SatNOGS give prize money to LSF

SatNOGS - Satellite Networked Open Ground Station

SatNOGS – Satellite Networked Open Ground Station

SatNOGS won the Hackaday grand prize of $196,418 for their satellite ground station, they plan to give the money to the Libre Space Foundation.

The Libre Space Foundation (LSF) is a non-profit foundation registered in Greece by the creators of the SatNOGS project. The aim of the foundation is to promote free and open source technology in space and support, develop and fund space projects.

Ground Stations are Just the Beginning: The SatNOGS Story
http://hackaday.com/2015/02/19/ground-stations-are-just-the-beginning-the-satnogs-story/

SatNOGS Win Hackaday Prize http://amsat-uk.org/2014/11/14/satnogs-win-hackaday-prize/

SatNOGS – Satellite Networked Open Ground Station https://satnogs.org/

Libre Space Foundation http://librespacefoundation.org/

Women, STEM and Amateur Radio

Bob McGwier N4HY writing code for the amateur satellite P3E

Bob McGwier N4HY writing code for the amateur satellite P3E

Bob McGwier, N4HY shares his views about Women in Science, Technoloy, Engineering, Math and Amateur Radio.

Bob, a former AMSAT director and vice president for engineering, is Director of Research, Hume Center and Research Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech.

At Virginia Tech, where I lead the work in a large research center, I have several female graduate students in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). I had one female graduate student in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering (master’s degree). I have multiple female undergraduate research assistants including the most amazing kid who came with many RF engineering projects in her experience base, an engineering notebook, and a daddy who couldn’t talk her into amateur radio and who told her she was on her own after sophomore year (she’s a second semester freshman). I have a female executive assistant, a female project manager, a female program manager for research, and a female program manager for education.

They are an incredibly diverse group of talented people that it is my honor and privilege to work with. Yet, they all have one thing in common that I wish to share. They are all licensed radio amateurs.

I am the faculty adviser at Virginia Tech’s Amateur Radio Association. I am the architect and designer and the principal investigator on the new Virginia Tech Satellite Ground Station which should go into operation in April. I have four graduate students who are doing thesis projects, class projects, and more involving this facility. A young member of our engineering staff, also a ham, is the actual lead system engineer on this project. At the all volunteer meetings for construction, operation of amateur radio satellites (such as QB50) over half the people coming are women and all are working on their ham licenses so they can operate the amateur radio spacecraft. Do you think there might be a connection, a correlation, and maybe even an agenda?

In the UK Anne-Marie Imafidon set up the STEMettes organisatio. She passed her GCSE in computer science aged 10 and became the youngest graduate to attain a masters degree, aged 19

In the UK Anne-Marie Imafidon set up the STEMettes organisation. She passed her GCSE in computer science aged 10 and became the youngest graduate to attain a masters degree, aged 19

My mother put amateur radio in front of me in a very positive way and she was a super strong principled woman. She stood in front of racism in a county that had a KKK wizard as sheriff and ran the campaign committee with her best friend for the sheriff that defeated him. She was a feminist. She was a feminist in the mode of: you, as an individual, must treat everyone the same way, not equal outcomes but with equal care and intent, and provide for equal opportunity and then they are on their own.

My goodness! She was and is an amazing woman and she is so brilliant. She left school, married my father and had me. In my center, no one is forced to be a ham. I don’t give the exams, I only lead by example, and explain how amateur radio has impacted me. I leave it there. The results speak for themselves.

I am determined to have the women around me have NO ceiling on their achievement where I can remove the ceiling without disadvantaging anyone else. I encourage them to reach for the stars. I push them hard in their research and at work. I expect no less of them than I do any other. My mother pushed me hard, showed me the value of work and discipline and made me work to pay my way. I will push them. I believe I am showing that the numbers in engineering and sciences are a product of socialization and not capability.

In four short years, I give you the above. I must be developing a reputation. My center director and I are getting almost all the top talent coming into graduate school in ECE (male and female) as our graduate students. I am getting most of the female graduate students and I am DEFINITELY getting all of them that are in the top ten (say) entrants. I owe this to my mother Ann Terry for all she did for me, literally saving me from self-destruction. I owe it to the many women I have seen with my own two eyes who are smart beyond compare and are vectored down roads that might not be of their choosing because they don’t see opportunity, or the value, or life affirming virtues of this path. I am appalled and will fight back. They can choose what they will, but they will be shown the value.

I have a mentor who many of you know. It is Tom Clark, K3IO. He was doing what I am doing now years before and was an example I have always tried to emulate in this regard.

Finally: On the undergraduate student, she took and passed tech and general in one night. She went home and proudly showed dad who went “Yeah but I have an extra class”….. She pursed her lips and looked at me as she told this and I said: “The extra exam is given every month at VTARA this Spring, but the work I am giving you and your grades are the top priority”. NOTHING stands in the way of women doing math, science and engineering except the roadblocks we place in front of them.

What are you doing to your daughters, sisters, female friends that, even without intent, discourages them so that a single man on a mission can draw this much out of the crowd without a single word of advertising, self promotion, and just word of mouth really telling that we are here. Introspection and mindfulness are all I am asking for.

I almost forgot to mention, my very first graduate student was a female and a ham and got her Master’s degree in Mathematics from me at Auburn University in 1986. Lynne now has her doctorate in stochastic processes and statistics from UNC and is on the faculty at Georgia. Her father, Eddie, is also a ham and an example of the kind of encouragement that EVERY father of a daughter should provide. I haven’t embarrassed them by tagging them, but they are in my fondest memories.

Female Ham Radio Operators http://www.themarysue.com/female-ham-radio-operators/

What is Amateur Radio ? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

In the UK the goal of STEMettes and its sister organizations is to get the women in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) workforce up to 30% by 2020.
• Web http://stemettes.org/
• Facebook https://www.facebook.com/STEMettes
• Twitter https://twitter.com/STEMettes

GRIFEX CubeSat Update

GRIFEX and the MXL integration team - Credit Michigan Exploration Laboratory

GRIFEX and the MXL integration team – Credit Michigan Exploration Laboratory

The student built GRIFEX CubeSat was launched, along with FIREBIRD-2,  ExoCube and NASA’s SMAP, on Saturday, January 31 on a Delta 2 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base. The first reception report of the spacecraft’s 437.485 MHz 9600 bps AX.25 GMSK signal was from Jan van Gils PE0SAT in the Netherlands.

Ground station antennas - Credit Michigan Exploration Laboratory

Ground station antennas – Credit Michigan Exploration Laboratory

James Cutler KF6RFX of the Michigan Exploration Laboratory has provided this update on the first 9 days after launch.

On the behalf of the GRIFEX team, thanks for all your help in tracking GRIFEX. The students working on this mission have had blast working with HAMS all over the world.

It seems that everyday someone new engages with the students and lets them know they heard GRIFEX.  We’ll be making QSL cards shortly so let us know if you need one.

GRIFEX so far is doing great.  We’re in a sun-sync terminator orbit, so we see the sun all the time.  We have plenty of power but we are fairly warm. We have active magnetic control as well that we may try later on so that our colleagues down under can get some better signal reception!

We had about five new students get their HAM license in support of this launch. Anywhere from 5-10 students get their license per year in the lab.

Thanks for your support!

Michigan Exploration Laboratory
http://exploration.engin.umich.edu/blog/
https://www.facebook.com/Michigan.Exploration

Colloquium – First Call for Papers

AMSAT-UK Logo

AMSAT-UK Logo

This is the first call for speakers for the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium 2015 which will be held from Saturday, July 25 to Sunday, July 26, 2015 at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ, United Kingdom.

http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/colloquium-2015/

AMSAT-UK invites speakers, to cover topics about micro-satellites, CubeSats, Nanosats, space and associated activities, for this event.

They are also invited to submit papers for subsequent publishing on the AMSAT-UK web site. We normally prefer authors to present talks themselves rather than having someone else give them in the authors’ absence. We also welcome “unpresented” papers for the web site.

Submissions should be sent *ONLY* to G4DPZ, via the following routes:
e-mail: dave at g4dpz dot me dot uk
Postal address at http://www.qrz.com/db/G4DPZ

AMSAT-UK also invite anyone with requests for Program Topics to submit them as soon as possible to G4DPZ. Invitations for any papers on specific subjects will be included in the future call. Likewise if anyone knows of a good speaker, please send contact and other information to G4DPZ.

UWE-3: Preliminary continuation of operations

UWE-3 LogoSince the temporary end of UWE-3 operations two months ago we received great support from the HAM community all over the world observing the health state of our satellite. For this reason and this reason alone we can say today UWE-3 is still experiencing a very good health state with fully charge batteries in a safe temperature area.

Now, UWE-3 will be temporary operated during the next days and weeks, which will presumably also involve, at times, temporary changes of frequency between 437.385000 MHz and 436.395200 MHz.

We would especially appreciate the support of the HAM community during this period and we would like to thank you very much for your helpful support!

Yours sincerely,

UWE-3 Team

UWE-3 was launched with FUNcube-1 on November 21, 2013. Latest UWE-3 News at
http://www7.informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de/forschung/space_exploration/projects/uwe_3/uwe_3_news/

Successful ELaNa-10 CubeSat launch

Detection of EcoCube by Jan van Gils PE0SAT

Detection of EcoCube by Jan van Gils PE0SAT

On Saturday, January 31 the CubeSats FIREBIRD-2, GRIFEX and ExoCube carrying amateur radio payloads were successfully launched on a Delta 2 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base

Delta 2 CubeSat Launch January 31, 2015 - Credit ULA

Delta 2 CubeSat Launch January 31, 2015 – Credit ULA

The GEO-CAPE ROIC In-Flight Performance Experiment (GRIFEX) is a 3U CubeSat developed by MXL that will perform engineering assessment of a JPL-developed all digital in-pixel high frame rate Read-Out Integrated Circuit (ROIC).

The GRIFEX team at the University of Michigan received the first reception report of the spacecraft’s 437.485 MHz 9600 bps AX.25 GMSK signal from Jan van Gils PE0SAT in the Netherlands.

FIREBIRD (Focused Investigations of Relativistic Electron Burst Intensity, Range, and Dynamics) is a CubeSat dual satellite mission examining the spatial scale and spatial temporal ambiguity of magnetospheric microbursts. The project is a collaboration between researchers at the University of New Hampshire and Montana State University. Among the radio amateurs involved were Steve Longworth KR1C and David Klumpar KD7MFJ.

In Germany Mike Rupprecht DK3WN received the 19.2k bps GMSK AX.25 signals on 437.405 and 437.230 MHz from the two  FIREBIRD-2 1.5U CubeSats.

CalPoly’s ExoCube (CP-10) transmits on 437.270MHz using 9600 bps AX.25 FSK with “X03″ sent in Morse code every 45 seconds. Jan van Gils PE0SAT reports detecting the ExoCube signal after later analysis of his IQ file.

ELaNA_10 CubeSat Frequencies - Credit Mike Rupprecht DK3WN

ELaNA_10 CubeSat Frequencies – Credit Mike Rupprecht DK3WN

GRIFEX
http://exploration.engin.umich.edu/blog/?page_id=2498
https://www.facebook.com/Michigan.Exploration

FIREBIRD-2 http://firebird.unh.edu/

ExoCube http://polysat.calpoly.edu/launched-missions/cp10-exocube/

ELaNa-10 Delta II CubeSat launch
http://cubesat.org/index.php/missions/upcoming-launches/148-elana-10-delta-ii-launch-2015

Abdel M0NPT is the first UK recipient of the 73 on 73 Award

73 on 73 Award #9 - Abdel Mesbah M0NPT

73 on 73 Award #9 – Abdel Mesbah M0NPT

AMSAT-UK congratulates Abdel Mesbah M0NPT on becoming the first UK recipient of the 73 on 73 Award.

Paul Stoetzer N8HM sponsors the award which is issued for making 73 contacts with different stations since September 1, 2014 via the amateur radio satellite AO-73 (FUNcube-1).

Abdel Mesbah M0NPT at Hucknall Rolls-Royce Amateur Radio Club

Abdel Mesbah M0NPT at Hucknall Rolls-Royce Amateur Radio Club G5RR

On January 27, 2015 Abdel worked Jean-Marie Lenglet F2IL for his seventy third contact. He submitted his claim to Paul who checked it and sent the award certificate the following day.

Abdel was first licenced as M3IAK in 2003 and received his Intermediate call sign 2E0KAR in 2007 but it wasn’t until June 2013 that he was able to get on-the-air. He got his Full call sign M0NPT on March 11, 2014.

When Abdel first took an interest in satellites Lenny Brown 2E0LFK let him use his station and he had two contacts, with 9A3ST and R1AO, via the FM satellite SO-50.

Abdel then set up his own satellite station which comprises a Yaesu FT-847 with a 5 element horizontal polarised Yagi on 144 MHz, a 6 element vertically polarised Yagi on 430 MHz and a Yaesu G-5500 Azimuth-Elevation rotator. His first SSB contact via AO-73 (FUNcube-1) was with Manuel D. Ruiz Carrasco EA5TT on December 3, 2014.

Abdel Mesbah M0NPT

Abdel Mesbah M0NPT

Congratulations to all these operators who have so far earned the award:

#1 – Wyatt Dirks, AC0RA
#2 – Željko Ulip, 9A2EY
#3 – Bernhard Klink, DG1EA
#4 – Manuel D. Ruiz Carrasco, EA5TT
#5 – Jose Luis Peña Sanchez, EC4TR
#6 – Dariusz Dabek, SP9TTX
#7 – Jorge Gallardo Sanchez, EA4AYW,
#8 – Jari Ahdenkari, OH2FQV
#9 – Abdel Mesbah, M0NPT
#10 – Glenn Miller, AA5PK

Details on how you can earn the 73 on 73 Award are at http://amsat-uk.org/funcube/73-on-73-award/

AO-73 was launched on November 21, 2013 and is the first spacecraft to have a primary mission of educational outreach to schools and the smallest ever satellite to carry a linear (SSB/CW) transponder for radio amateurs.

LightSail-1 launch announced

LightSail-1 with sail deployed - Credit Justin Foley KI6EPH

LightSail-1 with sail deployed – Credit Justin Foley KI6EPH

The first of The Planetary Society’s two LightSail spacecraft will ride to space aboard an Atlas V rocket in May 2015.

The mission is a shakedown cruise designed to test out the CubeSat’s critical systems. The LightSail-1 entry on the IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel status page lists a 9k6 GMSK AX25 amateur radio payload on 437.325 MHz.

In 2016, the second LightSail spacecraft will piggyback into orbit aboard the first operational flight of SpaceX’s new Falcon Heavy rocket for a full-fledged solar sailing demonstration.

This video about the project features Bill Nye (the Science Guy on PBS TV) as well as Justin Foley KI6EPH, Alex Diaz KJ6KSF and Stephanie Wong.

Watch LightSail – Flight by Light (full version)

IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel Status Page http://www.amsat.org.uk/iaru/

LightSail – Flight by Light http://sail.planetary.org/

ED-SAT CubeSat Training Kit

Nader Omer ST2NH brings news of the ED-SAT training kit, a Cube Satellite simulator.

It has been developed for inspiring young people at variety of educational levels provide opportunities to discover and apply learning to real-world scenarios.

It aims to provide a unique environment for students at any fields to explore, just to name a few. Science, Electronics, Communication, Programming, Mechanic and Physics.

Watch ED-SAT training kit

Educational Satellite Co Ltd
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Educational-Satellite-co-ltd/233280410183741

Amateur radio satellite talk near Farnham

AO-73 (FUNcube-1) - Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

AO-73 (FUNcube-1) – Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

This Monday, January 26 there will be a presentation on the FUNcube-1 (AO-73) and SO-50 satellites at the Hog’s Back Amateur Radio Club near Farnham.

Mike Parkin, G0JMI, will give a talk entitled: Amateur Radio Satellites: A General Overview and Understanding of FUNcube-1 (AO-73) and Saudi-Sat 1c (SO-50).

Satellite operation is not quite as daunting as it can at first appear, and Mike will enlighten the audience with some of his experiences, as well as the equipment and techniques used for satellite communication.

Doors open at 7:30 pm for 8:00 pm on Monday, January 26, 2015 at the Crondall Scout Hut, Pankridge Street, Crondall, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 5RQ. As usual the kettle will be on to provide the refreshment.

A map of the meeting place can be found on the Contact Details page at
http://www.hogsback-arc.org.uk/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/Hogsbackarc/