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In this edition:
* AMSAT Board Elects Senior Officers for 2012
* Fox-1 Satellite in Development; Working on Partnerships for Launch
* AMSAT News Service Welcomes New Weekly Editor EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
* Japan PRISM Satellite Begins Amateur AX.25 Store-and-Forward Services
* WS4FSM Hosts the Largest School Contact Ever With the ISS
* Report Available for Japan's UNISEC Satellite Projects
* FUNcube-2 Boards Delivered to Clyde Space for UKube-1 Nanosatellite
* South Korea, Brazil, Ukraine Heading for Orbit
* NASA Accepting Student Applications for HASP Balloon Flight
* ARISS Status - 22 October 2012
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 302.01
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
October 28, 2012
To All RADIO AMATEURS
AMSAT Board Elects Senior Officers for 2012
Election of AMSAT's Senior Officers was one of the first orders of
business to be settled once the AMSAT Board of Directors meeting
opened on October 25, prior to the start of the 2012 AMSAT Space
Symposium held in Orlando, Florida.
The following positions were voted upon and filled:
Barry Baines, WD4ASW President
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA Vice-President Operations
Gould Smith, WA4SXM Vice President User Services
Tony Monteiro, AA2TX Vice-President Engineering
Frank Bauer, KA3HDO Vice-President Human Spaceflight
Mark Hammond, N8MH Vice-President Educational Relations
Alan Biddle, WA4SCA Secretary
Keith Baker, KB1SF/VA3KSF Treasurer
Martha Saragovitz Manager
The following Senior Officer positions remained open at this time
Executive Vice President
The AMSAT Board of Directors elected on September 15 include:
Barry Baines, WD4ASW
Alan Biddle, WA4SCA
Dr. Thomas A. Clark, K3IO
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
Lou McFadin, W5DID
Tony Monteiro, AA2TX
Gould Smith, WA4SXM
Mark Hammond, N8MH (First Alternate)
Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK (Second Alternate)
At the Board Meeting AMSAT Vice-President User Services Gould Smith,
WA4SXM, announced the appointment of JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM as the
Editor of the AMSAT Journal. JoAnne currently serves as the Senior
Editor of the AMSAT News Service. She will make the transition to
the Journal effective immediately. Lee McLamb, KU4OS once again is
assuming the role as the Senior Editor of the AMSAT News Service.
The Board noted that volunteer positions remain open for both the
Journal team and the AMSAT News Service team.
[ANS thanks the AMSAT Board of Directors for the above information]
Fox-1 Satellite in Development; Working on Partnerships for Launch
AMSAT Vice-President Engineering, Tony Monteiro, AA2TX presented the
latest status on the design, development, and construction of the
Fox-1A satellite project. This is the 1U cubesat which is slated as
the FM repeater transponder to replace AO-51.
Project ELaNa, NASA's "Educational Launch of NanoSat" managed by
the Launch Services Program at the Kennedy Space Center, accepted
the AMSAT Fox-1 cubesat into this educational launch initiative on
its merits toward meeting NASA's strategic and educational goals.
AMSAT met the NASA goals by designing a satellite mission in support
of education with amateur radio included:
+ The Fox family of cubesats are ham radio transponders that are
designed to host science experiment payloads.
+ AMSAT will partner with universities to develop these science and
+ When the university missions gain a free launch for their primaary
scientific missions AMSAT's amateur radio transponder will also be
+ After the primary science/education mission is completed the AMSAT
transponder will become available full-time for amateur radio ser-
AMSAT will work with NASA in a collaborative agreement where NASA
will cover the integration and launch costs. In the meantime, AMSAT
must still pay for the development costs of the cubesats and find
talented volunteers to work on the design.
Fox-1A's design goals include:
+ Fox-1 is designed to operate in sunlight without batteries once
the battery system fails. This applies lessons learned from AO-51
and ARISSat-1 operations.
+ In case of IHU computer failure Fox-1 will continue to operate its
FM repeater in a basic, 'zombie sat' mode, so that the repeater
+ Fox-1 is designed as the immediate replacement for AO-51. Its U/V
(Mode B) transponder will make it even easier to work with modest
+ From the ground user's perspective, the same FM amateur radio
equipment used for AO-51 may be used for Fox-1.
Fox-1 continues AMSAT's long record of success as an all-volunteer
organization providing access to space communications for students
in a curriculum setting as well the private citizen.
AMSAT's Fox-1 project timeline is based on targeting a launch in
the second half of 2013. NASA will determine on which flight each
of the Project ELaNa CubeSats fly.
Watch for news in the AMSAT Journal for details of AMSAT's partner-
ship with universities, the National Science Foundation, and NASA in
seeking grants for getting the first and future Fox generation sat-
ellites into orbit.
[ANS thanks AMSAT Vice-President Engineering, Tony Monteiro, AA2TX
and the AMSAT Board of Directors for the above information]
AMSAT News Service Welcomes New Weekly Editor EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD is joining the AMSAT News Service as one of
the weekly rotating editors. EMike will welcome your news of Amateur
Radio in Space via the ans-editor(a)amsat.org or his KC8YLD(a)amsat.org
He is active on the amateur satellites using his Yaesu VX8R and VX7R
radios. EMike is already active within AMSAT-NA serving as Associate
Direction of Education working on our educational relations with Mark
Hammond, N8MH. The AMSAT-Edu e-mail list, supporting our educational
outreach and planning, is moderated by EMike.
Recently EMike worked with Mark, N8MH; Dale, KJ6VUC; Tom, KA6SIP;
Dave, KB5WIA; Joe, K6WAO; Barry, WD4ASW; and Alan, WA6DNR as a mem-
ber of the AMSAT team During PACIFICON October 12-14. This effort
included a successful ARISS contact, support in the ARRL Youth Lounge
making CubeSat models, the AMSAT table, and satellite demonstrations.
EMike is an extra class operator. He is a member and past-president
of the Mount Vernon Amateur Radio Club, the Inter-City Radio Club in
Mansfield, OH, and a member of the ARRL. He is the ARRL Ohio Section
Affiliated Club Coordinator, ARRL appointed PIO and VE.
Other club affiliations include the Ohio Single Side Band Net, the
Old Man International Sideband Society, and the Straight Key Century
Club. His interest in emergency communications has lead to taking
two ARECC and several FEMA courses leading to certificates in Inci-
dent Command System/National Incident Management System, and the
National Response Plan.
ANS Bulletins will be coming from EMike as he joins the weekly edi-
tor rotation with Lee, KU4OS and JoAnne, K9JKM. The AMSAT News Ser-
vice Team still has a couple of openings for weekly editors. With 4
editors each would have a bulletin for one week of the month. JoAnne
has taken over as Editor of the AMSAT Journal so ANS has an immediate
opportunity for a new volunteer. Professional writing/editing experi-
ence is NOT a requirement. Your interest and enthusiasm in following
and teaching on amateur radio in space will get you started.
Welcome aboard EMike, KC8YLD!
[ANS thanks AMSAT Vice-President Gould Smith, WA4SXM for the above
Japan PRISM Satellite Begins Amateur AX.25 Store-and-Forward Service
The team that developed the PRISM satellite have announced it is
being opened up for use by radio amateurs during afternoon passes.
The satellite was built by the University of Tokyo and launched on
January 23, 2009 into a 660 by 670 km orbit. It uses AX.25 packet
radio and can now be used by amateur radio operators as a store-
and-forward message box.
Full details at:
(Ed. Note - if this link does not work with FireFox try using
Additional information is posted at: http://www.uk.amsat.org/?p=11174
Downlink Frequency Information
Beacon 437.2500 MHz CW (80 mW)
Data 437.4250 MHz AFSK 1200 BPS (800mW AX.25)
To gain access to the uplink frequency and the store-and-forward pro-
tocol the amateur radio user must agree to comply with the terms of
the HAM Radio Service by clicking on the "Read the Terms" button at
the bottom of the web page. If you agree then click on the "Agree"
Upon agreement to the user terms you will be allowed access to a
technical information page describing the communications protocol
and the uplink frequency.
[ANS thanks the PRISM team at the University of Tokyo for the above
WS4FSM Hosts the Largest School Contact Ever With the ISS
On Tuesday, October 30, at 11:58AM EDT (15:58 UTC) most of Palm
Beach County's 187,000 students will be watching live as 10 stu-
dents and 2 teachers make contact with the International Space
The contact will be from the Motorola theater at the South Florida
Science Museum (see: http://www.sfsm.org
). Amateur Radio Station
WS4FSM is part of a permanent Ham Radio Center exhibit built and
maintained by the West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Group.
Both a tower mounted tracking antenna and a mast mounted Eggbeater
antenna have been loaned to the club by area Hams for making this
The event will be televised live by closed circuit TV beginning
about 11:00 AM EDT (15:00 UTC) to classrooms in all the county
schools and streamed on the web at:
Parents at home will be able to view this contact on the web stream
and on the school's educational channel and Comcast Cable in South
Florida. The final audience is expected to be over 250,000 live
The students were selected from the entire school district, includ-
ing private and home schooler's, and entered by submitting an essay
about their interest in space exploration. Tens of thousands of es-
says were read and sorted by the committee which included educators,
astronomers, scientists, former astronauts, and Ham Radio operators.
The event is being co-sponsored by the Palm Beach Post who ran a
series of articles and published the winning essays.
An educational DVD will be produced for use in the school system at
other times and selected portions will be available on YouTube from
the West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Group.
For information on WS4FSM see:
For information on the West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Group see:
[ANS thanks Tom Loughney, AJ4XM, President, West Palm Beach Amateur
Radio Group Inc. for the above information]
Report Available for Japan's UNISEC Satellite Projects
Japan's University Space Engineering Consortium (UNISEC) has compil-
ed a report on the current state of Japanese University Micro/Nano/
The 100 page report is accessible via these "Download" button at the
bottom of this page: http://www.unisec.jp/member/jusat-e.html
[ANS thanks UNISEC for the above information]
FUNcube-2 Boards Delivered to Clyde Space for UKube-1 Nanosatellite
For this story with additional photos see:
On Friday, October 19, after some final testing and characterisation
checks completed at the facilities of ISIS BV in Delft, AMSAT-UK hand-
ed over the set of three PCBs that form the FUNcube-2 subsystem on
the UKube-1 spacecraft to Clyde Space Ltd in Glasgow. Clyde Space are
leading the development and assembly of this CubeSat project for the
UK Space Agency.
The PCBs were taken to Glasgow in a Pelicase by Graham Shirville,
G3VZV who handed them to Steve Greenland Systems Engineer at Clyde
The three PCB's comprise:
+ CCT Board - Command, control and telemetry, interfaces via I2C
with the antenna deployment system and the main OBC
+ RF Board - Command receiver, telemetry transmitter and linear
transponder of the FUNcube satellite educational pay-
load also includes telemetry sensors.
+ PA Board - 400 mW VHF amplifier and sensors.
FUNcube-2 on UKube-1 will provide a 435/145 MHz (U/V) linear trans-
ponder for amateur radio SSB/CW communications and telemetry for
school students around the world.
The UKube-1 spacecraft is expected to be launched on a Soyuz-2 launch-
er from Baikonur in Kazakhstan in March 2013. UKube-1 is a demonstra-
tion CubeSat mission designed to provide a platform for up to three
technology demonstrator payloads. In addition to these payloads the
satellite will incorporate innovative attitude determination and con-
trol systems, deployable arrays, FPGA on board mission controllers.
There will be four communications systems:
+ A U/V transceiver from ISIS BV, using either 1k2 or 9k6 BPSK
+ A FUNcube compatible U/V transponder and telemetry transmitter
provided by AMSAT-UK for educational outreach, amateur trans-
ponder operation and redundant telecommand.
+ A 1 watt S Band transmitter from Cape Peninsula University of
Technology, Cape Town, for high data rate mission data down-
linking using up to 1 Mbps QPSK or OQPSK modulation.
+ myPocketQub 442 SuperSprite AU on UHF with 11mW output using
spread spectrum with 100 kHz bandwidth.
These frequencies have been coordination by the IARU Satellite Panel:
+ 1k2 or 9k6 BPSK Telemetry downlink 145.840 MHz
+ FUNcube-2 1k2 BPSK Telemetry downlink 145.915 MHz
+ FUNcube-2 Transponder SSB/CW uplink 435.080 - 435.060 MHz and
downlink 145.930 -145.950 MHz
+ S Band downlink 2401.0 MHz
+ myPocketQub 437.425-437.525 MHz
More information is available at:
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
South Korea, Brazil, Ukraine Heading for Orbit
News posted on Space-Travel.com
reports that Brazil and Ukraine are
partners in Alcantara Cyclone Space (ACS), a company which is prepar-
ing for the launch of the Cyclone-4 rockets from Brazil's Alcantara
base in the northeastern Maranhao state.
The Ukrainian Yuzhnoye engineering office is working on the develop-
ment of Cyclone-4, a new Cyclone series vehicle to be commercialized
exclusively by ACS. The Cyclone series of launch vehicles is one of
the most successful series of rockets ever developed building on the
prior successes of the Cyclone-2, and Cyclone-3 series initially bas-
ed on the SS-9 Scarp Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. A new third
stage will enable the Cyclone-4 to inject 5,300 kg in low Earth or-
bit, or 1,600 kg into a geo-transfer orbit. A new 4-meter diameter
payload unit is under development for the Cyclone-4.
Alcantara Cyclone Space plans the first launch from Brazil by 2014.
This week South Korea joined the the exclusive club of countries cap-
able of placing a satellite in space on Friday with a rocket launch
from the Naro Space Center on the country's south coast. The first
stage of the space vehicle is manufactured by Russia, combined with
a solid-fuelled second stage built by South Korea.
Currently, only three Asian countries -- China, India and Japan --
have successfully launched a satellite into orbit.
[ANS thanks Space-Travel.com
for the above information]
MASA Accepting Student Applications for HASP Balloon Flight
NASA is accepting applications from graduate and undergraduate uni-
versity students to fly experiments to the edge of space on a scien-
tific balloon during the fall of 2013.
The High Altitude Student Platform (HASP) is a balloon-borne instru-
ment stack that provides an annual near-space flight opportunity for
12 instruments built by students. HASP houses and provides power,
mechanical support, interactivity and communications for the instru-
ments. It can be used to flight-test compact satellites, prototypes
and other small payloads designed and built by students. HASP can
support about 200 pounds for payloads and test articles. Since 2006,
the HASP program has flown 60 payloads involving more than 500 stu-
dents from 14 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Flights are launched
from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility's remote site in Fort
Sumner, N.M., and typically achieve 15 to 20 hours' duration at an
altitude of about 23 miles.
The balloon competition is a joint project between NASA and the Louis-
iana Space Consortium (LaSPACE) in Baton Rouge. A panel of experts
from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia and LaSPACE will re-
view the applications and select the finalists for the next flight
The deadline for applications for the 2013 flight is December 14.
Flight information and application forms can be found on the LaSpace
A related story was posted by SpaceREF at:
[ANS thanks LaSpace and NASA for the above information]
ARISS Status - 22 October 2012
1. Successful ARISS Contacts Held
On Tuesday, October 16, CRA Pozohondo in Nava De Abajo (Pozohondo),
an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact via
telebridge station LU8YY in Argentina. ISS astronaut Sunita Williams, KD5PLB
chatted with students, answering 20 of their life-in-space questions. The
activity was tied to lessons in astronomy, photography, radio and English as a
second language. Over 100 students and guests attended. The school has posted
video on its Web site:
Students from the Wattsburg Area School District in Erie, Pennsylvania
participated in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
contact with on-orbit astronaut Sunita Williams, KD5PLB on Friday, October 19
via telebridge station VK4KHZ in Australia. Approximately 600 students were in
attendance with another 400 participating from their classrooms, connected by
internet. The ARISS contact was part of a comprehensive education plan which
covers Robotics, Astronomy, Amateur Radio and Science.
Scouts visiting the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas spoke with Sunita
Williams, KD5PLB via an Amateur Radio on the International Space
contact on Saturday, October 20. The contact was part of the Jamboree
on the Air
(JOTA) weekend event whereby Scouts of all ages from around the world connect
with each other using Amateur Radio equipment. Williams was able to answer over
20 questions put to her by the Scouts and had time for longer than usual
answers due to sharing of the contact by Australian telebridge stations VK6MJ
and VK5ZAI. The audience consisted of around 200 scouts, parents, and friends
and at least three television stations and several newspapers representatives
2. ARISS International Team Meeting Held
The ARISS International Team monthly teleconference was held on
16. A status was given on the HamTV project as well as the new VHF unit to be
flown to the ISS and subsequently installed in the Columbus Module.
Minutes have been posted. See: http://ariss.rac.ca/arisstel2012-10-16.htm
3. Astronaut Training Status
Luca Parmitano, KF5KDP attended his preflight session on October 17. He is
slated to fly with Expedition 36 crew in May 2013.
[ANS thanks Carol, KB3LKI, 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