Error Correcting Code talk by leading STEM proponent

Professor Chris Budd G4NBG / G8OPB

Professor Chris Budd G4NBG / G8OPB

Professor Chris Budd G4NBG (formerly G8OPB), a leading proponent of getting young people into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), will give a presentation to the City of Bristol RSGB Group.

On Monday, May 26 at 7:30pm he will talk about the history and modern practice of both code breaking and error correcting codes.

The talk will be given at the City of Bristol RSGB Group in the Bristol Lawn Tennis & Squash Club, Redland Green, Redland, Bristol BS6 7HF

Chris is Professor of Mathematics at the Royal Institution of Great Britain and Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Bath. He is a passionate populariser of maths, being involved in projects with schools on various maths related topics. He is also Vice-President for the Institute for Mathematics and its Application (IMA).

This is sure to be a fascinating talk!

City of Bristol RSGB Group G6YB

G4NBG – Getting young people into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics #yourlife

434 MHz balloons have a role in STEM Education

Horizon Project - Gagarin - Isle of Wight

Project Horizon – Gagarin – Isle of Wight

The UK Department for Education (DfE) has selected the Horizon balloon project to feature in the department’s #yourlife campaign to promote Maths and Science.

Horizon Team Hard at Work

Horizon Team Hard at Work

Pupils at Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Walsall built the Gagarin payload which transmitted FSK RTTY telemetry data on 434.075 MHz. The students launched it on a high altitude weather balloon which reached an altitude of 35,118 metres before bursting. The Gagarin payload returned safely to Earth by parachute and the students were able to retrieve the stunning still images and video taken in near-space.

The telemetry transmitter could be received over most of the British Isles and radio amateurs were able to track the balloon’s progress from the transmitted GPS data. The Horizon team used a Yaesu FT-817 transceiver to receive the signal from the balloon and dl-fldigi software to decode it. Among those supporting the project were Yaesu and Essex-based Rapid Electronics.

CASSiE and the proto-type flight computer

CASSiE and the proto-type flight computer

Adam Coghlan, a mathematics teacher at the school, says:

There have been two teams worth of pupils involved in this project and UKHAS members have helped track every launch.

The pupils get so much out of it:
- many go on to start their own projects after a year in the Horizon Team
- most of the team members have reported extremely positive university interviews following their involvement with the project (some have had personal letters from lecturers and letters from universities wishing them luck, hoping that they’ll choose xxxxx when results day comes etc)
- team members who have visited us having left the school for university have got involved in projects at university and have been a lot more open to the opportunities at university beyond their academic studies

The project has a big impact on the pupils who take part and we’re so grateful to the UKHAS members who have supported us and who help with the tracking on launch days.

Watch Project Horizon’s Beat Felix mission – The launch of Gagarin

See the ‘Your Life’ post on the Department for Education’s Facebook page at

Project Horizon

#yourlife “Science and maths makes you more prepared for life and for business” Dr Melanie Windridge, physicist and science communicator

Yaesu UK

Rapid Electronics

You can see online real time tracks and frequencies of balloons at

Listen to balloons online (when in range of south-east UK) from anywhere in the world with the SUWS 434 MHz WebSDR (select USB)

Download the dl-fldigi software from

Beginners Guide to Tracking using dl-fldigi

Check the #highaltitude IRC channel for chat about launches. A web client is available at

To get up-to-date information on balloon flights subscribe to the UKHAS Mailing List by sending a blank email to this address:

Project Horizon - flight path of Gagarin

Project Horizon – flight path of Gagarin

From Holiday Inn to Outer Space

David Bowman G0MRF giving one of his popular FUNcube satellite presentations

David Bowman G0MRF giving one of his popular FUNcube satellite presentations

On Friday, July 4, the Whitton Amateur Radio Group (WARG) will be hosting a presentation by David Bowman G0MRF on the subject of the FUNcube satellite.

David is a member of the AMSAT-UK team behind the successful development and launch of the amateur radio FUNcube-1 CubeSat which transmits telemetry for Educational outreach (STEM) and carries a 435/145MHz SSB/CW transponder. The presentation will have a live reception of the satellite as it passes over Europe.

The meeting is open to all, the doors open at 7 pm and the talk commences at 8:15 pm. Whitton Community Centre has good car parking and disabled access as well as the use of the bar. A small charge of £1.50 per person will be asked to cover room hire.

The venue is the Whitton Community Centre, Percy Road, Whitton, Middx, TW2 6JL

Directions can be found on the Whitton Amateur Radio Group site

M6CME to give Keynote Presentation at IWD STEM Conference

It's ONLY Rocket Science Cover - Dr Lucy Rogers M6CME

It’s ONLY Rocket Science Cover – Dr Lucy Rogers M6CME

Dr Lucy Rogers M6CME, author of It’s ONLY Rocket Science, will be giving the keynote presentation at the International Women’s Day (IWD) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) conference in Chester.

The evening event, which is free of charge, takes place at the University of Chester Riverside Innovation Centre (RIC) seminar room on Friday, March 7 at 6pm.

Lucy M6CME is a Fellow of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the Royal Astronomical Society. Her book “It’s ONLY Rocket Science” is widely respected in both the space industry and in education.

Download the event leaflet

Dr Lucy Rogers M6CME

International Women’s Day March 8


FUNcube-1 has left the cleanroom

FUNcube-1 flight model - Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

FUNcube-1 flight model – Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

The exciting news is that FUNcube-1 CubeSat is now en-route to the Yasny launch site.

It was flown on a special flight from Rotterdam yesterday and it cleared through Russian customs this morning.

Well before the launch date, Dashboard software, to decode and display the telemetry, will be made available for download, this will function on any windows pc or laptop using either a Dongle or a 2 metre SSB capable receiver. Additionally a set of pre-launch keps will also be distributed.

This launch is expected to carry more than ten spacecraft using the amateur satellite service and one of them will, itself, later deploy up to nine CubeSats and PocketQubes so there should be plenty of new signals to listen for after this launch.

More info about FUNcube and some pictures can be seen here

Radio Ham is HENAAC Luminary Honoree

Ali Guarneros Luna KJ6TVO - Image credit NASA Ames

Ali Guarneros Luna KJ6TVO – Image credit NASA Ames

Radio amateur Ali Guarneros Luna KJ6TVO has been named a 2013 HENAAC Luminary Honoree.

A NASA Ames Systems Engineer on the TechEdSat CubeSat Project she is committed to encouraging young people to pursue science, technology and engineering careers. In recognition of her achievements, Ali Guarneros Luna KJ6TVO, has been named as one of the 2013 Luminary Honorees by the Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC).

Born in Mexico City she now lives in San Jose, California, receiving her BS in Aerospace Engineering at San Jose State University in 2010 and completing her MS in Aerospace Engineering at San Jose State University in 2012.

HENAAC 2013 Luminary Honorees

Radio Amateur Encourages Engineering as a Career

KJ6TVO “Pursuing My Childhood Dream”

ICSEDS 2012/13 video showcases Rocket and Balloon Achievements

UKSEDS & ICSEDS Project Officer, TeeJay Taiwo, prepares his rockets for his license assesment. Photo credit: Kishan, ICSEDS

UKSEDS & ICSEDS Project Officer, TeeJay Taiwo, prepares his rockets for his license assesment. Photo credit: Kishan, ICSEDS

This video is the Imperial College Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (ICSEDS) entry to the RBS ESSA bronze awards. It showcases their projects and events throughout the 2012/13 year.

In the video are interviews with Engine Design Group member Madeleine Alexander, High Powered Rocketry Member Zoe Edwards, High Altitude Ballooning member Oscar Woolnough and ISEDS Vice Chair Joseph Dudley.

ICSEDS thank Imperial College London Chemical Engineering Department for their support in our High Altitude Balloon (HAB) Project (434 MHz). Also thanks to Alex Cherney at and David Peterson for giving permission to use the two spectacular clips in the introduction, of the video.

More information on ICSEDS can be found at:
Follow ICSEDS on:

Watch ICSEDS 2012/13 – Imperial College Students for the Exploration and Development of Space

AMSAT Education and You

Dr Mark Hammond N8MH

Dr Mark Hammond N8MH

During the AMSAT Forum at the Dayton 2013 Hamvention, Mark Hammond, N8MH, AMSAT VP for Education Relations gave a quick overview of AMSAT’s recent educational activities, AMSAT’s partnership with the ARRL Education & Technology Program, and how you can become involved.

Watch AMSAT Education and You, by Mark N8MH – 2013 Dayton Hamvention

BBC News: US Teenager’s Space Ambitions

Abby HarrisonBBC News reports that fifteen-year-old Abby Harrison is training to be an astronaut and has set herself the goal of being the first person to reach Mars.

“I remember looking up at the night sky when I was five-years-old and thinking that I wanted to go to space” she told the BBC.

Abby is currently in Moscow visiting her mentor, the astronaut Luca Parmitano KF5KDP, who is about to travel to the International Space Station.

Watch the BBC News interview at

The Star Tribune newspaper says: This week, she’s traveling to Kazakhstan to watch the launch of the Soyuz TMA-09M, a Russian craft headed for the International Space Station on May 28. She’s used her social media prowess to spearhead a successful Kickstarter-like crowdfunding campaign, raising more than $30,000 to help pay for the rare trip.

Star Tribune ‘Astronaut Abby’ is crowdfunding her way to outer space

Tech Tuesday: Meet 15-Year Old “Astronaut Abby”

High School Student’s RocketHub Project

Further information at

April Issue of RocketSTEM Available Online

Rocket STEM 2013-04The April 2013 issue of the RocketSTEM Media Foundation Magazine is now available online.

April’s issue will give you interesting facts about Mars Curiosity, Skylab and Yuri Gagarin and much more. Pages 48-49 cover Yuri’s Night which takes place April 12.

RocketSTEM Media Foundation is a private, not-for-profit organization established for the purpose of fostering science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, as well as promoting the benefits of space exploration. The new monthly digital magazine with content geared towards teachers, students and parents as well, blends space history – past, present and future – with interviews, career paths, astronomy guide, aerospace and astronomy news, museum features, NASA technology spinoffs, puzzles, games, quizzes, lesson plans and other educational resources, along with easy-to-follow explanations of the mathematics and physics of all things to do with aerospace and space travel.

Read the April issue of RocketSTEM at