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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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* Volunteers are needed to help at the AMSAT booth at Dayton. Gould  *
* WA4SXM, is looking for volunteers to help man the AMSAT booth dur- *
* ing the 2012 Hamvention. People are needed all 3 days for 2 hour   *
* shifts. Please send the days and times you are available to help   *
* as well as how many shifts you are willing to work via e-mail to   *
* wa4sxm at amsat.org.                                               *
* Monitor http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/hamvention/2012/Dayton.php  *
* for the latest AMSAT at Dayton news and developments               *

In this edition:
* Schedule of AMSAT Activities at Dayton Hamvention
* May 15 Deadline to Apply for ARRL TI-2 Space in the Classroom Institute
* Five CubeSats in Preparation for July Launch to ISS
* Naval Postgraduate School Develops Multi-CubeSat Deployment System
* Successful ARISS School Contacts with California, Ecuador, and Japan
* Two Months to Field Day - AMSAT FD Rules Posted
* FAA CARSR Radar May Impose Amateur Operating Restrictions on 23cm
* AMSAT-UK on Satellites for World Amateur Radio Day
* UK Will Restrict Use of Amateur Satellite Frequencies During Olympics
* Silent Key - Greg Butler, KI4OTG
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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April 22, 2012
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Schedule of AMSAT Activities at Dayton Hamvention

Here are the daily AMSAT activities at the 2012 Hamvention!

Thursday 17 May 2012
+ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
  AMSAT Booth Setup at Ball Arena (contact Gould Smith, WA4SXM, 
  wa4sxm@amsat.org if you can help during this time).

+ 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  The third Annual AMSAT "Dinner at Tickets" party will be held at 
  Tickets Pub & Eatery in Fairborn, OH. Food can be ordered from 
  the menu and drinks (beer, wine, sodas and iced tea) are avail-
  able at the bar. Directions and coordinates are on the AMSAT Web 
  site. Bring some friends and have a great time the night before 
  Hamvention. Tasty selection of Greek and American food and great 

Demos Daily on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for All Available Passes
AMSAT is encouraging all students attending the 2012 Dayton Hamvention
to come by the Satellite Demonstration Area just outside of the Ball
Area entrance and make a contact using the amateur satellites. There
will be AMSAT volunteers there to explain how to make the contacts and
during actual satellite passes will try to get as many students as pos-
sible to complete actual contacts. There are lists of satellite pass 
times in the satellite demonstration area and at the AMSAT booth.

Friday 18 May 2012
+ 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM at the AMSAT Booth
  AMSAT Booth open for membership renewals, books, new items and 
  information. Outdoor satellite demonstrations right outide the 
  Ball Arena entrance. Engineering area with Fox and  ARISSat-1 
  satellite prototype displays. 

+ 4:00 PM at the ARRL Stage
  AMSAT and ARRL are teaming up during the 2012 Hamvention to 
  recruit new ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space 
  Station) Technical Mentors and Ground Station Operators.
  Friday and Saturday (May 18 & 19) at 4pm in the ARRL stage area 
  AMSAT Vice President for Educational Relations Mark Hammond N8MH 
  will explain the need for additional ARISS Technical Mentors and 
  Ground Station Operators and the requirements and responsibilities 
  needed to help provide a reliable conversation between astronauts 
  and selected schools or groups. 

+ 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM AMSAT/TAPR Banquet at Dayton 2012
  AMSAT/TAPR Banquet on Friday night, May 18 is one of the main AMSAT 
  activities during the 2012 Hamvention at Dayton. 

  AMSAT is pleased to announce that Howard Long, G6LVB will be the 
  featured speaker for the evening event. Howard will be talking 
  about his FUNcube Dongle, the 64 - 1700 MHz Software Defined Rece-
  Banquet tickets will not be sold at the AMSAT booth during the Ham-
  vention so reservations must be made through the AMSAT Store: 
  Tickets are $30 apiece.

Saturday 19 May 2012
+ 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM at the AMSAT Booth
  AMSAT Booth open for membership renewals, books, new items and 
  information. Outdoor satellite demonstrations right outide the 
  Ball Arena entrance. Engineering area with Fox and  ARISSat-1 
  satellite prototype displays.

+ 11:15 AM - 1:30 PM The AMSAT Forum
  Get the latest information about what is going on with AMSAT and 
  its projects. The AMSAT Forum will be held in Forum Room 5.

+ 4:00 PM at the ARRL Stage
  AMSAT Vice President for Educational Relations Mark Hammond N8MH 
  will explain the need for additional ARISS Technical Mentors and 
  Ground Station Operators and the requirements and responsibilities 
  needed to help provide a reliable conversation between astronauts 
  and selected schools or groups.

Sunday 20 May 2012
+ 9:00 AM - 1:00PM at the AMSAT Booth
  AMSAT Booth open for membership renewals, books, new items and 
  information. Outdoor satellite demonstrations right outide the 
  Ball Arena entrance. Engineering area with Fox and  ARISSat-1 
  satellite prototype displays.

+ 1:00PM - 5:00PM at the AMSAT Booth
  Take down and storage of the AMSAT Booth. (contact Gould Smith, 
  WA4SXM, wa4sxm@amsat.org if you can help during this time).

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


May 15 Deadline to Apply for ARRL TI-2 Space in the Classroom Institute

The ARRL Education & Technology Program (ETP) is offering an advanc-
ed Teachers Institute (TI-2) session that focuses on space in the 
classroom. This four-day professional development workshop is spon-
sored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association and is held in their 
location in Dayton, Ohio (July 9-12). 

The TI-2 Space curriculum focuses on the nuts and bolts of setting 
up and operating a satellite ground station. This serves as excellent 
preparation for a scheduled contact with the ISS through the Amateur 
Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. But it also 
provides instruction for continued use of satellites and other man 
made space assets to explore naturally generated signals, space and 
a variety of topics. 

Thanks to generous assistance from Yaesu USA and Ham Radio Outlet, 
participants will receive a full ground station that is configured 
for satellite communications, as well as training on how to set it 
up and use it to make Amateur Radio contacts and download telemetry 

To be considered for a seat in TI-2 Space, participants must possess 
at least a Technician class license at the time off application. ARRL 
membership is required. Priority for attending the TI-2 Space session
 will be given to teachers who have developed an educational proposal 
accepted for participation in the ARISS Program. 

This session has a class limit of 8 participants, so apply early! The 
deadline for the TI-2 Space in the Classroom sessions of the Teachers 
Institute is May 15.

Full details are posted on the ARRL web at:

[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information]


Five CubeSats in Preparation for July Launch to ISS

Five CubeSat teams continue work on preparations for a launch to 
the International Space Station in the July 18-21, 2012 time frame.
These CubeSats will be launched from Tanegashima, Japan aboard the 
JAXA HTV-3 ISS resupply mission. The CubeSats will be loaded into
the J-SSOD deployer on the Japanese Experiment Module, also known  
as Kibo. They will be deployed with the Kibo robotic arm planned 
for September, 2012 timeframe.

The five CubeSats include:
+ Raiko
+ We Wish
+ FITSat 1
+ F-1 Vietnam Student CubeSat
+ TechEdSat

RAIKO - Wakayama University, Japan
http://www.astro.mech.tohoku.ac.jp/RAIKO/ (Japanese)

This 2U CubeSat includes experiments for:
+ Earth photography with a fish-eye lens camera
+ Photo tracking during deployment from ISS to measure relative
+ Experimental star sensor
+ Membrane deployment experiment for de-orbit
+ High speed data communication experiment by Ku-band 
  communication equipment:
  o Orbit determination experiment by Doppler frequency 
    measurement of Ku-band beacon.
  o Mobile ground station and global cooperation for reception

FITSAT-1 - Fukuoka Institute of Technology, Japan

The main mission of this 1U CubeSat will be a demonstration of high
speed data transfer from a satellite. A second experiment aboard the
satellite involves an attempt at visual tracking from the ground of 
the high-output LED flash to investigate the possibility of optical 
communication with satellites. The light from this flash will be re-
ceived by the ground station equipped with a telescope with photo-
multiplier linked to a parabolic antenna tracking the 5.8GHz downlink.

Frequencies announced for FITSAT-1:
CW Beacon 437.250 MHz, 
FM Data   437.445 MHz, 
High speed data 5840.00 MHz.

WE WISH - Meisei Electric Co., Ltd., Japan

The WE WISH mission plans to investigate the monitoring the global 
environment from space with the use of an upper atmosphere measure-
ment experiment. This includes GPS technology, and technical proof
of concept of a micro infra-red camera. The team has the additional
goal of contributing to local technical education through the use of 
CubeSat ground data acquisition. 

F-1 Vietnam Student CubeSat
Vietnamese students in Hanoi plan to orbit the country's first sat-
ellite, their amateur radio CubeSat F-1 with the callsign XV1VN. The
satellite will carry a low resolution C328 camera and two Yaesu VX-3R 
transceivers using 145.980 and 437.485 MHz.

+ VX-3R1, 437.485 MHz FM downlink:
  o Solar cell power only, operates in sunlight only
  o Output power: max 0.3W, half-wave dipole antenna
  o Morse code beacon (10 chars) using PWM CW every 30 seconds

+ VX-3R2, 145.980 MHz FM downlink:
  o Rechargeable battery, operates in dark and sunlight
  o Output power: max 1.0W, half-wave dipole antenna
  o AFSK 1200bps, half duplex, one AX.25 packet every 30 seconds

If the The F-1 web page at: http://fspace.edu.vn is not available
the latest news and photos have been posted on the AMSAT-UK web:

TechEdSat - San Jose State University

TechEdSat is a 1U CubeSat built by San Jose State University in part-
nership with NASA Ames Research Center and AAC Microtec. It's mission 
is to evaluate Space Plug-and-play Avionics (SPA) designed in Sweden 
by AAC Microtec, and to perform a communications experiment utilizing 
the Iridium and Orbcomm satellite phone network. 

Student hands-on learning opportunities were presented during the 
International Space Apps Challenge on April 21-22. For this challenge, 
space hackers implemented a fault-tolerant command and control system, 
utilizing both the OrbComm and Iridium modems as uplink and downlink. 
Ground segment of the software includes the ability for a laptop, Apple 
or Android phone to issue commands to the spacecraft over Iridium/Orb-
comm. The students will also be challenged with designing the capa-
bility for relaying data received from the spacecraft automatically 
to Twitter.

TechEdSat has received IARU frequency coordination for its downlink
on 437.465 MHz.

[ANS thanks the CubeSat teams, AMSAT-UK, and Mineo Wakita JE9PEL for
 the above information]


Naval Postgraduate School Develops Multi-CubeSat Deployment System

The Space Systems Academic Group (SSAG) at the US Naval Postgraduate 
School has developed the NPS CubeSat Launcher or NPSCuL (pronounced 
NPS-cool). This is an auxiliary payload platform to allow multiple 
CubeSats to be launched aboard rockets as secondary payload meaning 
the rocket would be able to carry satellites in onboard space that 
would otherwise be unused.

NPSCuL can accommodate up to 24 CubeSats in a single ESPA-class [Sec-
ondary Payload Adapter] payload volume. Upon reaching the desired 
orbit spring-loaded doors will release the satellites one-by-one.

First flight is planned for August 2012 which will carry 11 CubeSats 
for the Operationally Unique Technologies Satellite (OUTSat). This 
will enable NPS researchers to get one of their own CubeSats into
space. The NPS STARE CubeSat is part of a collaborative effort be-
tween NPS and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) on a
proof-of-concept mission to observe other satellites and help deter
mine threats posed by space debris.

The NPS has published a press release available on-line at:
http://tinyurl.com/CubeSat-NPSCuL (www.nps.edu).

The AMSAT-UK web also provided coverage of this story at: 

[ANS thanks the US Naval Postgraduate School for the above 


Successful ARISS School Contacts with California, Ecuador, and Japan

Academia Cotopaxi in Quito, Ecuador
On Friday, April 13, an ARISS) contact was held between students from 
Academia Cotopaxi in Quito, Ecuador and on-orbit astronaut Don Pettit, 
KD5MDT via station IK1SLD in Italy. Cotopaxi, an international Ameri-
can school with students in grades pre-K to 12, has a strong relation-
ship with Ecuador's astronaut, Ronnie Nader, and the Ecuadorian Civ-
ilian Space Agency (EXA). It utilized several NASA resources in its 
curriculum covering space, technology and radio. Approximately 500 
students and visitors were present for the event.

Saitama Scout Council Japan
Scouts from the Troop 2nd & 3rd Iruma Group, Saitama Scout Council, 
Scout Association of Japan participated in an ARISS contact on Satur-
day, April 14. An audience of 70 people, including one magazine rep-
resentative, turned out for the contact and listened as the Scouts 
had their questions about living on the ISS answered by on-orbit 
astronaut Dan Burbank, KC5ZSX. The Scouts have their own radio club, 
JQ1YWJ and many of the Scouts have been attending amateur radio 
classes to become licensed.

Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy California
The Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy in Riverside, California had 
a successful ARISS contact on Thursday, April 19. The telebridge sta
tion IK1SLD in Italy provided the radio connection with the ISS. The 
ARISS contact complemented a comprehensive education plan to pique 
students' interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). 

After the event, ARISS mentor Clint Bradford, K6LCS declared, "SUCCESS 
at Flabob Airport this morning! Flight engineer Pettit answered all 
seventeen of our questions - from fifteen students." There were 211 
in the audience, including 120 Flabob students, media, city council 
members, Gordon West and Don Arnold, and other dignitaries, AND a lot 
of parents, too!

Media coverage of the Flabob ARISS contact included California's sixth 
largest daily newspaper, The Press-Enterprise, sent a reporter, video-
grapher, and photographer, the Bob Heil & Gordon West mediacast, Ham 
Nation, sent a videographer - and the contact will be on an episode 
of their webcast in the next couple of weeks. Newspaper coverage in-
cluded the editor and publisher of The Riverside County Record. Clint 
was interviewed on PBS radio affiliate KVCR. The Inland Empire Tele-
vision Network videotaped the entire event.

The Press-Enterprise is the region's major newspaper. Links to their 
video, article, and photographs are posted on ISS-Flabob site blog 
at: http://www.iss-flabob.com/ISS-Flabob/Blog/Blog.html

Clint invites you to check out http://www.iss-flabob.com since this
site created for the ARISS event also offers links and publications 
on amateur radio, our space programs, ARISS, AMSAT, ARRL, ham radio 
licensing - and MORE - on the MORE INFO page.

[ANS thanks Carol Jackson, KB3LKI and the Amateur Radio on the Inter-
 national Space Station (ARISS) Status Report for April 16, 2012 and
 Clint Bradford, K6LCS for the above information]


Two Months to Field Day - AMSAT FD Rules Posted

AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO reminds you
that time of year is once again approaching - Field Day!

Each year the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) sponsors Field Day
as an emergency preparedness exercise.  The event takes place during
a 24-hour period on the fourth weekend of June. For 2012 the event
takes place during a 27-hour period between 1800 UTC on Saturday,
June 23, 2012 and 2100 UTC on Sunday June 24, 2012. Those who set up
prior to 1800 UTC on June 23 can operate only 24 hours.

The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) promotes its own ver-
sion of Field Day for operation via the amateur satellites, held con-
currently with the ARRL event.

With the loss of AO-51 and SO-67 field day this year is going to be
most challenging. If you are considering ONLY the FM voice satellites
like AMRAD-OSCAR-27 or SaudiSat-Oscar-50 for your primary AMSAT Field
Day focus: Don't, unless you are simply hoping to make one contact
for the ARRL rules bonus points.

The congestion on FM LEO satellites was so intense in prior years
that we must continue to limit their use to one-QSO-per-FM-satellite.
This includes the International Space Station. You will be allowed
one QSO if the ISS is operating Voice. You will also be allowed one
digital QSO with the ISS or any other digital, non-store-and-forward,
packet satellite (if operational).

If you have worked the satellites on Field Day in recent years, you 
may have noticed a lot of good contacts can be made on some of the 
less-populated, low-earth-orbit satellites like VUSat OSCAR-52,Fuji-
OSCAR 29 (may or may not be operational), AMSAT-OSCAR 7. During Field 
Day the transponders come alive like 20 meters on a weekend. The good 
news is that the transponders on these satellites will support multi-
ple simultaneous contacts. The bad news is that you can't use FM, 
just low duty cycle modes like SSB and CW.

The AMSAT Field Day 2012 event is open to all Amateur Radio operators.
Amateurs are to use the exchange as specified in ARRL rules for Field
Day. The AMSAT competition is to encourage the use of all amateur sat-
ellites, both analog and digital.

For the complete listing of the AMSAT Field Day Rules please refer to
the documents posted on-line at:
Links are also accessible from http://www.amsat.org front page.

[ANS thanks AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO
 for the above information]


FAA CARSR Radar May Impose Amateur Operating Restrictions on 23cm

An ARRL bulletin this week noted that the Federal Aviation Adminis-
tration (FAA) is deploying a new generation of Common Air Route Sur-
veillance Radar (CARSR) that has some implications for the use of 
the 1240-1300 MHz (23 cm) band by amateurs. 

The Amateur Service allocation in this band is on a secondary basis, 
with aeronautical radionavigation and several other services primary 
in the United States Table of Frequency Allocations. The FCC rules 
require that amateur stations operating in the 23 cm band may not 
cause harmful interference to stations in the radionavigation-satel-
lite service, the aeronautical radionavigation service, the Earth 
exploration-satellite service or the space research service. 

One case of harmful interference in Southern California has been re-
ported. CARSRs are being installed in several dozen locations through-
out the country and will use various frequencies in the 1240-1350 MHz 
range with an occupied bandwidth of about 3 MHz. In the vicinity of 
the radars, amateur operation may be precluded in a portion of the 
23 cm band. The ARRL is in contact with FAA engineers. The ARRL said
they anticipate that the constraints on amateur use of the band will 
be limited to those necessary to protect aviation safety, which of 
course cannot be compromised.

The bulletin is posted on the ARRL web at:

[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information]


AMSAT-UK on Satellites for World Amateur Radio Day

Members of AMSAT-UK operated on the amateur radio satellites from 
the RSGB National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park to celebrate World 
Amateur Radio Day (WARD) on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

World Amateur Radio Day commemorates the founding of the Internation-
al Amateur Radio Union (IARU) on April 18, 1925. This year's theme 
was "Amateur Radio Satellites: Celebrating 50 Years in Space" in re-
membrance of the launching of OSCAR 1 on December 12, 1961 and the 
launch of OSCAR 2 on June 2, 1962.

Those taking part in the event were Jim G3WGM, Dave G4DPZ, Trevor 
M5AKA, Ciaran M0XTD, Matthew SWL, Clive G3CWV, Carlos G0AKI and Elaine 
G4LFM. The satellites worked during the day included FO-29 and AO-7 
and contacts were made with stations across Europe using the 144 and 
430 MHz bands.

The equipment used comprised a Kenwood TS-2000 with WiMo X quads for 
144 and 430 MHz, with pre amps and polarisation switches.

Read the rest of this article, along with links to photos and video
on-line on the AMSAT-UK web: http://www.uk.amsat.org/6516

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


UK Will Restrict Use of Amateur Satellite Frequencies During Olympics

Trevor, M5AKA has filed the following notice on the AMSAT-UK web. 
The Olympic and Paralympic Games will be using almost half of the 
430 MHz amateur radio allocation as well as segments of 2.3 GHz 
and 3.4 GHz during the period June 28 to September 23.

The impact on the Amateur-satellite Service 435-438 MHz allocation 
has been restricted to 436.25-437.25 MHz. It is understood that the 
equipment being used in the 430 MHz band will include handheld FM 
rigs at the hotels, the routes to the venues and the venues them-

The UK communications regulator Ofcom has provided details of the 
areas that need to be protected from RF within the designated fre-
quency ranges. Follow the link to the AMSAT-UK web provided below
for the details of the region affected by the restrictions.

Ofcom say the use of radio by Amateurs in the designated areas could
cause interference to Games applications; it is also possible that 
higher power transmissions from outside these areas could cause in-
terference. Consequently, to avoid the risk of interference to Games 
applications, Ofcom request that Amateurs do not operate within the 
frequency ranges identified in the areas defined in Annexes A and B, 
and that Amateurs ensure that any signals that could be received in 
these areas are negligible. This indicates that the specified fre-
quency ranges should be avoided for a considerable distance outside 
the designated zones. Clearly a well equipped station on a good site 
75 km from the edge of a zone could still put a signal into that 

Full story on AMSAT-UK web at: http://www.uk.amsat.org/6574

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


Silent Key - Greg Butler, KI4OTG

AMSAT has received the sad news of the passing of satellite operator
Greg Butler, KI4OTG of Memphis, Tennessee. Greg had a a heart attack
on April 18 and did not survive it. He just turned 48 in February.
He is survived by his 18 year old son

Rick Tillman, WA4NVM noted, "Greg was one of the truly nice guys, 
always polite and there to help. It's been our great pleasure and 
privilege to know and work with him in the Memphis ham community. 
He will truly be missed. God bless your soul faithful servant,"

John Papay, K8YSE recalled, "Greg was one of the most courteous 
operators that I've known.  He was active on the birds and enjoyed 
working new grids. Greg was a gentlemen. We will miss hearing his 
voice on the birds."

[ANS thanks Rick Tillman, WA4NVM and John Papay, K8YSE for the above


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ It is time to submit nominations for the upcoming open seats on 
  the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors. Three directors and two alternate 
  directors have terms expiring this year. The director seats open 
  for election are held by Tom Clark, K3IO; Lou McFadin, W5DID; and 
  Gould Smith, WA4SXM. The alternate director seats open for election 
  are held by Mark Hammond, N8MH and Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK. The
  AMSAT front page news at http://www.amsat.org has the instructions
  to submit your nominations.

+ The 2012 AMSAT Annual Meeting and Symposium will be held at the 
  Holiday Inn, Orlando (Florida) Airport on October 26-28, 2012.
  Watch for the Call for Papers and more details as they become
  available. If you are interested in a Monday Trip (October 29) 
  to the Kennedy Space Center please contact Martha via email:
  martha at amsat.org. The trip will include a round trip bus from 
  the hotel and entrance to the Space Center. The cost will be about 
  $100. This is a wonderful experience for those that haven't been 
  and for those that have been multiple times. We need to get an idea 
  of how many will participate to select the correct bus.

+ If you worked KP4FD as members of the Puerto Rico Field Day Group
  celebrated the IARU "World Amateur Radio Day" on April 18 you can
  receive an electronic certificate by sending a request via WP3GW.
  The group will also provide confirmations will be via eQSL and 

+ The next Hudson Valley Satcom net date is Thursday, April 26 at
  8:00 PM EDT (UTC -4) on the 146.970 MHz repeater, and also on
  the N2EYH-L Echolink node. More info: http://www.hvsatcom.org/
  (via Stu, WA2BSS)

+ Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the 31st Annual 
  ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference on September 21-23,
  2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. Please send papers to: Maty Weinberg,
  ARRL, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111 or  via e-mail to: 

+ UniverseToday posted a collection of photos of the Shuttle Discovery
  final flight aboard NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft during its
  Washington DC overflight and delivery to the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy 
  Center in Chantilly, Virginia. See:
  Video of the event is posted at: http://tinyurl.com/April17-Discovery
  Photos and a video of Discovery's departure from the Kennedy Space
  Center in Florida are posted at: http://tinyurl.com/Florida-Discovery
  NASA Goddard Center photos of the flight over Washington DC are at:
  A time-lapse photo panorama of Discovery's take-off from Florida:

+ See how the moon appears to the crew aboard the ISS: 

+ Students at Drexel University need mentoring in setting up a ground
  station. If you can help please contact Nick Pugh, K5QXJ via e-mail
  at quadpugh@bellsouth.net and he will put you in touch with the pro-
  fessor leading the cubesat program.

+ Painstakingly assembled from over 150,000 digital photos taken 
  over the course of eight months, this stunning time-lapse video 
  of aurora-filled Arctic skies is the latest creation by photo/
  video artist Ole C. Salomonsen. Take a moment, turn up the sound, 
  sit back and enjoy the show! Play this too much and the XYL is go-
  ing to wonder what you're up to in the shack:
  http://tinyurl.com/Celestial-Lights (universetoday.com)
[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 addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT

Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students
enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
information. And with that please keep in mind how fast we are going
as the Earth orbits the sun at an average speed close to 30 km per 
second. The Sun travels at a speed of 250 km per second, but it still 
takes 230 million years for it to complete a single revolution of the 

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

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA