 18, 2009
BID: $ANS-291.03

AMSAT President, Barry Baines, WD4ASW discussed an opportunity under
serious discussions with the University of Florida, Gainesville to
locate AMSAT's satellite laboratory on campus.

Among discussions over the past 12 months, AMSAT has had conversa-
tions with several universities concerning a potential relationship. 
This opportunity arose out of an amateur radio talk given at The 
Villages ARC by Dave, AA4KN and Drew, KO4MA in April. This lead to 
contact with UF's Dr. Norman Fitz-Coy. A Memorandum of Understanding
has been drafted and is currently under review by legal teams. At 
this time there is no timeframe for bringing about a formal conclusion
as the MOU discussions continue and internal UF approval still needed.

Relocating the AMSAT Lab from the 'Eastern Shore' to 'The Swamp' 
offers significant potential:

+ Location on a major university campus in a state-of-the-art building

+ Integrated into a facility focused on small satellite development 
  with clean room installation at the host's expense (not AMSAT)

+ Potential for student projects focused on AMSAT needs

+ Broadening of AMSAT's presence in the wider university community

+ Potential research/development opportunities for AMSAT and AMSAT 

+ Establishing a  program that offers significant traction for 
  education outreach

[ANS thanks AMSAT President, Barry Baines, WD4ASW for the above 


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Canadian Hams to Share 430-450 MHz With Military System

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 291.04
October 18, 2009
BID: $ANS-291.04

Amateur Radio Newsline #1678 reported that Industry Canada has 
informed Radio Amateurs of Canada that it has authorized the 
Department of National Defense to use a digital system called 
Enhanced Position Location Reporting System or EPLRS in the 
430 to 450 MHz shared 70 centimeter band. The EPLRS system 
consists of mobile, fixed, transportable and airborne stations 
that use 5 MHz-wide spread spectrum channels to provide strategic 
telemetry information for military platforms.

This authorization is on a no-protection, non-interference basis, 
which means that no new restrictions will be imposed on Canadian 
amateur operations in this band as a result. Industry Canada says 
that there is a slight chance of minor interference to amateur radio 
systems. Typically in the form of a minor audible clicking noise. If 
Canadian amateurs encounter such interference, they are requested to 
report it by e-mail to Radio Amateurs of Canada at regulatory at 
rac dot ca. The information reported should include the geographical 
location, date, time, frequency and mode being used by the amateur 
station, and a description of theinterference.

[ANS thanks Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1678 and RAC for the
 above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-291.05
AO-51 Operations Schedule Posted

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 291.05
October 18, 2009
BID: $ANS-291.05

The AO-51 command team has posted the operating schedule for the
remainder of October. For the latest Command Team and Operations 
Group news about AO-51 refer to:

October 17 - October 18

FM Repeater, V/U
Uplink: 145.920 MHz FM
Downlink: 435.300 MHz FM

JOTA Only FM Repeater, V/U
Please give way to JOTA stations or QSOs with JOTA stations
Uplink: 145.880 MHz FM
Downlink: 435.150 MHz FM

October 19 - October 25

FM Repeater, V/U
Uplink: 145.920 MHz FM
Downlink: 435.300 MHz FM

9k6 BBS, L/U
Uplink: 1268.700 MHz 9k6 FM
Downlink: 435.150 MHz 9k6 FM

October 26 - November 1

FM Repeater, V/US
Uplink: 145.920 MHz FM
Downlink: 435.300 and 2401.200 MHz FM

[ANS thanks AO-51 Command Team Member Mark, N8MH for the above


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-291.06
Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 291.06
October 18, 2009
BID: $ANS-291.06

+ The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) has a feature story on the 
  ARISS antennas that will be launched to the ISS on STS-129 in mid-
  November and installed on the Columbus module during the mission's 
  second spacewalk.  See:

+ Mineo Wakita, JE9PEL reports that at present FO-29 is only turned
  on once a week over Japan for testing of its power system.

+ Bob, N4HY has uploaded his camera phone pictures from the 2009
  Symposium at http://twitpic.com/photos/rwmcgwier

+ Although EME is a bit off topic, every ham wishes for antennas
  like these. Here is a video from the Echoes of Apollo event:

+ Amateur satellite operators in range of the west coast will have 
  an opportunity to work W6FOG as he sails from San Francisco to 
  Puerto Vallarta departing on 10/19/09.  Neil will be working many 
  of the ocean grids on the way. 

+ Jim, ND9M/VQ9JC is presently deployed on a Navy ship heading for 
  Sumatra on a humanitarian mission with fresh water for the victims 
  of the recent earthquakes there. Jim has been active with his FT897
  (TX) and the FT817 (RX) using an Arrow antenna and a UPS battery 
  for power. He operates from the Helicopter Pad on the ship. JIm 
  says, "There isn't much activity in the Indian Ocean but he is 
  working VU's and E21's and handing out rare water grids!"

+ Hams like science so here are a couple of links to follow.

  National Geographic has a zoomable map of space exploration
  http://books.nationalgeographic.com/map/map-day/index  After
  you close the opening text screen you will see the image zoom
  control in the top right of the page.

  This page contains an embedded video, "Do the Oceans of Jupiter's 
  Europa Harbor Life?"

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


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

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