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* AMSAT Partners with UMaine's WiSe-Net Lab to Develop Maine's First
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ANS-204 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 204.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE July 22, 2020
To All RADIO AMATEURS
AMSAT Partners with UMaine's WiSe-Net Lab to Develop Maine's First
The University of Maine Wireless Sensing Laboratory (WiSe-Net Lab) and
AMSAT have signed an agreement to collaborate on building and
operating MESAT1, Maine’s first small satellite, to be launched in
space in the next three years.
MESAT1 is Maine's first CubeSat — one of 18 small research satellites
selected by NASA to carry auxiliary payloads into space between 2021–
23. It is part of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative that provides
opportunities for nanosatellite science and technology payloads built
by universities, schools and nonprofit organizations to ride share on
UMaine’s WiSe-Net Lab, established in 2005, is involved in aerospace
and space research. The lab was founded by Ali Abedi, KB1VJV,
assistant vice president for research and director of the Center for
Undergraduate Research. Lab researchers have developed the first
wireless sensor network for NASA’s lunar habitation project and
launched wireless leak-detection to the International Space station.
The MESAT1 initiative will enable K–12 students and teachers in Maine
to access space data for educational and research purposes, and
encourage students to pursue STEM careers.
AMSAT will provide a Linear Transponder Module (LTM) along with
integration and operational support for MESAT1. AMSAT's LTM
incorporates a VHF/UHF telemetry beacon, command receiver, and linear
transponder. It will be available for radio amateurs worldwide to use
when the satellite is commissioned.
AMSAT President Clayton Coleman, W5PFG, celebrated the announcement.
"This is a great day for AMSAT and UMaine's Wise-Net Lab. This
partnership is a true win-win for both education and the amateur radio
community. The collaborative effort under AMSAT's engineering and
operations teams has once again succeeded to bring another opportunity
[ANS thanks AMSAT and UMaine's WiSe-Net Lab 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. President's Club donations may be made at
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.
Join AMSAT today at https://launch.amsat.org/
73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space,
This week's ANS Contributing Editor,
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
n8hm at amsat dot org