[jamsat-news:3469] [ans] ANS-302 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

E.Mike McCardel mccardelm gmail.com
2017ǯ 10 29 () 21:45:14 JST


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
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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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Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
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In this edition:

* AMSAT-NA Announces GOLF CubeSat Program
* AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Elects Joe Spier, K6WAO, President
* Jordan’s first satellite – JY1-SAT
* APRS Satellites QIKCOM-1 Deployed
* FalconSat-3 Video w/ WiSP File Upload/Download
* Special Membership Offer for RadFxSat Launch
* Pope Asks Spacemen Life's Big Questions In ISS Live Chat
* AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Elects Joe Spier, K6WAO, President
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over


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ANS-302 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 302.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
October 28, 2017
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-302.01



AMSAT-NA Announces GOLF CubeSat Program

At the AMSAT-NA Annual General Meeting in Reno, NV, AMSAT-NA President
Joe Spier, K6WAO, announced the next phase of AMSATs CubeSat program:
GOLF. GOLF, an acronym for Greater Orbit, Larger Footprint, is a
crucial step towards fulfilling AMSATs strategic goals involving high
altitude, wide access satellite missions.

As an initial step in the GOLF program, the AMSAT-NA Board of
Directors approved the submission of a NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative
proposal for the GOLF-T satellite project. The GOLF-T project will
serve as a rapidly deployable Low Earth Orbit (LEO) testbed for
technologies necessary for a successful CubeSat mission to a wide
variety of orbits, including LEO, Medium Earth Orbit (MEO),
Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO), Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO), or beyond.

AMSAT-NA Vice-President Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, said The
GOLF-T project tees off the next phase of our CubeSat program. GOLF-T
provides AMSAT hardware and knowledge for Attitude Determination and
Control (ADAC) capability and the opportunity to develop a 3U
spaceframe with deployable solar panels that can be used in LEO or HEO
missions, two of the major systems required in future GOLF and HEO
missions.

In addition, GOLF-T provides the opportunity for rapid deployment and
on orbit testing of the AMSATs Advanced Satellite Communications and
Exploration of New Technology (ASCENT )programs technology, including
radiation tolerant transponder and Integrated Housekeeping Unit (IHU)
technologies that will lead the way for low cost commercial
off-the-shelf (COTS) systems that can function in the MEO and HEO
radiation environments. GOLF-T will also provide for the development
of Five and Dime Field-Programmable Gate Array Software Defined
Radio (FPGA SDR) transponders for use on a variety of missions and
orbits.

[ANS thanks the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors and our Engineering Team
 for the above information]


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AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Elects Joe Spier, K6WAO, President

At its annual meeting, held at the Silver Legacy Resort Hotel in
Reno, NV, the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors elected Joe Spier, K6WAO, of
Reno, NV, President, succeeding Barry Baines, WD4ASW, who has retired
after nine years of service as AMSATs President. Joe is a Life Member
of AMSAT-NA and has previously served as Executive Vice President and
Vice-President Educational Relations. He also has Life Memberships in
the ARRL, SARA (Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers) and the AFA (Air
Force Association). He holds an Extra Class license as well as
commercial licenses.

Immediate Past President Barry Baines, WD4ASW, said It has been an
honor to serve as President for the past nine years and as a board
member since 1999. Im confident that the successes of the past nine
years while serving as President will lead to new opportunities in
AMSATs future as Joe assumes the helm working with the new Senior
Leadership Team. Im also thrilled that Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, and
Clayton Coleman, W5PFG, are new voting members on the Board, including
the assumption of my former slot. Im excited that the new Board
combined with the new Senior Leadership Team will bring insight,
enthusiasm, energy and commitment to move AMSAT forward.

Other officers elected by the Board were:

* Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, of Washington, DC, as Executive Vice President
* Jerry Buxton, N0JY, of Granbury, TX, as Vice-President Engineering
* Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, of New Port Richey, FL, as
   Vice-President Operations
* Clayton Coleman, W5PFG, of Granbury, TX, as Secretary
* Keith Baker, KB1SF/VA3KSF, of Corunna, ON, as Treasurer
* Martha Saragovitz of Silver Spring, MD, as Manager

[ANS thanks the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors for the above information]


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Jordan’s first satellite – JY1-SAT

During the final satellite integration training for Jordans first
satellite, JY1-SAT, the team was supported for the final stages of
integration by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin
Abdullah II.

The spacecraft has been given to students of the Masar Initiative at
the Jordan University of Science and Technology as part of the JY1-
SAT mission support and training program under the Crown Prince
Foundation given by ISIS – Innovative Solutions In Space and AMSAT-UK
and AMSAT Netherlands.

The JY1-SAT mission was proposed by Jordanian students who
participated in the first batch of the cooperation program with NASA,
after which the interns had suggested the design and launch of the
first Jordanian satellite CubeSat.

To build up the capability to design and develop such a first
mission, the Crown Prince Foundation signed a support agreement with
ISIS – Innovative Solutions In Space and the AMSAT Radio Amateur
Societies of the UK and the Netherlands, for hardware and training
support, building on ISIS and AMSATs experience with FUNcube radio
amateur transponder missions.

As a special development for the JY1-SAT mission, AMSAT has expanded
the capabilities of the FUNcube transponder to be able to transmit
stored images reflecting the Jordanian culture and its historical
heritage, along with a voice message recorded by the Crown Prince to
be transmitted in space to receivers around the world.

The launch of the JY1-SAT, scheduled during the first half of next
year, is in memory of His Majesty the late King Hussein, the first
founder of the HAM Radio in Jordan and holder of call sign JY1.

JY1-SAT will have a linear, inverting, transponder downlinking
between 145.855 & 145.875 MHz with the uplink between 435.100 &
435.120 MHz. The telemetry downlink will be on 145.840 MHz and be
FUNcube compatible. A new Dashboard will be made available before the
launch of JY1-SAT.

The Jordan Times – Crown Prince puts final touch on mini satellite
project http://tinyurl.com/ANS302-JY1-Sat

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


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APRS Satellites QIKCOM-1 Deployed

QIKCOM-1 was deployed from the ISS Friday at 0915 UTC attached to
the SIMPL spacecraft.  It is an APRS digipeater just like the ISS.
Whereas it also supports the same ARISS alias as the ISS digipeater,
please use the ALIAS of APRSAT on your uplinks instead of ARISS so
that you only hit QIKCOM-1 for these first few passes with your test
uplinks (once a minute)..  Or you can be specific via QIKCOM-1
callsign.  At 4 Watts, it will be 10 dB stronger than PSAT(84) and
about the same power level as ISS and should be easy to receive on
the 145.825 downlink.

We ask all potential IGates to check your ground stations and make
sure they are ready to IGate packets during those initial orbits from
all over the globe.  If you do not have an IGate, just capture
packets and email them to  qikcom1 at gmail.com until we see that
everything is making it to the APRS-IS.

The downlink should be available on the original
http://pcsat.findu.com and also on
http://59.167.159.165/satreporter/index2.html

Being released from ISS, QIKCOM-1 will of course have the same
Elements and tracking info as ISS until they begin to separate.  This
means passes over the USA every 90 minutes beginning at 0630 EDT in
the Southeast and ending after 1440 PDT in Southern California.

Web page:  http://aprs.org/qikcom-1.html

As usual, QIKCOM-1 is not intended for UNATTENDED BEACONS.  It is
designed for Live Operations and experiments only.

For the initial passes, do not attempt 2-way contacts.  Just set
your STATUS text to indicate your TX power and antenna type and
transmit at 1m intervals ATTENDED  as described on the web page
during these first few orbits. So we can get sttistices on uplink
quality.

[ANS thanks Bob, WB4APR for the above information]


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FalconSat-3 Video w/ WiSP File Upload/Download

If anyone would like to see how the WiSP software handles uploading &
downloading files to FalconSat-3, I made a video of the highest
elevation
pass tonight:

https://youtu.be/9spO1e8NVj0

... I don't understand it all yet, but am seeing some uploads &
downloads.
I keep UISS open and ready in case anyone is active w/ APRS packets,
but on this pass I didn't transmit from UISS to give the MSPE program
from WiSP maximum time to work.

There's a little explanation in the notes below the video on YouTube
if you click "SHOW MORE" on that page.

Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, has scanned and posted the chapter on WISP
from Gould Smith's 2005 Digital Satellite & Telemetry Guide to the
FalconSAT-3 page on amsat.org. He hopes it is helpful to everyone
diving back into this excellent program from the past.

It can be found near the bottom of the page at
https://www.amsat.org/falconsat-3/

[ANS thanks Scott, K4KDR and Drew KO4MA for the above information]


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Special Membership Offer for RadFxSat Launch

As part of the preparations for the launch of RadFxSat on November
10th, AMSAT is making our Getting Started With Amateur Satellites
book available for a limited time as a download with any paid new or
renewal membership purchased via the AMSAT Store. This offer is only
available with purchases completed online, and for only a limited
time. A perennial favorite, Getting Started is updated every year with
the latest amateur satellite information, and is the premier primer of
satellite operation. The 182 page book is presented in PDF format, in
full color, and covers all aspects of making your first contacts on a
ham radio satellite.

Please take advantage of this offer today by visiting the AMSAT store
at https://www.amsat.org/shop/ and selecting any membership option.
While there, check out our other items, including the M2 LEOpack
antenna system, Arrow antennas, AMSAT shirts, and other swag.

Thank you, and see you soon on RadFxSat!

[ANS thanks Paul N8HM for the above information]


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Pope Asks Spacemen Life's Big Questions In ISS Live Chat

Pope Francis chatted with six astronauts at the International Space
Station (ISS) on Thursday, kicking off the rare interview with a
philosophical question on "man's place in the universe".

Italian Paolo Nespoli, 60, admitted that despite the bird's eye view
of Earth he too remained "perplexed", while American Mark Vande Hei
said seeing the planet from space made them "realise how fragile we
are".

The Argentine pontiff sat at a Vatican desk, facing a wide-screen
television on which the astronauts from America, Russia and Italy
could be seen floating together in their blue suits.

"Good afternoon... or good evening. I imagine time passes
differently at the space station, right?" the pope quipped.

"Astronomy makes us think about the universe's boundless horizons,
and prompts questions such as 'where do we come from, where are we
going?'" he mused.

A 30-second delay in the satellite feed gave Nespoli, Vande Hei,
Americans Randolph (Randy) Bresnik and Joseph Acaba, and Russians
Sergej Nikolaevic Rjazanskij and Alexandr Misirkin time to weigh up
life's biggest questions.

"Our aim here is to spread knowledge, (but) the more we learn, the
more we realise we do not know," admitted Nespoli, who is on his
third trip into space.

"I would like people like you, theologians, philosophers, poets,
writers, to come to space to explore what it means to be a human in
space," he said, as Francis nodded and smiled.

US mission commander Bresnik told the Argentine that from the
visible thinness of the planet's atmosphere shows how fragile life is
on earth.

- 'Future of humanity' -

But the pope had not finished: what, he wanted to know, was their
opinion of love as a force that moves the universe? What was their
source of joy up in the space station, and how did a life without
gravity change their view of the world?

The crew took it in turns to get their philosophical caps on, and
not even a technical hitch which temporarily interrupted the
interview, or the lack of a Russian translator, could throw the space
travellers off course.

"I get the most joy by looking outside every day and seeing God's
creation, maybe a little bit from his perspective," Bresnick said.

Far from wars, famines, pollution or human folly, he said "the
future of humanity looks better from up here".

Bresnik, 50, a former Marine Corps aviator who goes by the nickname
"Komrade", made his fifth career excursion outside the space station
this month to carry out crucial repairs to the ISS's robotic arm with
NASA colleague Acaba.

Acaba, 50, the first person of Puerto Rican heritage to become an
astronaut, cheerfully said hello to the pope in Spanish before
tackling the question on how the men deal with 'up' and 'down' losing
their meaning in space.

Francis is not the only Roman Catholic leader to have put in a call
to the star-covered heavens.

The first pope to get on the line to space was Benedict XVI in 2011,
who rang the ISS -- which has been continuously occupied since 2000 --
when Nespoli was once again among the crew.

[ANS thanks Ella IDE via Space Daily for the above information]


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ARISS News

+ A Successful contact was made between Istituto Scolastico
  Comprensivo Nardi, Porto San Giorgio, Italyand Astronaut Paolo
  Nespoli IZJPA using Callsign IRISS. The contact began 2017-10-21
  09:31 UTC and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was
  Direct/Telebridge via I6KZR and IQ5VR.HamTV was active.
  ARISS Mentor was Francesco IKWGF.

+ A Successful contact was made between I.C. Michelangelo
  Buonarroti, Marina di Carrara, Italyand Astronaut Paolo Nespoli
  IZJPA using Callsign IRISS. The contact began 2017-10-21 09:31 UTC
  and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was
  Direct/Telebridge via I6KZR and IQ5VR. HamTV was active.
  ARISS Mentor was Francesco IKWGF.

+ A Successful contact was made between Istituto Comprensivo Tauro
  Viterbo, Castellana Grotte (Ba), Italy and Astronaut Paolo Nespoli
  IZJPA using Callsign IRISS. The contact began 2017-10-21 14:23 UTC
  and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was Direct via
  IZ7RTN. HamTVC was active.
  ARISS Mentor was Francesco IKWGF.
  Event location: Cittadella Mediterranea della Scienza, Bari, Italy

+ A Successful contact was made between A.Gramsci-N.Pende,
  Noicattaro, Italy and Astronaut Paolo Nespoli IZJPA using Callsign
  IRISS. The contact began 2017-10-21 14:23 UTC and lasted about nine
  and a half minutes. Contact was Direct via IZ7RTN.
  ARISS Mentor was Francesco IKWGF. HamTVC was active.
  Event location: Cittadella Mediterranea della Scienza, Bari, Italy

+ A Successful contact was made between Chiddix Junior High School,
  Normal, IL, USA and Astronaut Joe Acaba KE5DAR using Callsign NA1SS.
  The contact began 2017-10-23 15:31 UTC and lasted about nine and a
  half minutes. Contact was Direct via W9AML
  ARISS Mentor was Joe K6WAO.

+ A Successful contact was made between Beaconsfield State School,
  Mackay, Queensland, Australia and Astronaut Paolo Nespoli IZJPA
  using Callsign IRISS. The contact began 2017-10-26 08:23 UTC and
  lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was Telebridge via
  IK1SLD
  ARISS Mentor was Shane VK4KHZ.

+ A Successful contact was made between Colegiul National Calistrat
  Hogas Piatra Neamt, Piatra Neamt, Romania and Astronaut Joe Acaba
  KE5DAR using Callsign OR4ISS. The contact began 2017-10-26 09:55 UTC
  and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was Telebridge via
  EI1ISS.
  ARISS Mentor was Armand SP3QFE.

+ A Successful contact was made between Glanmire Community College,
  Cork, Ireland and Astronaut Joe Acaba KE5DAR using Callsign OR4ISS.
  The contact began 2017-10-26 09:55 UTC and lasted about nine and a
  half minutes. Contact was Direct via EI1ISS.
  ARISS Mentor was Seamus EI8BP.

+ A Successful contact was made between Istituto Tecnico Tecnologico
  Enzo Ferrari, Borgo A Mozzano, Italy and Astronaut Paolo Nespoli
  IZJPA using Callsign IRISS. The contact began 2017-10-28 08:13:31
  UTC. Contact was Direct via IQ5LU and IQ1SM.
  ARISS Mentor was Francesco IKWGF.

+ A Successful contact was made between Liceo Statale G. D.
  Cassini, Sanremo, Italy and Astronaut Paolo Nespoli IZJPA using
  Callsign IRISS. The contact began 2017-10-28 08:13:31 UTC. Contact
  was Direct via IQ5LU and IQ1SM.
  ARISS Mentor was Gianpietro IZ2GOJ.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

+ Primaria e  Secondaria di primo grado Istituto comprensivo Via XVI
  settembre, Civitavecchia,  Italy direct via IKWGF
  The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be IRISS
  The scheduled astronaut is Paolo Nespoli IZJPA
  Contact is a go for: Mon  2017-10-30 11:20:34 UTC
  Watch for HamTV to be operative.

+ Asociacin Civil  Instituto Maria Montessori, San Cristbel,
  Venezuela, direct via YY2CMR
  The  ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
  The scheduled astronaut is  Joe Acaba KE5DAR
  Contact is a go for: Tue 2017-10-31 18:23:28 UTC

+ Liceo Scientifico Francesco Cecioni, Livorno, Italy and Liceo
  Artistico Melotti, Lomazzo, Italy, direct via IQ5LI.
  The ISS callsign is  presently scheduled to be IRISS
  The scheduled astronaut is Paolo Nespoli IZJPA
  Contact is a go for: Fri 2017-11-03 09:27:26 UTC
  Watch for HamTV to be operative.

+ Istituto di Istruzione Superiore Leonardo Da Vinci,  Lanusei,
  Italy, direct via ISBWM
  The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to  be OR4ISS
  The scheduled astronaut is Paolo Nespoli IZJPA
  Contact is a go  for: Sat 2017-11-04 10:12:16 UTC
  Watch for HamTV to be operative.

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


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Daylight saving time 2017 in the United Kingdom ends at 02:00 on
  Sunday, 29 October

  [ANS thanks Southgate ARN for the above information.]

+ Curious about when Daylight Savings time begins and ends around
  the world?  Thank goodness for UTC.
  Visit https://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/2017.html

  [ANS thanks EMike AA8EM for the above information]

+ RUSSIAN WAR GAMES SPARK 'BLUE AURORAS'
  Around the Arctic Circle, people see green auroras almost every
  night. It's nothing to write home about. Blue auroras, on the other
  hand, are very unusual.

  Photos and more information are highlighted on
  Spaceweather.com.

  [ANS thanks Spaceweather.com via Southgate ARN for the above
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/EX

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donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
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Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
information.

73,
This week's ANS Editor,
EMike McCardel, AA8EM
aa8em at amsat dot org
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