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In this edition:
* AMSAT Symposium Call For Papers - First Call
* International Balloon Satellite Launch Challenge JULY 2018
* 145.825 MHz APRS Cubesats Enroute to ISS for August Deployment
* China Microsatellite Symposium and International CubeSat and Mission
* "Moon Day" Volunteers Requested
* University of Manitoba Wins the 4th CSDC!
* AMSAT Field Day submissions are due Monday, July 9
* ISS SSTV Transmissions Continue
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
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ANS-189 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 189.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
July 8, 2018
To All RADIO AMATEURS
AMSAT Symposium Call For Papers - First Call
This is the first call for papers for the 2018 AMSAT-NA Annual
Meeting and Space Symposium to be held on the weekend of November 2 -
4 at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Proposals
for papers, symposium presentations, and poster presentations are
invited on any topic of interest to the amateur satellite community.
We request a tentative title of your presentation as soon as
possible. The final copy must be submitted by October 15th for
inclusion in the printed proceedings. Abstracts and papers should be
sent to Dan Schultz at n8fgv(at)amsat.org
[ANS thanks Dan N8FGV for the above information]
International Balloon Satellite Launch Challenge JULY 2018
The 1st FREE OF COST International Balloon 'Satellite' Launch
CHALLENGE is open across the Globe for participants below 21 years of
Leveraging the power of technology, the State of Rajasthan in India
has become the "Digitalization Hub of India". In the upcoming three-
day technology carnival by the Government of Rajasthan- "Rajasthan
Digifest 2018", held at Jaipur (known as the Pink city of the world)
there will be a plethora of opportunities for everyone. From
insightful workshops to varied exciting events, the fest would have a
lot to offer.
Taking a step further, Government of Rajasthan in collaboration
with Space Kidz India, is organizing an "International Balloon
Challenge" on the 25th & 26th July 2018. This challenge has been
initiated to mark a tribute towards our former President and reputed
Scientist Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
Set with the motto- 'Dream. Imagine. Believe", it is an open
competition for everyone aged below 21 years. The participant will
have the opportunity to fly their payload 'near space' in a balloon
FREE OF COST.
Following are some notable points in respect to the challenge:
• The payload must fit inside a 1U Cube3 and the weight should be
500 grams including the battery.
• No hazardous chemicals are allowed.
• Biological experiments containing living micro-organisms shall not
• Only Original Ideas will be entertained.
• Any findings of plagiarisms can get the participant eliminated and
permanently banned from participating in the future.
• If approved by Space Kids India you can also come directly to the
venue and fly your payload.
• Accommodation and food facility for teams coming directly will be
provided for two days.
Payload should reach our Chennai Office (Add. given below) on or
before the 18th of July 2018.
Space Kidz India,
No.1-B, Nutech Narayana Apartments,
48, Thirumalai Pillai Road,
T.Nagar, Chennai 600 017, India
Space Kidz India and Government of Rajasthan invites students for
this exciting and adventurous 'International Balloon Challenge' to
be held on 25th & 26th July 2018. The competition not only looks
inspiring & challenging, but will help the participants to meet like-
minded people from different nook and corner of the world uniting
together with a strong competitive edge. It's time to help our
younger generation to showcase their skills and let their dreams fly
Our Contacts for further clarification:
Mr. Rifath +919518535615 shaarookrsr(a)live.com
Mr. Vijay +917708574647 vijaypp01(a)gmail.com
Mr. Priyadharshan +918220333449 prabhupriyadharshan(a)gmail.com
Mr. Tanishq +919940515800 forutanishq(a)gmail.com
Mr. Yagna +919912752744 yagnasai7(a)gmail.com
Dr. Srimathy +914448535376 spacekidzindia(a)gmail.com
[ANS thanks SpaceKidz India Team for the above information]
145.825 MHz APRS Cubesats Enroute to ISS for August Deployment
The June 29, 2018 SpaceX Falcon 9 launch of the Dragon cargo
capsule included cubesats of the BIRDS-2 satellite constellation.
All cubesats in the BIRDS-2 constellation MAYA-1, BHUTAN-1 and
UiTMSAT-1 have identical designs and utilize the same radio
frequencies. While independently made, the operation and control
of the three cubesats will be shared by the three teams after
they are released from the ISS early in August. They will be
operational for six months.
"The three will form a constellation, orbiting the earth from
different places. This will provide the countries more opportun-
ities to make measurements and run experiments, than just with
using one cubesat," explained Joel Joseph Marciano Jr., manager
of the PHL-Microsat program in the Philippines.
The primary mission of BIRDS-2 CubeSat constellation is to
provide digital message relay service to the amateur radio
community by means of an APRS digipeater onboard. The APRS
digipeater onboard BIRDS-2 CubeSats will use 145.825 MHz for
both receive and transmit which isa standard configurations
used by other satellites such as ARISS and LAPAN-A2.
Another mission of the BIRDS-2 CubeSat constellation is to
demonstrate a store-and-forward (S&F) system. In this mission,
their goal is to investigate technical challenges through ex-
periments on appropriate data format, multiple access scheme,
file-handling protocol while complying with limited operational
time and power constraints.
The BIRDS-2 CubeSat S&F system will collect data from remote
ground sensors, store them onboard and download them to the
different BIRDS-2 ground stations network.
Additional experiments will use the BIRDS-2 CubeSat constellation
to enhance research and experiment in the fields of single latch-up
event detection, magnetic field measurements using a COTS aniso-
tropic magnetometer, and flight testing of a COTS GPS chip which
can be used for future CubeSat missions if proven effective. Stu-
dents will also explore a passive attitude stabilization mechanism
consisting of magnets and hysteresis dampers for proper orientation
of camera on a CubeSat. All measurements and image data will be
shared with the public on BIRDS-2 project website.
Moveover, BIRDS-2 CubeSat constellation will expand amateur radio
communication experiment on the operation of CubeSat constellation
via a network of UHF/VHF amateur radio ground stations (started
in the BIRDS-1 CubeSat constellation project). BIRDS-2 hopes to
promote awareness of amateur radio communication and amateur
satellites among the general public and students, especially in
the participating nations of BIRDS-2 Project: Bhutan, Malaysia,
Philippines, and Japan.
The IARU has coordinated 437.375 MHz CW beacon for a downlink and
145.825 MHz for the APRS experiment.
Philippine news coverage of MAYA-1 can be accessed at:
Visit the BIRDS-2 website at: http://birds2.birds-project.com/
[ANS thanks the BIRDS-2 Project, Kyushu Institute of Technology and
the IARU for the above information]
China Microsatellite Symposium and International CubeSat and Mission
The China Microsatellite Symposium(CMS2018), (www.microsatsymp.com
will be held at Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an China on
18th – 20th November 2018. The symposium includes keynote
presentations and several sessions which will focus on the design
experience, scientific missions, launch opportunities and all new
technologies about microsatellites.
International CubeSat and Mission Contest will be held on 20th
November 2018, after which a free launch opportunity of 3U CubeSat or
1U payload capacity (provided by Expace Technology Co., Ltd.) will be
awarded to the winner of the first prize. Participants can get
information and submit the works through the official website of our
The submission deadlines for the abstract of CMS2018 and work of
CubeSat contest are both August 31, 2018. The papers accepted will be
indexed by China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) and the
proceedings of the symposium will be submitted to IEEE Xplore, some
of the excellent papers will be recommended for publication in the
AEROSPACE CHINA. You could submit abstract and get information on the
Along with the symposium, there will also be a related exhibition,
during which you can find the updated progress of CubeSat, launchers
and other related technology. For exhibitors, you could also get
information about booth on the website.
The event is supported by China National Space Administration,
International Astronautical Federation, Chinese Society of
Astronautics and Chinese Institute of Command and Control.
Please forward this information to your colleagues and anyone that
may be interested in this symposium.
You could also find the brochures in the attachment.
On behalf of the organizing committee of the China Microsatellite
Symposium, we sincerely invite you to attend the symposium.
If you have any questions, please contact us!
Dr. Yu Xiaozhou, Mr.Pang Weijian
Email: service (at) microsatsymp.com
: pangwj (at) mail.nwpu.edu.cn
Tel: +86 18291419293
National United Engineering Laboratory of Microsatellite Technology
and Application,Northwestern Polytechnical University
127 Youyi Xilu, Xi'an, ShaanXi Province, China
[ANS thanks Yuxiao Zhou (via cubesat.org
) for the above information]
"Moon Day" Volunteers Requested
Tom Schuessler, N5HYP, is looking to recruit additional volunteers
from the AMSAT community in North Texas, Central Texas or elsewhere,
to help promote "Amateur Radio in Space" to a large public STEM
event. "Moon Day" at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field in
Dallas Texas on July 21, 2018 is the largest space themed STEM event
in Texas. Last year saw 1500 people attend the 6 hour event.
Again this year, Tom Schuessler will be heading an exhibit and
satellite demos for AMSAT. They will have a table inside the Museum,
(Alongside the Dallas Amateur Radio Club Table), and a demonstration
area outside. I will be setting up the outside activities and hope
to work as many satellite passes as possible during the 10A-4P run of
I'm looking for AMSAT people to both help with the inside table and
also with the outside demonstrations. Joe Spier has promised me that
he will send me the FOX "Engineering Model" but I am looking for
additional demonstration aids to illustrate satellite orbits and
other aspects of space communications like various types of antennas.
Being a STEM event, there will be many young people in attendance,
(General public as well as Boy and Girl Scouts), and they get a
chance to earn a STEM patch by answering questions from exhibitors
We really need people and content for Moon Day so please consider
spending Saturday, July 21 with us. Contact Tom Schuessler for more
information. N5hyp (at) arrl.net
Tom also notes that next year, 2019, is the 50th anniversary of the
Apollo 11 moon landing. The Moon Day event is planning a big splash.
Looking at moon phase predictions for next year indicates that
conditions would be favorable for a portable EME station as part of
the mix. We will be looking for volunteers to assist this lofty goal.
Keep that in the back of your mind and I will bring it up next year.
[ANS thanks Tom N5HYP for the above information]
University of Manitoba Wins the 4th CSDC!
Congratulations to the University of Manitoba team, which earned
First Place in this fourth offering of the Canadian Satellite Design
Challenge! The CSDC launch simulation testing took place at the
Canadian Space Agency's David Florida Laboratory (DFL) in Ottawa this
past week, concluding yesterday. In all, a total of nine teams had
the opportunity to fully test all three axes of their cubesats - two
more than previously achieved.
As the competition drew to a close, the judges (and several of the
DFL employees) were impressed by the level of design maturity and
understanding, preparedness, and professionalism of the UofM team
throughout the test campaign. This is the first CSDC win for the
UofM, which has been a strong and enthusiastic participant in every
CSDC since its inception. Not everything went perfectly, however: an
accelerometer - a sensor which is attached to record the
accelerations at a particular location - fell off during the
vibration test, and may have shorted or damaged a circuit board that
was underneath it.
The judges' deliberations for second and third place were far more
difficult, with five teams being considered. This is a testament to
the high level of spacecraft engineering capability which has
developed at Canadian universities over the course of these past four
competitions - especially considering that, in the first CSDC, only
three teams were able to complete their cubesats in time for testing.
Second place honours were given to the University of Victoria, and
Concordia University was third.
The Educational Outreach Award was also presented, to the University
of Alberta. Their team developed several modules of age-specific
educational materials for the presentations which they gave to
elementary and secondary schools. Honourable mentions went to: Simon
Fraser University (participating for their first time in the CSDC)
for their efforts which reached an estimated 3,500 people over the
course of this offering; and, the University of Manitoba, whose
educational outreach efforts have been admirable since the inception
of the CSDC (and whose Educational Outreach efforts in the first CSDC
prompted the creation of the award).
The CSDC Management Society (CSCDMS), the not-for-profit
organisation which organises the CSDC, would like to again thank the
Canadian Space Agency's David Florida Laboratory for allowing us the
use of the facility, and for being so accommodating to us over this
past week. Additionally, as this concludes the fourth offering of the
competition, the CSDCMS would also like to thank the many sponsors,
judges, and companies which have all contributed to make the CSDC a
success. Please see this article on our web page for more photos of
the testing campaign.
And, stay tuned for Selfie-Sat in CSDC-5, which will begin in
About the CSDCMS:
The Canadian Satellite Design Challenge Management Society is a
federally-incorporated not-for-profit organisation co-registered in
British Columbia and headquartered in Vancouver. It is managed and
operated by a volunteer Board of Directors. For more information on
the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge or the CSDCMS, please visit
our website at www.csdcms.ca
, or contact:
LReeves (at) CSDCMS.ca
Ph: +1 778-988-6343
[ANS thanks the CSDCMS for the above information]
AMSAT Field Day submissions are due Monday, July 9
A quick reminder. AMSAT Field Day submissions are due Monday, July
9, 2018 by 11:59 PM Central Time. This is earlier than the ARRL due
date. You will get a reply email that your submission was received.
email submissions to:
kk5do (at) amsat.org
or kk5do (at) arrl.net
The Satellite Summary Sheet should be used for submission of the
AMSAT Field Day competition and be received by KK5DO by 11:59 P.M.
CDT, Monday, July 9, 2018.
Complete rules and criteria can be found at:
[ANS thanks Bruce KK5DO for the above information]
ISS SSTV Transmissions Continue
SSTV transmissions from the Russian Service module on the
International Space Station started June 29 on 145.800 MHz FM and
they are still continuing
There may well be further transmissions up until July 13 when the
equipment being used for the SSTV will be required for a school
David Boult G7HCE in Exeter noted that some adjustments have been
made by the cosmonauts and the images are now being sent uncropped.
For the first week the edges of the pictures were missing.
The images commemorate the various satellites that were hand-
deployed from the ISS. These will include the first satellite
deployment from ISS: Suitsat-1/Radioskaf-1 which was developed by
ARISS and deployed in February 2006.
The transmissions are being made on 145.800 MHz FM using the PD-120
Note the ISS transmissions use the 5 kHz deviation FM standard
rather than the narrow 2.5 kHz used in Europe. If your transceiver
has selectable FM filters try using the wider filter. Handheld
transceivers generally have a single wide filter fitted as standard
and you should get good results outdoors using just a 1/4 wave whip
The ISS Fan Club site will show you when the space station is in
ISS SSTV information and links at
[ANS thanks Southgate ARN for the above information]
Recent Successful ARISS Contacts
+ 2018-06-27 10:32 UTC between Alexander Gerst KF5ONO using callsign
DPØISS and Werner-Heisenberg-Gymnasium, Leverkusen, Germany. Contact
was direct via DLØIL. ARISS Mentor was Peter IN3GHZ.
+ 2018-06-27 10:32 UTC between ASTRONAUT Alexander Gerst KF5ONO,
using callsign DPØISS, and Schickhardt-Gymnasium, Herrenberg,
Germany, contact was direct via DLØSGH ARISS Mentor was Peter
+ 2018-07-02 15:35 UTC between Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT, using
ISS callsign NA1SS and Pearl Technology STEM Academy, Peoria
Heights, IL, contact direct via W9DWJ. ARISS Mentor was Dave AA4KN.
+ 2018-07-03 08:32 UTC bewtween Alexander Gerst KF5ONO, using ISS
callsign DPØISS and Kardinal-Frings-Gymnasium, Bonn, Germany,
contact was direct via DLØIL. ARISS Mentor was Peter IN3GHZ.
Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE), Kennedy Space
Center, FL (CASIS#4). Contact is telebridge via W6SRJ.
The ISS callsign is yet to be determined.
The scheduled astronaut is Ricky Arnold KE5DAU.
Contact is a go for: Fri 2018-07-13 14:00:22 UTC.
[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above
Satellite Shorts From All Over
+ 6U CubeSat Design Specification Rev 1.0 - Released
The 6U CubeSat Design Standard has now been fully reviewed and is
available for download as Revision 1.0. Please visit cubesat.org
view and download the 6U CDS.
[ANS thanks The CubeSat Team at Cal Poly, SLO for the above
+ Interview about ISS SSTV on local TV station
James M0JFP of the Chertsey Radio Club was interviewed by That's
Surrey TV, about the recent Slow Scan TV transmissions from the
International Space Station
The images transmitted commemorated the various satellites that had
been hand-deployed from the ISS.
Watch the video at
That's TV Surrey
[ANS thanks Southgate ARN for the above information]
+ Software for STEM high altitude balloon flight projects is posted
in the article at:
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK via twitter for the above information.]
+ CalPoly 2018 Cubesat Developers Workshop Presentations Available
2018 PRESENTATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO VIEW!
[ANS thanks cubesat.org
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,
EMike McCardel, AA8EM
aa8em at amsat dot org