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In this edition:
* ITF-2 Team Begins Normal Operations and Offers Awards
* TAPR Announces SDR Presentations at Hamvention
* California Students to Speak to NASA Astronauts on ISS
* NASA Releases Searchable Image, Video, Audio Library
* Free Tours of Facilities at NASA's Glenn Research Center
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ANS-092 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 092.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE April 2, 2017
To All RADIO AMATEURS
ITF-2 Team Begins Normal Operations and Offers Awards
ITF-2 (YUI-2) entered normal operation phase on Mar 25th JST.
Telemetry information and messages will be transmitted in this phase for
the achievement of main mission.
The details of the AWARD and SWL cards are as below,
With reference to the message on Jan 15th UTC,
the First 100 Reports from overseas stations are qualified for this award.
Only ten overseas stations sent report so far. Still enough award can be
Additionally, a souvenir, a sticky screen cleaner, will be given with this
The design motif is the small antenna of ITF-2.
Design of the cleaner:
Five designs are prepared. The stations which report more than five times
can receive all designs.
Also, the specially designed card will be presented to the stations which
received a signal from the small antenna,
because the reports are valuable to demonstrate the antenna in space. So
far, two stations succeeded in the reception.
Designs of SWL cards:
Further special events are planned for the promotion of receptions by more
There were some reception reports by very simple equipment,
for example, Dipole or 5/8 wave length whip with USB tuner dongle (RTL2832).
Reception reports can be submitted at:
Operation information of ITF-2:
[ ANS thanks Atsushi, JI1OEH, for the above information]
TAPR Announces SDR Presentations at Hamvention
TAPR Announces SDR Presentations at the Dayton Hamvention by Carl Laufer who
is an electronics, software & radio enthusiast from New Zealand and operates
blog specializing in news, projects & products related to
ultra low cost software defined radio & the RTL-SDR dongle.
TAPR Digital Forum
- Introduction to RTL-SDR: Ultra cheap software defined radio
Digital Modes Now and in the Future Forum
- Introduction to low cost HF monitoring with RTL-SDR
AMSAT/TAPR Joint Banquet
- The world of low cost software defined radio
[ANS thanks TAPR for the above information]
California Students to Speak to NASA Astronauts on ISS
Students from Betsy Ross Elementary School in Anaheim, California, will
speak with NASA astronauts living and working aboard the International Space
Station at 11:40 a.m. EDT Monday, April 3. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space
call will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website. (n.b. - this
is not an ARISS contact via amateur radio)
Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson,
both of NASA, will answer questions from students in several grades.
Students at Betsy Ross Elementary School have been hard at work exploring
the space program, NASA and the space station leading up to the downlink.
They have conducted research through virtual field trips while also
designing realistic models of the space station. With each engaging
activity, the students' knowledge of NASA and the space program has been
Kimbrough launched to the space station Oct. 19, 2016, and will return April
10. Whitson launched to the space station Nov. 17, 2016, and is scheduled to
return to Earth later this spring.
Media interested in covering the event should contact Keith Sterling,
director of communications & public information, Anaheim Elementary School
District, at 714-600-0952 or ksterling(a)anaheimelementary.org. Ross
Elementary is at 535 S. Walnut Street in Anaheim.
Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides
unique, authentic experiences designed to enhance student learning,
performance and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
(STEM). This in-flight education downlink is an integral component of NASA
Education's STEM on Station activity, which provides a variety of space
station resources and opportunities to students and educators.
Get NASA TV streaming video, schedules and downlink information at:
Learn about videos and lesson plans highlighting research on the
International Space Station at: http://www.nasa.gov/stemonstation
[ANS thanks NASA for the above information]
NASA Releases Searchable Image, Video, Audio Library
NASA officially has launched a new resource to help the public
search and download out-of-this-world images, videos and audio
files by keyword and metadata searches from NASA.gov
. The NASA
Image and Video Library website consolidates imagery spread
across more than 60 collections into one searchable location.
NASA Image and Video Library allows users to search, discover
and download a treasure trove of more than 140,000 NASA images,
videos and audio files from across the agency’s many missions
in aeronautics, astrophysics, Earth science, human spaceflight,
and more. Users now can embed content in their own sites and
choose from multiple resolutions to download. The website also
displays the metadata associated with images.
Users can browse the agency’s most recently uploaded files, as
well as discover historic and the most popularly searched images,
audio files and videos. Other features include:
+ Automatically scales the interface for mobile phones and tablets
+ Displays the EXIF/camera data that includes exposure, lens used,
and other information, when available from the original image
+ Allows for easy public access to high resolution files
+ All video includes a downloadable caption file
NASA Image and Video Library’s Application Programmers Interface
(API) allows automation of imagery uploads for NASA, and gives
members of the public the ability to embed content in their own
sites and applications. This public site runs on NASA’s cloud
native “infrastructure-as-a-code” technology enabling on-demand
use in the cloud.
The library is not comprehensive, but rather provides the best
of what NASA makes publicly available from a single point of
presence on the web. Additionally, it is a living website, where
new and archival images, video and audio files continually will
For more information about NASA’s activities, visit:
[ANS thank NASA for the above information]
Free Tours of Facilities at NASA's Glenn Research Center
NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is offering tours that take
visitors behind the scenes and inside certain research facilities. Glenn
scientists and engineers serve as guides. Tours and open house events will
be held each month through October 2017. Tours are free for groups and
individuals, but to guarantee admission, reservations are required. Visitor
parking is also free.
On the days of the tours, a bus departs from Glenn's main gate every hour,
beginning at 10 a.m. The last tour departs at 1 p.m. Each tour lasts about
45 minutes and is followed by a stop at Glenn's Gift Shop. (The historic
district tours follow a different schedule. See tour schedule for details.)
Glenn's 2017 Tour Schedule
May 6, 2017 -- Historic District Tour Featuring the 10- by 10-Foot Wind
Tunnel: Join us on a free tour of Glenn's recently established historic
district. The tours feature the 10- by 10-foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel. For
over 60 years, the wind tunnel has been used to conduct propulsion testing,
including research for the Apollo program.
June 3, 2017 -- NASA Glenn Hangar: Get a behind-the-scenes look at the NASA
Glenn Hangar. See how aircraft at NASA Glenn are used to monitor algae
blooms on Lake Erie and other waterways.
July 8, 2017: SLOPE Laboratory: Explore locomotion on planets with a visit
to the Simulated Lunar Operations, or SLOPE, Lab. See how rover components
are tested for their ability to navigate and investigate planetary surfaces.
Aug. 5, 2017 -- Photovoltaic Laboratory: See the light of solar cells with a
behind-the-scenes tour of the Photovoltaic Laboratory. See how researchers
are exploring ways to create energy from light in order to power everything
from homes to spacecraft.
Sept. 9, 2017 -- Zero-G Facility: Explore microgravity research of
yesterday, today and tomorrow with a tour of Glenn's Zero-G Facility. Learn
how dropping payloads over 400 feet can give researchers a glimpse into
Oct. 7, 2017 -- Historic District Tour Featuring the 8- by 6-Foot Wind
Tunnel: Join us on a free tour of Glenn's recently established historic
district. The tours feature the 8- by 6-foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel. Built
in 1946, the wind tunnel has contributed to decades of aeronautics research.
Tours are open to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. To guarantee
admission, reservations are required. For more information on tours and to
make reservations, visit
Please direct questions about the tours to grc-dl-tours(a)mail.nasa.gov
[ANS thanks NASA Education Express Message -- March 30, 2017 for the above
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This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org