NASA Preparing Mini-Satellites To Send Into Space Powered By The Nexus
One and Nexus S
posted on Aug 24th 2012 at 4:54am by Chris Chavez
The boys at NASA have been making headlines after hitting the sand
dunes of Mars with their mini go-cart, Curiousity, and it looks like
they have a few more surprises in store. A team from NASA’s Ames
Research Center has been hard at work developing miniature satellites
— called a “PhoneSat” — powered by, none other, than the OG Nexus One
and Nexus S. NASA has spent the last few years putting these PhoneSats
and the devices inside through the paces, testing them in a variety of
situations, destroying a few prototypes in the process.
Currently, the team has 2 nanosatellite prototypes that will be sent
up into space at different times. To see if something like this is
even possible, the first will consist of a Nexus One, external
batteries, external radio beacon, all inside a comfy 10x10x10cm shell.
If the PhoneSat 1.0 is a success, the team will send up the PhoneSat
2.0 with the more powerful Nexus S inside and featuring a 2-way S-band
radio, solar panels, and GPS receiver.
At $3,500 to build, NASA’s goal is to launch the “lowest-cost
satellites ever flown into space,” and plans to send ‘em on up later
this year aboard the Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares rocket.
With plans to send future PhoneSats to the moon, it shouldn’t be long
before we see the Galaxy Nexus making an orbital space trip for
itself, finally at home amongst the galaxies.
Technical Director, Allied Communication, LLC
AMSAT-UK are delighted to announce that Howard Long, G6LVB, will be present at the Colloquium this year and will be launching a new "FUNcube Dongle PRO-PLUS" during his presentation.
Full technical details have been embargoed until his talk and we are not permitted to steal his thunder by releasing further details of this new product in advance. Attendees at the Colloquium will therefore be the first to learn about Howard's latest development which will further advance the applications for SDR devices.
The Colloquium is a truly international event and will include:
Exclusive access to inspect the new SSTL clean room and integration facilities at the recently opened Kepler Building. If you have visited their previous facilities at the university campus, during previous Colloquia, you will be amazed by what is happening now.
Presentations by experts from AMSAT-SA, AMSAT-NA and AMSAT-DL on their current spacecraft projects.
CubeSat presentations on UKube-1, STRaND-1, STRaND-2 and, of course the FUNcube-1 project.
We will be including an exclusive roundup of a number of new live and potential spacecraft projects that are under investigation and/or development.
Additionally a number of presentations are planned covering new communications techniques and similar futuristic topics.
Plus all the usual networking opportunities, the gala dinner and auction/raffle, plus the opportunity to operate the sophisticated groundstation in the GB4FUN mobile demonstration module.
The Colloquium takes place at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ, England, September 15-16. Rooms and Saturday’s Gala Dinner must be booked in advance at http://tinyurl.com/Colloquium-2012-Booking
Further information http://www.uk.amsat.org/colloquium/twelve
73 Trevor M5AKA
SPROUT, a 20 x 20 x 22 cm amateur radio SSTV nano-satellite with a mass of 6.7 kg, plans to launch with the L-band (1236.5 MHz/1257.5 MHz/1278.5 MHz) Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite ALOS-2 in January, 2013.
73 Trevor M5AKA
AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium takes place Guildford Sept. 15-16
Can anyone recommend to me how they remove dc from the coax before rf hits my preamps and fry's them.? I see a box on eBay that a guy is selling but it seems to be a device that uses relays and is designed to key external rf amps using the din connector on the ts2000. I'm not certain however this will work for my needs.
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I'll be travelling to CO96 in NE British Columbia in about 2 weeks
time and I plan on taking my FT-817 and Arrow Yagi with me. If I can,
I'll try to get onto AO-27 and SO-50.
I don't have any details right now about exactly when I'll arrive or
how long I'll be there. I might know more in the next 2 or 3 days.
Bernhard VA6BMJ @ DO33FL
Here is some news that arrived at the ANS "newsdesk" which would be too late
if we waited for the next weekend news cycle:
+ Members of the Grupo DX Caracas announced their YW5B DXpedition to
La Blanquilla Island (SA-037) between August 21-27. Activity will
be on 160-2 meters using CW, SSB, FM, Satellites and the Digital
modes. QSL Manager is DM4TI with instructions on his QRZ.com page.
(Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1075)
73 de JoAnne K9JKM
Editor, AMSAT News Service
Associate Editor, AMSAT Journal
To keep all the HSD users in the loop....
I'm looking at what the basic / paid release should be so that we can
better navigation / API functions.
The problem occurs when it comes to phone v tablet
For phone, Android v2.3.3 is recommended
For tablet, Android v4.0.3 (or v4.1) to get the richness especially with
the release of the Nexus 7.
I'm tempted by the 4.0.3 for the paid version and upgrade from 1.5 to
2.3.3 for the base version.
What do you think?
replies here or hamsatdroid(a)g4dpz.me.uk
- Dave, G4DPZ
There are still rooms available at the hotel at which the AMSAT-UK
Colloquium will be held on 14, 15 and 16 Sep.
TO BE SURE OF A ROOM AT THE HOTEL YOU SHOULD BOOK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO
The location of the Colloquium is at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, Surry, UK.
New this year will be guided tours of the new SSTL satellite construction
facility, the Kepler Building, including a view of the clean rooms. This
facility has been open less than a year, and is hugely impressive! Numbers
on the tours are limited and strictly first come first served basis.
Detailed timings to follow.
Further details are at
http://www.uk.amsat.org/colloquium/twelve and you can book online using
PayPal or Credit Card at http://shop.amsat.org.uk/shop/catalog/browse
Any difficulties or questions to g3wgm at amsat.org
73 Jim G3WGM
Hon Sec AMSAT-UK