AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
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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
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In this edition:
* ChubuSat-2 and ChubuSat-3 Launch Information
* AMSAT Dayton Booth Volunteers Needed
* Dayton Thursday Dinner and Beverages at Tickets Pub and Eatery
* FoxTelem Version 1.03 Released
* AMSAT Partners With Ragnorak Industries Cubesat Challenge Team
* Announcement of the 8th European CubeSat Symposium, 7-9 Sept 2016 (London)
* 2016 NASA Academy
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ANS-038 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 038.01
From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
February 7, 2016
To All RADIO AMATEURS
ChubuSat-2 and ChubuSat-3 Launch Information
Nagoya University(NU) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries(MHI) developed 50kg
microsatellite ChubuSat-2(NU) and ChubuSat-3(MHI). These satellites have
amateur VHF receiver and amateur UHF transmitter, and will be launched on
Feb. 12 2016 from Tanegashima, Japan. Komaki Amateur SATCOM Club operates
these satellites from Komaki, Japan.
After the satellite separation, each satellite will transmit UHF CW beacon
message including battery voltage etc. which is very important information
for our initial and critical operation. So we are very happy if you receive
the CW beacon message and report to us
In following WEB site, we show the information(frequency, format, TLE, etc.)
about ChubuSat-2 and ChubuSat-3. If we have your report, we will show your
report in this page.
Both satellite will provide the message exchange service. After the on-orbit
checkout of the satellite(maybe one month after launch), you can use this
service, sending your message with VHF uplink, then your message is written
to the on-board memory. By sending inquiry message, anyone can read your
message with UHF downlink.
Uplink: 145.815 MHz FSK 1200bps
Downlink: 437.100 MHz GMSK 9600bps
Uplink: 145.840 MHz FSK 1200bps
Downlink: 437.425 MHz GMSK 9600bps
The uplink/downlink format will be uploaded in above WEB site.
We hope you get interested in our satellites, receive beacon messages, and
enjoy the message exchange service.
Yasutaka Narusawa (JR2XEA)
[ANS thanks Yasutaka Narusawa, JR2XEA, and the KOMAKI Amateur SATCOM Club
for the above information]
AMSAT Dayton Booth Volunteers Needed
Call for Volunteers for the AMSAT Booth at Dayton 2016
The 2016 Dayton Hamvention®, sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio
will be held this year on May 20-22. “Dayton” is the largest hamfest in the
United States, and AMSAT will be there again this year.
You can assist AMSAT by volunteering to help staff the booth. While
will meet other AMSAT members, interact with the satellite designers,
and operators, and enjoy all that Dayton has to offer.
People are needed to assist with the setup of the booth on Thursday, May
few people to move the equipment from the storage area leaving the hotel
am, most at the Arena from 11am to 4 pm), to staff the booth Friday (9
am to 6
pm), Saturday (9 am to 5 pm), and Sunday (9 am to 1 pm), and pack up on
(1 pm to 3 pm). If you are leaving late Sunday, or Monday morning, please
consider helping transport the display to the storage area on the south
Dayton. This is normally completed by 5 pm. Most people volunteer for
more 2 hour shifts in the booth.
Please send an e-mail to Steve Belter, N9IP if you are willing to help
the Hamvention. Please let Steve know as soon as possible if you¹re
If you missed the Hamvention the last few years, there were some changes
Ball Arena, and the AMSAT exhibit was part of that change. We now have
a 3 X 3
booth arrangement, with the engineering and software display on one side
aisle, and the sale area on the opposite side. The booth numbers are now
444-446 and 433-435. We will be very near the old exhibit area, within
the ARRL exhibit.
[ANS thanks Steve, N9IP, for the above information]
Dayton Thursday Dinner and Beverages at Tickets Pub and Eatery
Thursday night, 1800-2000. The annual AMSAT “Dinner at Tickets” party
held Thursday, May 19, at 1800 EDT at the Tickets Pub & Eatery. Everyone is
invited regardless of whether or not they helped with setup or plan to
You’ll find a great selection of Greek and American food and excellent
No program or speaker, just good conversation. Food can be ordered from the
menu; drinks (beer, wine, sodas and iced tea) are available at the bar.
you are. Bring some friends and have a great time the night before
Tickets Pub and Eatery,
7 W. Main St.
Fairborn, OH 45324
[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]
FoxTelem Version 1.03 Released
This version of FoxTelem uses a new datafile format. While we store our
data on the server in an SQL database, we use a flat file database for
A flat file format is nearly optimal for a program that mostly adds new
the end of a growing list. With that said, we need to be able to load
of the data into memory for efficient analysis. The new data file
that. If you have been downloading data from the server for analysis,
see that this format is much faster.
One major change is the ability to automatically switch between low speed
and high speed. This will help unattended stations gather as much
possible. The "auto" mode actually runs both decoders at the same time, so
make sure your computer has enough CPU power to cope.
Graphing has been updated to support better analysis of the spacecraft by
the AMSAT Operations team and amateur scientists everywhere.
This version also contains new features that will be required for
Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D.
You can download it here:
[ANS thanks Chris, G0KLA, for the above information]
AMSAT Partners With Ragnorak Industries Cubesat Challenge Team
AMSAT is participating in the Cube Quest Challenge as a partner with
Industries. Members of the AMSAT - ASCENT team are designing the
package which will be 5.6 GHz uplink and 10.5 GHz. downlink and will use
modulation. At the end of the mission, the 6U cubesat will be put into a
lunar orbit and AMSAT will be able to operate the satellite as a digital
Many of the details are still in development and the ASCENT team is always
looking for U.S. citizen volunteers to help with the design, prototype and
testing. There is no guarantee Ragnarok's submission will be accepted by
but if it is, this could be an exciting mission for the amateur
allows amateurs to have an active role in collecting telemetry and range
data that is crucial to the mission and end up with a satellite that
type communications between relatively small (1-2meter) earth stations.
[ANS thanks Howie, AB2S, for the above information]
Announcement of the 8th European CubeSat Symposium, 7-9 Sept 2016 (London)
Dear CubeSat Community,
This year the 8th European CubeSat Symposium will take place in the
of London on September 7th-9th 2016. The Symposium, co-organized by the von
Karman Institute (Belgium) and the Knowledge Transfer Network (UK), will be
hosted in the premises of the historical buildings of the Imperial College
London. In particular the South Kensington Campus is located in the very
of London only few steps away from Kensington Palace and the Natural History
We have tried to organize this Symposium giving importance to the most
topics in the CubeSat world. From Technology Demonstrators and Scientific
Missions to the Future Technologies and the Space Exploration with CubeSats.
In detail, the Symposium is covering the following topics:
- Scientific Instruments/Sensors on CubeSats
- Technology Demonstration on CubeSats (e.g. formation flying, IODs)
- Micro-g Experiments on CubeSats
- Micropropulsion Subsystems
- Attitude Determination and Control Subsystem
- CubeSat Flight Experience and Lessons Learned
- CubeSat Networks and Constellations
- Telecommunications, Ground Stations and Ground Station Networks
- Orbital Dynamics (e.g. de-orbiting and debris mitigation)
- Launchers and Deployers for CubeSats
- Future Technologies on CubeSats
- Space Exploration Missions with CubeSat (i.e. beyond Earth orbit)
Renowned speakers from NASA, ESA and NanoRacks LLC will give an account
view of the past and future development of CubeSats.
If you are interested in contributing to this event, please submit your
before May 31st 2016. Registrations and abstract submission will be
March 1st 2016. For more information on the venue, registration, deadlines,
abstract guidelines, sponsorship and exhibitors, please visit the symposium
As in the previous years the Symposium is open to the all CubeSat community
around the World, so please feel free to disseminate this information
See you there!
Davide Masutti on behalf the Organising Committee
[ANS thanks Davide Masutti for the above information]
2016 NASA Academy
The 2016 NASA Academy is being offered at three locations: NASA's Ames
Research Center in California, NASA's Glenn Research Center in Ohio, and
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. Applications are being
solicited for this 10-week summer experience for college students with
emphasis on immersive and integrated multidisciplinary exposure and
training. Activities include laboratory research, a group project, lectures,
meetings with experts and administrators, visits to NASA centers and
space-related industries, and technical presentations. Students learn how
NASA and its centers operate, gain experience in world-class laboratories,
and participate in leadership development and team-building activities.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens (including citizens of the U.S. territories
Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Marianas) majoring in a
STEM discipline. The applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students
enrolled full-time in accredited universities and colleges in the U.S. and
its territories. Students may apply to any of the NASA Academy opportunities
by following these steps:
1. Log into the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI, site at
2. Register and set up an account.
3. Select the "Search Opportunities" tab at the top bar.
4. Select "NASA Center(s) of Interest" under "NASA Center/Facility."
5. Enter "Academy" in the "Keywords" block at the bottom of the
6. Click the "Search" button at the very bottom of screen; a list of Academy
Opportunities will then be displayed.
7. Click on the "View" icon in the first column under "Action" to read
the Opportunity of interest, followed by comments on additional instructions
for completing the application, including two requested essays.
The deadline for receipt of NASA Academy application(s) and associated
documents is Feb. 16, 2016.
Please direct questions about NASA Academy to
[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message -- Feb. 4, 2016 for the above
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Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
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This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org