[jamsat-news:3256] [ans] ANS-362 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Joseph Spier wao @ vfr.net
2014年 12月 28日 (日) 13:34:50 JST


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Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space
including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur
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In this edition:

* AMSAT Awards Update
* FUNcube-1 in full-time transponder mode
* NASA Cube Quest Challenge Summit Jan 7th & 8th
* AMSAT Events
* Russian ISS School Contacts
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-362 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 362.01
DATE December 28, 2014
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AMSAT Awards Update

As 2014 draws to an end and we look at all the accomplishments hams
have made towards satellite operation and those that have entered the
satellite community I would like to thank all of those that have made
the year what it was. Those that took time off to travel and work
satellites from semi-rare and rare grid squares, those that operated
for the AO-7 special event, those that helped build, test and launch
satellites and especially those that nurture students in elementary
through college grades.

Here are our latest inductions into some of the AMSAT awards

The following have entered into the Satellite Communicators Club for
making their first satellite QSO.

David Barholomew, AD7DB
John Bartholomew, N7JY
Walter Dilley, KD7DNY
Nicolas Romero, KG5BON

To see all the awards visit
http://www.amsat.org or

Bruce Paige, KK5DO
AMSAT Director Contests and Awards
ARRL Awards Manager (WAS, 5BWAS, VUCC), VE
Houston AMSAT Net - Wed 0200z on Echolink - Conference *AMSAT*
Also streaming MP3 at

Podcast at
http://www.amsatnet.com/podcast.xml or iTunes

[ANS thanks the Bruce, KK5DO for the above information]


FUNcube-1 in full-time transponder mode

On December 23 FUNcube-1 / AO-73 was switched into full-time
transponder mode with low-power beacon. It will remain in that mode
for the next 5-7 days.

Enjoy the transponder.

With best wishes for the Festive Season, and for 2015

FUNcube Team

[ANS thanks the FUNcube team and AMSAT-UK for the above information]


NASA Cube Quest Challenge Summit Jan 7th & 8th

The NASA Centennial Challenges Program and NASA Ames Research Center
are pleased to announce that the Cube Quest Challenge Summit will be
held January 7-8, 2015 at the NASA Ames Conference Center.

NASA Ames Conference Center
500 Severyns Road
Moffett Field, CA 94035

This event will bring together NASA Centennial Challenges
administrators, invited NASA technical experts and presenters, and
the community of interested technical service providers and potential
competitor team members for the purposes of:

* To introduce the Cube Quest operating conditions, rules and
* To encourage potential competitors to self-organize into teams
* Foster dialog; raise understanding about this exciting competition
and opportunities
* Support the best possible competition

The event will be held:
January 7, 2015 from 1 p.m to 5 p.m (Registration Desk opens at 12:00
January 8, 2015 from 8 a.m to 12 p.m

See website for more information:

[ANS thanks NASA for the above information]


AMSAT Events

Information about AMSAT activities at other important events around
the country.  Examples of these events are radio club meetings where
AMSAT Area Coordinators give presentations, demonstrations of working
amateur satellites, and hamfests with an AMSAT presence (a table with
AMSAT literature and merchandise, sometimes also with presentations,
forums, and/or demonstrations).

* Sunday, 4 January 2015 – Ham Radio University in Bethpage NY
(Briarcliffe College)

* Saturday, 10 January 2015 – Thunderbird Hamfest 2015 in Phoenix AZ
(43rd Avenue, between Greenway and Bell Roads)

* Friday and Saturday, 16-17 January 2015 – Cowtown Hamfest in Forest
Hill TX (south of Fort Worth)

* Saturday, 14 February 2015 – presentation for the Greater Los
Angeles Mensa Regional Gathering 2015 in Los Angeles CA (Concourse
Hotel at Los Angeles International Airport)

* Friday and Saturday, 20-21 February 2015 – Yuma Hamfest in Yuma AZ
(Yuma County Fairgrounds, 32nd Street between Pacific Avenue & Avenue
3E, south of I-8 exit 3)

* Saturday, 7 March 2015 – Irving Amateur Radio Club Hamfest in
Irving TX (west of Dallas)

* Friday and Saturday, 13-14 March 2015 – Green Country Hamfest in
Claremore OK (northeast of Tulsa)

* Friday and Saturday, 20-21 March 2015 – Acadiana Hamfest in Rayne
LA (west of Lafayette)

* Saturday, 21 March 2015 – Weatherford Hamfest in Weatherford TX
(west of Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex)

* Saturday, 21 March 2015 – Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club Hamfest in
Scottsdale AZ (northeast of Phoenix, near AZ-101/Princess Drive)

* Saturday, 28 March 2015 – Tucson Spring Hamfest in Tucson AZ (22nd
Street, east of Columbus Blvd.)

* Friday, 3 April 2015 – presentation for the Associated Radio
Amateurs of Long Beach in Signal Hill CA (Signal Hill Community

* Saturday TBD in early May 2015 – Cochise Amateur Radio Association
Hamfest in Sierra Vista AZ

* Saturday TBD in early June 2015 – White Mountain Hamfest in Show
Low AZ

* Friday and Saturday, 12-13 June 2015 – HAM-COM in Irving TX (west
of Dallas)

* Friday and Saturday, 7-8 August 2015 – Austin Summerfest in Austin

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]


Russian ISS School Contacts

Both Dmitry Pashkov R4UAB and Michal Zawada SQ5KTM have released
videos of ISS school contacts by cosmonaut Yelena Serov operating
with the callsign RS0ISS which took place on Sunday, December 21,

The amateur radio station in the Russian Service Module was used and
the Kenwood D710 operated on 145.800 MHz FM. The power setting used
is not clear but may have been 25 watts. It is understood that ISS
school contacts had been planned for Sunday with students at both
Ekaterinburg and Chelyabinsk.

In his blog Dmitry Pashkov R4UAB said of the first Chelyabinsk
contact: Radio session of the crew of the International Space Station
with a children’s art school in Chelyabinsk. With great difficulty
they contacted.

Dmitry Pashkov R4UAB Blog


[ANS thanks ARISS and AMSAT-UK for the above information]



+ A Successful contact was made between About Gagarin From Space,
Amateur Session of The Parties  Centre Extracurricular Activities
Chelyabinsk, Chelyabinsk, Russia, direct via  R8AM
Contact was with RSØISS
Contact was successful 2014-12-21  11:55 UTC
(see above article)

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Kursk, Russia,  direct via TBD
Contact is presently scheduled to be with RSØISS
Contact is  postponed until 2015 January TBD UTC

Kursk, Russia, direct via  TBD
Contact is presently scheduled to be with RSØISS
Contact is postponed until 2015 January TBD  UTC

[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above


Satellite Shorts From All Over

*Small CubeSat Provides Big Space Experience

Any way you slice it, space exploration -- done right -- requires
an inordinate range of technical expertise. From designing the
spacecraft, the mission proposal and the circuit boards to testing
the flight software and putting together budgets, sending something,
anything, into the cosmos depends on good people who know their job.

"Although significantly smaller in size, CubeSats contain analogous
payloads and subsystems to larger satellites and require similar
technical knowledge and resources to traditional flight projects,"
said Shannon Statham, an engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
in Pasadena, California. "The training and experience gained by
working on CubeSats are directly applicable to larger missions."

Only three years after receiving her graduate degree in engineering,
and having logged time in JPL's Environmental Test Lab, Statham was
chosen to become the project manager for NASA's Radiometer
Atmospheric CubeSat Experiment (RACE) mission. The position quickly
provided the Georgia Institute of Technology grad all the hands-on
experience she could have hoped for -- and more.

"The core team for RACE was comprised of 15 early career hires,"
said Statham. "We each had our designated role, but we all wore many
hats and contributed to all aspects of taking the mission from
proposal, to design, to testing, to launch delivery. With a very
ambitious project schedule and budget, it's what we had to do to get
the job done."

RACE was a CubeSat, a small satellite no bigger than a loaf of
bread, designed to test components of an Earth-observing radiometer
that would be used in future missions by larger, more expensive
satellites. RACE was designed to "hitch a ride" aboard a rocket that
was already tasked with lofting a spacecraft to the International
Space Station. Once at the station, RACE would be set free to orbit
Earth as its own satellite, measuring the liquid water path and water
vapor that is pertinent to the water cycle and Earth's energy budget
from 240 miles up.

"That is one of the beauties of CubeSats," said Statham. "They are
small and compact, so placing them in the available nooks and
crannies of a rocket already set to carry another payload into space
can be quite cost-effective."

When compared to its larger satellite siblings, just about
everything about CubeSats is diminutive. Even transporting them is
low-key. While their bigger brethren usually require a specially-
equipped, air-cushioned tractor trailer or perhaps a military cargo
plane, RACE made its way from the lab into the world via an attache-
sized box that Statham herself placed in the overhead compartment
above her airliner seat.

The RACE team had hoped to show their instrument's performance could
rival that of traditional big satellites, resulting in potential cost
savings down the line. On the evening of October 28, 2014, Statham
and several other RACE early career hires watched as an Antares
rocket carrying their satellite lifted off from the Wallops Flight
Facility in Virginia. Moments into the flight, one of the rocket's
main engines failed, sending its space station-destined payload
(including RACE) to a fiery end.

"The launch failure was a disappointment, but I think all of us know
that's a risk you take," said Statham. "We saw all our hard work
effectively go up in flames. But I think everyone on the team is
taking this as a very positive experience in general, and we're all
moving on to new and exciting endeavors at JPL."

Statham is sticking with CubeSats for the time being. She is working
on a JPL concept to fly a space-based radar called "RaInCube." Others
on her team have gone on to other CubeSat projects, while still
others are working on more traditional space missions or in one of
the research labs at JPL.

And what of RACE itself? At the time of this writing, the 13.4-inch-
long (34-centimeter) spacecraft has not been recovered. But the
technology that Statham and her colleagues pushed from concept, to
test bed, to launch pad, lives on. The lessons learned developing the
radiometer, the instrument that was the heart of the RACE mission,
are being applied to a new CubeSat proposal called Temporal
Experiment for Storms and Tropical Systems - Demonstrator (TEMPEST-D).

The next JPL CubeSat is scheduled to fly on January 29 of next year.
Called GEO-CAPE ROIC In-Flight Performance Experiment (GRIFEX), the
CubeSat will hitch a ride aboard the Soil Moisture Active-Passive
(SMAP) launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. GRIFEX is a
flight test of advanced technology required for future Earth
observers measuring atmospheric composition from geostationary Earth

JPL has other CubeSat projects in development as well, including
missions to the moon, Mars and near-Earth asteroids. JPL recently
selected proposals from 10 universities to analyze CubeSat concepts
that could enhance a proposed Europa Clipper mission. The concepts
will be incorporated into a JPL study on how small probes could be
carried as auxiliary payloads.

"These tiny spacecraft are great platforms for increasing the
technology readiness of new technologies to buy down risk for larger
missions in a relatively short time frame and minimal budget. They
can also provide resources to larger missions with minimal impacts to
cost and mass," said Statham. "The future looks bright for CubeSats."


[ANS thanks Spacedaily.com for the above information]



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This week's ANS Editor,
Joe Spier, K6WAO
k6wao at amsat dot org
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