[jamsat-news:3427] [ans] ANS-085 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Lee McLamb ku4os @ cfl.rr.com
2017年 3月 26日 (日) 11:49:56 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:

* AMSAT Fox Series Launch Schedule Update
* ND9M Satellite Gear in VQ917 Chagos Islands
* Ex-Alta-1 Alberta Canadia Cubesat Set to Launch
* Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2017-03-24
* Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity
* 14th Annual CubeSat Developers Workshop

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ANS-085 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 085.01
DATE March 26, 2017
BID: $ANS-085.01

AMSAT Fox Series Launch Schedule Update

The launches of AMSAT satellites Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D have been 
rebooked from
the original Spaceflight Formosat-5/Sherpa mission aboard a SpaceX 
Falcon 9  on
to two separate new launches.

Fox-1D will now ride to orbit on an Indian PSLV vehicle scheduled to 
launch from
Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India in late 2017.

Fox-1Cliff will launch on Spaceflight’s SSO-A dedicated rideshare 
mission aboard
a SpaceX Falcon 9 scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in
California in late 2017 or early 2018.

These moves will serve to expedite the launch of these two satellites, 
both of
which carry an amateur radio U/v FM repeater and an experimental L/v FM
repeater.  The satellites also carry scientific experiments, from university
partners Penn State, Vanderbilt University ISDE, Virginia Tech, and 
of Iowa.

In addition to the launch of Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D, AMSAT is awaiting the
launches of RadFxSat and RadFxSat-2. RadFxSat is currently manifested 
for launch
on August 29, 2017 aboard the ELaNa XIV mission, as a secondary payload 
with the
Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-1 on a Delta II from Vandenberg Air 
Base, California. RadFxSat-2 will be launched by Virgin Galactic on their
LauncherOne air launch system from Mojave, CA on the ELaNa XX mission no 
than December 2017.

[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA, and Jerry, N0JY, for the above information]


ND9M Satellite Gear in VQ917 Chagos Islands

VQ917, CHAGOS ISLANDS. Jim, ND9M (VQ96JC), from Diego Garcia Island
(AF-006) informs OPDX on March 14th, "Well, the local licensing office
came through for me again. The VQ917JC license I asked for just came
through here this afternoon." So start looking for Jim to be on the air
signing as VQ917JC. Jim told OPDX he will not make an effort on 60m at
this time. His operating hours are still limited to 1200-1600z max which
doesn't do much good for the NA/SA ops. He states that he will probably
focus on 30, 20, and 17 meters just to get VQ9 into some logs. Jim also
mentioned he did bring his satellite equipment. QSL via his home call-
sign. Look for more details to be forthcoming.

HH8, HAITI. Doug, KD8CAO, was active as HH8/KD8CAO from Jacmel, Haiti
(FK38rf), on both satellite and the HF bands between March 19-23rd.
The primary purpose of Doug's travel to Haiti involved missions work
(he and his team installed a solar array to power Radio Lumiere's
FM broadcast station in Jacmel. QSL via direct w/SASE and/or LoTW
(upload upon return to USA).

[ANS thanks Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1309 for the above information]


Ex-Alta-1 Alberta Canadia Cubesat Set to Launch

Ex-Alta-1, the first CubeSat satellite mission from the University of 
AlbertaSat team, is set to launch on an Atlas V rocket from the Cape 
Air Force Station in Florida. The launch will be streamed via NASA Live 
and the
United Launch Alliance.

The cubesat will make a brief pit stop aboard the International Space 
before being deployed into low Earth orbit to begin monitoring space 
Ex-Alta-1 is part of the international QB50 project, which involves cubesats
designed and built at universities around the world, representing 15 
from five continents. The cubesats carry complementary science payloads that
will study space weather and the lower thermosphere for a period of nine 
to 18

After seven years and countless hours contributed by more than 50 team 
(including undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty members),
measuring roughly the size of a loaf of bread and built with financial 
from more than 600 crowd-funded donors as well as the Canadian Space 
Agency, Ex-
Alta-1’s launch marks the beginning of a new era of space exploration for
Alberta. Not only did the team build the first ever made-in-Alberta 
AlbertaSat is also one of the first Canadian universities to put a satellite
into space.

The University of Alberta participated in the first Canadian Satellite 
Challenge (CSDC), prior to focusing its efforts on the QB50 mission, and 
members from the Ex-Alta-1 team are competing in the current CSDC. On 
behalf of
the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge, and all the teams participating, I
would like to send my congratulations to the entire AlbertaSat team, and 
that the launch, deployment, and mission of the Ex-Alta-1 cubesat will be

The Ex-Alta 1 Satellite has the following science objectives:

1. Serve as a platform for the In Orbit Demonstration (IOD)
of a digital fluxgate magnetometer designed at the University
of Alberta.

2. Address multi-point space plasma physics with data from
the QB50 constellation using the Langmuir probe common payloads
and the digital fluxgate magnetometer.

3. Take part in the QB-50 string-of-pearls constellation for
in-situ measurements of the lower thermosphere to build an
accurate model.

A downlink of 436.705 MHz has been coordinated employing
9k6 GMSK using the published Cubesat Space Protocol and the
QB50 whole orbit data specifications.

[ANS thanks Larry Reeves, CSDC Manager, for the above information]


Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2017-03-24

Quick list of scheduled contacts and  events:

Council of  State Science Supervisors, Los Angeles, CA, telebridge via
The ISS  callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut is Shane  Kimbrough KE5HOD
Contact is a go for: Wed 2017-03-29 18:03:38 UTC 21 deg

Russia School TBD, direct via TBD (***)
The ISS callsign is  presently scheduled to be RSØISS (***)
The scheduled astronauts are Andrei  Borisenko, Sergey Ryzhikov, Oleg
Novitskiy (***)
Contact is a go for   2017-04-01 21:10 UTC (***)


Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity

Proposal Window Deadline April 15, 2017

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 January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018. 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  
of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education

The deadline to submit a proposal is April 15,  2017.  Proposal information
and documents can be found at www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact.

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 at arrl.org.

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


14th Annual CubeSat Developers Workshop

The 14th Annual CubeSat Developers Workshop will be held in San Luis 
Obispo, CA
April 26-28 2017.  The schedule is now on the workshop website at the link

Prices are as follows:
3 Day Pass + Banquet
Professional - $475
Student - $150

1 Day Pass
Early Bird Professional - $160
Professional - $200

[ANS thanks the CubeSat Workshop Team for the above information]


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

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