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[jamsat-news:2921] ANS-030 AMSAT Weekly Bulletins


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.

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In this edition:
* ARISSat-1 Arrives at the International Space Station
* AMSAT-UK FUNcube System Accepted for UK Space Agency UKube1 Payload
* 1000 Days in Orbit for Ham Radio Satellite Delfi-C3
* ND9M/VQ9JC Maritime Mobile Satellite Operations Planned
* Catch a Visual Glimpse of NanoSail-D in Orbit
* Echoes of Apollo Call for Student Investigators & Adult Engineering Mentors
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
* ARISS Status - 24 January 2011

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-030.01
ARISSat-1 Arrives at the International Space Station

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 030.01
January 30, 2011
BID: $ANS-030.01

On January 28 at 0132 UTC,a Soyuz rocket lifted off from Kazakhstan 
carrying the
Russian Progress M-09M cargo vehicle to orbit headed for the 
International Space
Station (ISS).

While the primary cargo of the Progress vehicle is fuel, oxygen, food and other
supplies, the Progress also contains AMSAT's ARISSat-1 Amateur Radio satellite.

Progress docked with the space station just two days after launch, on 
January 30
at 0239 UTC.

Currently ARISSat-1 is planned to be manually deployed from the ISS by Russian
cosmonauts Dmitry Kondratyev and Oleg Skripochka during a spacewalk on February
16. ARISSat-1/RadioSkaf V will have simultaneous 2m FM, CW, BPSK and 
transmissions. These multiple transmissions are created by a new software
defined transponder (SDX) board. Features provided by the SDX include:

     * The FM transmissions with cycle between a voice ID, select telemetry
       values, 24 international greeting messages in 15 languages and live SSTV
     * The CW transmissions will be callsign ID, select telemetry, 
and callsigns
       of people actively involved with the ARISS program.
     * The BPSK transmissions will feature a new 1kBPSK protocol developed by
       Phil Karn, KA9Q to be readable in low signal level conditions. The BPSK
       data will alternate betwen telemetry and Kursk experiment data. Free
       ground station soundcard demodulator and display software will be
       available before deployment for multiple platforms.
     * There also is a 16kHz wide amateur radio U/V transponder 
between the BPSK
       and FM signals.
     * The Kursk experiment will be sampling the amount of vacuum 
each day for 90
       minutes and sending down data to map the vacuum change as the satellite
       slowly spirals into the atmosphere.

[ANS thanks Gould, WA4SXM, for the above information]


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AMSAT-UK FUNcube System Accepted for UK Space Agency UKube1 Payload

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 030.02
January 30, 2011
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Graham, G3VZV announced on behalf of AMSAT-UK this week that the
FUNcube system has now been formally accepted as a participant in
the UK Space Agency Announcement of Opportunity for payload pro-
viders for its pilot CubeSat mission, UKube1.

Seven finalist payloads are currently under consideration with the
final three or four flight payloads to be announced in March, 2011.
This includes the AMSAT-UK FunCube telemetry system for science
education, which will be integrated with the spacecraft as part of
the program.

Graham explained, "While the UK Space Agency release does not mention
the FUNcube linear U/V transponder function during evenings and week-
ends, this functionality will be included in the same way that it is
planned for the actual FUNcube-1 cubesat itself. The FUNcube develop-
ment team is looking forward to the extra challenge of producing two
sets of everything in the very short time scales required by both pro-

[ANS thanks Graham, G3VZV for the above information]


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1000 Days in Orbit for Ham Radio Satellite Delfi-C3

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 030.03
January 30, 2011
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Sunday, January 23 saw the 1000th day in orbit for the Amateur Radio
satellite Delfi-C3, which was the first 3U CubeSat to carry a linear

Wouter, PA3WEG wrote, "The downlink is still OK and telemetry shows
no big degradations. This means Delfi-C3 is still in good health.
Apart from the problems with the transponder and some occasional resets
and lockups, scientific data is still being received. Also, this data
is still forwarded by radio amateurs to our server. Once again our
big thanks for receiving Delfi-C3 and your continued support of the

Visit the Delfi-C3 web page at: http://www.delfic3.nl/ The radio
amateur section at: http://tinyurl.com/6f362zu has the information
you need to receive the satellite. There is also a link to the Rascal
Software if you would like to have your amateur radio station become
a part of the global Delfi-C3 monitoring network.

[ANS thanks Wouter Weggelaar, PA3WEG and his Delfi-C3 team and the
  SouthGateARC site for the above information]


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ND9M/VQ9JC Maritime Mobile Satellite Operations Planned

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 030.04
January 30, 2011
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Jim, ND9M/VQ9JC plans to operate the amateur radio satellites from
his merchant marine ship presently enroute from Diego Garcia (grid
MI62) to Charleston, SC (FM03) via the Pacific Ocean. Jim says he
has an FT897D and  an FT817ND with an Arrow-2 antenna. He plans to
be active from quite a few wet grids along the way. His ocean route
will take him through grid fields include MI, NI, OI, OJ, PJ, PK, QK
(24 hours at Guam), QL, RL, RM, AM, BM, CM. and DM.

Jim's job is seven days a week for four months straight and he will
not generally be available during the normal daytime working hours
so operating opportunities during these times cannot be predicted.

The majority of passes he can be on will be in the late afternoon
and early evening, so AO51, FO29, and AO7 Mode B will be the focus.
Early morning AO7 passes will occasionally be available. Operating
during late evening passes will be likely once the ship crosses the
International Date line and enters the eastern Pacific. Jim's port-
able satellite station will be setup on the ship's helicopter deck.

The ship will be off the coast of southern California by the end of
February and should be there for about 10 days before resuming the
voyage towards Charleston via the Panama Canal, then northward around
Cuba towards Jacksonville (EM90) for another stop at the end of March.
The voyage will finish in April in Charleston, SC.

Jim says he has applied for an IARP permit for Panama so that, barring
unforeseen regulations, he will be able to operate whatever passes
occur as the ship transits the Canal.

E-mail contact for Jim is via james.t.clary.civ(at)msc.navy.mil. He
plans to post regular updates on his trip's progress to the AMSAT-BB.

[ANS thanks Jim ND9M/VQ9JC for the above information]


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Catch a Visual Glimpse of NanoSail-D in Orbit

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 030.05
January 30, 2011
BID: $ANS-030.05

In a posting on http://www.nanosail.org/ Spaceweather.com and NASA
announce they are joining forces to encourage photography of Nano-
Sail-D, the first solar sail to circle Earth in low orbit.

Amateur and professional astronomers and even casual sky watchers
can participate. The solar sail will occasionally be visible to the
naked eye when sunlight glints off the spacecraft's 10 m2 sail, pro-
ducing a spectacular flash akin to an Iridium Flare. UniverseToday
predicts NanoSail-D could be five to 10 times as bright as the planet
Venus, especially later in the mission when the sail descends to
lower orbits.

Even novice photographers can capture such a bright event. Advanced
astrophotographers, meanwhile, will want to try to image the sail
through backyard telescopes. It will be a challenge (the sail is
only 1 arc second across), but even fuzzy pictures could help NASA
monitor the condition of the spacecraft. Cash prizes will be awarded
to the first ($500), second ($200), and third ($100) place photos,
judged by a NASA-appointed panel on the basis of beauty and technical

The contest begins now and ends when NanoSail-D reenters the atmo-
sphere in April or May 2011.

These sites provide viewing predictions:

NASA's Science News web site has additional NanoSail-D news and
a link to audio from the satellite recorded by Henk, PA3GUO:
http://tinyurl.com/4s7nj4r (nasa.gov)

[ANS thanks SpaceWeather.com and UniverseToday.com for the above


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Echoes of Apollo Call for Student Investigators & Adult Engineering Mentors

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 030.06
January 30, 2011
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Pat Barthelow, AA6EG of the Echoes of Apollo Project (the folks who
brought us the 70cm Arecibo EME activity) is working with kids on the
Google Science Fair. The students and adult mentors have devised a
simple experiment to measure the distance to the moon using Moon

Pat has several EME stations committed and is looking for more tech-
nical support. He is also looking for additional young Co-Primary
Investigators (Age 13-18) to participate.

Time is of the essence.  Reply directly to:  apolloeme@gmail.com

Pat says the students will develop the experiment, lead, analyze.
Adults are needed to nurture, guide, mentor with these goals in mind:

+ Key a CW transmission or alternatively, send an audio impulse via
   microphone to EME TX.

+ Starting the time clock on the impulse transmission whether Audio
   "Clack" or CW key.

+ Recording for Science Fair presentation, using Multimedia video/audio
   eqiupment in the Moon bounce Station.

+ Stopping the clock when the audio/RF does RT to moon (~2.5 Seconds)
   and returns, and is demodulated  by Moon bounce RX and presented at
   Audio speaker terminals.

+ Pre-measure station delays in TX and RX to develop a constant for
   internal equipment delays.

+ Measuring the EME interval as closely as possible,  with simple
   equipment, say, to milliseconds. Probably take the Multimedia video/
   audio to a Video editor, to measure delay, digitally.

+ Compare distance to the moon in the NASA, or US Naval Observatory
   databases for their actual distance to moon, at the moment of the

+ Student analyzes for errors, error sources, discusses return signal
   distortion, due to doppler, Libration, pulse stretching, due to
   spherical moon, etc.

+ Student suggests follow up experiment, to minimize measurement
   errors, or assuming more sophisticated equipment became available.

QUESTION: For an analog RX to audio output, what would be the best
way be to measure the internal propagation delay in an [Analog, Digi-
tal] receiver, from the time of arrival of the RF at the Antenna con-
nector to demodulated output [Analog, Digital] at the speaker, or
computer screen.

For analog receivers, is the internal RX propagation delay, in order
of:  microseconds?   Milliseconds?   For Digital receivers?

Best Regards,
Pat Barthelow, Echoes of Apollo

[ANS thanks Pat Barthelow, AA6EG of the Echoes of Apollo Project
  for the above information]


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 030.07
January 30, 2011
BID: $ANS-030.07

+ Clint, K6LCS has posted his AMSAT and amateur satellite handouts
   he plans to use at the Palm Springs HamFest. One is an "Intro to
   AMSAT" newsletter with membership form, the other an ARISSat-1 Update
   and Band Plan. Both are posted at: http://tinyurl.com/ps-handouts
   Clint invites you to use or adapt either for your projects and pre-

+ Two videos of Japan's H-IIB rocket launch with the Kounotori 2 cargo
   resupply transporter January 22 from Tanegashima Space Center in
   southern Japan can be viewed at: http://tinyurl.com/64zuajp
   Kounotori2, or 'White Stork' in Japanese, is loaded with crucial sup-
   plies destined for the International Space Station (ISS). Video and
   photos of the arrival and capture of the Kounotori2 can be seen at:

+ A new video gives the latest news on the Euroluna 2U CubeSat project
   with the Amateur Radio callsign OZ9LUNA. It describes the 2U cubesat,
   work on the software and the attitude control, and work ongoing on
   the ion motor. Watch on-line at: http://tinyurl.com/4cnfahv

+ An interesting science blog posting about the special relativity
   you would encounter while traveling at the speed of light is
   posted at: http://tinyurl.com/5sj7q2p (UniverseToday.com) This
   may present a way to change the subject to something scientific
   if the subject on 75 meters LSB QSO gets stuck on the state of
   the other fellow's gallbladder.

+ The folks from the HiRISE Camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
   have put together a video of the latest images from the Red Planet:
   http://tinyurl.com/6hc7edb. The Mars Express spacecraft took a ser-
   ies of detailed images of the Martian moon Phobos. These images have
   been morphed into a seamless flyby movie which can be viewed on-line
   at: http://tinyurl.com/4srutec

  + The next Hudson Valley Satcom Net will meet on Thursday, February 3
   at 8PM EST (UTC-5) on the Mt.Beacon ARC 146.970 MHz  repeater (-600 &
   Pl 100). You can also join via Echolink on the N2EYH-L node. All hams
   are welcome! More info at htp://www.hvsatcom.org/ (Stu, WA2BSS)

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


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ARISS Status - 24 January 2011

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 030.08
January 30, 2011
BID: $ANS-030.08

1. Two Italian Schools Experience ARISS Contact

On Tuesday, January 18, two Italian schools, "Istituto Comprensivo Ladispoli"
and Middle School "Corrado Melone", located in Ladispoli, Rome, Italy
participated in a joint Amateur Radio on the International Space 
Station (ARISS)
contact with Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA. Twenty-eight space-related questions were
answered and greetings exchanged over two ISS passes. ARISS mentor Francesco De
Paolis, IK0WGF introduced the event and presented the ARISS program to an
audience of 250 students, teachers and visitors. National Television (RAI NEWS
24 hours), local media and newspapers covered the event. The contact was the
highlight of a curriculum covering space, geography and telecommunications.

2. Expedition 24 Crew Debrief Session

An ARISS debrief session was held with Expedition 24 crewmembers Doug Wheelock,
KF5BOC and Shannon Walker, KD5DXB on Tuesday, January 18. The feedback they
provided on the ISS Ham radio equipment and school contacts will aid the ARISS
team in updating its program procedures.

3. ARISS International Meeting Held

The monthly ARISS International Team meeting was held on Tuesday, January 18.
Topics of discussion included the upcoming face to face meeting and a status on
the Columbus module equipment as well as ARISSat-1. Minutes have been posted.
See: https://www.rac.ca/ariss/arisstel2011-01-18.htm

[ANS thanks Carol, KB3LKI, 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,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA