Fox-1Cliff Currently Scheduled for November 19 Launch

Fox-1Cliff CubeSat

Fox-1Cliff CubeSat

AMSAT is counting down to the launch of the next Fox-1 satellite, Fox-1Cliff.

Per Spaceflight Now, the launch of Spaceflight’s SSO-A SmallSat Express mission, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, is currently scheduled for November 19, 2018 at 18:32 UTC.

It is planned to launch 15 microsatellites and 56 CubeSats on this mission, some with amateur radio payloads. A full list of satellites to be deployed, can be found at https://directory.eoportal.org/web/eoportal/satellite-missions/content/-/article/sso-a

Information on IARU coordinated satellite frequencies can be found at http://www.amsat.org.uk/iaru/

Fox-1Cliff carries the Fox-1 U/v FM repeater, AMSAT’s L-Band Downshifter, the flight spare of the AO-85 Vanderbilt University Low Energy Proton (LEP) radiation experiment, and the standard Fox-1 Penn State University–Erie MEMS gyroscope experiment. Virginia Tech provided a VGA camera which is the same as AO-92’s but will provide images at a higher 640 x 480 resolution. Additional information about the launch and early operations phase (LEOP) will be released prior to launch.

As part of the preparations for the launch of Fox-1Cliff, AMSAT is making the “Getting Started With Amateur Satellites” book available for a limited time as a download with any paid new or renewal membership purchased via the AMSAT Store. This offer is only
available with purchases completed online, and for only a limited time. A perennial favorite, Getting Started is updated every year with the latest amateur satellite information, and is the premier primer of satellite operation. The 186 page book is presented in PDF format, in full color, and covers all aspects of making your first contacts on a ham radio satellite.

Please take advantage of this offer today by visiting the AMSAT store at https://www.amsat.org/shop/ and selecting any membership option.

While there, check out AMSAT’s other items, including the M2 LEOpack antenna system, Arrow antennas, AMSAT shirts, and other swag. Be sure to view your cart before going to checkout. If you add a membership and then go directly to checkout, you’ll never see an option to add your free gift.

Fox-1Cliff is named in honor of long-time AMSAT member, contributor, and benefactor Cliff Buttschardt, K7RR (SK), who passed away in 2016. Cliff’s contributions to AMSAT and other amateur satellite programs, including serving as an adviser during the initial development of the CubeSat specification at California Polytechnic State University, earned him the Lifetime Achievement Award from Project OSCAR in 2006.

Source AMSAT News Service https://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/ans

Es’hail-2 geostationary satellite may launch November 15

Es'hail-2 coverage area

Es’hail-2 coverage area

The satellite Es’hail-2 carrying amateur radio transponders is expected to be launched into a geostationary orbit in the next few days, see https://amsat-dl.org/p4-a-eshail-2-launches-in-a-few-days

Pre-launch static fire test is currently planned for November 11. If everything goes well, launch of Es’hail-2 is expected for November 15 with a launch window from 20:46 UTC to 22:29 UTC, see https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/11/spacex-return-action-lsp-status-upgrade/

AMSAT-DL say the launcher does not go directly into geostationary orbit, several orbital maneuvers are necessary, the satellite will then enter the commissioning phase which may take several months.

AMSAT-DL would be pleased to receive as many reception reports as possible, but they would like to ask urgently that transmission attempts are only made after the official release. Transmission attempts before a release only hinder the commissioning and could lead to delays.

Space Flight Now launch schedule https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/

Read an article on the Es’hail-2 transponders at
http://rsgb.org/main/files/2018/11/7.1x_AMSAT-UK_Eshail-2_Transponder_Info.pdf

Es’hail-2 and its Amateur Radio payload by Graham Shirville G3VZV and Dave Crump G8GKQ

More videos from the AMSAT-UK Colloquium, part of the RSGB Convention, held at Milton Keynes Oct 13-14, are now available on the AMSAT-UK YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/AMSATUK/videos

Videos of AMSAT Symposium talks

Videos of the presentations given at the 2018 William A. Tynan W3XO Memorial Space Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, on Friday/Saturday November 2/3 are now available

Schedule of symposium presentations https://www.amsat.org/call-for-papers/

Watch Friday, November 2

Watch Saturday, November 3

FCC Satellite Related Filings

FCC SealFor easier navigation of US FCC Satellite related filings Luke Rehmann has built an RSS feed of the FCC’s ELS and IBFS systems.

The FCC Experimental Licensing System provides companies with temporary authorization to conduct temporary experimental wireless communication lab-testing, space launch/recovery communication, and other short-duration wireless communication needs
https://fcc.report/ELS/

The International Bureau administers international telecommunications and satellite programs and policies, including licensing and regulatory functions. The bureau also promotes pro-competitive policies abroad, coordinates global spectrum activities and advocates U.S. interests in international communications and competition
https://fcc.report/IBFS/

Ham radio satellites on 5 Euro coin

Lithuania 5 Euro Gold Coin 2018

Lithuania 5 Euro Gold Coin 2018

The Bank of Lithuania (Lietuvos bankas) has released a commemorative gold 5 Euro coin featuring the amateur radio satellites LituanicaSAT-1 (LO-78) and LitSAT-1.

The two CubeSats were launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on January 9, 2014 and deployed from the ISS on February 28. LituanicaSAT-1 carried a FM transponder and a camera while LitSat-1 had a linear (SSB/CW) transponder developed by William Leijenaar PE1RAH.

The face of the gold coin features the Lithuanian coat of arms (Vytis) as a star constellation with LituanicaSAT-1 and LitSAT-1 on the reverse

Watch A gold coin of 5 euros for technology education

Numista catalogue entry https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces151686.html

Galileo GNSS/GPS – FCC to vote on use of signals in USA

FCC SealThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has said it will vote in November on whether to allow U.S. GPS receivers to access the Galileo global navigation satellite system (GNSS).

From an Amateur Radio perspective the key part is that the FCC will only be voting to waive its licensing requirements for non-federal operations with Galileo channels E1 and E5, subject to certain technical constraints.

This means they will not be voting on the E6 channel 1260-1300 MHz, these frequencies are also Amateur and Amateur-Satellite Service allocations. This suggests for 1260-1300 MHz the situation in the USA will be unchanged, the unlicensed use of the Galileo signal on channel E6 will not be permitted for non-Federal operations in the USA.

Read the Reuters story which also says Ajit Pai is proposing the first comprehensive review of the FCC’s orbital debris rules since their adoption in 2004
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fcc-gps-europe/fcc-to-vote-to-allow-u-s-devices-to-use-european-navigation-system-idUSKCN1MY2X6

2006 article – Galileo and amateur radio operations in 1260-1300 MHz
http://www.southgatearc.org/articles/galileo.htm