[jamsat-news:3382] [ans] ANS-255 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Lee McLamb ku4os cfl.rr.com
2016ǯ 9 11 () 11:59:05 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 onhttp://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:

* RadFxSat (Fox-1B) launch date is now scheduled for March 16, 2017
* AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballots Due by September 15th
* AMSAT Awards Update
* Frequency Crunch is ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference
    Sunday Seminar Topic
* 2016 AMSAT Space Symposium Registration Reminder
* 5 Teams Share First Round of NASA Cube Quest Challenge Prizes
* 5 GHz to 10 GHz Lunar Transponder Mission
* Pratham: IITB Student Satellite
* Inspiring the next STEM generation
* ARISS to Host On-line Information Sessions - School Contacts
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-255 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 255.01
DATE September 11, 2016
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RadFxSat (Fox-1B) launch date is now scheduled for March 16, 2017

The RadFxSat (Fox-1B) launch date has been moved, and is now scheduled
for March 16, 2017.

RadFxSat will ride as one of the ELaNa XIV secondary payloads aboard the
NASA JPSS-1 launch on a ULA Delta II rocket.

The launch will be at Vandenberg AFB, California.  It is one of only two
remaining Delta II planned to be launched.

The RadFxSat mission is a partnership with Vanderbilt Institute for
Space and Defense Electronics (ISDE) that will study space radiation
effects on commercial off the shelf memory.  The experiments are carried
aboard the AMSAT Fox-1B CubeSat and experiment data will be carried in
the subaudible telemetry stream of the Fox-1B FM repeater along with the
CubeSat telemetry data.  The telemetry can be decoded and displayed with
the AMSAT FoxTelem software.

[ANS thanks Jerry Buxton, N0JY AMSAT Vice President, Engineering
for the above information]


AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballots Due by September 15th

Ballots have been mailed to AMSAT-NA members in good standing, and
must be returned to the AMSAT-NA office by September 15, 2016 in order
to be counted. Those sent outside North America were sent by air mail.
If you have not received your ballot package in a reasonable time for
your QTH, please contact the AMSAT-NA office. Your completed ballot
should be sent as promptly as possible, and those from outside North
American preferably by air mail or other expedited means.

This year there are five candidates:

Tom Clark, K3IO
Clayton Coleman, W5PFG
Mark Hammond, N8MH
Bruce Paige, KK5DO
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM

The three candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be
seated as voting Board Members with two year terms. The two candidates
receiving the next highest number of votes will be non-voting
Alternate Board Members with terms of one year. Please vote for no
more than three candidates.

Please take the time to review the candidate statements that accompany
the ballot and determine who you wish to see on the Board. Election of
Board members is both an obligation as well as an opportunity by our
membership to help shape the future direction of AMSAT-NA.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]


AMSAT Awards Update

Congrats to all who have earned an AMSAT Award since the last posting.

AMSAT Satellite Communicators Award for making their first satellite QSO
Peter Laws, N5UWY
Jose de Jesus Moura Costa, PS8E
Mac Cody, AE5PH
Bernard Van Haecke, KI6TSF
Burns Fisher, W2BFJ

AMSAT Communications Achievement Award
Robert Beatty, WB4SON #569

AMSAT Sexagesimal Award
Fernando Ramirez-Ferrer, NP4JV #173

AMSAT Century Club Award
Kevin Manzer, N4UFO #47

AMSAT Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI Award
Yanko Yankov, NX9G #87  1000+

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

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


Frequency Crunch is ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference
Sunday Seminar Topic

Spectrum (Its the frequency crunch for real) will be the Sunday Seminar
topic at the ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) September
in St Petersburg, Florida. Michelle Thompson, W5NYV, and Bob McGwier, N4HY,
will moderate the tutorial.

The Amateur Radio spectrum above 450 MHz is facing serious threats. The
demand for useful spectrum is large and growing, an abstract for the
presentation asserts. We will explain why this spectrum is in demand
and what
you need to know and do in order to defend it.

The presentation will offer a practical understanding of digital
communication, software-defined radio, codecs, protocols, and cognitive
Thompson heads the AMSAT Ground Terminal Team, a component of the so-called
five and dime (5 GHz and 10 GHz) Phase 4B geosynchronous satellite project.
McGwier is chief scientist at the Hume Center for National Security and
Technology at Virginia Tech.

The Saturday night banquet speaker will be ARRL Chief Technology Officer
Brennan Price, N4QX. His topic will be New Frontiers in Wireless:
to and Opportunities for Amateur Radio.


[ANS thanks TAPR and the ARRL for the above information]


2016 AMSAT Space Symposium Registration Reminder

-          Booking your Carnival Cruise does not register you for the
AMSAT Symposium.  There is a charge for each Symposium attendee of
$40.  This fee applies to those who will attend the technical
presentations only and includes a copy of the printed Proceedings.
Additional guests are entitled to attend all other events. The
registration form is available from the AMSAT office or store website.
Online Symposium registration:


-          Ground transportation options have been added to the FAQ
page on the AMSAT Symposium web page.  Carnival offers round-trip
transportation from HOU airport to the cruise terminal at
approximately $74 per person, IAH airport $94 per person.  If you are
traveling to the Board of Directors meeting, you may still utilize the
Carnival transportation option for your return to the airport from the
cruise terminal.  However, you will need to obtain other
transportation between the airport and the Galveston DoubleTree hotel.

Cruise information may be found at:

[ANS thanks 2016 AMSAT Space Symposium Committee for the above information]


5 Teams Share First Round of NASA Cube Quest Challenge Prizes

Five teams, ranging from university students to a group of engineers
dispersed across the country, received $20,000 each from NASA in the first
milestone of a competition to develop deep space CubeSat technologies.

The teams, announced by NASA at a Sept. 9 briefing, had the highest
scores in the first of four ground tournaments that make up the initial phase of the
agencys $5 million Cube Quest Challenge. That tournament, held in early
August, featured 13 teams who presented their initial spacecraft designs.

Cube Quest is an opportunity for non-government CubeSat developers and
builders to compete in lunar orbit and deep space for accomplishments in
communications, navigation and longevity, said Jim Cockrell of NASAs Ames
Research Center. Cockrell is manager of the competition, part of the
agencys Centennial Challenges prize program.
- See more at:
The ground tournaments are optional elements of the overall competition,
intended to guide teams through the development of their spacecraft as they
mature from initial concepts to flight hardware. Participating teams are
scored on how well they meet the requirements of each tournament, and the three
with the highest cumulative scores will win flights of their spacecraft as
secondary payloads on the first Space Launch System mission, Exploration Mission 1
(EM-1), in 2018.

The first ground tournament did not involve any hardware, and Cockrell
likened it to a mission concept review that takes place early in the development
of a typical NASA mission. Judges assessed the capabilities of each proposed
mission and compliance with mission rules and SLS safety requirements.

It was the first opportunity for teams to present their concepts for
how they intend to win the Cube Quest Challenge, he said. Ground Tournament 1
demonstrates that teams are on a good trajectory for launch on EM-1.

Some of the winning teams are linked to universities that have
experience with CubeSats. A space systems design class at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology started work on the KitCube spacecraft this spring, said Kerri
Cahoy, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics there. KitCube is
designed to go into lunar orbit and demonstrate a laser communications system.

Another team, Cislunar Explorers, is composed mostly of students at Cornell
University. The work represents the culmination of lots of Ph.D.-level
research and some undergraduate research from the last five or six years
at the university, said Mason Peck, a Cornell engineering professor who served as
NASA chief technologist from 2011 to 2013.

Peck said their spacecraft will demonstrate several key technologies,
including a propulsion system that uses solar power to convert water into
hydrogen and oxygen propellants. Its a pathfinder for the sustainable
exploration and settlement of the solar system, he said.

Other winning teams have less traditional backgrounds. Theres 12 of us
across the United States working on Team Miles, said team leader Wes Faler.
Many of them are located in Tampa, Florida, including Faler, but others are
based in California, New York and South Carolina.

Faler said the team takes its name from a line in a Robert Frost poem: And
miles to go before I sleep. After going into orbit around the Moon, he
said, the spacecraft will perform an extended mission, traveling towards Mars
to test autonomous navigation technology.

Ragnarok Industries of Wilmington, Delaware, was established by a group of
former engineering interns at NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center. Their
satellite, Heimdallr, is intended to test advanced propulsion and
communications technologies for missions beyond Earth orbit, said
company co- founder Luigi Balarinni.

Novel Engineering of Cocoa Beach, Florida, is working with several other
local companies, including Craig Technologies and Harris Corp., the latter
providing a deployable mesh antenna for its CubeSat, named Space Pig. The name, team
members said, came from elementary school students during an outreach event.

The ultimate goal of the competition is to fly CubeSats into lunar orbit or
deep space. A total of $3 million is offered in prizes for the Lunar Derby
part of the competition, for both being able to enter lunar orbit and to
demonstrate communications capabilities and longevity. An additional $1.5
million is for a Deep Space Derby to achieve communications and longevity

NASAs Cockrell said the next ground tournament is scheduled for early 2016.
Teams can participate in that round, which he compared to a preliminary
design review, regardless of their performance, or even participation, in the
August tournament.

Teams that do not participate in the ground tournaments, or who do not
finish in the top three in total points, can still pursue the deep space and lunar
prizes by arranging their own launches. The competition ends, and any prizes
awarded, one year after the EM-1 launch
- See more at:

AMSAT-NA is partnered with the Ragnarok Industries team. Heimdallr
satellite plans to test advanced propulsion and communications technologies
for missions beyond Earth. AMSAT radio will be aboard. The AMSAT
Groundstation initiative will give amateur radio operators to uplink and downlink to the
lunar satellite.


[ANS thankswww.spacenews.com  for the above information]


5 GHz to 10 GHz Lunar Transponder Mission

AMSAT-NA plans 5 GHz to 10 GHz transponders on a spacecraft expected to
in September 2018 into a Lunar orbit.

Heimdallr is a 3 axis stabilized 6U CubeSat with a mass of approximately
8 kg. It will have a Cold Gas Thruster for inertia dump and a star tracker for
navigation. Deployable, gimbled solar panels will produce up to 100
watts of DC power, electric propulsion will be used to achieve lunar orbit.

There will be a combination of omni and directional patch antennas on
one side of spacecraft.

The first part of mission is to provide Telemetry, Tracking, and Command
(TT&C) to obtain lunar orbit. The second part is to perform the data
downlink experiment while the final part is to provide a two way regenerative
repeater and analog repeater in lunar orbit for lifetime of satellite.

Proposing these downlinks:
• Omni transponder: 10.451 GHz +/- 0.5 MHz
• Directional transponder: 10.4575 GHz. +/- 3.5 MHz
• Analog transponder: 10.4665 GHz. +/- 2.0 MHz

For the first part of the mission (TT&C) using 300 bps BPSK 1/2 rate viterbi
Ranging 1.5 Mbps BPSK DSSS. For the  second part of mission 4.5 Mbps QPSK ½
rate DVB-S2. For the final part of mission 25 kbps BPSK 1/5 rate DVB-S2.

Proposing these Uplinks
• Omni transponder: 5.651 GHz +/- 0.5 MHz
• Directional transponder: 5.6575 GHz. +/- 3.5 MHz
• Analog transponder: 5.665 GHz. +/- 2 MHz

A link budget is available at

It is anticipated that a 1 or 2 metre dish will be required using the AMSAT
designed ground station equipment.

Source IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Status pages

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


Pratham: IITB Student Satellite

The satellite Pratham, built by students at the Indian Institute of
Technology Bombay, is expected to launch on the Indian PSLV-C35 mission currently
planned for September 26, 2016.

Pratham, a 300x300x300mm satellite with a mass of 10 kg, aims to measure
total electron count in a 800 km altitude Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).

Aayush Yadav of the Pratham team writes:

We, students of IIT Bombay, are glad to inform you that our project,
Pratham, is ready and expected to launch with PSLV-C35 in the last week of
September. We would be really happy if  you all joined us in receiving our satellites
beacon, details given below:

Mode: CW
wpm: 35 words
Frequency: 145.980 MHz
(The CW beacon will be on through out the orbit and can be received from

Mode: FSK
Baudrate: 1200 bps
Frequency: 437.455 MHz
(To be switched on over France and India only)

We will update the information as soon as TLEs will be available.

Further information at


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


Inspiring the next STEM generation

The UK Space Agencys Astronaut Flight Education Program Support Manager
Susan Buckle will be giving a presentation at the RSGB Convention on
Saturday, October 8.

Along with Ciaran Morgan M0XTD, she will talk about the ten UK ARISS amateur
radio school contacts with astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS during his Principia
mission on the International Space Station.

These contacts have inspired thousands of young people and introduced
them to amateur radio in a new and exciting way.

The full schedule and booking information for the convention are
available at
http://rsgb.org/convention  Twitter hashtag #RSGBconv2016

An RSGB video celebrates these historic school contacts and the range of
linked activities the schools have enjoyed.

Beginning with the exhilaration of the launch, it follows the
competition for schools to host the ARISS contacts, and showcases the variety of science,
technology, engineering, maths (STEM) and arts activities that helped
pupils to understand more about space and amateur radio.

The contacts themselves, often led by newly-licensed pupils, were the
successful culmination of many months of work and anticipation.

ARISS Principia

AMSAT-UK Article

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


ARISS to Host On-line Information Sessions - School Contacts

To help organizations learn about ARISS radio contacts and the proposal
process, ARISS offers one-hour online information sessions; all questions
are welcomed. Attending an online session is not required but strongly

Informational sessions will be offered Sept. 20, 2016, at 4 p.m. EDT and
Sept. 28, 2016, at 7 p.m. EDT.

Advance registration is necessary. Email ARISS (ariss  arrl.org) to sign
up for an information session.

For proposal information and more details such as expectations, proposal
guidelines and proposal form, visit:

ARISS Contact Application Window Open Until November 1

ARISS-US is now accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science
centers and community youth organizations (working individually or together)
to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, radio
contact with an orbiting space station crew member between July 1 and
Dec. 31, 2017. Proposals are due Nov. 1, 2016.

ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of parti-
cipants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.
Students can learn about satellite communications, wireless technology,
science research conducted on the space station, what it is like to work
in space, radio science, and any related STEM subject. Students learn to
use amateur radio to talk directly to an astronaut and ask their
STEM-related questions. ARISS will help educational organizations locate
amateur radio groups who can assist with equipment for this
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students. Exact dates for the 10-minute radio contact are
determined by crew scheduling and space station orbits.

ARISS-US is offered through a partnership between NASA; the American Radio
Relay League, or ARRL; and the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, or

ARISS was created and is managed by an international working group.

Please email questions about this opportunity to
ariss  arrl.org.

[ANS thanks NASA Education Express Message -- Sept. 8, 2016 for the above


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 and Sunday, 10-11 September 2016 Boxboro Hamfest in Boxborough,
MA (ARRL New England Division Convention)

*Friday, 23 September 2016 – presentation at Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Amateur Radio Club in Pasadena CA

*Friday and Saturday, 21-22 October 2016 – CopaFest 2016, south of
Maricopa AZ

*Saturday, 12 November 2016 – Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club Hamfest in
Marana AZ

*Saturday, 3 December 2016 – Superstition Superfest in Mesa AZ

*Saturday, 14 January 2017 – Thunderbird Hamfest 2017 in Phoenix AZ

*Saturday, 4 February 2017 – Palm Springs Hamfest in Palm Springs CA

*Friday-Sunday, 10-12 February 2017   Orlando HamCation in Orlando, FL

*Friday and Saturday, 17-18 February 2017 – Yuma Hamfest in Yuma AZ

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]



Successful Contacts

*  Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence KS, direct via KCNFL
The ISS callsign was NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut was Takuya Onishi KF5LKS
Contact was Successful: Sat 2016-09-10 17:03:42 UTC

13 Questions Asked/Answered
300 People at the library, 91 watched the livestream online
The event was covered by local Channel 6 News, KUJH (KU's tv channel),
Girl Scouts (for their blog), and The Lawrence Journal World.

*  Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Astoria OR,
was direct via KF7TCG now telebridge via W6SRJ
The ISS callsign was NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut was Kate Rubins KG5FYJ
Contact was Successful: Sat 2016-09-10 17:03:19 UTC via W6SRJ

17 of 20 questions Asked/Answered.
Approximately 50 in audience.

Upcoming Contacts

*  C.E.PR. Almadn, Jan, Spain, direct via EA7URJ or TBD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut is Kate Rubins KG5FYJ
Contact is a go for: Thu 2016-09-15 08:14:19 UTC

for information about upcoming contacts as they are scheduled.

[ANS thanks ARISS, Dave, AA4KN, and Charlie, AJ9N for the above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

K6R Coundtdown

On September 16th, Wyatt, AC0RA, and myself will be getting on the boat in
Ventura, CA with our destination set on CM93. We've been training all
summer, finalizing equipment, setting skeds, and generally getting all the
loose ends tied up, and we look to be ready to go.

We have posted our Final pass schedule on the K6R QRZ page at
- so feel free to find a pass that is to your liking. We have tried hard to
include everyone in our distance range on at least 1 or 2 passes. Of course
all passes are dependent on weather, schedule, and other factors - and
a very good chance we'll show up on passes that AREN'T on our list as
find a window, and see if we're around.

We're also happy to announce that Jimmy, KK6FAH will be serving as our
pilot relay station for the expedition. He's a fellow AMSAT operator, and
has a QTH right in Ventura, and we should be in local repeater range of
each other while we're on the Island. We have agreed to meet up each
evening and report our logs to him, and he will then pass our report on to
the BB. Please do not email him  with questions about busted calls or the
like, he's simply going to be passing on our reports. He's also been
awesome in helping us with some local arrangements, and we appreciate his
assistance with this project greatly.

I'd also like to make a brief request for folks to use some good
situational awareness while we're out there. We know this is a rare grid
and there's tons of interest, but remember that the birds and pass time are
a scarce resource. We're hoping with lots of scheduled passes there should
be more than enough air time to get everyone worked that wants it, but use
some common sense. If you have linear capability, find us on one of those
birds, and leave SO-50 for the FM only operators. If you're on the West
coast and can work us on a higher pass where the east coast doesn't have a
footprint, consider delaying to give them a chance. If you can handle
taking a night off from using SO-50 as your ragchew repeater in the sky,
that'd be great too... and please try to keep the dupes to a minimum - you
never know when someone is just sliding into the footprint and only has 30
seconds to make that precious QSO. Thanks in advance.

Finally, we're planning to do a very informal round table on 20 meters
Saturday night at 8:00 PDT. Clayton, W5PFG has agreed to find us a
frequency (probably the upper portion of 20m) and send out a tweet on where
we will be. We'd love to have you stop by on HF and chat about Satellite
stuff, the expedition, or "Am I in the log?" that night.

It's expedition go time. Hope to catch everyone from CM93!

[ANS thanks Dave, KG5CCI 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

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

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA