AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
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:
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In this edition:
* 2015 Candidates for the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Announced
* 20th 73 on 73 Award Issued
* International Space Colloquium at Guildford July 24-26
* QB50p2 FM Transponder Tested
* NASA Drafts Solicitation for New Class of Launch Services
* NASA, UN Photo Competition Highlights Why Space Matters on Earth
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 172.01
From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
June 21, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
2015 Candidates for the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Announced
The 2015 candidates, in alphabetical order by last names are:
Barry Baines WD4ASW
Jerry Buxton N0JY
Steve Coy K8UD
Drew Glasbrenner KO4MA
Mark Hammond N8MH
EMike McCardel KC8YLD
Bob McGwier N4HY
Bruce Paige KK5DO
This year AMSAT-NA will be electing four voting members of the Board of
Directors. These will go to the four candidates receiving the highest
votes. In addition, there will be two alternates chosen, based on the next
highest number of votes received.
Ballots will be mailed to the AMSAT-NA membership by 15 JUL 2015 and must be
received at the AMSAT office by 15 SEP 2015 in order to be counted.
outside North America will go by air mail. If you have not received your
package in a reasonable time for your QTH, please contact the AMSAT office.
Completed ballots should be returned as promptly as possible, and those from
outside North American preferably by air mail.
Election of Board members is both an obligation as well as an
opportunity by our
membership to help shape the future direction of AMSAT. Please take the
review the candidate statements that will accompany the ballot and
you wish to see on the Board. You have the option to vote for up to four
[ANS thanks Alan, WA4SCA, for the above information]
20th 73 on 73 Award Issued
Congratulations to Davide D'Aliesio, IW0HLG, for working 73 different
stations on AO-73 since September 1, 2014 and becoming the 20th
recipient of the 73 on 73 Award.
For more information on the award see
[ANS thanks Paul, N8HM, for the above information]
International Space Colloquium at Guildford July 24-26
The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium will be held on July 24-26
Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ, UK.
Among the speakers will be:
* Peter Guelzow DB2OS with an update on AMSAT-DL projects, including the
Phase 4 satellite
* Chris Brunskill, formerly of Surrey Space Centre (SSC), now
working at the
Space Catapult at the Harwell Campus. He will be presenting an extremely
novel project aimed at schools and education
* It is hoped the BATC will be able to demonstrate live Digital TV
from the International Space Station, using the Ham TV system
* Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, from AMSAT North America will be
presenting the latest news of the FOX satellite(s) due for launch
year, and also on their Phase 4 project
The Colloquium is open to all further information is at
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
QB50p2 FM Transponder Tested
AMSAT-Francophone report that the FM transponder on QB50p2 (EO-80) has been
tested. A Google English translation of the post on their website reads:
On June 19, 2014, two 2U CubeSats QB50p1 and QB50p2 were launched as
part of the
QB50 precursor program into a polar orbit at an altitude of 680 km.
The satellite QB50p2 (object 40032) is equipped with a secondary FM
payload developed by AMSAT-F.
On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 almost 1 year after launch the AMSAT-F FM
on QB50p2 was activated by the main control station in The Netherlands
duration of an orbit. At the Polytechnique in Palaiseau, we were able to
telemetry in CW and put into action the FM transponder with an output of
A very strong signal was received at Palaiseau and by F6HCC in Brittany. The
transponder was turned off at the end of the orbit.
In a few weeks, the transponder should be activated permanently. The
very strong, we will probably use a lower power level of 500 mW or 1
will inform you later.
QB50p1 (EO-79 / FUNcube-3) is equipped with a linear transponder for SSB
The first tests were successfully completed in April and its transponder
also be enabled full-time in a few weeks.
Gérard – F6FAO
QB50 Amateur Radio Information
The IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel Status pages list these
frequencies for the two satellites:
QB50p2 has a VHF 9600 bps BPSK telemetry downlink plus a separate RF
from AMSAT-Francophone which will comprise of a FM voice transponder
uplink and VHF downlink. It can also transmit FX25 telemetry at 9600 bps.
* 145.880 MHz 9600 bps BPSK telemetry beacon
* 145.840 MHz 9600 bps FSK FX25
[ANS thanks Gerard, F6FAO and AMSAT-UK for the above information]
NASA Drafts Solicitation for New Class of Launch Services
NASA’s Launch Services Program has issued a draft Request for Proposal
a new Venture Class Launch Services (VCLS), which would be commercial launch
services for small satellites and experiments on science missions using a
smaller than currently available class of rockets.
At present, launch opportunities for small satellites -- often called
or nanosatellites -- and small science missions are mostly limited to
type arrangements, flying only when space is available on NASA and other
launches. The Launch Services Program seeks to develop alternatives to this
approach and help foster other launch services dedicated to transporting
payloads into orbit. The services acquired through such a contract will
constitute the smallest class of launch services used by NASA.
This solicitation, and resulting contract or contracts, is intended to
demonstrate a dedicated launch capability for smaller payloads that NASA
anticipates it will require on a recurring basis for future science and
missions. CubeSats already are used in markets, such as imagery
analysis. In the future, CubeSat capabilities will include abilities,
ship and aircraft tracking, improved weather prediction, and broader
NASA intends to award one or more firm fixed-price VCLS contracts to
132 pounds (60 kilograms) of CubeSats a single launch or two launches
66 pounds (30 kilograms) each. The launch provider will determine the launch
location and date, but the launch must occur by April 15, 2018.
[ANS thanks NASA Launch Services for the above information]
NASA, UN Photo Competition Highlights Why Space Matters on Earth
NASA and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
have launched a global photography competition to highlight how the
vantage point of space helps us better understand our home planet,
improve lives, and safeguard our future by aiding sustainable
development on Earth.
To highlight the role of space-based science and technologies and
their applications on Earth, NASA and UNOOSA are inviting the public
to submit photos depicting why space matters to us all in our daily
lives. To participate, post a picture and description on Instagram
using the hashtag #whyspacematters and tagging @UNOOSA.
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who is three months into a one-year
mission aboard the International Space Station, will announce the
winning photo each month by posting it from his Instagram account
Kelly and Russian Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are spending a year in
space to improve our understanding of the medical, psychological and
biomedical challenges faced by astronauts during long-duration
spaceflight. Kelly will set a single-mission record for a U.S.
astronaut, and the joint expedition will be an important step in
human space exploration and research into the effects of long-term
space habitation as part of NASA's journey to Mars.
"We learn something every time we go to space. And the International
Space Station is one of the world's greatest laboratories - where we
are helping with advances in medicine, biology, chemistry and
materials sciences," said Kelly. "It is the pursuit of these advances
off the Earth that help improve lives on Earth. And that is why I am
so committed to space exploration and embarking on this year-long
mission. I look forward to seeing the images from people around the
world on how space technology has impacted them where they live."
UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo said it is "an honor to have
Scott Kelly share his experience in space with the United Nations.
This campaign will help to promote the use of space science and
technologies in such areas as disaster risk reduction, tracking the
effects of climate change and in the equality of access to education
With the recent installation of NASA's International Space Station-
Rapid Scatterometer (ISS-RapidScat) and the Cloud-Aerosol Transport
System (CATS) instruments on the space station, the ISS is being used
for full-fledged Earth science research.
Scientists worldwide use NASA data to tackle some of the biggest
questions about how our planet is changing now and how Earth could
change in the future. From rising sea levels to the changing
availability of freshwater, NASA enables studies that unravel the
complexities of our planet from the highest reaches of Earth's
atmosphere to its core.
The International Space Station is a convergence of science,
technology and human innovation that enables us to demonstrate new
technologies and make research breakthroughs not possible on Earth.
It has been continuously occupied since November 2000 and, since
then, has been visited by more than 200 people and a variety of
international and commercial spacecraft. The space station remains
the springboard to NASA's next giant leap in exploration, including
future missions to an asteroid and Mars.
For more information about the International Space Station and its
crews and research, visit:
For more information about the #whyspacematters competition, visit:
[ANS thanks NASA News Service for the above information]
In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the
President's Club. Members of the President's Club, as sustaining
donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT
Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students
enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org