OSCAR Number for Nayif-1

Nayif-1 CubeSat - Credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

Nayif-1 CubeSat – Credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan W3XO has announced that the Nayif-1 CubeSat has met all the requirements necessary to be issued with an OSCAR number.

In accordance with the request sent to the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors for an OSCAR number for the UAE CubeSat, Nayif-1, and the statement that all of the conditions for an OSCAR number have been met, I hereby by the authority vested in me by the AMSAT-NA president, do convey on Nayif-1 the designation Emirates Oscar 88 or EO-88.

Along with the rest of the Amateur Radio satellite community, I hope that EO-88 will meet all of its objectives.

I wish you and your group the best of luck in this and future endeavors to keep Amateur Radio in space.

OSCAR Numbers Policy http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=2478

Ham radio satellite transmits Vice President’s message

Nayif-1 Launched https://amsat-uk.org/2017/02/15/nayif-1-launched/

Bristol 434 MHz balloon launch

UBSEDS18 Solar Powered BalloonWeather permitting there will be a 434 MHz pico balloon launch from Bristol on Tuesday, February 28 at or after 0830 GMT.

Richard Meadows M0SBU from University of Bristol Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (UBSEDS) writes:

This launch is using a 1.5m envelope and the attempted float altitude will be about 12 km.

The payload is a new tracker design that uses an AX5043 radio. It will be transmitting pips, RSID and Contestia 16/1000 on 434.635 MHz USB, once every two minutes. Callsign “UBSEDS23”.

Between the Contestia transmissions the AX5043 radio will also be used to transmit GMSK at 24 ksymbol/s, centered on 434.637.5 MHz. It’s 4×4 interleaved, R=1/2 convolutional K=5, HDLC framing, whitened etc. as per the AX5043 manual.

This is concatenated with RS(255,223) to mop up some burst errors. IQ recordings of this might be useful so that the data can be extracted once a software decoder exists. Callsign “UBSEDS23G”.

Track the balloon online at https://tracker.habhub.org/#!mt=roadmap&mz=10&qm=All&f=UBSEDS23

UBSEDS http://www.bristol-seds.co.uk/

Useful High Altitude Balloon links https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/balloons/

Richard M0SBU who is involved in the UBSEDS project took the amateur radio training courses run by the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) at Danbury in Essex. Further information on the courses is available from the CARS Training Coordinator, Christopher G0IPU
Tel: 07908-107951
Email: training2017 at g0mwt.org.uk
Web: http://g0mwt.org.uk/training

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

Find an amateur radio training course near you https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

Ham radio satellite transmits Vice President’s message

UAE Nayif-1 CubeSatThe National newspaper reports a message by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, is being beamed across the world from space as the first to be transmitted by the UAE’s Nayif-1 satellite.

The National says:

Nayif-1 was launched February 15 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India and is being tracked by a team of scientists at a control centre at American University of Sharjah.

The country’s first nanosatellite is transmitting the message in Arabic which reads: ‘The renaissance of peoples, nations and civilizations starts with education; and the future of nations starts at their schools.’

Nayif-1 was developed by UAE students - Image credit The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre

Nayif-1 was developed by UAE students – Image credit The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre

Nayif-1’s main mission objective is to send and receive messages on amateur radio frequencies.

The nanosatellite boasts a number of advanced features, most notably it is programmed to transfer messages in Arabic.

Fatma Lootah, deputy project manager of Nayif-1 at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, said the transmission was a landmark moment for the team.

“There is a large community of amateur radio operators and if Arab operators get this message in their own language I think a lot of them will be inspired,” said Ms Lootah.

At AUS, seven engineering students collaborated with the space centre in the designing, building, testing and operating of Nayif-1.

Read the full story at

The telemetry data mentioned in the article can be found at http://data.amsat-uk.org/nayif1

Nayif-1 Launched https://amsat-uk.org/2017/02/15/nayif-1-launched/

Nayif-1 https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/communications/nayif-1/

Nayif-1 team members after completion of the assembly and integration of the CubeSat

Nayif-1 team members after completion of the assembly and integration of the CubeSat

SpaceX launch ham radio transceiver to ISS

UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI trained to use the Ericsson VHF transceiver for his ISS mission

UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI / GB1SS  trained to use the Ericsson VHF transceiver for his ISS mission

The CRS-10 mission carrying vital amateur radio equipment to the International Space Station launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 1439 UT on Sunday, February 19, 2017.

Frank Bauer KA3HDO, ARISS International Chair and AMSAT-NA V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs writes:

Included as part of the successful launch of the SpaceX Dragon vehicle to ISS is an ARISS Ericsson 2 meter VHF radio.  This radio will replace the Ericsson radio that failed a few months ago.  The VHF radio is used for school group contacts and amateur packet radio in the Columbus module.  Once the Dragon vehicle is berthed to ISS, the Ericsson will be unstowed and, at some point, installed in Columbus, replacing the UHF radio that is now supporting APRS packet and some school contacts.

Our thanks to SpaceX on an outstanding and historic flight from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39A, where many Space Shuttle missions  and nearly all the Apollo moon missions were launched.  We also would like to thank our ARISS benefactors-NASA and CASIS, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space.  And, of course, our amateur radio long-time sponsors-our national amateur radio organizations around the world, including the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) in the US, and our international AMSAT organizations, including AMSAT-NA.

Before closing, I want to let you know that ARISS is making great progress on the development of the new interoperable radio system that we hope to use to replace our aging radio infrastructure in the Columbus module and the Service module.  The hard (and expensive) part of this effort is just beginning, with testing and human certification on the horizon.  We thank all that have donated to the cause thus far.  We hope you continue to help ARISS move forward through your support, including your volunteer time and talent and, of course, financial contributions through the AMSAT web site donate button http://www.amsat.org/

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station ARISS http://ariss.org/

NASA to launch two more CubeSats with transponders

Fox-1A CubeSatTwo satellites with Amateur Radio transponder payloads have been selected for future NASA launches.

AMSAT-NA reports TJREVERB is a CubeSat from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, in Alexandria, Virginia with a 435/145 MHz FM transponder.

HuskySat-1 has a 145/435 MHz SSB/CW transponder and was developed by students at the University of Washington in Seattle.

It is expected the launches will take place in the 2018-2020 time frame.

Read the AMSAT-NA story at http://www.amsat.org/?p=5795

NASA Announces Eighth Class of Candidates for Launch of CubeSat Space Missions

Ham radio satellite activation of Berry Islands, Bahamas

Caribbean IslandSteve M1ACB, Rob M0VFC and John M0IDA will be active on the FM and SSB amateur radio satellites from Berry Islands in the Bahamas.

The trio plan to operate from March 4-10 and will be using hand-held antennas. Since the FM satellites will only cover part of the USA they’ll also be using SSB on FO-29 to reach the British Isles and Europe.

They will be operating from Little Harbour Cay in the Berry Islands, IOTA NA-054, Grid Square FL15do.

For further information see https://m1acb.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/1527/

Check Twitter for updates: @rmc47 (M0VFC), @ItinerantHam (M0IDA) and @m1acb