[jamsat-news:3322] [ans] ANS-305 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Joseph Spier wao vfr.net
2015ǯ 11 1 () 14:17:38 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
Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building,
launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio

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In this edition:

* Super Strypi (SPARK) Launch Planned for November 2, 2015
* Duchifat 1 status update
* UKube-1 CubeSat Completes Mission
* Fort Worth students talk to ISS
* Tim Peake KG5BVI and the ISS Astro Pis
* Radio amateurs to help London children talk to ISS
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News

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ANS-305 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 305.01
DATE November 1, 2015
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Super Strypi (SPARK) Launch Planned for November 1, 2015

The following satellites are planned to be launched on 2, Nov 2015.

Argus, EDSN, HawaiiSat-1, ORS-Squared, PrintSat, STACEM, STU-1, 
Site is Pacific Missile Range - Kokole Point, Kauai, Hawaii

Satellite                Downlink            Beacon    Mode
----------------------   -----------------   -------   ------------
Argus                    2403.000-2403.400   437.290   1200bps AFSK
EDSN                     2401.200-2431.200   437.100   1200bps AFSK
HawaiiSat1 (HiakaSat1)    145.9805           437.2705  9600bps GFSK
ORS-Squared               437.325               .      9600bps GMSK
PrintSat                  437.325               .      9600bps GMSK
STACEM                       .                  .      ?
STU-1                    2402.000-2445.000   436.360   9600bps GMSK
Supernova-Beta            437.570               .      1200bps AFSK
----------------------   -----------------   -------   ------------

1 99999U 00000    15306.00000000  .00002809  00000-0  69295-4 0 00007
2 99999 094.6040 077.7732 0056131 182.2912 079.1822 15.38919159000464


[ANS thanks Mineo Wakita, JE9PEL for the above information]


Duchifat 1 status update

We're happy to report that the satellite is still operational and doing
very well.
We've already received 20 stations using Duchifat 1, and all said stations
are displayed on our map at
www.h-space-lab.org .
QSL cards are on their way, and a few have already been received.
It's a fantastic experience to be heard by the satellite, get immediate
digipeating response from it, and later see your position on the map on
the website, after a successful dump at our GS from the satellite.
If you try to contact it and encounter any difficulty, please don't
hesitate to write to us at
4X4HSC  gmail.com
It's all very fun. We also hope people can share their experiences here.
73, and good luck.

[ANS thanks the Herzliya Science Center team posting on the AMSAT=BB for 
above information]


UKube-1 CubeSat Completes Mission

UKube-1, the UK Space Agencys first national spacecraft, has now completed
its nominal mission following over 14 months of operations. Discussion is
underway with AMSAT-UK about the possibility of taking over UKube-1 
to continue its educational and outreach activities.

Launched in July 2014, UKube-1 is a technology demonstration mission with a
broad set of objectives aimed at attracting and training future 
generations of
engineers, encouraging collaboration across sectors and institutions, fast
tracking space technology development and engaging with students.

As a 3 unit CubeSat (30x30x10cm), flying 4 main payloads, with all the key
subsystems of much larger satellites, UKube-1 remains one of the most 
CubeSats ever built. Despite some technical challenges in orbit, the mission
has achieved a range of milestones including:

• delivery into the correct planned orbit (around 650km, sun-synchronous)
• successful deployment of solar panels and antenna
• good battery health
• slow spin rate measured
• uplink and downlink capabilities checked, including Large Data Transfer,
downlink at 3 speeds, and redundant communications mode
• all core payloads commissioned and data collected for each
• on-board camera technology successfully tested
• data downlinked from multiple ground stations across the globe

UKube-1 has also helped maintain the UKs leading position in the CubeSat
sector. Participation in the mission placed Clyde Space in an excellent
position to capitalize on the fast growing global nanosatellite market. The
company has experienced 100% year on year growth, both in turnover and
employees, as a direct result from involvement in UKube-1, and is firmly
established as a global leader.

Mark McCrum, Bright Ascension Ltd, said:
UKube-1 provided us with an invaluable opportunity to gain flight heritage
for our software technology and to get deeply involved in the operation of a
complex CubeSat mission. It gave a huge boost to our credibility as a space
software provider and has been instrumental in winning further work.

Craig Clark, CEO Clyde Space Ltd, said:
UKube-1 represents a pivotal achievement in the development and growth of
Clyde Space. The project moved the company from being a spacecraft 
supplier to providing full missions for our customers. To give some 
context to
the extent that Ukube-1 has had to our business, Clyde Space has more than
quadrupled in size in the last 3 years and there are currently over 60 
planned through production here in Glasgow over the next 18 months. The 
on investment for Ukube-1 in terms of jobs and export sales for the UK 
has been
outstanding and is a great example of industry and the UK Space Agency 
together to put the UK at the forefront of global space technology.

Professor Andrew Holland, Open University, added:
Involvement in the UKube-1 mission, though our C3D instrument, has had a
positive effect on our research and technology program within the Space
Instrumentation Group at the Open University, as well as a positive 
effect on
our technology partners in the project; XCAM Ltd and e2v Ltd. The 
project has
helped the OU to build a new strand of instrument development within the 
raised awareness of the CubeSat platform as a potential vehicle to 
the development of scientific space instrumentation, and has provided 
early in-
orbit-demonstration of technologies. The mission introduced us to new 
and industrial collaborators operating in the space sector and supported the
career development of the young engineers and scientists working on the

STFCs RAL Space provided the Ground Station for the mission at Chilbolton
Observatory in Hampshire UK, and UKube-1 operations were commanded from 

Mission Manager Dr Helen Walker said:
It has been a very exciting time, made possible only with the great support
from all the teams involved.

Although the Agency-supported mission phase has ended, discussion is 
with AMSAT-UK about the possibility of taking over UKube-1 operations to
continue its educational and outreach activities until the satellite orbit
naturally degrades.

More information about UKube-1 can be found in the missions section of 
the UK
Space Agency website


UKube-1 carries a set of AMSAT-UK FUNcube boards which provide an 
beacon for use by schools and a linear transponder for amateur radio

UKube-1 nominal frequencies:
• 145.840 MHz Telemetry downlink
• 145.915 MHz FUNcube subsystem beacon
• 400 mW inverting SSB/CW linear transponder
– 435.080-435.060 MHz Uplink
– 145.930-145.950 MHz Downlink

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


Fort Worth students talk to ISS

Students at Daggett Montessori School in Fort Worth used amateur radio 
to talk
to astronaut Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS, aboard the International Space Station.

Before the contact Cowtown Amateur Radio Club member Keith Pugh W5IU 
to the students how they are able to talk to the ISS.

The contact, which took place on Thursday, October 29, gave the students the
opportunity to ask questions about life in space. The Star-Telegram 
reports Grace Jordan, a seventh-grader, wondered about the effects of
microgravity on food digestion.

Kjell used the amateur radio station in the ESA ISS Columbus module callsign
NA1SS, while the students used the station K5COW set up by Cowtown Amateur
Radio Club in the school auditorium.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) lets students
worldwide experience the excitement of talking directly with crew members of
the International Space Station, inspiring them to pursue interests in 
in science, technology, engineering and math, and engaging them with radio
science technology through amateur radio.

Watch Daggett Montessori MS Talk to Space Station 2015

Read the Star-Telegram story at


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


Tim Peake KG5BVI and the ISS Astro Pis

AMSAT-UK members are leading on the Amateur Radio on the ISS (ARISS) Schools
contacts program for the upcoming Tim Peake Principia mission to the ISS. A
number of high profile school contacts are planned to be carried out and 
activity is being coordinated with the UK Space Agency as part of the 
Principia Educational Outreach program.

Two specially augmented Raspberry Pis called Astro Pis are planned to 
fly on
an Orbital Sciences Cygnus cargo freighter to the ISS in early 
December. They
will be used by UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI during his Principia 
mission on
the Space Station which is expected to commence in mid-December.

The Astro Pis are planned to run experimental Python programs written by
young people in schools across the country; the results will be returned 
to Earth at the end of the mission. ARISS/AMSAT-UK members are actively
involved in discussions with the UK Space Agency, ESA, the Raspberry Pi
Foundation and others to establish the feasibility of re-purposing one 
of the
Astro Pi units, either within or post Tim Peakes mission, to provide an
alternative video source for the amateur radio HamTV transmitter in the ISS
Columbus module. Additional discussions are ongoing with all parties for 
educational activities into the future with the Astro Pi units being 
and potentially enhancing the capability of the amateur radio station on 

The main mission of HamTV is to perform contacts between the astronauts 
on the
ISS and school students, not only by voice as now, but also by 
video from the ISS to the ground. ARISS has been working with Goonhilly and
hope to provide a video download facility via one of their large dishes 
for the
schools contacts as well as attempting to receive the video at each 
school as
part of the contact.

Principia mission

School Shortlist for Tim Peake Space Station Contact


Astro Pi


[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


Radio amateurs to help London children talk to ISS

On Wednesday, November 4 pupils at the Eleanor Palmer Primary School in
Camden, London should have the opportunity to speak to an astronaut in space
thanks to an Amateur Radio Telebridge link via Australia. The audio will be
streamed via the web and Echolink.

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with
participants at Eleanor Palmer School, London, United Kingdom on Wednesday,
November 4. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 09:51 GMT. 
It is
recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before 
this time.
The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds.

The contact will be a telebridge between astronaut Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS,
using the callsign NA1SS from the amateur radio station in the ISS Columbus
module, and Martin Diggens VK6MJ in Western Australia. The contact should be
audible over portions of Australia and adjacent areas.  Interested 
are invited to listen in on the 145.800 MHz FM downlink.

Audio from this contact will be available via the amateur radio Echolink
system on node *AMSAT* (101377) and via the IRLP Node 9010 Discovery 

Streaming Audio will be able on the web at

Audio on Echolink and web stream is generally started around 20 minutes 
to the contact taking place so that you can hear some of the preparation 
occurs. IRLP will begin just prior to the ground station call to the

Contact times are approximate. If the ISS executes a reboost or other
manoeuvre, the AOS (Acquisition Of Signal) time may alter by a few minutes

Eleanor Palmer Primary School, a non-selective community school, is 
located in
central London in the United Kingdom. London is an exciting and dynamic 
city and its schools are the best in the country, attributed to the 
social and
ethnic diversity, excellent local leadership and the quality of teaching.

Eleanor Palmer is a relatively small school of around 220 pupils with single
classes of 30 children per year. The youngest pupils are 3 years old and the
oldest 11 years old. Due to the central London location it is a highly 
and inclusive school with staff and children from many different 

The pupils achieve highly as judged by national benchmarks. One of the core
aims of the school is to inspire in all pupils a love of learning and the
desire to continue to learn and they therefore seek to provide a rich 
and broad
curriculum opening minds and creating opportunities. The school hope 
that their
contact with the ISS will inspire pupils to go on to learn more about space
through the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:

1.  What have you seen that is more beautiful than earth?

2.  Who or what inspired you to choose this job?

3.  Does being in space make you feel differently about earth?

4.  What can you learn from the ISS that you cannot learn on earth?

5.  Will normal people who are not astronauts be able to visit space in the
ISS one day?

6.  How do you sleep?

7.  Is it quiet up there in the ISS?

8.  When you get back to earth, do you have to re-train your muscles?

9.  Can you call home?

10.  Do you all have to be scientists?

11.  What do you think is the most important things children should know 

12.  What time zone do you use?

13.  Do you have plants on the ISS?

14.  What has been your favourite experiment?

15.  How does your brain respond to micro gravity?

16.  How do you wash your clothes?

17.  If you cry in space, with laughter, what happens to your tears?

18.  What do you want to do when you come back to earth?

19.  How do you get enough oxygen?

20.  Is it more scary taking off from earth or returning to earth?

21.  What is your energy source on the ISS?

22.  What does it feel like to be in space?

23.  Is it always dark in space?

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) lets students
worldwide experience the excitement of talking directly with crew members of
the International Space Station, inspiring them to pursue interests in 
in science, technology, engineering and math, and engaging them with radio
science technology through amateur radio.

A telebridge contact, where a dedicated ARISS amateur radio ground station,
located somewhere in the world, establishes the radio link with the ISS. 
communications between the students and the astronauts are then patched over
regular telephone lines.

What is Amateur Radio ?

Eleanor Palmer Primary School
Twitter @eleanorpalmersc

[ANS thanks ARISS and AMSAT-UK 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).

*Saturday, 7 November 2015 – Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club Hamfest in 
Marana AZ

*Saturday and Sunday, 7-8 November 2015 – Stone Mountain Hamfest and ARRL
Georgia Section Convention in Lawrenceville GA

*Monday, 16 November 2015 – Tri-City Amateur Radio Association meeting in
Goodyear AZ

*Saturday, 5 December 2015 – Superstition Superfest 2015 in Mesa AZ

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]



Successful Contacts

*   A direct contact via K5COW with students at Daggett Montessori 
School K-8,
Fort  Worth, Texas, USA, was successful Thu 2015-10-29 14:12:56 UTC 31 deg.
Astronaut Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS responded to 10 questions from students.

Watch a video recording of the contact at

Daggett Montessori, a School of Choice within the Fort Worth Independent
School District, was created thirty years ago and was one of the first 
school Montessori programs in the nation. Based on the highly successful
Montessori methodology and philosophy, Daggett Montessori has 
approximately 500
students, all selected through a blind lottery system. We are a Title I 
with close to 60% of our students economically disadvantaged.

As a kindergarten through eighth grade program, we provide a safe, nurturing
environment that focuses on long term relationships among staff, 
students, and
parents.  Our parents are actively involved in every aspect of school life.
Maria Montessori was the first woman to graduate from medical school in 
so science is an area of particular focus in the Montessori curriculum.  She
designed many of the lessons to instill a sense of awe about the natural 
Our parents are very involved in every aspect of school at Daggett 
Of particular interest is our greenhouse with an aquaponics system in 
which we
raise various herbs and vegetables.  We also have multiple raised beds 
in which
the children grow vegetables.  Our parents provide gardening lessons on a
weekly basis.  Our students were very excited to learn that lettuce is being
grown on the ISS!

*   A direct contact  via  K8UTT with students at Dearborn Public Schools,
Dearborn, Michigan, USA was successful Tue  2015-10-27 16:01:59 UTC 57 deg.

Dearborn Public Schools is a public school district that serves a 
community in
suburban Detroit, MI. This school district is part of a growing, vibrant 
built upon quality education for nearly 19,600 students. Dearborn also has a
unique feature added to this growing, vibrant area. It is home to the 
Arabic-speaking population outside of the Middle East. One out of every two
students learns English as a second language. These qualities help to form
Dearborn Public Schools into the exceptional and diverse community of 
it is today!

Mary Varady, STEM Coordinator for the District has been working with local
Amateur Radio operators for almost a year to arrange the contact with the
International Space Station.  In the spring of 2015, Dearborn Public Schools
Media Tech Specialist Gordon Scannell, an Amateur Radio operator, 
presented the
details of the program to district teachers.  Varady has been working with
principals to provide lessons and other activities tied to the event.
Scannell, along with other Amateur Radio volunteers have spent countless 
arranging the technical details for Tuesdays event including such 
as installing a large temporary antenna on the roof of the Berry Center.

Students will be able to ask questions of the ISS crew during their 
time.  Varady received more than 2,000 questions from students across the
district and then had the daunting task of narrowing them down to only the
best. In total, 18 students in grades first through eighth had their 
selected.  In addition, students across the district will be able to tune in
and watch as the students gathered in the lecture hall talk with the crew of
the International Space Station.

However, an ARISS contact encompasses more than just students asking 
with the ISS crewmember. Additional components include student 
activities such
as class lessons about space research, the International Space Station, and
radio technology.  The ARISS contact is a hands on real world 
application of
the science, technology, engineering and math being taught in the 

*   A direct contact via RA1AJN between cosmonaut Sergey Volkov RU3DIS and
students at "About Gagarin From Space: Ham Radio Session with the Members of
Cosmonautics Federation and Students" in St Petersburg, Russia, was 
on 2015-10-27 11:35 UTC.

*   A direct contact via W8ISS with students at West Michigan Aviation
Academy, Grand Rapids, MI, USA,  was successful Fri 2015-10-23 17:58:48 UTC
49 deg.
Astronaut Kimiya Yui, KG5BPH answered 20 questions for students.

Local TV news stations reported on the event:

Listen to an audio recording of the contact at

The West Michigan Aviation Academy is a tuition-free public charter high
school founded by Dick DeVos upon encouragement from wife, Betsy. 
Stemming from
their passion for both education and aviation, the school opened its 
doors in
the fall of 2010 and is located on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford
International Airport.  Like other high schools, our curriculum includes 
subjects. But as an aviation-themed high school the curriculum at WMAA is
designed for students who have a passion for aviation and/or an interest in
science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (STEM)

The Aviation program includes training for the Private Pilot certificate in
the student's senior year.  The school owns our own Cessna 172 that is 
at direct operating costs to the students.  Although they must pay for the
flight training the total cost is much lower than renting at the local 
school and ground instruction is provided for as part of their elective
classes.  Currently we have 11 students in the program and hope to have 
18 by
the time of the contact.  We also try to get the kids out around the 
airport to
experience the many different job opportunities available in aviation.

The Robotics program includes FIRST robotics programs and many of our
competitors are taking both engineering and aviation classes.  Our 
program provides for instruction in aerospace, robotics and electronic 
We try to closely alley the Aviation and Engineering departments.

*   A direct contact via 8NSDF with students at Saku Childrens Science 
for the Future, Saku City, Japan,  was successful Thu 2015-10-22 
09:52:21 UTC
54 deg. The interview with astronaut Kimiya Yui, KG5BPH was conducted in
Yui answered 10 questions for students.

Watch a video of the interview at

The Saku Childrens Science Dome for the Future is a science museum that was
founded in 2001. It has a variety of exhibits on earth science, space,
biotechnology, the environment and more. Some of the attractions that 
gain the
attention of the children are a life-size model of a dinosaur, a 170 seat
planetarium and a mercury display model presented by NASA. The center is
located near the birth place of Mr. Kimiya Yui. Mr. Yui himself has 
visited the
center several times. The name of the center has the word childrens 
in it,
yet all ages can learn from the Saku Childrens Science Dome for the Future.

*   A direct contact via RA1AJN between cosmonaut Sergey Volkov RU3DIS and
students at "About Gagarin From Space: Ham Radio Session with the Members of
Cosmonautics Federation and Students" in St. Petersburg, Russia, was 
on  2015-10-20 14:30 UTC.

Upcoming Contacts

*    Eleanor Palmer School, London,  United Kingdom, telebridge via VK6MJ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled  to be NA1S
The scheduled astronaut is Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS
Contact is a  go for: Wed 2015-11-04 09:51:39 UTC 44 deg

*    Dragonskolan, Ume,  Sweden, telebridge via VK6MJ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be  NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS
Contact is a go  for: Thu 2015-11-05 10:35:17 UTC 28  deg

for information about upcoming contacts as they are scheduled.

[ANS thanks ARISS, and Charlie, AJ9N 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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