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In this edition:
* AMSAT Symposium Banquet Speaker Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
* ARISS Issues Invitation to US Schools, Educational Organizations,
* Proposals For Symposium Papers Are Still Being Accepted
* Undergraduate Student Instrument Project -- 2015 Flight Research
* 2016 CubeSat Launch Initiative Opportunity
* 2015 AMSAT Symposium Dayton Hotel Reservation Correction
* ARISS News
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 249.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
September 6, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
The Annunal Symposium Banquet on October 17 will feature AMSAT Vice-
President Human Spaceflight Frank Bauer, KA3HDO. Tickets for the
Banquet can be purchased in the AMSAT Store.
Franks will talk about, “Making a Difference: AMSAT’s Contribution
to Navigation and Timing in HEO/GEO Space and Its Profound Impact on
Earth and Space Science”
In the mid-1990s, as an engineer at the NASA Goddard Space Flight
Center, Frank Bauer, KA3HDO garnered funding and proposed a GPS
reception experiment on the AMSAT Phase 3D satellite. The experiment
was to measure the signal strength of the GPS satellite constellation
while Phase 3D traversed in its High Earth Orbit. This information
was critical to understand whether GPS could be practically used for
Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) at altitudes above the
constellation as well as to map out the GPS satellite antenna
patterns, including the side-lobe signals.
At the time, the GPS flight experiment flown on AO-40 was the most
comprehensive data reception of GPS signals above the constellation.
The AO-40 experiment was cited many times in aerospace literature as
it remained the most comprehensive above the constellation data
source for nearly a decade. AO-40 mapped the GPS vehicles main and
side lobe signals. These results have led many, internationally, to
develop weak signal GPS receivers to fly in HEO/GEO in an effort to
extract as much navigation and timing data from GPS as possible.
As a result of the AO-40 experiment, the following has occurred:
• In 2006, GPS modified its specifications to protect the main
lobe signal for above the constellation space users
• Global space agencies, including NASA, and commercial
manufacturers have invested millions of dollars into weak signal
tracking GPS receivers that can exploit GPS in HEO/GEO orbits
• Missions flown in the past 12 months have demonstrated game-
changing PNT performance improvements through the use of GPS in
• GPS main and side lobe signals are now routinely being used
on many HEO/GEO space vehicles to improve their PNT performance
• Earth weather satellites at GEO will soon use GPS to predict
hurricanes and observe severe storms, saving lives
• Space weather satellites are measuring the dynamics of the
ionosphere, potentially protecting astronauts in space and enabling
better prediction of ionospheric effects
• NASA is working with the GPS directorate on potentially
modifying the GPS specification again, this time to protect the GPS
sidelobe signals for users in HEO/GEO orbits.
The results from AO-40 have jump-started a profound and game-
changing transformation in navigation at HEO/GEO altitudes. It is
enabling new and exciting missions in these orbits. This represents
a tremendous accomplishment for humanity and will result in saving
countless lives. And AMSAT played a key role in making this happen.
Come to the AMSAT Symposium and hear about how AMSAT played a key
role in this HEO/GEO transformation!
Frank H. Bauer received his Engineering Bachelor's and Master's
degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University. His
aerospace career spans over 40 years within NASA and private
industry. In his current position he serves as President/Sole
Proprietor of FBauer Aerospace Consulting Services, providing systems
engineering, GN&C, spaceborne GPS/GNSS, formation flying and small
spacecraft development expertise and consultation services.
Currently, he supports NASA as a Standing Review Board member of the
Commercial Crew program and as a discipline expert as part of the
NASA Engineering and Safety Center GN&C Technical Discipline team.
He also represents the U.S. government on GPS/GNSS Strategy and
Policy, including representing the U.S. on international delegations
negotiating joint GNSS interoperability strategies.
Mr. Bauer's primary research interests include spaceborne
applications of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and space vehicle
formation flying. He was the principal investigator of 4
spaceflight GPS and formation flying experiments including the AMSAT-
OSCAR-40 GPS experiment, investigating the use of GPS above the
His hobbies include astronomy, amateur radio, and flying.
Frank obtained his amateur radio license in 1974 while he was a high
school student. Using the callsign KA3HDO, Frank has dedicated his
amateur radio activities to several space-related amateur radio
initiatives. He is the Vice President of Human Spaceflight Programs
for the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT-NA), the Chairman
of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
international team and the ARISS-US team program manager. As such,
he has led the ARISS international team in the development,
qualification, testing, and operation of the ham radio systems on-
board ISS. This team has pioneered a ham radio system on ISS that
serves the amateur radio community through educational outreach,
public outreach, and amateur radio experimentation.
Frank was also responsible for setting up and operating the world-
wide retransmission of Space Shuttle Air-to-Ground Communications
from the Goddard Amateur Radio Club, WA3NAN. This effort, started in
1983 for Owen Garriott’s ham-in-space mission, provided a critical
conduit of information to hams attemting to contact astronaut hams
prior to the time when internet connectivity became ubiquitous.
[ANS thanks the 2015 AMSAT Symposium Posse for the above information]
ARISS Issues Invitation to US Schools, Educational Organizations,
Message to US Educators
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Call for Proposals
Proposal Window September 1 – November 1, 2015
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program
is seeking formal and informal education institutions and
organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur
Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates
that the contact would be held between July 1 and December 31, 2016.
Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact
dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is
looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of
participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed
The deadline to submit a proposal is November 1, 2015. Proposal
information and documents can be found at www.arrl.org/hosting-an-
To help organizations in preparing their proposals, the ARISS
Program Coordinator will offer hour-long online information sessions.
These are designed to provide more information regarding US ARISS
contacts and the proposal process and offer an opportunity to ask
questions. While attending an online information session is not
required, it is strongly encouraged.
These will be offered Thursday, September 17, at 2000 UTC; Tuesday,
September 22, at 2000 UTC, and Wednesday, September 30, at 2300 UTC.
Advance registration is necessary. E-mail ARISS (ariss(a)arrl.org) to
sign up for an information session.
Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate
in scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are
approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students and educators
to interact with the astronauts through a question-and-answer session.
An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via
Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space
station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford
education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from
astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and to learn
about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also will have an
opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless
technology, and radio science. Because of the nature of human
spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the
ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate
changes in contact dates and times.
Amateur Radio organizations around the world, NASA, and space
agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe sponsor this educational
opportunity by providing the equipment and operational support to
enable direct communication between crew on the ISS and students
around the world via Amateur Radio. In the US, the program is managed
by AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) and ARRL (American
Radio Relay League) in partnership with NASA.
Interested parties can find more information about the program at
For proposal information and more details such as expectations,
proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of
Information Sessions go to http://www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-
contact. Please direct any questions to ariss(a)arrl.org
[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]
Proposals For Symposium Papers Are Still Being Accepted
AMSAT Space Symposium Proceedings Chairman, Dan Shultz, N8FGV,
reports, that to date, he has received eight proposal for
presentations at the 2015 AMSAT Space Symposium. He is extending the
deadline for final versions of the papers to September 28. Anyone
wishing to present a topic at Symposium or wishes to have paper
published in the proceedings should contact Dan A.S.A.P. with
information about your proposed paper, n8fgv (at) usa (dot) net .
Papers will be presented at the Symposium to be held on the weekend
of October 16-18, 2015, at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Dayton, Ohio.
[ANS thanks Dan n8fgv for the above information]
Undergraduate Student Instrument Project -- 2015 Flight Research
NASA's Science Mission Directorate, in collaboration with the
National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, is seeking
proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education for the
Undergraduate Student Instrument Project's Student Flight Research
Opportunity. Proposals should outline plans to develop an
undergraduate-led project team that will fly a science and/or
technology payload relevant to NASA's strategic goals and objectives
on a sounding rocket, balloon, aircraft, suborbital reusable launch
vehicle or CubeSat launched on an orbital launch vehicle.
Funding is available to all U.S. institutions of higher education
(e.g., universities, four-year colleges, community colleges, or two-
year institutions) and to institutions involved in the Space Grant
program. Prospective project teams can be composed only of
undergraduate students from U.S. institutions of higher education.
Graduate students are not eligible to be project team members;
however, they are encouraged to serve as mentors to the undergraduate
student team and are permitted to request a mentoring stipend.
Interested institutions must submit a Notice of Intent by email by
11:59 p.m. EDT, Oct. 1, 2015. Proposals are due on Nov. 20, 2015.
For more information and instructions for submitting a proposal, visit
An optional teleconference for those interested in submitting
proposals will take place on Sept. 10, 2015, at 2 p.m. EDT. Visit the
link above for details.
Please direct questions about this request to David Pierce at
david.l.pierce (at) nasa (dot) gov.
[ANS thanks NASA Education Express Message -- Sept. 3, 2015 for the
2016 CubeSat Launch Initiative Opportunity
NASA has opened the next round of its CubeSat Launch Initiative to
engage the growing community of space enthusiasts that can contribute
to NASA's space exploration goals.
The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a
chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience in the
process of designing, building and operating small research
satellites. The initiative also provides a low-cost pathway to space
for research in the areas of science, exploration, technology
development, education or operations consistent with NASA's Strategic
Applicants must submit their proposals electronically by 4:30 p.m.
EST, Nov. 24, 2015. NASA plans to select the payloads by Feb. 19,
2016, but selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity. Selected
experiments will fly as auxiliary payloads on agency rocket launches
or be deployed from the International Space Station beginning in 2016
and running through 2019. NASA does not provide funding for the
development of the small satellites, and this opportunity is open
only to U.S. nonpro?t organizations and accredited educational
For additional information about this opportunity and NASA's CubeSat
Launch Initiative, visit http://tinyurl.com/ANS289-NASA-Cubesat
Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Jason Crusan
[ANS thanks NASA Education Express Message -- Sept. 3, 2015 for the
2015 AMSAT Symposium Dayton Hotel Reservation Correction
The 2015 AMSAT Space Symposium will be held Friday through Sunday,
Oct. 16, 17, 18, 2015 in Dayton, Ohio.
This year we will be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 33 East 5th Street, in
downtown Dayton, a 3.5 star Hotel which has been recently renovated.
Here is the corrected and latest hotel reservation information
provided by Crowne Plaza:
+ Reservations toll-free phone number: 1-800-689-5586
+ Group rate reservation code: "AMSAT"
+ Deadline for discounted reservations: September 17, 2015
by 3:00 PM US eastern time
The Symposium Committee announced that arrangements are made for a
tour of the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in
Dayton for Monday, October 19. You may wish to extend your hotel
reservation until Monday if you would like to participate on this
You must call the 800 number for Crowne Plaza to make your hotel
reservations. Registration for the Space Symposium and events can be
done on-line via the AMSAT Store:
The latest 2015 AMSAT Space Symposium information is posted on the
-or- click on the "Events" tab at the top of the page at
[ANS thanks the 2015 AMSAT Symposium Posse for the above information]
+ A Successful contact was made between Tomsk State Polytechnical
University, Tomsk, Russia and Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko RN3BF using
The contact began 2015-09-01 08:30 UTC and lasted about nine
and a half minutes. Contact was direct via RV3DR.
ARISS Mentor was RV3DR.
+ A Successful contact was made between Ulvila Upper Secondary
School, Ulvila, Finland and Astronaut Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS using
Callsign OR4ISS. The contact began 2015-09-01 11:44 UTC and lasted
about nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via OH1F.
ARISS Mentor was IN3GHZ.
Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
Quick list of scheduled contacts and events:
Kazakhstan, direct via TBD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
The scheduled astronaut is Aidyn Aimbetov
Contact is a go for 2015-09-08 07:10 UTC
[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above
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,
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org