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In this edition:
* India Launches 40th PSLV With 31 Satellites On-board
* ARISS SSTV Commemorative Activity
* LilacSat-1 Designated LilacSat-OSCAR 90
* Amateurs Recover I-Inspire-2 Satellite
* SARL/AMSAT SA SDR Workshop To Be Held In August
* New Zealand’s KiwiSAT Update
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ANS-155 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 176.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE June 25, 2017
To All RADIO AMATEURS
India Launches 40th PSLV With 31 Satellites On-board
An Indian mapping satellite and 30 other payloads vaulted into space Friday
aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, arriving in an on-the-mark
than 300 miles above Earth.
Launching on its 40th flight, the PSLV rocketed away from the Satish Dhawan
Space Center, a facility nestled on Sriharikota Island on India’s east
0359 GMT Friday (11:59 p.m. EDT Thursday). The 144-foot-tall (44-meter)
thundered into a mostly sunny sky over the launch base, where liftoff
at 9:29 a.m. local time
The 1,570-pound (712-kilogram) Cartosat 2E satellite was the primary
on Friday’s launch, joining a fleet of Earth-imaging platforms built to feed
observations of cities, crops, natural disasters and other targets to Indian
civil and military authorities.
Cartosat 2E radioed ground controllers moments after separation from the
fourth stage, and engineers confirmed it unfurled its solar panels as
The PSLV launch team confirmed the upper stage released another Indian
— NIUSAT — a few seconds after Cartosat 2E. Designed for agricultural
monitoring, NIUSAT is suitcase-sized satellite weighing about 33 pounds (15
kilograms) developed by students at Noorul Islam University in India’s Tamil
Fifteen other satellites launched Friday also include amateur frequency
Max Valier Satellite 145.860 MHz
Venta 1 437.325 MHz
Pegasus 436.670 MHz
NUDTSat 436.270 MHz
VZLUSAT 1 437.240 MHz
DragSail-CubeSat 437.300 MHz, 2403 MHz, and 2405-2445 MHz
UCLSat 435.975 MHz
InflateSail 436.060 MHz
URSA MAIOR 435.950 MHz
LithuanicaSAT 2 437.265 MHz
SUCHAI 1 437.225 MHz
Aalto 1 437.220 MHz and 2402.00 MHz
Robusta 1B 437.325 MHz
D-Sat 437.505 MHz
skCUBE 437.100 MHz and 2401 MHz
[ANS thanks SpaceFlightNow and the IARU for the above information]
ARISS SSTV Commemorative Activity
Special Slow Scan Television (SSTV) transmissions are expected to be
the International Space Station on 145.800 MHz FM around the weekend of
In commemoration of their 20th anniversary, the ARISS team is planning to
transmit a set of 12 SSTV images that capture the accomplishments of
The ARISS SSTV Blog says:
While still to be scheduled, we anticipate the SSTV operation to occur
the weekend of July 15. We are planning for at least a 2 day operation,
working for a potential longer operation. Note that all of this
may change based on crew scheduling and ISS operations.
Starting with our first meeting in November 1996, our joint operations
becoming the first operational payload on ISS in November 2000 to our 1103rd
school contact (so far), ARISS’ accomplishments have been tremendous. We
touched the lives of many and inspired and educated countless students
science, technology, engineering and math careers.
Please stay tuned as more details on our SSTV event will be communicated
coming weeks. Please spread the word. And think about how you can get
in your area involved in capturing these images. We would love to hear your
stories on how that goes.
[ANS thanks Frank, KA3HDO, for the above information]
LilacSat-1 Designated LilacSat-OSCAR 90
OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO, has announced that,
pursuant to a request submitted to the AMSAT Board of Directors, the
LilacSat-1 satellite has been assigned the designation LilacSat-OSCAR
90, or LO-90.
LilacSat-OSCAR 90 was designed and constructed by the Harbin Institute
of Technology in Harbin, China as part of the QB50 project to study
the lower thermosphere. It was carried aboard an Orbital-ATK Cygnus
cargo ship, which was launched to the International Space Station on
April 18, 2017, and deployed from the ISS on May 25, 2017.
LO-90 carries a voice transponder with a 145 MHz FM uplink and a 435
MHz digital voice downlink using the Codec2 open source voice codec as
well as a camera open for activation by amateur radio operators
More information about the satellite can be found
. A guide for receiving the
downlink prepared by Adam Whitney, K0FFY, can be found at
Since the launch of the first amateur radio satellite, OSCAR 1 in
1961, it has been traditional for amateur radio satellites to carry
the name OSCAR, for “Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio”.
AMSAT, which administers the numbering of OSCAR satellites at the
request of the Project OSCAR organization, encourages all
builders/owners of amateur radio satellites that meet the requirements
listed at http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=2478
to apply for an OSCAR
[ANS thanks Paul, N8HM, for the above information]
Amateurs Recover I-Inspire-2 Satellite
I-Inspire-2 is a 20 x 10 x 10cm CubeSat built by the University of Sydney in
collaboration with the Australian National University and the University
South Wales (Sydney)
WIA News reports:
On board the tiny spacecraft is an experiment, part of the QB50 project,
designed to “explore the lower thermosphere, for re-entry research and
demonstration of technologies and miniaturised sensors”, as reported in
editions of the WIA broadcast.
Its operational frequency was coordinated by IARU to be in the satellite
of the 70cm amateur band.
It was placed in orbit from the International Space Station in late May. The
deployment was successful; however there were no signs of life when the
stations started looking for it. The engineering group quickly tested
scenarios on the engineering model only to come to the conclusion that,
the extended delay in the deployment, the satellite’s battery was likely
depleted and the satellite was trapped in an endless loop, trying to
The engineering group suggested that the satellite is still listening albeit
with its antennas in the stowed position. This meant that the satellite
receiver might have difficulty receiving any signals from ground control
stations. A set of commands were devised which, if received, would
satellite to wait until the battery is charged before attempting to
antenna. Both UNSW and ANU ground stations transmitted the recovery
the satellite; however after a week or so of no success it was decided
transmitter power was required to overcome the lack of receiver sensitivity
caused by the still stowed antenna. A request for assistance was passed
operators around the world and many responses were received.
The greatest hope for a successful recovery was thought to be PI 9 CAM using
high power and a 25 m dish, normally used for radio astronomy but also
were scheduled to transmit on the weekend of June 10-11.
On Sunday June 11, during the morning pass, Rob VK1KW reported a strong
every 30 seconds on I-Inspire-2’s frequency. Dimitris VK1SV who is part
ANU team, verified reception from home around midnight. The following
Dimitris drove to the ANU ground station and was able to send commands
satellite for the first time since it was deployed. Many other radio
around the world also reported reception of the beacon. The satellite
back to life!
This is a wonderful example of successful collaboration between radio
and the academic community. If a frequency outside the radio amateur
been used, it is doubtful that the satellite would have been brought back to
The crew of I-Inspire-2 wishes to thank all radio amateurs involved and is
looking forward to a successful collection of data for the scientific
[ANS thanks WIA News and AMSAT-UK for the above information]
SARL/AMSAT SA SDR Workshop To Be Held In August
The date for the joint SARL/AMSAT SA workshop about enhancing the SDR
has been set for Saturday 12 August 2017 at the National Amateur Radio
The workshop will focus on getting more fun from a VHF SDR dongle. The
part of the workshop will focus on how to kick start the South African Radio
League monitoring of the increase in the RF noise floor level project
SDR waterfall. Both a HF and VHF dongle will be available as well as a
stick with the required SDR and some fun software.
More details will be published soon. If you are interested in attending the
workshops, please send an e-mail with your details to
you will be added to a mailing list to keep you up to date with details
workshops in Gauteng and the Western Cape.
You are listening to a news bulletin of the South African Radio League. Take
your hand-held to work this week.
[ANS thanks SARL weekly news in English 2017-6-24 for the above information]
New Zealand’s KiwiSAT Update
Yes, we’re going into space and you can be part of it!
AMSAT_ZL has reached a staging point in the development of their satellite
project, KiwiSAT. We’re ready to go, ready to get up there!
The KiwiSAT Team has produced a fine unit ready to launch. Then came a
Our critically important Leader of the KiwiSAT Engineering Team, Fred
ZL1BYP, was struck down and driven to endure many months of medical
This has have left him unable to continue his important work. It’s time for
Over time the support team has aged, drifting from their positions of
ability. Much has been achieved but all to no avail if KiwiSAT sits on a
Can you help?
AMSAT-ZL is looking both to its members and to the general New Zealand
radio population for a coordinator to join the team and lead the project
this final stage. We’re making history. We’re going into space!
We need a volunteer “Orbit Insertion Team” consisting of a Launch
and as many assistants as he/she requires to undertake the task of
launch for KiwiSAT. This new team will also take over Fred Kennedy’s
responsibilities. In parallel, the established
KiwiSAT engineering team will continue their involvement, giving support
Much of the new team’s work will be organisational rather than hands-on
engineering. Involved is arranging final environmental testing of KiwiSAT,
identifying and negotiating a launch, attending the launch and attending to
funding for this final phase. Basic planning is complete, we need action.
Other tasks will undoubtedly be crop up however it is envisaged that the
team will ensure the preparation of KiwiSAT to full flight status is
Offers need to be received by 30 June 2017. The AMSAT-ZL Committee will then
appoint a team and leader. Offers can be advised to the AMSAT-ZL
Ponga Road, RD 4, Auckland 2584 or by Email to iana(a)kcbbs.gen.nz or to
tdcarrell(a)gmail.com. Email either of us for more details.
Financial assistance is available to enable the successful applicant to
a briefing with Fred in Auckland, July this year.
[ANS thanks Southgate and NZART for the above information]
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This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org