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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:


In this edition:
* Ares I-X Completes a Successful Flight Test
* Call for Papers
* 500th School Contact
* LUSAT-1 Silent
* ARISS Status

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Ares I-X Completes a Successful Flight Test

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 305.01
November 1, 2009
BID: $ANS-305.01

Ares I-X Completes a Successful Flight Test
NASA's Ares I-X test rocket lifted off Oct. 28, 2009, 
at 11:30 a.m. EDT from Kennedy Space Center in 
Florida for a two-minute powered flight. The flight 
test lasted about six minutes from its launch from the 
newly modified Launch Complex 39B until splashdown of 
the rocket's booster stage nearly 150 miles downrange. 

The 327-foot-tall Ares I-X test vehicle produced 2.6 
million pounds of thrust to accelerate the rocket to 
nearly 3 g's and Mach 4.76, just shy of hypersonic 
speed. It capped its easterly flight at a suborbital 
altitude of 150,000 feet after the separation of its 
first stage, a four-segment solid rocket booster. 

Parachutes deployed for recovery of the booster and the 
solid rocket motor, which were recovered at sea and will 
be towed back to Florida by the booster recovery ship, 
Freedom Star, for later inspection. The simulated upper 
stage and Orion crew module, and the launch abort 
system will not be recovered. 

The flight test is expected to provide NASA with an 
enormous amount of data that will be used to improve 
the design and safety of the next generation of 
American spaceflight vehicles, which could again 
take humans beyond low Earth orbit. 

[ANS thanks NASA for this info]


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Call for Papers

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 305.02
November 1, 2009
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Call for Papers 14th Annual Southeastern VHF Society Conference 
April 23rd and 24th, 2010 Morehead State University in Morehead, 

The Southeastern VHF Society is calling for the submission of papers 
and presentations for the upcoming 14th Annual Southeastern VHF 
Society Conference to be held at Morehead State University in Morehead, 
KY on April 23rd and 24th, 2010. Papers and presentations are solicited 
on both the technical and operational aspects of VHF, UHF and Microwave 
weak signal amateur radio.  

The deadline for the submission of papers and presentations is February 5, 
2010. All submissions for the proceedings should be in Microsoft Word 
(.doc). Submissions for presentation at the conference should be in 
PowerPoint (.ppt) format, and delivered on either a USB memory stick or 
CDROM or posted for download on a web site of your choice.

For further information about the conference 
please go to http://www.svhfs.org

Thank you,
Robin Midgett K4IDC
2010 Program Chair, SVHFS

[ANS thanks SVHFS for the above information]


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500th School Contact

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 305.03
November 1, 2009
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ARISS celebrates 500th school space contact

ARISS Chairman Gaston Bertels, ON4WF noted that on Tuesday, 
27 October 2009, ISS Commander Frank De Winne, ON1DWN answered
questions from students participating to a venue at the brand 
new Copernic Science Center in Warsaw, Poland. This was the 500th 
School Contact since ARISS began operations in the year 2000. 
Schools in all continents benefit from ARISS educative School

This telebridge contact was operated by ARISS ground station 
VK4KHZ located in Glenden, Queensland, Australia. At the end 
of the contact, Frank thanked Shane Lynd VK4KHZ - for the many
ARISS telebridge contacts he'd already performed. Shane shares 
these thanks with his colleagues of the 11 ARISS telebridge 
ground stations which cover all five continents.

October 15, 2009 students in Gao, Mali talked with UNICEF good
will ambassador Frank De Winne onboard the ISS and 23 October, 
students in Mbour, Senegal got answers to their questions, direct 
from space. During the same orbit, Frank De Winne also talked with 
students in Ieper, Belgium.

Audio recordings of the Warsaw and Ieper school contacts are 
available at http://www.ariss-eu.org/archive.htm.

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering 
the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, 
CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from 
participating countries.

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement 
of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers onboard the 
International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, 
first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize 
youngsters' interest in science, technology and learning.

[ANS thanks ARISS Chairman Gaston Bertels, ON4WF and SouthGate for
 the above information]


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LUSAT-1 Silent

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 305.04
November 1, 2009
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LUSAT-1 Silent

AMSAT-Argentina reported LUSAT-1, LO-19 stopped transmitting CW telemetry
on 437.125 MHz around October 20. Ignacio, LU1ESY reported he last re-
ceived a signal on October 11 after which he noted a drift in the down-
link frequency beyond the expected doppler shift.

AMSAT-Argentina says, "We hope to re-live LUSAT to allow him to cele-
brate its 20 years in space next January 23. We welcome any reception

[ANS thanks AMSAT-Argentina for the above information]


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ARISS Status

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 305.05
October 26, 2009
BID: $ANS-305.05

1.	Recent & Upcoming School Contacts

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact 
has been completed with Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw, Poland 
on Tuesday, October 27 at 09:33 UTC via telebridge station VK4KHZ in 
Australia. The centre organized a student competition for naming 
the asteroids, using rules of the science naming process. This month 
the winners travelled to Warsaw for the competition finale and will 
take part in the ARISS event.

Sherbrooke Community School in Sassafras, Victoria, Australia has
 been completed for an Amateur Radio on the International Space 
Station (ARISS) contact on Wednesday, October 28 at 07:13 UTC. 
This will be a telebridge contact with station W6SRJ in California. 
The school fosters student participation and the advancement of 
amateur radio in the community. It operates Sherbrooke Community 
Club station, VK3KID.  The school invited representatives from 
neighboring schools to pose questions to the astronauts and asked 
its sister schools in China and Bhutan to also submit questions for 
students to ask the ISS crew.  

David Thompson Middle School (DTMS) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada 
has been completed for an Amateur Radio on the International Space 
Station (ARISS) contact on Friday, October 30 at 21:12 UTC via 
station LU8YY in Argentina. DTMS and the University of Calgary's 
science department will collaborate on this event.

2.	Italian Students Contact Astronaut Frank De Winne via ARISS

On Tuesday, October 20, students attending Istituto Comprensivo 
"Romualdo TRIFONE" in Montecorvino Rovella, Salerno, Italy 
participated in an Amateur Radio on the International Space 
Station (ARISS) contact with Frank DeWinne, ON1DWN on the ISS. 
To prepare for the contact, teachers partnered with astrophysicists 
of the Astronomical Observatory "Giancamillo Glorious" in M. 
Rovella and the local amateur radio group ARI Salerno.  
Assistance was provided by the amateur radio station in 
"Alighieri Trevigi" School, located in Casale Monferrato, 
Italy. The school used a combination of a direct and telebridge 
contact to avoid local obscurations.
An audience of more than 40 (Casale Monferrato) and 450 (
Montecorvino Rovella) students, teachers and visitors gathered 
for the event and the webcast received over 500 connections. 
Regional television, local media and newspapers covered the news. 

3.	ARISS Contact with Senegal Students

On Friday, October 23, C. E. M. IV in Mbour, Senegal experienced 
an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) 
contact with Frank De Winne, ON1DWN on the ISS. Students asked 
twenty questions of the astronaut. Swiss astronaut Claude 
Nicollier, HB9CN also participated in a videoconference with 
the youth.  C. E. M. IV is a technical college and has formed 
a scientific club at the school based on new technologies. 

4.	De Winne has ARISS Contact with Ieper Students 

Students from VTI Ieper in Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium 
spoke with Frank DeWinne, ON1DWN via an Amateur Radio on the 
International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Friday, 
October 23. Telebridge station VK4KHZ in Australia provided 
the connection. Twenty questions were asked and answered in 
front of a large audience including several reporters. The 
school recently built a replica of the plane, 'Mourane Parasol' 
which Guynemer (a French pilot) flew during World War I and 
incorporated the ARISS contact as a feature event in their 
celebration of 100 years of aviation.

5.	Astronaut Jeff Williams has ARISS Contact with Arctic School 

On Friday, October 23, students from Samuel Hearne Secondary 
School in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada experienced 
an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) 
contact with Expedition 21 astronaut Jeffrey Williams, KD5TVQ. 
This was a telebridge contact via ground station W6SRJ in 
California. At the school's request, ARISS representatives 
visited the school and classrooms prior to the contact to talk 
about amateur radio and the ISS. Six hundred people attended 
the event and watched as the students asked Williams 22 
questions about life and work in space. CBC (Canadian 
Broadcasting Corporation) Radio and the local and area 
press covered the event. The school is located very near the 
Arctic Ocean which makes this the most northerly ARISS 
contact to date.

6. Canadian Bel Ayr Pathfinders Speak with Robert Thirsk via ARISS

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) 
contact took place on Saturday, October 24 between Bel Ayr 
Pathfinders in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada and Robert 
Thirsk, VA3CSA on the ISS via telebridge station W6SRJ in 
California. Thirsk answered 17 questions posed to him by the 
students as an audience of 160 gathered for the event, 
including the media (CBC, CTV, a community television station, 
a radio station and a local newspaper). The Pathfinders that 
participated in the ARISS contact earned Galactic Adventures 
badges and will share this experience with other 
Girl Guides of all ages.

7.	ARISSat-1 Meeting Held

The ARISSat-1 Team met in Phoenix, Arizona over the October 
23 -25 weekend to assemble and test the integration of the 
various satellite components. The team has also been compiling 
voice messages to be included on ARISSat and has been preparing 
for the Safety Review meeting to be held on Thursday, October 29. 

8.	ARISS International Meeting Held

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) 
Team meeting was held on Tuesday, October 20. Topics of 
discussions included a status on the Columbus module antennas 
and an ARISSat-1 update.  
See: http://www.rac.ca/ariss/arisstel2009-10-20.htm

[ANS thanks Carol, KB3LKI,  for the above information]


This week's ANS Editor,
Dee Interdonato, NB2F
nb2f at amsat dot org

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA