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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:

* ARISS Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Student Conversations with ISS
* SpaceX Falcon 9 Mission Successful - Deploys Cubesats
* December AO-51 Schedule Features VHF BBS Test, SKN, Dual SU Downlink
* AMSAT-UK FUNcube Documents On-Line
* Remembering Lost UNITEC-1 - Japan's Akatsuki Problem at Venus Encounter
* Writing Opportunities for Amateur Radio in Space
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ARISS Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Student Conversations with ISS

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 346.01
December 12, 2010
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On 21 December 2000, astronaut William Shepherd turned from his usual  
activities aboard the newly occupied International Space Station  
(ISS). Floating over to a "ham" radio attached to a station bulkhead,  
he called the Burbank School in Burbank, Illinois and was soon talking  
with 14 enthusiastic students from grades 1-8. This month, amateur  
radio operators world-wide celebrate the tenth anniversary of this  
first school contact from ISS.

Since that first contact, Amateur Radio on the International Space  
Station (ARISS) volunteers have conducted 565 successful contacts in  
40 countries, allowing thousands of students to share the excitement  
of those first 14.  Moreover, tens of thousands of students, faculty,  
and parents have participated by planning and attending these events.

ARISS contacts have prompted countless students to seriously consider  
pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers,  
including becoming an astronaut. Educational programs and amateur  
radio clubs established at participating schools continue to inspire  
students long after the contact has ended.

The use of amateur radio in space began in 1983 aboard the Space  
Shuttle Columbia. The Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment (SAREX) flew on  
28 shuttle missions, proving the educational and crew morale benefits  
of ham radio. Ham radio also proved popular with the cosmonauts aboard  
space station Mir. The value of amateur radio in space was so apparent  
to NASA and the Russian Space Agency that the ARISS radio became the  
first experiment to be activated on ISS.

ARISS is a volunteer program that inspires students the world over to  
pursue STEM careers by providing amateur radio communications  
opportunities with the International Space Station (ISS) on-orbit  
crew. Students learn about life on board the ISS and explore Earth  
from space through science and math activities. ARISS provides  
opportunities for the school community (students, teachers, families,  
and local residents) to become more aware of the substantial benefits  
of human spaceflight and the exploration and discovery that occur on  
spaceflight journeys while learning about technology and amateur radio.

ARISS is an international working group comprising delegations from 9  
countries, including several countries in Europe as well as Japan,  
Russia, Canada, and the USA. The organization is run by volunteers  
from national amateur radio organizations and international AMSAT  
(Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) organizations in each member  
country. ARISS team members in each country work with their respective  
space agencies (ESA, NASA, JAXA, CSA, and the Russian Space Agency).  
In the USA, ARISS works with the NASA Teaching From Space program.

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]


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SpaceX Falcon 9 Mission Successful - Deploys Cubesats

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 346.02
December 12, 2010
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SpaceX launched the Dragon spacecraft from Florida on a two-orbit 
test flight Wednesday, December 8 and the company brought the auto-
mated capsule back to Earth less than three-and-a-half hours later. 

A video of the Falcon 9 liftoff can be viewed at:

Liftoff photos from pad cameras can be viewed at:

SpaceFlightNow.com's Photo Gallery of the launch can be viwed at:

Photos of the Dragon parachute landing in the Pacific can be 
viewed at: http://spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/002/splashdown/

During the flight four cubesats were deployed from the "trunk"
section of the Dragon spacecraft. At press time the function of
two of the cubesats have been identified.

The University of Southern California's (USC) CAERUS cubesat was 
deployed SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. CAERUS is part of the "MAYFLOWER" 
Next Generation Technology CubeSat that is a joint effort with 
Northrop Grumman NOVAWORKS group. CAERUS is licensed by the FCC
in the Experimental Service. It also has an amateur callsign and
a downlink in the 70cm band:

Call Sign:  KJ6FIX
Downlink Frequency:  437.600 MHz (not coordinated by IARU)
Beacon Output Power:  900mW
Modulation Type:  AFSK, 1200 baud
TLE: Updated on website, right after launch.

The CAERUS website is at: http://tinyurl.com/37w8map. The beacon 
data can also be translated with the jar applet provided on this 

The second cubesat identifed aboard the Falcon X launch was the
US Army SMDC-ONE nanosatellite mission which is a store and for-
ward satellite. The primary objective of the first flight wass to 
receive data from a ground transmitter and relay that data to a 
ground station. The technology is planned to be expanded to build 
a number of identical satellites and deploy them together into Low 
Earth Orbit to simulate enhanced tactical communications capability.

[ANS thanks Omair A. Rahman at the University of Southern California,
 SpaceDaily.com, and SpaceFlightNow.com for the above information]


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December AO-51 Schedule Features VHF BBS Test, SKN, Dual SU Downlink

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 346.03
December 12, 2010
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AMSAT-NA VP Operations Drew KO4MA says the December 2010 AO-51 schedule
has been released. Some of the dates of mode changes may move a day or 
so according to command station availability. 

Note the 2m up BBS test beginning December 12. Beginning on December 17
a dual downlink of UHF and S-band will be available. AO-51 will feature 
its  CW up, FM down mode for Straight Key Night. 

At the end of December we go back into eclipses for a LONG time, so the 
overall power budget will shrink, and the command team will reinstate 
the new PL mode, and the satellite will likely be off in eclipse.

December 12 (late UTC)
FM Repeater, V/U
Uplink:   145.920 MHz FM (no PL tone)
Downlink: 435.300 MHz FM

9k6 Baud PBBS Operations, V/U
Uplink:   145.860 MHz FM at 9600 baud
Downlink: 435.150 MHz FM at 9600 baud

December 17 (late UTC)
FM Repeater, V/SU
Uplink:     145.880 MHz FM (no PL tone)
Downlinks: 2401.200 MHz FM *and* 435.300 MHz FM (at low power!)

December 22 (late UTC)
FM Repeater, V/U
Uplink:   145.920 MHz FM (no PL tone)
Downlink: 435.300 MHz FM

9k6 Baud PBBS Operations, L/U
Uplink:  1268.705 MHz FM at 9600 baud
Downlink: 435.150 MHz FM at 9600 baud

December 30 (late UTC)
CW/FM Repeater, V/U For Straight Key Night
Uplink:   145.880 MHz CW
Downlink: 435.300 MHz CW over FM

9k6 Baud Telemetry
Downlink: 435.150 MHz FM at 9600 baud

As always, keep up with the latest AO-51 Control Team news at:

[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA for the above information]


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AMSAT-UK FUNcube Documents On-Line

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 346.04
December 12, 2010
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AMSAT-UK says they intend to publish as many of the working documents 
as possible for their FUNcube satellite and the first two documents 
are now available. The Mission Requirements Specification and the PA 
Board Specification can be downloaded from:

Pictures and videos from the recent FUNcube developers meeting 
at Martlesham are at:

The UK Space Agency is proposing to use the AMSAT-UK FUNcube boards 
as part of its innovative new CubeSat UKube-1 slated for launch in 
December 2011.

The United Kingdom Space Agency website now includes some more details 
of the UKube-1, a 3U CubeSat (10 * 10 * 30cm)  project. See:

The baseline design for this satellite includes a set of FUNcube 
boards to provide the educational outreach for the project. AMSAT-UK 
are presently discussing the precise details of this arrangement with 
the UKube-1 project team. This development will enable a much higher 
level service to be provided for Science, Technology, Engineering and 
Mathematics (STEM) outreach to schools than would be possible with 
just a single spacecraft.

An information pack is provided by the UK Space Agency is at

BBC report on UKube: http://tinyurl.com/2w3rgyc  (bbc.co.uk site) 

FUNcube website

[ANS thanks Trevor, M5AKA, AMSAT-UK, and the SouthGate ARC News
 for the above information]


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Remembering Lost UNITEC-1 - Japan's Akatsuki Problem at Venus Encounter

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 346.05
December 12, 2010
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UniverseToday reported that Japan's first Venus space probe has arrived
at the planet but encountered problems while attempting orbit insertion 
and went into safe mode. It took longer than expected (an hour and a 
half) to regain communications after a known 22 minute blackout with the 
Akatsuki spacecraft, and apparently controllers are still trying to 
ascertain the spacecraft's orbit. They have regained some radio communi-
cations. Telemetry analysis confirmed the spacecraft was in safe mode.

The planned orbit for Akatsuki ranged between 300 and 80,000 kilometers 
(186 to 49,600 miles), looking for signs of lightning and active volcan-

Once communications were restored JAXA was able to determine that the 
probe's High Gain Antenna is working and telemetry from the spacecraft 
is back to normal function as is full control and stabilization. AKATSUKI 
is in a Sun circular orbit after not reaching Venus orbit.

Read the UniverseToday story at: http://tinyurl.com/2cfgw5p 
and at: http://tinyurl.com/2vvl8yd (SpaceCoalition.com)

The May 21, 2010 Akatsuki launch also carried the UNITEC-1 amateur radio
satellite with the callsign of JQ1ZUN. Its 5840.000 MHz, 4.8W beacon was
initially copied from low earth orbit but the signal was lost days later.
UNITEC-1 would have become the world's first university satellite which 
went beyond Lunar orbit. 

[ANS thanks UniverseToday for the above information]


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Writing Opportunities for Amateur Radio in Space

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 346.06
December 12, 2010
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IAA Conference on University Satellites Missions and Cubesats
The December 18 deadline for abstract submissions for the 1st IAA 
Conference on University Satellites Missions and Cubesat Conference 
is rapidly approaching. This conference will be held in Rome on 
January 24-29, 2011. Early registration closes on January, 10th. 
Those who register before this date will have a discount rate. 
Full information is posted at: http://www.gaussteam.com under the 
"Events" tab.

Call for papers for 2011 SA AMSAT Space Symposium
The 2011 SA AMSAT Space Symposium will be held in Gauteng on Saturday 
26 March 2011 at Vodaworld in Midrand. This is the first call for pap-
ers. Authors are invited to submit a synopsis in a MSWord document not 
exceeding 300 words. The synopsis should be mailed to: 
saamsat@intekom.co.za (with Space Symposium 2011 in the subject line). 
The theme of the conference is Innovation in Space Communication. Clos-
ing date for paper proposals and a synopsis is 20 January 2011. For more 
details visit: http://www.amsatsa.org.za.

Call for Papers: 15th Annual SEVHF Society Conference
The Southeastern VHF Society is calling for the submission of papers 
and presentations for the upcoming 15th annual Southeastern VHF Soc-
iety Conference to be held in Huntsville, Alabama on April 29th and 
30th, 2011. Papers and presentations are solicited on both the tech-
nical and operational aspects of VHF, UHF and Microwave weak signal 
amateur radio.

Contact Steve Kostro, (e-mail: SVHFS2011 AT downeastmicrowave DOT com) 
by January 8th, 2011 if you wish to make a presentation or submit your 
paper. Deadline for the submission of papers  is March 11, 2011. For 
further information and updates about the  conference please go to:

Call for Papers: 45th Central States VHF Society Conference
The Central States VHF Society is hosting their 45th Conference 
July 29-30, 2011 in Irving Texas.  They are currently looking for 
papers relating to amateur radio above 50 MHz. Anticipated topics 
include: Design and build of VHF thru microwave equipment, VHF 
DXPeditions, Antenna Design, Weak Signal Reception Techniques.  
Deadline for papers is May 1, 2011. Papers should be sent to: 
Kent Britain <wa5vjb@flash.net>

[ANS thanks the IAA, SA AMSAT, and Robin Midgett K4IDC 2011 Conference 
 Program Co-Chair, SVHFS; Chuck Clark, AF8Z for the above information]


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 346.07
December 12, 2010
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+ For those who collect archived publications here is a link to a
  recently posted digitized copy of the 1985 1296/2304 MHz Conference
  which has evolved into the Microwave Update MUD Conference. Thanks 
  to the work of Brian, WA1ZMS, these proceedings have been digitized 
  and can be downloaded in 7 sections from http://www.wa5vjb.com in 
  the Reference Section.

+ The AMSAT India newsletter is back after a long break and will be 
  published every month. A softcopy of the newsletter can be found at:
  Archives are at http://amsatindia.org/Newsletter/
  (via Nitin, VU3TYG, Secretary, AMSAT India)

+ AMSAT-ZL's Fred Kennedy, ZL1BYP says the KiwiSAT team is in need of
  a small quantity supply source of space quality thermally conductive 
  epoxy for KiwiSAT. They will need probably less than 10 grams total 
  over the last few months of KiwiSAT construction. Minimum order quan-
  tities have been quoted as 100 tubes and this amount is not needed
  nor can be afforded. Contact Fred at: fredk@kcbbs.gen.nz if you can

+ Henk, PA3GUO has posted a YouTube video (HD) that features the 
  O/OREOS satellite from launch to telemetry reception and decode, 
  including DK3WN's Softwar and Mission control upload:

  Henk also has a video of the 'bare' telemetry stream at:

  O/OREOS audio recording: http://www.pa3guo.com/OOREOS_PA3GUO.mp3
  FASTRAC/FAST1 audio recording: http://www.pa3guo.com/FAST1_PA3GUO.mp3
  (Henk says you can use MixW with your MP3 your player to decode the 

+ Roland PY4ZBZ reports that Yuri UT1FG/MM, has been active at sea
  from the  vessel M/V "MOTTLER", on SO-50, FO-29 and HO68, in the 
  squares: GG85, GG54, GE06, FD37, FD29, FE82, FE81, FE20 and FE21,
  from Rio de Janeiro to Chili via the Strait of Magellan.

+ UniverseToday.com declares, "What a view!" A photograph taken by 
  one of the astronauts on the International Space Station shows 
  several snow-covered volcanoes on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula.
  See: http://tinyurl.com/24ccnz4

+ The Nanosail-D nanosatellite may have failed to eject from FASTSAT.
  NASA had planned to eject Nanosail-D from its cannister on December 6.
  Initial telemetry indicated that ejection was successful. It also now
  appears that the solar sail may not have unfurled. NASA continues to
  investigate. The NanoSail-D amateur radio beacon will transmit a one-
  half second data signal every 5 seconds on 437.270 MHz if it becomes
  active. The satellite will operate primarily on battery power because 
  of the short duration of the mission.

+ The next crew arriving at the International Space Station on December 17
  includes two radio amateurs: US astronaut Catherine Coleman, KC5ZTH, and 
  the European Space Agency's Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA. 
[ANS thanks everyone 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. And with that
please keep in mind that upon receiving his invitation to his radio
club's Christmas Party the ham decided it was time to get spruced up.

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

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