[jamsat-news:3321] [ans] ANS-298 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletings

Lee McLamb ku4os @ cfl.rr.com
2015年 10月 25日 (日) 12:37:48 JST


The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and infor-
mation service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite
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

The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur
Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
ans-editor at amsat.org.

In this edition:

* FoxTelem 1.01 Released
* ARISS-US Proposal Deadline Approaching
* 2016 CubeSat Launch Initiative Opportunity
* SAREX Reflector to be Closed 1 November 2015
* Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
* Astro Pi Launch Changed

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ANS-298 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 298.01
  From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
October 25, 2015
BID: $ANS-298.01

FoxTelem 1.01 Released

Version 1.01 of FoxTelem is being released.  You can download it from:

This is a patch release. If you already have 1.00 installed then download
the file FoxTelem_1.01_patch.zip

Only two files have changed (plus the manual).  Copy these files into your
install directory
- FoxTelem.jar
- spacecraft/FOX1A_radtelemetry2.csv

You can also download the whole install file and install it in a new 
You can use the settings menu to continue using your existing log 
files.  Ask if you need

Lots has changed in this release and many bugs have been fixed. Please 
any issues that you see.

Release notes:
  * Send the frames to both primary and secondary server, if required
  * Set the default fcd frequency to 145930 so that Fox-1A, Fox-1Cliff 
and Fox-1D
     will be in the passband
  * Allow user to select UDP or TCP for upload to the server (but use 
UDP for now
  * Shorten the period between passes so that graphs look continuous
  * Ignore duplicate high speed radiation frames - needed for processing 
     from the server
  * Do not change the FCD LNA or Mixer Gain.  Leave unchanged.
  * Do not open the FCD unless the start button is pressed
  * Allow graphs to be hidden so that average or deriv is easier to see
  * Fixed a bug where the last 2 bytes of the radiation telemetry were not
     decoded correctly
  * Allow Vanderbilt radiation experiment to be graphed
  * Allow the gain to be set on the FCD (rather than hard coded)
  * Notify the user when a new release is available
  * Astro Pi Launch Changed

[ANS thanks Chris, G0KLA, for the above information]


ARISS-US Proposal Deadline Approaching

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program
is seeking formal and informal education institutions and
organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur
Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates
that the contact would be held between July 1 and December 31, 2016.
Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact
dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is
looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of
participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed
education plan.

The deadline to submit a proposal is November 1, 2015.

The last of the information sessions will be offered Wednesday, 
September 30,
at 2300 UTC. Advance registration is necessary. E-mail ARISS 
(ariss @ arrl.org) to
sign up.

More Information
Interested parties can find more information about the program at
www.ariss.org and www.arrl.org/ARISS.

For proposal information and more details such as expectations,
proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of
Information Sessions go to http://www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-
contact. Please direct any questions to ariss @ arrl.org

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]


2016 CubeSat Launch Initiative Opportunity

NASA has opened the next round of its CubeSat Launch Initiative to 
engage the
growing community of space enthusiasts that can contribute to NASA's space
exploration goals.

The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a 
chance to
get hands-on flight hardware development experience in the process of 
building and operating small research satellites. The initiative also 
provides a
low-cost pathway to space for research in the areas of science, exploration,
technology development, education or operations consistent with NASA's 

Applicants must submit their proposals electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST, 
Nov. 24,
2015. NASA plans to select the payloads by Feb. 19, 2016, but selection 
does not
guarantee a launch opportunity. Selected experiments will fly as auxiliary
payloads on agency rocket launches or be deployed from the International 
Station beginning in 2016 and running through 2019. NASA does not provide
funding for the development of the small satellites, and this opportunity is
open only to U.S. nonpro?t organizations and accredited educational

For additional information about this opportunity and NASA's CubeSat Launch
Initiative, visit
cost-space-exploration and

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Jason Crusan at
Jason.Crusan @ nasa.gov.

[ANS thanks NASA Education Express Message -- Oct. 22, 2015 for the above


SAREX Reflector to be Closed 1 November 2015

At the request of the ARISS US Team, AMSAT-NA Vice President for Human
Spaceflight Frank Bauer, KA3HDO has announced that the SAREX reflector 
will be
closed 1 November 2015, and its functions folded into the AMSAT-BB list. 
explained that at one time operations from the Space Shuttle and the ISS 
considered as sufficiently different from other satellite operations as 
to need
separate forums for their respective interest communities. More recently,
changes in the human spaceflight operations, the new generation of 
and the interests of the general AMSAT community have removed the 
reasons for
this distinction.

What does this mean to the current subscribers? If you are subscribed to 
SAREX and AMSAT-BB, there is no need to take any action. You will cease to
receive new postings on the SAREX list 1 November 2015, which will now 
be made
on AMSAT-BB. The SAREX archives will continue to be available for historical
purposes. If you are not subscribed to AMSAT-BB and wish to continue to 
human spaceflight announcements, please go to
http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo and subscribe to AMSAT-BB. Your 
SAREX subscription will not be automatically carried over since not everyone
will wish to do so.

[ANS thanks Alan WA4SCA for the above information]


Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Dearborn Public Schools,  Dearborn, Michigan, USA, direct via K8UTT
The ISS callsign is presently  scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Kjell Lindgren  KO5MOS
Contact is a go for Option #3: Tue 2015-10-27 16:01:59 UTC 57  deg

Daggett Montessori School K-8, Fort Worth, Texas, USA, direct  via K5COW
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The  scheduled astronaut is Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS
Contact is a go for Option #4:  Thu 2015-10-29 14:12:56 UTC 31  deg

A listing of all scheduled school contacts, and questions, other ISS related
websites, IRLP and Echolink websites, and instructions for any contact 
that may
be streamed live is available at the following link.

[ANS thanks Charlie, AJ9N, for the above information]


Astro Pi Launch Changed

Two specially augmented Raspberry Pi’s called Astro Pi‘s were planned to fly
with UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI to the International Space Station 
(ISS) on
December 15.

On the ISS the Astro Pi’s are planned to run experimental Python programs
written by school-age students; the results will be downloaded back to 
Earth and
made available online for all to see. It is hoped that subsequently one 
of them
will be used to provide a video source for the amateur radio HamTV 
in the ISS Columbus module.

It appears the amount of cargo on Tim’s Soyuz flight was overbooked so 
the Astro
Pi’s will instead fly to the ISS on an Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus cargo 
The launch is currently planned for December 3 at 22:48 UT on an Atlas V 
from Cape Canaveral AFS in Florida.

Read the full story on the Raspberry Pi site

HamTV http://amsat-uk.org/satellites/hamtv-on-the-iss/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


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This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA

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