[jamsat-news:3735] [ans] ANS-285 - AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletin - October 11, 2020
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In this edition:
* AMSAT 2020 Virtual Symposium Schedule Announced
* UH Satellite Successfully Blasts into Space
* ARISS to Celebrate 20 Years of Ham Radio on the ISS
* IARU Region 2 Releases 2020 Band Plan Revision
* Two More Astronauts Earn Amateur Radio Licenses
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts from All Over
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 285.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
October 11, 2020
To All RADIO AMATEURS
AMSAT 2020 Virtual Symposium Schedule Announced
The 2020 Virtual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting
will be held on Saturday, October 17 from 9:00AM CDT - 5:00PM CDT
(UTC-5). Symposium presentations will be a combination of
pre-recorded and live video segments along with question and answer
sessions held via a Zoom meeting.
The Symposium will also be made available for free live on AMSAT's
Registered attendees will receive a digital copy of the AMSAT
Symposium Proceedings and will be entitled to join the Zoom meeting.
Only registered attendees will be able to participate in the question
and answer sessions. Registered attendees will also be entered into
prize drawings. Registration is free and available only for AMSAT
members. Registration will close on Friday, October 16, 2020 at
Register today at https://launch.amsat.org/Events/.
2020 Virtual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting
Schedule - All times Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)
- 09:00 Opening Remarks
- 09:15 AMSAT GOLF-TEE System Overview and Development Status
Eric Skoog, K1TVV
- 09:45 GOLF IHU Coordination
Burns Fisher, WB1FJ
- 10:15 GOLF Downlink Coordination
Burns Fisher, WB1FJ, and Chris Thompson, AC2CZ/G0KLA
- 10:45 FUNcube Next
Phil Ashby, M6IPX, and Graham Shirville, G3VZV
- 11:15 LunART (Luna Amateur Radio Transponder)
Peter Guezlow, DB2OS
- 11:45 CatSat HF Experiment Overview
Mike Parker, KT7D, and Chris Walker, K7CKW
- 12:15 Neutron-1 CubeSat
University of Hawaii
- 12:45 Break
- 13:00 AMSAT Education / CubeSat Simulator
Alan Johnston, KU2Y
- Overview of CubeSat Simulator Project
- Live or pre-recorded demonstrations of CubeSat Simulator
- 14:00 ARISS / AREx
Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
- ARISS: 2020 Update
- Next Generation Radio System - First Element Operations and
Future System Plans
- AREx/Lunar Gateway and Other Lunar Opportunities
- 15:00 AMSAT Engineering Update
Jerry Buxton, N0JY
- Fox-1 Program Lessons Learned
- GOLF Update
- 16:00 2020 AMSAT Annual General Meeting
- 17:00 Close of Symposium
[ANS thanks the AMSAT office for the above information.]
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AMSAT office
is closed until further notice. For details, please visit
UH Satellite Successfully Blasts into Space
Neutron-1 successfully launched as part of an International Space
Station (ISS) resupply mission from NASAs Wallops Flight Facility in
Virginia on Friday, October 2. The small satellite involved more than
100 University of Hawai'i students, faculty, staff and volunteers,
and will measure neutrons in space and radiation coming from the Sun.
Neutron-1 was aboard the ELaNa 31, NG-14 rocket as part of a
rideshare mission, which included other satellites, and will be in
space for approximately one year. When astronauts set up the deployer
pod for launch out of the ISS around mid-November, Hawai'i Space
Flight Laboratory (HSFL) will continue to be the primary driver for
the Neutron-1 mission.
Neutron-1 carries an FM repeater: A downlink on 435.300 MHz and an
uplink on 145.840 MHz have been coordinated.
UH students, faculty, staff and volunteers were able to view the
rocket launch live on NASA TV and can be viewed on the HSFL website.
I am thrilled. This is a great achievement of the University of
Hawai'is Neutron-1 team of students, staff and faculty, said
Peter Englert, a Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
(HIGP) researcher and principal investigator for the Neutron-1
mission. It demonstrates the quality of undergraduate education and
research in space science and engineering at the university.
This mission development demonstrates that HSFL can deliver flight
hardware and work collaboratively with other institutions regarding
NASA planetary exploration, said Lloyd French, HSFL researcher and
project manager for the Neutron-1 mission. Small spacecraft and
cubesat architectures are the next generation of planetary robotic
exploration, and HSFL is poised to take advantage of the
This is HSFLs second completed spacecraft. In 2016, the first
iteration of the Neutron-1 payload was lost due to a failed
suborbital rocket that was launched from Wallops Flight Facility.
Watching the NG-14 launch from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia
was an amazing opportunity to reflect how far we have come as a team,
how many students were impacted by the project, and all of the
lessons that were learned along the way, said Amber Imai-Hong, an
avionics engineer at HSFL and ground station coordinator for the
Neutron-1 mission. Watching a rocket ascend to space is always
amazing, and to know that this leg of the journey is complete was a
The team is now gearing up for mission operations. HSFL will control
Neutron-1 via the GlobalStar network, and partner with Amateur Radio
operators to communicate with the satellite through HSFLs Kaua'i
Community College Ground Station to receive and send messages to the
satellite when it is released from ISS in November.
The Neutron-1 project was funded by a NASA EPSCoR Research
Infrastructure Development award, and the team conveys special thanks
to the Air Force Research Lab for providing solar cells for the
[ANS thanks the University of Hawai'i News for the above information.]
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ARISS to Celebrate 20 Years of Ham Radio on the ISS
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) will soon
celebrate 20 years of continuous ham radio operations on the
International Space Station (ISS). NASA is commemorating the
milestone with a newly produced infographic highlighting the
educational contacts via amateur radio between astronaut crew members
aboard the ISS and students. Over its 20 years, ARISS has supported
nearly 1,400 scheduled ham radio contacts with schools, student
groups, and other organizations.
Planning for ARISS began in 1996 as a cooperative venture among
national amateur radio and amateur satellite societies, with support
from their respective space agencies. The ARISS ham radio gear
actually arrived on the station before the Expedition 1 crew, headed
by Commander Bill Shepherd, KD5GSL. The FCC issued ham radio call
sign NA1SS for ISS operations. After Expedition 1 arrived on station,
some initial tests with ARISS ham radio ground stations and
individual hams confirmed the ham gear was working properly. The
first ARISS school contact was made with students at Luther Burbank
Elementary School in Illinois on December 21, 2000, with Shepherd at
the helm of NA1SS on the ISS, and ARISS operations team mentor
Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, guiding the operation on the ground.
NASA produced a video of students talking with astronaut
Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR, during an ARISS contact in May 2020.
Before and during scheduled ham radio contacts, students, educators,
parents, and communities learn about space and related technologies,
and radio communication using amateur radio. ARISS has inspired
thousands of students, promoting exploration through educational
experiences spanning science, technology, engineering, the arts, and
ARISS relies on a large network of amateur radio operator volunteers,
many associated with radio clubs in the communities where students
and groups participating in the contact reside. ARISS volunteers
support satellite ground stations, serve as technical mentors, and
provide additional help in the areas of education, community
outreach and public relations.
While student-to-astronaut radio contacts are a primary objective for
ARISS, the capability has also inspired further experimentation for
Amateur Radio in space and evaluation of new technologies. In
September, ARISS announced that the initial element of its next-
generation ham radio system had been installed in the ISS Columbus
module. The new radio system replaces equipment originally certified
for spaceflight in mid-2000. The onboard ham station also provides a
contingency communications system for the ISS crew. Several
astronauts have also enjoyed using NA1SS to make casual contacts
with and delighting earthbound members of the ham radio
In the US, ARISS sponsors include ARRL, AMSAT, and NASA, the ISS
National Lab-Space Station Explorers, and NASAs Space Communications
and Navigation program. Global organizing partners include
International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-societies as well as
AMSAT organizations, and space agencies in Canada, Europe, Russia,
Japan, and elsewhere.
The next proposal window for US schools and educational organizations
to host an amateur radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS
opened on October 1 for contacts that would take place from July
through December 2021.
Like many educators who have coordinated ARISS radio contacts for
their students, teacher Rita Wright, KC9CDL, an ARRL member,
described the first ARISS school contact as inspirational and having
a lasting impact on their community. Five months after their contact,
nearly 500 students greeted Bill Shepherd when he visited Luther
Burbank School. Wright said it was like tossing a pebble into a
The ripple effects are still occurring, and I suspect will continue
to occur for a long time, she said. We have a young staff, and
witnessing these events has inspired some to look for other
interdisciplinary projects. They are beginning their dream. Many of
our students are looking forward to careers associated with the
[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information.]
AMSAT's GOLF Program is about getting back to higher orbits, and it
all begins with GOLF-TEE - a technology demonstrator for deployable
solar panels, propulsion, and attitude control. Come along for the
ride. The journey will be worth it!
IARU Region 2 Releases 2020 Band Plan Revision
International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU R2) the Americas
has released the September 2020 revision of its Band Plan and made
procedural changes to shorten the time to reflect future adjustments.
The Band Plan includes a change approved at the October 2019 General
Assembly to add an Amateur Satellite uplink subband, 21.125 to
21.450 MHz, on a non-exclusive basis. This matches similar changes
in the Region 1 and Region 3 band plans.
A number of administrative changes have been made to the text,
although the Band Plan itself has not been modified. These changes
- Modifications to the wording of the Band Plan to ensure that
national regulators understand it is a voluntary document, and that
countries may depart from the plan based on national requirements.
- Definitions additions: Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF),
primary service, secondary service, and several acronyms.
- Inclusion of information detailing the primary and secondary users
in each amateur radio allocation band.
- Correction of minor typographical errors.
At its May 2020 meeting, the IARU R2 Executive Committee added text
to the Standard Operating Procedures that provides a process for the
Band Plan to be updated in a more timely manner. Prior to this
change, Band Plan modifications could only be approved at a General
Assembly, held once every 3 years. Under the new provision, the Band
Planning Committee may circulate proposed changes to member-societies
with the approval of the Executive Committee. Should no more than
one objection be received within a 60-day period, the change shall be
deemed accepted and reported as such at the next conference, the
Band Planning Committees terms of references state.
The IARU R2 Band Planning Committee has a member from each of the
seven areas in Region 2, and one of those members also serves as the
committees chair. The current Committee Chair is Alphonse Penney,
[ANS thanks the ARRL and George Gorsline, VE3YV, IARU Region 2
Secretary for the above information.]
Two More Astronauts Earn Amateur Radio Licenses
Although the lockdown of Johnson Space Center (JSC) postponed Amateur
Radio training and licensing over the past seven months, NASA ISS
Ham Project Coordinator Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, was able to work with
all of the new astronaut-class graduates, as well as offer some
refresher courses with already-licensed astronauts. Licensed
astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) may operate the
on-station ham radio equipment without restrictions.
Astronauts often participate in Amateur Radio on the International
Space Station (ARISS) contacts with schools and groups on Earth.
NASA Astronaut Kayla Barron, who completed her introductory course
in June and received basic ham radio operations training in late
September, recently tested and received the call sign KI5LAL.
European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer passed his Amateur
Radio exam on July 30, and he got his basic ham operations training
in July. He now is KI5KFH.
Astronauts Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, and Shannon Walker, KD5DXB,
completed the refresher course earlier this year. Two other new
astronauts are in the queue to take the Technician license exam.
[ANS thanks the ARRL and Rosalie White, K1STO for the above
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Upcoming Satellite Operations
- JQ78, October 712, 2020
JW7XK (or maybe LA7XK) will be active on RS-44 on as many passes as
possible. His focus is to work NA and maybe JA, when/if it is
possible. Link frequency 435.660 +/- Doppler.
- JN15jo, October 19, 2020
Jerome, F4DXV, is planning to be on RS-44 beginning at 20:00 UTC
specifically for North America. The footprint covers much of eastern
NA. This is a difficult operation after dark and Jerome hopes that
many will take advantage of the opportunity to work this very rare
grid. RS-44 will bee around 1430km.
- CN98/DN08, October 12, 2020
@AD0DX until Sunday. Holiday style.
- DN17/DN18 Line, October 12, 2020
@AD0DX and @KI7JPC and maybe @KI7UXT.
- DN13, DN23, DN22, October 16-19, 2020
@KI7UNJ, no pass list, follow him on twitter.
October 16 on the DN13/23 Line.
October 17 in DN22.
October 18 in DN22.
October 19 on the DN13/23 line.
- FN44/FN54, October 11-16, 2020
KQ2RP will be on FM birds from FN54 with occasional FN44/54 line.
FN53 is possible. Logging as KQ2RP/1.
DK78/ DK79, October 12, 2020
@XE1HG will be holiday style on FM and maybe some linears.
EL Grids, October 10-14, 2020
October 10 in EL95 Key Largo.
October 11 in EL94 Key West.
October 12 in EL84 Dry Tortuga.
October 13 in EL94 Key West.
October 14 TBD.
[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR for the above information.]
Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
Clint Bradford K6LCS has booked his Work the FM Voice Satellites
with Minimal Equipment presentation for the clubs. The next Zoom
presentation is on October 27, 2020 for the Cherryland ARC/Traverse
[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL for the above information.]
AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an amateur
radio package, including two-way communication capability, to
be carried on-board Gateway in lunar orbit.
Support AMSAT's projects today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/
* Completed Contacts
Gagarin From Space Radio Amateur Session With Students Of The
International Aerospace School At Amgu Blagoveshchensk,
Amur State University, Blagoveshchensk, Russia direct via RKØJ.
The ISS callsign was RSØISS.
The astronaut was Anatoli Ivanishin.
The contact was successful on September 28, 2020 at 08:48 UTC.
* Upcoming Contacts
Ramona Lutheran School, Ramona, CA, direct via N6ROR.
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS.
The scheduled astronaut is Chris Cassidy KF5KDR.
Contact is go for: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 16:26:13 UTC.
[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N for the above information.]
Shorts from All Over
* Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for October 8, 2020
Update on decaying satellites:
- The decay epoch predicted by Space-Track for EnduroSat One -
Cat ID 43551 is 2020-10-15.
- The decay epoch predicted by Space-Track for MO-106 -
Cat ID 44830 is 2020-10-09.
Decay has occurred or is eminent.
[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD for the above information.]
* Next Rocket Lab Launch Window Starts October 20, 2020 UTC
'In Focus' is a rideshare mission to low Earth orbit for Planet and
Spaceflight Inc.s customer Canon Electronics. The mission will
deploy a total of 10 satellites to precise and individual orbits
from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in Mahia, New Zealand. The
scheduled launch time is 21:14 UTC. Full details can be seen at
[ANS thanks Terry Osborne, ZL2BAC for the above information.]
* British Columbia Radio Amateur Hears Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
According to a Spaceweather.com report, Scott Tilley, VE7TIL, in
British Columbia, Canada, received a signal from the NASA Mars
Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), flying just 274 kilometers (about 170
miles) above the red planets surface. The signal was an X-band
carrier containing no data or telemetry.
Its purpose is to allow for Doppler tracking, Tilley explained.
The rapid change in pitch of the signal is caused by the relative
motion of the satellite and the observer. He used a homemade
satellite dish to hear the orbiter.
Tilley enjoys tracking down signals from dead satellites, zombie
satellites, and spy satellites, but the MRO was a first for him.
MROs signal is weak, but it is one of the louder signals in Mars
orbit, he said. The spacecraft has a large dish antenna it uses as
a relay for other Mars missions. With the proximity of Mars these
days, it was the perfect time to try.
In 2018, Tilley saw the signature of the Imager for Magnetopause-
to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE), a NASA spacecraft believed to
have died in 2005. That discovery delighted space scientists.
[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information.]
* Rocket Lab CEO Warns of Space Junk
In 1978, NASA scientist Donald Kessler warned of a potential
catastrophic, cascading chain reaction in outer space. Today known
as "Kessler Syndrome," the theory posited that space above Earth
could one day become so crowded, so polluted with both active
satellites and the detritus of space explorations past, that it
could render future space endeavors more difficult, if not
Last week, the CEO of Rocket Lab, a launch startup, said the
company is already beginning to experience the effect of growing
congestion in outer space. Read the complete story at:
[ANS thanks CNN for the above information.]
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