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In this edition:
* NASA Press Release for 3rd Round of Cubesat Space Mission Candidates
* Dick Daniels (W4PUJ) - SK, 1932 - 2012
* AMSAT Awards Announcement & New Postal Rates Notice
* AMSAT Preparations for Dayton Hamvention 2012
* Vega Launch Success - Cubesats Heard
* MASAT-1 Designated MagyarSat-OSCAR-72 (MO-72)
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
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NASA Press Release for 3rd Round of Cubesat Space Mission Candidates
On February 14, 2012 NASA issued a press release officially listing
AMSAT-NA and all of the other 32 small satellites selected to fly in
2013 and 2014 as auxiliary payloads.
The proposed CubeSats come from universities across the country, the
Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, NASA field centers and Depart-
ment of Defense organizations.
After launch, the satellites will conduct technology demonstrations,
educational research or science missions. The selected spacecraft
are eligible for flight after final negotiations and an opportunity
for flight becomes available. The satellites come from the following
-- Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
-- Air Force Research Lab, Wright-Patterson AFB
-- California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
-- Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
-- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
-- Montana State University, Bozeman
-- Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif. (2 CubeSats)
-- NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
-- NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
-- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in partnership with the
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (2 CubeSats)
-- NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Fla.
-- The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, Silver Spring, Md.
-- Saint Louis University, St. Louis
-- Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, Mont.
-- Space and Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, Ala. (2 CubeSats)
-- Taylor University, Upland, Ind.
-- University of Alabama, Huntsville
-- University of California, Berkeley
-- University of Colorado, Boulder (2 CubeSats)
-- University of Hawaii, Manoa (3 CubeSats)
-- University of Illinois, Urbana (2 CubeSats)
-- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
-- University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.
-- University of Texas, Austin
-- US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
-- Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg
Thirty-two CubeSat missions have been selected for launch in the
previous two rounds of the CubeSat Launch Initiative. Eight CubeSat
missions have been launched (including five selected via the CubeSat
Launch Initiative) to date via the agency's Launch Services Program
Educational Launch of Nanosatellite, or ELaNa, program.
The full text of the NASA Press Release can be read on-line at:
published a related story at:
For additional information on NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative
program, visit: http://go.usa.gov/Qbf
Please make your donation to AMSAT's Fox-1 Fund at:
[ANS thanks NASA for the above information]
Dick Daniels (W4PUJ) - SK, 1932 - 2012
By Jan A. King W3GEY/VK4GEY
One of AMSAT's most important, admired and well loved members, Dick
Daniels, W4PUJ, ex WA4DGU, died on February 14, 2012. He lost his
battle with lung cancer, diagnosed only at Christmas time 2011. Dick
achieved so much working for AMSAT that it is virtually impossible to
enumerate his individual accomplishments. And we cannot overestimate
the importance of his sustained support. Dick was many things to us
but, among them he was our record keeper, photographic recorder, and
the de facto AMSAT historian. So, his loss also represents the loss
of many memories of the things we did and the places we've gone as
an organization, which simply can't be recorded or kept except in
a mind. So, our loss is huge! The records of our earlier spacecraft
developments, starting with Australis-OSCAR-5 and continuing to pre-
sent, amount to over 6,000 individual (non-duplicate) 35 mm slides.
These have since been digitized. These were all kept and maintained
by him. Many of the photos were his own.
Dick was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 19, 1932. He received a BBA
degree from the University of Cincinnati in Business Management in
1956 and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Graduate
School in 1957. He joined NASA HQ in 1961 where he remained until his
retirement in 1994. Dick became a licensed radio amateur in 1959. He
was involved with the formation of AMSAT in 1970 and served on the
AMSAT Board of Directors from 1992 to 2003.
Dick was one of the initial AMSAT members and was Life Member 11. His
first major contribution to amateur radio was his work to obtain per-
mission from the NASA Administrator (then James Fletcher) and the
NOAA Administrator (then Jack Townsend) for the launch of Australis-
OSCAR-5. It was Dick who pushed our AMSAT letter proposal for the
launch of AO-5 through the NASA and NOAA systems. Dick was also heav-
ily involved in our efforts to license AO5 with the FCC. That was a
much bigger deal back in 1970 than it is today. Few will appreciate
the resistance we had within the system from the TIROS project office
at NASA/GSFC and what had to be done to overcome it. Few will also
remember the support we had from places we didn't expect, but, with
Dick's help and all of us pushing - we were in "business" - the
"business" of building satellites for free.
Dick became AMSAT-NA's primary mechanical designer and technician,
having helped design and then assemble just about every spacecraft
structure we launched starting with AMSAT-OSCAR-6. At the beginning
of the Phase-3 era it became clear that AMSAT needed to go into the
propulsion business if we were going to get to higher orbits and
Dick took on the role of chief propulsion expert, in addition to
his mechanical technician duties. Dick and I installed the Thiokol
solid propellant kick motor into the ill-fated Phase-3A satellite
once it arrived in French Guiana and it was Dick, working with MBB
who loaded the bi-propellant fuels (UDMH or AZ-50 and N2O4) on-board
AO-10, AO-13 and AO-40 (all very dangerous compounds). Even though
the rocket motor each time was pure German technology, Dick was the
one we all trusted to handle the exacting task of propellant loading.
He also developed, assembled and tested all of the PFAs (propellant
flow assembly) units that controlled the fuel flow and pressurization
of each of the propulsion systems. He also contributed significantly
to their design details. The utilization of real, high performance
propulsion systems on small satellites is still something no other
small satellite organization other than AMSAT has successfully
achieved. Few have even attempted to follow in our footsteps. We've
had our difficulties with rocket motors (and what organization that
has tried to use them has not?) but, at least AO-13 was perfect. No
professional organization has ever done much better than the perform-
ance of that propulsion system. And, in large measure, the success
of that system can be credited to Dick Daniels. The other P3 satel-
lites, at least had partially successful motor firings, except for
Phase-3A which was lost due to a launch vehicle failure, hence we
never had a chance to fire our solid rocket motor.
Dick constructed the AO-6 2M/10M repeater (or transponder) designed
by Perry Klein (W3PK) and Karl Meinzer (DJ4ZC). He also constructed
the follow-on unit flown on AO-7. He assembled major portions of the
receiver units forming both the command system and packet communica-
tions system developed by Tom Clark (W3IWI) for the four Microsat
spacecraft launched in 1990. Dick assembled so much hardware that if
you were to look at each individual sub-assembly that he built or
worked on - as they exist in our master photo set - and you viewed
each slide for 10 seconds, it would take over an hour to view all
of them! That is a lot of space flight hardware.
Dick loved space flight, he loved the challenge represented by the
amateur satellite program and he loved working with our many friends
around the world. Together we accomplished something that will take
years before others reproduce. More importantly, with Dick's huge
support we actually created a new industry. Few lives can claim to
have done that. The Small Satellite Industry is very alive and well
and, as a sector of all space commerce it is now the fastest growing
area. If Dick had not made his contributions, AMSAT would have had a
very different history but, because of him and others who worked so
hard to get things started, AMSAT is at the root of all of today's
small satellite technology. This is a fact, not wishful thinking.
Dick also loved nature and the outdoors. We spent many happy times
hiking in the mountains of Virginia, using the "famous" Daniels
"cabin" as a base camp. We had great times chasing butterflies and
watching sea turtles in French Guiana. Dick has a wonderful family
and even though AMSAT took a significant fraction of his free time
his daughter Kathy and his son Robert are proud of his accomplish-
ments. Like all AMSAT "widows" Jackie supported Dicks "hobby" with
enthusiasm and never complained about her time alone when Dick was
integrating AMSAT spacecraft on the night shift (sometimes at home
and sometimes with me at the AMSAT lab). His family will miss him
terribly as he was not just an average father and husband.
Dick spent a lot of time working on the gantry level of many launch
vehicles, installing AMSAT spacecraft on Delta and Ariane launchers
and, as a NASA-HQ employee, he built more space flight hardware in
his basement than anyone working for NASA in Washington, D.C. ever
even saw in a lifetime. He loved life and he made his count. And he
made a huge difference to the outcome of our hobby and our belief
in what an individual can do in space.
So, we've lost someone that meant a lot to us all and someone who
will be impossible to replace. History may repeat itself but, it
will be a long time before someone like Dick Daniels, with his uni-
que set of skills comes our way again. So, W4PUJ is SK. This is a
sad day for amateur radio and to the small satellite space commun-
ity and even more for those of us who loved him.
Dick, you made a difference and it will be a long time still before
others reach where you have been. What you did wasn't just worthwhile
- IT WAS FANTASTIC! I'll never forget our time working together! It
was an amazing hobby, really! An amazing LIFE!
Jan A. King, W3GEY/VK4GEY
A memorial service will be held for Dick Daniels, W4PUJ on Saturday,
February 25 at 1:00PM at Little Falls Presbyterian Church, 6025 Little
Falls Rd, Arlington VA 22207. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests
a contribution to: Capital Caring, 950 N Glebe Rd #500, Arlington VA
22203. This is the organization that provided hospice care for Dick.
Donations in memory of Dick can also be made on-line:
E-mail messages of condolence sent to martha(a)amsat.org will be given
to Dick's family.
For those planning to attend Dick Daniels Memorial Service from out
of the Washington DC area, a block of rooms has been reserved by the
family. Reservations must be made by Tuesday at 4:00 PM EST. Go to:
[ANS thanks Jan King, W3GEY/VK4GEY for the above information]
AMSAT Awards Announcement & New Postal Rates Notice
AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO says congrat-
ulations are in order for our latest AMSAT Awards recipients.
The following have entered into the Satellite Communicators Club for
making their first satellite QSO:
+ Ben Jacobs, KC9ROI
The following have earned the AMSAT Communications Achievement Award:
+ Hector Luis Martinez Sis, CO6CBF, #547
+ I Made Sudarsana SE, YB9AY, #548
The following have earned the South Africa Satellite Communications
+ Hector Luis Martinez Sis, CO6CBF, #US178
The following have earned their Robert W. Barbee, Jr. W4AMI Award:
+ Hector Luis Martinez Sis, CO6CBF #76
+ Jim Adams, K0BAM upgrade to 2,000
The following have earned their Robert W. Barbee, Jr. W4AMI 5000
+ Mariusz Kocot SQ9MES, #29
To see all the awards visit http://www.amsat.org
Postage Rate Increase Drives New Cost of Awards:
The AMSAT Awards web page (http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/awards/
will be updated with the new postage rate information. Please note
that new U.S. Postage rates in effect January, 2012 now require en-
velopes with stiffeners in them (as AMSAT Awards are packaged) to
be sent as first class small packages. Postage is now $2.00 within
the U.S. and $5.00 for overseas.
[ANS thanks AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO
for the above information]
AMSAT Preparations for Dayton Hamvention 2012
AMSAT Vice-President of User Services, Gould Smith, WA4SXM says that
planning is underway and the AMSAT Dayton team is busy preparing for
our presence at the Hamvention, May 18-20, 2012.
AMSAT will be found in the same booths (444-449) in Ball Arena, right
across from the ARRL area and just inside the door from the Satel-
lite Demonstration area. Plan to visit all of the AMSAT activities!
+ AMSAT satellite prototypes
+ AMSAT Thursday Night Get-together
+ AMSAT Forum planned for Saturday morning
+ AMSAT/TAPR Banquet
AMSAT reserves a block of hotel rooms with priority given for those
volunteering to work in the AMSAT booth for multiple 2 hour shifts
during the Hamvention. More information will be released when this
Additional information via ANS and the AMSAT web site Dayton area
will be updated soon. Keep an eye on:
[ANS thanks Gould Smith, WA4SXM for the above information]
Vega Launch Success - Cubesats Heard
The European Space Agency Vega first flight was launched successfully
on Monday, February 13 at 1000 UTC from the ESA Spaceport at Kourou
in French Guiana. A YouTube video playback of the launch can be seen
Following the launch signals had been reported from AlmaSat-1, Goliat,
Masat-1, PW-Sat, UniCubeSat and XaTcobeo by amateur radio operators
around the world.
Details of the satellite radio frequency and modulation type have
been published on the web, see:
The Cubesats have received IARU Coordination for operation on the
+ AlmaSat-1 437.465 MHz 1200 bps FSK, 2407.850 MHz
- [email protected]
437.445 MHz 1200 bps AFSK (no reception report)
+ Goliat 437.485 MHz 1200 bpx AFSK
+ Masat-1 437.345 MHz 625/1250 bps GFSK, CW
+ PW-Sat 145.900 MHz 1200 bps BPSK AX25, CW
- Robusta 437.325 MHz 1200 bps FM (no reception report)
+ UniCubeSat 437.305 MHz 9600 bps FSK
+ XaTcobeo 437.365 MHz FFSK with AX.25
AMSAT-Francophone has posted a windows and linux version of a tele-
metry decoder for the French student ROBUSTA amateur satellite at:
When PW-Sat has finished its primary scientific mission it will be
reconfigured as a 435/145 MHz FM to DSB transponder for general
amateur radio communications. The FM to Double Sideband transponder
was first pioneered by amateurs on the satellite AO-16.
The Masat-1 satellite team have made available software to decode
their 437.345 MHz GFSK telemetry data via a PC sound card. The soft-
ware can be downloaded from:
XaTcobeo got a mention on Spanish TV news, see:
[ANS thanks the Vega Cubesat Teams, AMSAT-UK, and radio amateurs
worldwide for the above information]
MASAT-1 Designated MagyarSat-OSCAR-72 (MO-72)
OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO reports, "Congratula-
tions on the successful launch of the MaSat-1 Cubesat that the team
at Budapest University of Technology and Economics have been respon-
sible for designing, building and testing. Since you have met all
of the requirements for being issued an OSCAR number, including
coordination through IARU and requesting an OSCAR number, I, under
authority vested in me by the President of AMSAT-NA, do hereby name
MaSat-1 as MagyarSat-OSCAR-72 or MO-72."
Bill concludes, "I, and all at AMSAT-NA wish MagyarSat-OSCAR-72 great
success in fulfilling all of its mission objectives."
[ANS thanks OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO for the
Satellite Shorts From All Over
+ Congratulations to John Papay K8YSE for reaching 1006 confirmed
grids for his satellite VUCC award!
+ Joseph Armbruster, KJ4JIO is working on an analysis of ARISSat-1
keplerian element data. He has posted his initial graphic plots
of the data at: http://tinyurl.com/KJ4JIO-Analysis
Joe plans to extend this analysis in the future to include correl-
ation of orbit with temperature, eclipses, etc.
+ ARISS news is available on Twitter. The ARISS twitter account
ARISS_status has just surpassed the 1000 followers mark.
+ Special John Glenn ARISS Contact with Perth, Australia to cele-
brate the 50th Anniversary of "The City of Lights" will carried
live via internet streaming, Monday, February 20 at 10:23 UTC:
- EchoLink *AMSAT* (101377) and *JK1ZRW* (277208) servers
- IRLP Node 9010 Discovery Reflector
+ AMSAT-DL received a certificate of appreciation from Japan's
UNITEC-1 flight to Venus together with AKATSUKI (Venus Climate
+ Reminder that the QSL Manager for the K7UGA Barry Goldwater
Special Event stations sponsored by CADXA is Bob Davies, K7BHM
) with an SASE. A video showing K7UGA satellite operation
has been posted by Patrick WD9EWK at:
+ Yuri, UT1FG/MM has been making satellite contacts in range of North
America. John, K8YSE has prepared an excellent "working Yuri" pri-
mer for those trying to make a contact with UT1FG/MM:
(scroll down about 1/4 way
down the web page).
+ AMSAT Keeper of the Keps, Ray Hoad, WA5QGD says that SumbandilaSat
(SO-67, Cat# 35870) has been added back into the Keplerian Element
set distribution in light of published plans of recovery of SO-67
for amateur radio operation.
+ The 2012 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting dates have been
set for Oct 26-28, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Orlando Airport. More
details as they become available.
+ NASA and the American Physical Society have entered into a part-
nership to share unique videos from the International Space Station
with students, educators and science fans around the world. NASA
astronaut Don Pettit will use everyday objects from Earth to demon-
strate physics through the "Science off the Sphere" video series.
Watch the first video at http://www.physicscentral.com/explore/sots/
(NASA Education Express)
+ Astronaut Nicole Stott posted an image of Egypt on her Twitter
. If you can spot the
Great Pyramids at Giza in this small image, you've pretty good eye-
sight! Click the image for a larger version of the image if can't
find them. (UniverseToday.com
+ DX News Reports say that Gabon, TR, will be activated by Sebastien,
F4EIH, who will be in Gabon for at least three years starting on
1 February. He plans to operate SSB, PSK31 and JT65 on the HF and
VHF (EME and Satellite) bands. (425 DX News)
+ Enjoy the view out the window aboard the ISS as you fly over the
US East Coast at night: http://tinyurl.com/ISS-Over-EastCoast
the end of the video you can click on the icons to fly over other
+ Cornell/JA/MIT are organizing the 1st Interplanetary CubeSat Work-
shop. The conference will be held at the end of May this year at
MIT. Abstracts are now being accepted for technical talks. The
event website describing keynote speakers, program details and
other information can be accessed at: http://www.iCubeSat.org
+ Historical Note: 26 years ago on February 19, 1986 the Mir Space
Station was launched. It was assembled in orbit from 1986 to 1996.
It was deorbited on March 21, 2001.
[ANS thanks everyone 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 additional benefits.
Application forms are available from the AMSAT Office. And, with that,
please keep in mind the size of the universe: Light from the sun takes
8 minutes to reach you. When you look at the Andromeda galaxy the light
you are seeing took 2.3 million years to reach you. If the sun were the
size of a dot on an ordinary-sized letter 'i', then the nearest star
would be 10 miles away.
This week's ANS Editor,
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
K9JKM at amsat dot org