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In this edition:
* Exciting Symposium Papers Published for 2010
* Symposium Weekend Finale - Tour Fermilab
* Resignation of AMSAT Board of Directors Member
* UT1FG/MM Satellite Operation
* NASA Selects AubieSat-1 to Launch on Rocket
* ARISS Status - 20 September 2010

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Exciting Symposium Papers Published for 2010

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 269.01
September 26, 2010
BID: $ANS-269.01

The AMSAT 2010 Space Symposium and Annual Meeting will be held
on Friday, October 8 through Sunday, October 10. This year we
have selected the Chicago/Elk Grove Holiday Inn which is near
O'Hare Airport for the event.

On-line registration for the Symposium continues on-line at
the AMSAT Store site:

The registration fee is $45.00 from now through 5 October.
Online registration closes 5 October at Midnight. Registra-
tion at the door will be $50.00

The 2010 Symposium Proceedings book has been sent to the
print shop with the exciting papers presented here. Also, the
speaker schedule will include topics with late breaking news
and photos as ARISSat-1 completes its assembly and test phase
prior to shipment to NASA and then on to Russia.

This is what you'll find in the 2010 Proceedings:

AMSAT’s Opportunities in Education
  ARISS = Education
   Rosalie White K1STO

  University of Louisiana Satellite Program
   Nick Pugh K5QXJ

  Education Paradigm Shift for AMSAT to Support
  Subsidized Launch Opportunities
   Mark Spencer WA8SME

  AMATEUR RADIO on the ISS - Operations Update – 2009-2010
   Keith Pugh W5IU

AMSAT’s Satellites
  AO-51 Battery Capacity and Spin Trends
   Mark Hammond N8MH & Colin Hurst VK5HI

  ARISSat-1 Overview
   Tony Monteiro AA2TX

  ARISSat-1 Power System
   Tony Monteiro AA2TX

  Software Radio Technology on ARISSat-1
   Tony Montiero AA2TX

  ARISSatTLM - A Software Demodulator and Telemetry Display
  Program for the ARISSat-1 Satellite
   Douglas Quagliana KA2UPW

  AMSAT and ITAR: Lessons Learned
   Barry Baines WD4ASW

  AMSAT-FOX Preview
   Tony Monteiro AA2TX

  BPSK-1000 format for ARISSat-1
   Phil Karn KA9Q

  NextGen CubeSat Proposal - Evolutionary Leveraging of
  Assets and Opportunities
   Alex Harvilchuck N3NP

  NextGen CubeSat Student Report
   Alex Harvilchuck N3NP

Satellite and Earth Station Technology
  HamTV Experiment on-board ISS
   Fabio Azzarello IW8QKU E. D'Andria IØELE,
   T. Giagnacovo IZØLTG, P. Tognolatti IØKPT

  A lightweight 20 foot stressed dish for 1296 MHz EME
   Marc Franco N2UO

  Characteristics of simulated data multicasts transmitted
  over K3IO's proposed GEO-Eagle communications platform
   Paul D. Wiedemeier KE5LKY

  Psat and the APRS Space Network
   Bob Bruninga WB4APR

  100 Watt VHF/UHF Amplifier Design and Construction
   Stephen Turner K3HPA

Outreach: Getting the AMSAT Word Out
  How to Work the FM Ham Satellites With Your Handheld Radio
   Clint Bradford K6LCS

  Getting the AMSAT Word Out
   JoAnne Maenpaa K9JKM

  Successful Hamfest Satellite Demonstrations
   Keith Pugh W5IU

[ANS thanks the 2010 Symposium Committee for the above information]


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Symposium Weekend Finale - Tour Fermilab

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 269.02
September 26, 2010
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There will be an organized four-hour tour of the Fermilab National
Accelerator Laboratory on Sunday starting at noon.

If you do not plan to rent a car while in Chicago; the Hosting
Committee has rented a bus and will provide transportation from
the Hotel to Fermilab, then to O'Hare and back to the Hotel on
Sunday for the tour.

The cost of the bus is $25 per seat and it will provide trans-
portation to Fermilab and return according to the following

11:00 AM  Leave the Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village
12 Noon   Arrive at Fermilab
3:30 PM   Depart Fermilab
4:15 PM   Arrive at O'hare Airport
5:00 PM   Arrive back at the Holiday Inn

There will be room on the bus to bring your luggage for those
who will be departing for the airport directly after the Fermilab

Please email Kermit Carlson (W9XA@yahoo.com) if you would like
to attend the tour and please note if you plan to use the bus

[ANS thanks the 2010 Symposium Committee for the above information]


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Resignation of AMSAT Board of Directors Member

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 269.03
September 26, 2010
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AMSAT BOD member Bill Ress, N6GHZ, has informed the President of AMSAT and
the AMSAT Board of Directors of his resignation as a Board Member effective
September 20, 2010.  In his notification, Bill noted, "My business demands,
currently and into the foreseeable future, are leaving me with very little
extra time (and energy) to properly serve as a member of the AMSAT Board."
In his notification, Bill observed that he is seeing a 'spike' in his
business that requires his full attention.

AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW received Bill's resignation with
regret, noting Bill's significant contributions to AMSAT as a Board Member.
Barry observed, "As a member of the Board of Directors over the past two
years, Bill pushed AMSAT to establish realistic and achievable goals for
maintaining amateur radio in space. As chairman of the Engineering Task
Force, Bill led a concerted effort to develop a space strategy that was
embraced by the AMSAT Board of Directors and resulted in the decision to
proceed with Project Fox  Further, Bill helped to develop the strategy that
AMSAT followed in dealing with ITAR (International Traffic in Arms
Regulations)-related issues.  We wish Bill success in his business

In accordance with Article II, Section 7E of the AMSAT Bylaws, Tony
Monteiro, AA2TX as First Alternate will immediately assume the position of
Director until the next Board election in 2011.  Tony also serves as
AMSAT's Vice President-Engineering.

Alan Biddle
AMSAT Corporate Secretary

[ANS thanks Alan, WA4SCA, for the above information]


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UT1FG/MM Satellite Operation

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 269.04
September 26, 2010
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UT1FG/MM - Capt.Yuri Bodrov will be QRV on board MV "Mottler" again from
"wet squares" via all satellites FM/SSB/CW from 5 October 2010 until
March 2011.

First voyage will be from Baltic Sea/Western Europe to Paranagua/Brasil .

[ANS thanks Yuri, UT1FG, for the above information]


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NASA Selects AubieSat-1 to Launch on Rocket

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 269.05
September 26, 2010
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NASA selected AubieSat-1, a small satellite built 
by Auburn University students,
to be launched on board a NASA rocket.

“We are now much closer to putting Auburn University on the map of student
designed and built satellites,” says Professor J-M Wersinger, Physics. “We are
proud and honored to have been selected by NASA.”

AubieSat-1 is participating in the CubeSat Launch Initiative. The pilot project
seeks to demonstrate viable launch opportunities for CubeSat payloads during
2011 and 2012 as auxiliary payloads on planned NASA missions, as explained by
Jason C. Crusan, chief technologist for Space Operations at NASA.

Long-time AMSAT member John Klingelhoeffer, WB4LNM, is a technical advisor to
the Auburn satellite program. John, who retired from the satellite operator
Intelsat, has been assisting the students with system and RF design topics for
several years.

AubieSat-1 is an aluminum-alloy cube with 4-inch sides weighing about 2.2
pounds. It is custom built by Auburn University students The data collected by
the satellite will be transmitted to the ground station in the Physics
Department for analysis. The science mission is to measure gamma rays produced
by high-altitude thunderstorms. In fall 2010 and 
spring 2011, AubieSat-1 will be
tested at the NASA Kennedy Space Center for launch

[ANS thanks John, WB4LNM, and COSAM Covalence E-News for the above information]


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ARISS Status - 20 September 2010

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 269.06
September 26, 2010
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1. Upcoming School Contact

Windsor Central School District and the Owego-Apalachin School District in New
York have been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on 
the International Space Station
(ARISS) contact on Wednesday, September 22 at 14:21 UTC. The school districts
have planned an education program with the area’s Kopernik Observatory and
Science Center which includes topics such as space, radio communication,
satellites and rocketry.  The program is planned for thirty-six middle school
and high school students from each school district. Students have been chosen
through a competition process at each grade level.  The final outcome of this
project will be the purchase of amateur radio equipment for each school and the
formation of amateur radio clubs.

2. Astronaut Shannon Walker Radios Australian Students

On Tuesday, September 14, high school students from Perth and Western Australia
gathered at Curtin University of Technology to participate in an Amateur Radio
on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with astronaut Shannon
Walker, KD5DXB on the ISS. The connection was provided by telebridge station
LU8YY in Argentina. Walker answered 16 space related questions prepared for her
by the students and shared a few words with her husband, Australian astronaut
Andy Thomas, who was in Perth to give a presentation on space exploration.

3. Utah Scouts Celebrate Centennial with ARISS Contact

On-orbit astronaut Doug Wheelock, KF5BOC conducted an Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS) contact with scouts from the Utah National
Parks Council, Sector 7 in St. George, Utah on Saturday, September 18.  The
youth celebrated the 100th anniversary of scouting with a centennial jamboree
and many completed the requirements for the Space Exploration and Radio merit

4. MAI-75 Experiment Activated

The Russian ISS crew members activated the MAI-75 (Moscow Aviation Institute)
experiment on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 14 – 15. The system operated
Space Cam in slide show mode. Among those who captured Slow Scan Television
(SSTV) images transmitted by the crew were ground stations in Asia, Europe and
Africa.  For more information, see: http://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/
Images have been archived here: http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/SSTV/

5. Astronaut Training Status

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA participated in a simulated ARISS contact
with students from Scuola Media Statale “E.Galice,” Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy
on Tuesday, September 14.  The training session was a terrestrial-based amateur
radio contact using ARISS equivalent equipment.  Nespoli is slated to fly with
Expedition 26 in November 2010.

6. Video of ARISS - Norwegian Museum Contact

The Norwegian Museum of Science, Technology and Medicine in Oslo, Norway
experienced an ARISS contact on September 11. A webcast presentation of the
contact is now available.  See: http://www.tekniskmuseum.no/film/frontpage

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


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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,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org

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