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In this edition:
*Radio Ham Blasts Off to Space Station
* CubeSat Keplerian Elements Under Analysis
* Arizona Centennial Special Event Plans Satellite Operation
* Amateur Radio Assistance Requested: ISS Plasma Thrust Shadow
* Ultimate HEO: Voyager 2 Completes Switch to Backup Thruster Set
* AMSAT Submits Proposal to NASA for Fox-1 Satellite
* 70cm Amateur Station Active on Packet from ISS Columbus Module
* ARISS Status - 14 November 2011

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Radio Ham Blasts Off to Space Station

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 324.01
November 20, 2011
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Southgate ARC News web this week carried a story about Radio Ama-
teur Daniel Burbank KC5ZSX aboard the Soyuz launch on November 14.

With him on Soyuz TMA-22 are commander Anton Shkaplerov and engineer
Anatoly Ivanishin. They were meant to have launched on September 22,
but the flight was delayed after an unmanned Progress cargo ship
suffered a third stage malfunction during launch Aug. 24 and failed
to reach orbit. The third stage of the cargo craft's rocket is vir-
tually identical to the one used in the manned version.

They docked with the ISS on Wednesday, November 16. All the current
ISS crew are Radio Amateurs - Expedition 29 commander Michael Fossum
KF5AQG, Sergei Volkov U4MIR and Satoshi Furukawa KE5DAW.

Daniel Burbank KC5ZSX will be the Expedition 30 commander and will
become the only Radio Amateur on the ISS when KF5AQG, U4MIR and
KE5DAW return to Earth on November 21,

A summary of the mission can be found on-line at:
Space Flight Now - Expedition 29 Status

[ANS thanks Southgate ARC News for the above information]


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CubeSat Keplerian Elements Under Analysis

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 324.02
November 20, 2011
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Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Keeper of the Keps this week answered the
question of which Keplerian Elements match each of the cubesats
launched on October 28, 2011. Ray commented, "The identification
of the satellites continues. Simply put, we don't have enough sep-
aration to make a positive identification."

Nico Janssen, PA0DLO, has been analyzing various aspects of the
satellite group (grouping, radar cross section, and order of launch
from rocket body). He concludes that we need more time and separa-
tion to be sure. Nico's best educated guess at this time is as

+ Explorer 1 Prime is Object G, Cat # 37855
+ Aubiesat (AO-71) and M-cubed, are in the same group as Objects
  E and F.
+ The two DICE satellites (commercial, non amateur) are Objects
  C and D.
+ RAX2 is Object B, Cat # 37850.

Nico reminds us that this is a best guess and only time will tell
who is who. Thanks Nico for sharing your thoughts with us.

Here are this weeks KEPs for the latest Cubesat flock:

1 37850U 11061B   11314.31682443  .00000489  00000-0  51357-4 0 00169
2 37850 101.7053 249.9601 0255846 255.5306 101.7516 14.77614148001891
1 37851U 11061C   11317.83772545  .00009599  00000-0  78565-3 0 00253
2 37851 101.7037 255.0640 0254660 246.5170 110.9070 14.77729084002420
1 37852U 11061D   11318.85323228  .00010618  00000-0  86612-3 0   174
2 37852 101.7048 256.5342 0254778 243.6020 113.8822 14.77773735  2564
1 37853U 11061E   11317.83714479  .00010430  00000-0  85168-3 0 00441
2 37853 101.6978 255.0557 0254457 246.6876 110.7358 14.77795553002421
1 37854U 11061F   11318.51214050  .00011655  00000-0  93205-3 0   203
2 37854 101.7001 256.0511 0257496 245.1384 112.2875 14.78001563  2507
1 37855U 11061G   11318.85081525  .00010458  00000-0  84381-3 0   171
2 37855 101.7008 256.5373 0255959 243.3435 114.1347 14.77981238  2550

[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, for the above information]


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Arizona Centennial Special Event Plans Satellite Operation

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 324.03
November 20, 2011
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Arizona Centennial Special Event Plans Satellite Operation

The Central Arizona DX Association (CADXA) is very pleased to
announce their special event operation in celebration of the
Arizona Centennial during the week of February 13-19th, 2012.

They will be using the callsign of the late Senior Senator,
and Arizona native son, Barry M. Goldwater, K7UGA.

Individual CADXA members will be operating from their home sta-
tions located throughout Arizona during that week using the call-
sign K7UGA.

However, only special operating locations from Tucson, Prescott
and Phoenix will be on the air celebrating the 100th anniversary
on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012.

Operations will be on all amateur bands (160-2 meters); and will
be using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and Satellite modes.

This CADXA special event operation has proudly received recogni-
tion from the 2012 Arizona Centennial Foundation as a sanctioned
"Special Event"; and from the Arizona Historical Advisory Commis-
sion as an official "Centennial Legacy Project".

All QSL requests go to Bob Davies - K7BHM (qrz.com) with an SASE.

For more details, please go to the CADXA Web site at:

[ANS thanks CADXA and Southgate ARC News for the above information]


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Amateur Radio Assistance Requested: ISS Plasma Thrust Shadow Experiment

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 324.04
November 20, 2011
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Amateur Radio Assistance Requested: ISS Plasma Thrust Shadow Experiment

The Central Research Institute of Machine Building (TSNIIMASH) in
Russia is conducting a series of space plasma experiments in order
to evaluate the shape of previously observed "dead" zone, or shadow-
ing due to the firing of an onboard arcjet plasma source.

Radio Amateurs are invited to participate in the Space plasma exper-
iment "Shadow" onboard International Space Station (ISS). Integration
of Electric Thrust onboard a spacecraft poses a certain set of prob-
lems including electromagnetic compatibility of ET. One matter of
interest is that highly ionized exhaust plumes of ET may scatter RF-
signals producing large "dead" zone for communications.

This plasma screening effect should be thoroughly studied before
electric thrusters become standard onboard equipment. The investiga-
tion will help designers of future electrically propelled spacecraft
to minimize the hazard of communication disruption by ET plasma

The Central Research Institute has proposed an experiment using the
worldwide distribution of radio amateurs to receive the VHF packet
downlink (145.825 MHz) from a new plasma space experiment on the
International Space Station.

The amateur packet radio technology in the SpEx "Shadow" as proposed
by astronaut Alexander Kalery, will use the AX25 packets transmitted
by "Master Stations" and reported by receiving amateur radio ground
stations to track the effect of the plasma shadow.

The SpEx experiment will be enabled on the following schedule:

   SpEX Time On          SpEX Time Off
--------------------  --------------------
November 25 1650 UTC  November 28 0825 UTC
December  2 1650 UTC  December  5 0825 UTC

The master beacon stations for Europe, Asia, North America, and
Australia can be found at:
http://tinyurl.com/84nvl72 (knts.tsniimash.ru)

The main web page for the SpEx project can be found at:
This page contains a detailed description of the experiment
and instructions for submitting your signal reports.

An example of the SpEx packets received by Mike Rupprecht, DK3WN
can be seen at: http://www.dk3wn.info/p/?p=23866

[ANS thanks TSNIIMASH for the above information]


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Ultimate HEO: Voyager 2 Completes Switch to Backup Thruster Set

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 324.05
November 20, 2011
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Ultimate HEO: Voyager 2 Completes Switch to Backup Thruster Set

This week Space-Travel.com reported that NASA's Voyager 2 has
successfully switched to the backup set of thrusters that con-
trols the roll of the spacecraft.

Deep Space Network personnel sent commands to the spacecraft to
make the change on Nov. 4 and received confirmation that the
switch has been made.

Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are each equipped with six sets, or pairs,
of thrusters to control the pitch, yaw and roll motions of the

These include three pairs of primary thrusters and three backup,
or redundant, pairs. Both spacecraft are now using all three sets
of their backup thrusters.

Voyager 2 is currently located about 9 billion miles (14 billion
kilometers) from Earth in the heliosheath - the outermost layer
of the heliosphere where the solar wind, which streams out from
the sun, is slowed by the pressure of interstellar gas.

The Voyagers were built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in
Pasadena, Calif., which continues to operate both spacecraft.
JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in

The Voyager missions are a part of the NASA Heliophysics System
Observatory, sponsored by the Heliophysics Division of the Sci-
ence Mission Directorate. The original story is published at:
http://tinyurl.com/cquqws6 (space-travel.com)

[ANS thanks space-travel.com for the above information]


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AMSAT Submits Proposal to NASA for Fox-1 Satellite

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 324.06
November 20, 2011
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On Monday, Nov. 14, AMSAT submitted a proposal to NASA for
their CubeSat Launch Initiative, also known as the "Educational
Launch of NanoSat" (ELaNa) program. NASA selects projects
that they deem to have merit in support of their strategic and
educational goals. Projects that are selected will be able to
enter into a collaboration agreement where NASA will cover
the integration and launch costs of the satellite.

AMSAT, working with ARRL, highlighted the educational merit of
the project including the incorporation of Fox-1 into the ARRL
Teacher Institute seminars. ARRL also provided a letter of support
for the project that was a key component of our proposal.

The Clay Center for Science and Technology at the Dexter and
Southfield schools in Brookline MA, also provided a letter of
support that was an important part of our proposal. The Clay Center
noted that they use AMSAT satellites such as ARISSat-1 in their
educational activities for K-12 students and that they look
forward to making use of Fox-1.

The completed proposal, at 159 total pages, required a significant
effort that was all done by volunteers. NASA will select from all
of the submissions and announce the winning projects by
January 30, 2012.

[ANS thanks AMSAT Vice-President of Engineering, Tony Monteiro,
 AA2TX for the above information]


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70cm Amateur Station Active on Packet from ISS Columbus Module

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 324.07
November 20, 2011
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70cm Amateur Station Active on Packet from ISS Columbus Module

The amateur radio station located in the Columbus module is
currently operational with the UHF Ericsson transceiver and
packet system using the frequency of 437.550 MHz. To utilize
the  packet system, operators need to set the UNPROTO path
to ARISS (the id is RS0ISS) for digi relay or they may con-
nect to the BBS using the callsign RS0ISS-1. The packet bea-
con is set for 2 minute intervals so it may not appear to be
active over many parts of the world but keep listening and
mind the Doppler shift (+ or - 10 KHz).

[ANS thanks Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO for the above information]


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ARISS Status - 14 November 2011

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 324.08
November 20, 2011
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1.	 School Contacts

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact was
successful for A.S.J. Memorial High School, Thetford Mines, Qu˝├ec,
Canada on Monday, November 14 at 15:41 UTC. The school formed a space
club and students were taught about the ISS, radio equipment and radio

Johnson Space Center (JSC) Education in Houston, Texas completed a
scheduled contact  for an Amateur Radio on the International Space
Station (ARISS) contact on Tuesday, November 15 at 15:39 UTC via station
VK5ZAI in Australia.  Interns and co-ops at JSC participating in the
contact learned about amateur radio technology. Teaching From Space
(TFS), a NASA Education office, will help facilitate the event. TFS
promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the
education community using the unique environment of space and NASA├ď
human spaceflight program.  The students participating in the contact
come from the Space Grant Program, the University Research Centers
Program, the Undergraduate Student Research Project, and JSC├ď internal
co-op program operated through the JSC Human Resources Department. Each
of these programs provides students the opportunity to have hands-on,
real-life, career-related experiences that challenge, inspire, and
provide practical application that complements and expands upon the
studentsacademic education.

2.	Hospitalized Students Participate in ARISS Contact

On Wednesday, November 9, an Amateur Radio on the International Space
Station (ARISS) contact was held between children at the
Rehabilitationszentrum f Kinder und Jugendliche in Affoltern am Albis,
Switzerland and ISS Astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, KE5DAW. The venue of
this contact was a hospital school that is attended by children during
their rehabilitation.   Furukawa was able to answer 13 questions from 9
students during the event, which was attended by approximately 50
people.  The contact had a great impact on the students.  For example,
one 14 year old, suffering from a cerebral hemorrhage and unable to
speak normally, made a tremendous effort to practice his questions for
the contact. Through this event, students learned about space,
satellites, radio waves and propagation of radio waves.

3.	New York Students Contact ISS

Students attending Donald P. Sutherland School in Nassau, New York took
part in a successful Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
(ARISS) contact on Thursday, November 10. The children were able to get
in all of their questions during the pass, with time for a goodbye to
Astronaut Mike Fossum.  The contact was integrated into Language Arts,
Mathematics and Technology, Science, Social Studies, Music, Art,
Physical Education, and Character Education. Web sites such as NASA Kids
and the NASA Digital Learning Network were also utilized by teachers and
students to prepare for this event.  WNYT posted video and a story,
ůassau elementary students talk to an astronautat:

4.	ARISS Contact Integrated into EduSat Project

Bari, Italy students attending I.I.S.S. ┼Ę. MarconiSchool participated
in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact
on Saturday, November 12 via station IK1SLD in Italy. Astronaut Mike
Fossum, KF5AQG fielded 10 questions put to him by the students with
enough time left to exchange greetings.  Local and regional media
covered the event. ┼Ę. Marconiis a scientific high school that
specializes in technology. More than 600 students are enrolled at the
school and the ARI (Radioamateur Association of Bari) is a part of the
ISS Ůarconibody. The Institute participates in the EduSat project,
headed by ASI (Italian Space Agency) in collaboration with IMT -
Ingegneria Marketing e Tecnologia (Italian SME). The ARISS contact was
integrated into the EduSat project through which students are studying
aerospace, space telecommunications and satellite subsystems.

5.	ARISS Represented at AMSAT Symposium

AMSAT held its annual Space Symposium in San Jose, California on
November 4-6.  Dave Taylor, W8AAS (AMSAT-NA US Delegate to ARISS-I)
reported to the Board of Directors on ARISS activities over the past
year.  He also presented a paper on "ARISS and Education" at the general
meeting, on behalf of the paper's authors: Mark Steiner, K3MS, Rosalie
White, K1STO, and Debbie Biggs.

ARISSat-1 was a popular topic, with 5 papers presented about topics
including telemetry decoding, operations, and lessons learned.  Lou
McFadin, W5DID (ARISS hardware lead) talked about the "Fabrication,
Integration and Testing of ARRISat-1".

A major thrust of the symposium was education and how AMSAT can (and
must) provide a complete educational package for its satellites, both to
encourage participation in amateur radio and to obtain affordable launch
opportunities. AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW, made this point
repeatedly.  A number of papers also addressed education from various
angles.  Several AMSAT members attending the symposium formed a team to
develop educational products targeted directly at national STEM
requirements.  They plan to have amateur radio and satellite activities
that teachers can drop into their curriculum.  They hope to have the
first few of these available for use while ARISSat-1 is still
operational, and then develop more for continuing use to benefit ARISS
and future AMSAT satellites.


The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) covered ARISS in its December
2011 issue of QST. The "In Brief" column carried a short item about
Astronaut Mike Fossum, KF5AQG, operating on the air while on-orbit
during JOTA in October.

[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,
Dee Interdonato, NB2F
Nb2f at amsat dot org

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