Colloquium 2014

AMSAT-UK Chairman Professor Sir Martin Sweeting G3YJO

AMSAT-UK Chairman Professor Sir Martin Sweeting G3YJO

The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium will be held on July 25-27, 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ, United Kingdom. The event is open to all.

The Colloquium attracts an international audience from across Europe as well as North America and the Middle East. Attendees range from the builders of the CubeSats and Nanosats, those who communicate through them and beginners who wish to find out more about this fascinating branch of the hobby.

It provides a rare opportunity to chat with satellite designers and builders, discussions frequently continue until the early hours of the morning.

There will be a beginners session starting at 4pm on the Friday.

The Colloquium presentations start at 10am on Saturday and 9am on Sunday. See below or download the schedule – AMSAT-UK Colloquium 2014 Programme Spreadsheet

Travel information –

Dr Chris Bridges M6OBC and STRaND-1

Dr Chris Bridges M6OBC and STRaND-1

Not part of the Colloquium, but held close by at the University of Surrey Space Centre on Friday, July 25 is the “Bring Your Own Board” event. The first of these sessions was held last year and was very successful. The idea is that satellite builders and designers bring a piece of hardware to show off, demonstrate etc. Entrance is free but you must register in advance. Further details of this years event are at

A Gala dinner is held on the Saturday evening along with the fund raising auction, speeches, presentations, etc.

BOOKINGS. (Please note that this is a different procedure from last year!)

Holiday Inn Guildford GU2 7XZ

Holiday Inn Guildford GU2 7XZ

If you wish to stay overnight at the hotel, you must book your room direct with the hotel: telephone 01483 784402 (or +441483 784402 outside UK). We have negotiated special rates of £75.00 for bed and breakfast, and £95.00 for dinner, bed and breakfast.

The 01483 number above is good from Mon to Fri 9am to 5:30pm UK local time. Outside these hours, people can email If they quote their phone number, the hotel will call them back to take their credit card number. etc and confirm the booking.

If you book dinner bed and breakfast for Saturday night, this will cover the cost of the Gala Dinner, for any other night, it covers the standard dinner in the hotel. Please use code AMSAT when making your booking.

Additionally, on arrival, please pay £5 for Friday, and £10 for each of Sat and Sunday at the AMSAT shop (not the hotel). The AMSAT shop will be located in the Business centre. This covers use of the lecture room, plus tea on Sat afternoon, and coffee Sunday morning.

If you are attending as a day visitor, there is no need to book in advance, just pay on arrival at the AMSAT-UK shop (£5 for Friday, and £10 for each of Saturday and Sunday). However, should you wish to register in advance you can do so at Day visitors can also book the Saturday evening meal.

Holiday Inn Guildford side entrance

Holiday Inn Guildford side entrance

Access to the Colloquium is via the hotel side entrance about 30 metres to the left of the main entrance.

The weekend event attracts an international audience that ranges from those involved in building and operating Amateur Radio satellites to beginners who wish to find out more about this fascinating branch of the hobby.

We will be including an exclusive roundup of a number of new live and potential spacecraft projects that are under investigation and/or development.

Additionally a number of presentations are planned covering new communications techniques and similar futuristic topics. Plus all the usual networking opportunities, the gala dinner and auction/raffle.


• 16:00 Satellite Beginners Session with Carlos Eavis G0AKI
• 18:00 Tour of the SSTL Kepler Building

• VR2Space Virtual Ride to Space by Tom Harle
• FUNcube 1 by Jim Heck G3WGM and Ciaran Morgan M0XTD
• LituanicaSAT-1 by Gintautas Sulskus
• University of Southampton CubeSat programme by Aleksander Lidtke
• The satellite station at W1AW by ARRL QST Editor Steve Ford WB8IMY
• Receiving the ISEE-3 (ICE) spacecraft by Mario Lorenz DL5MLO and Achim Vollhardt DH2VA
• EARS Balloon Flight by Abdullah Al-Shackarchi M6SHK and Phil Handley 2E0CZS
• UKube-1 (FUNcube 2) and QB50p1 (FUNcube-3) Update by Steve Greenland (Clyde Space Ltd) and Graham Shirville G3VZV
• $50SAT PocketQube by Stuart Robinson GW7HPW
• Proliferation of non-Amateur CubeSats by Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV
• IARU Satellite Forum by Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV
• 18:00 Tour of SSTL Kepler Building

• Replacing AX.25 with PSK by Iain Young G7III
• Developing a Universal Emergency Shutdown Mechanism for Amateur Radio Satellites by Emmanuel Lesser ON3ELI
• SpaceBooth NARKISSOS-I by Emmanuel Lesser ON3ELI
• AMSAT-NA Update by Andrew Glasbrenner KO4MA
• Phase 4 Geostationary Satellite and AMSAT-DL update by Peter Guelzow DB2OS
• ESEO satellite with FUNcube-4 by David Bowman G0MRF and Chris Bridges 2E0OBC
• Fox CubeSats by Andrew Glasbrenner KO4MA
• QB50 Project by Thorsten Scholz
• The South African projects – KLETSkous, DynaCube, SA-QB50 and ZACUBE-1 by Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV
• Surrey Space Centre by Chris Bridges 2E0OBC
• ARISS Ham-TV by Colin Watts G4KLB

Live webstream of presentations