NASA Announces Third Round Of CubeSat Space Mission Candidates

Roland Coelho WH7BE Research Associate at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a CubeSat - Image Credit NASA

Roland Coelho WH7BE Research Associate at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a CubeSat - Image Credit NASA

NASA has selected 33 small satellites to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets planned to launch in 2013 and 2014. The proposed CubeSats come from universities across the country, the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, NASA field centers and Department of Defense organizations.

CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. The cube-shaped satellites are approximately 10 cm long, have a volume of about one litre and weigh less than 1.3 kg.

The selections are from the third round of the CubeSat Launch Initiative. After launch, the satellites will conduct technology demonstrations, educational research or science missions. The selected spacecraft are eligible for flight after final negotiations and an opportunity for flight becomes available. The satellites come from the following organizations:

— Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
— Air Force Research Lab, Wright-Patterson AFB
— California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
— Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
— Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
— Montana State University, Bozeman
— Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif. (2 CubeSats)
— NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
— NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
— NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in partnership with the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (2 CubeSats)
— NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Fla.
The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, Silver Spring, Md.
— Saint Louis University, St. Louis
— Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, Mont.
— Space and Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, Ala. (2 CubeSats)
— Taylor University, Upland, Ind.
— University of Alabama, Huntsville
— University of California, Berkeley
— University of Colorado, Boulder (2 CubeSats)
— University of Hawaii, Manoa (3 CubeSats)
— University of Illinois, Urbana (2 CubeSats)
— University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
— University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.
— University of Texas, Austin
— US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
— Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg

Thirty-two CubeSat missions have been selected for launch in the previous two rounds of the CubeSat Launch Initiative. Eight CubeSat missions have been launched (including five selected via the CubeSat Launch Initiative) to date via the agency’s Launch Services Program Educational Launch of Nanosatellite, or ELaNa, program.

For additional information on NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative program, visit: http://go.usa.gov/Qbf

For information about NASA and agency programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/

Source NASA

AMSAT Fox-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat selected for NASA ELaNa launch collaboration http://www.uk.amsat.org/4558

ITF-1 CubeSat – Imagine The Future

University of Tsukuba ITF-1 (YUI) CubeSat

University of Tsukuba ITF-1 (YUI) CubeSat

Students at the University of Tsukuba are working on the ITF-1 (YUI) CubeSat project that is planned to be launched on a H-IIA rocket in the fiscal year 2013. The orbit will be 400 by 350km with an inclination of 65 degrees.

The formal name ITF-1 comes from the initial letter of the university slogan “Imagine The Future”.  The satellite also has a popular name YUI which means “bond” in Japanese, it came from the project’s concept‚ “Creating the Worldwide Human Community”.

The 435MHz satellite beacon will send telemetry by a Morse Code audio tone on an FM transmitter running 300 milliwats output. It should be possible to receive it using simple equipment such as a handheld transceiver or scanner. Telemetry information will be first compressed into binary data  and then cut into 5 bits and converted into 10 – 15 Morse codes.

Ayano Okamura ITF-1 Project Manager

Reception reports will be acknowledged with a certificate and the telemetry will be made available on the web.

The UTF-1 Project Manager is Ayano Okamura and you can read her blog at http://tinyurl.com/ITF-1-ProjectManagerBlog

The Chief Tech blog by Asai Eisuke is at http://tinyurl.com/ITF-1-TechBlog

ITF-1 (YUI) on the IARU Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination pages http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/formal_detail.php?serialnum=226

ITF-1 website in Google English http://tinyurl.com/CubeSat-ITF-1

AMSAT Picture Albums

Australis-Oscar-5 Checkout

Australis-Oscar-5 Checkout

Bob McGwier N4HY has made available an extensive collection of amateur radio satellite pictures available for download on smugmug.com.

The pictures range from the early 1960’s with OSCAR’s 1, 2, 3 etc to the more recent Eagle and SuitSat.

You can view the pictures and download them from http://n4hy.smugmug.com/AMSAT

 

FUNcube at Association for Science Education Conference

Graham Shirville G3VZV on AMSAT-UK Stand at ASE

Graham Shirville G3VZV on the AMSAT-UK Stand

The 3 day Association for Science Education Conference opened in Liverpool on Thursday, January 5.

AMSAT-UK have a stand at the conference to show the potential of the FUNcube satellite as a teaching tool.

The FUNcube project aims to boost young people’s interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

When FUNcube-1 is launched this Autumn school students will be able to receive the satellite data stream which contains telemetry — things like battery voltages and solar panel currents — and from this they’ll be able to deduce things like the spin rate of the satellite, and what happens to temperatures when it goes into or out of eclipse.

Additionally students will be able to send, via a moderator, ‘Fitter’ (as in ‘FUNcube Twitter’) messages of 200 characters to the satellite.  FUNcube-1 will then transmit them down to Earth on its 1200 bps BPSK beacon.

The event takes place at the University of Liverpool from January 5-7. Admission to the exhibition is free, details at http://www.ase.org.uk/

 

BBC Micro and AMSAT-UK Software Library

The 6502 based BBC Microcomputer

The 6502 based BBC Microcomputer

The first 6502 based BBC microcomputers were produced on December 1, 1981. They proved popular with radio amateurs who used them for RTTY, Cambridge Packet Radio, SSTV and running the AMSAT-UK software library.

The Cambridge Packet Radio software was popular in the years before the widespread adopton of the AX.25 standard. The free software enabled users to send and receive packet radio direct from the BBC Micros cassette tape interface without needing a seperate modem. Software for other modes required an additional modem interface such as the IGADUMA which was produced by radio amateurs in Hertfordshire. Continue reading

ARISSat-1 – Gould Smith WA4SXM Interview

ARRL Test Engineer Bob Allison, WB1GCM, discusses the Amateur Radio satellite ARISSat-1/KEDR with Project Manager Gould Smith, WA4SXM, and talks with Jan King VK4GEY/W3GEY about OSCAR-5.

Watch the Gould Smith, WA4SXM, interview recorded at the 2011 AMSAT Symposium in San Jose, California. Videography by Jerry Ramie, KI6LGY.

The grab handles on ARISSat-1 were provided by a member of AMSAT-UK.

Watch the Jan King VK4GEY/W3GEY interview

ARISSat-1/KEDR update on YouTube
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/november2011/arissat1_update_on_youtube.htm

Catch the Last ARISSat-1 Telemetry Contest
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/november2011/catch_the_last_arissat1_telemetry_contest.htm

AMSAT-UK publishes a colour A4 newsletter, OSCAR News, which is full of Amateur Satellite information.
Free sample issue at http://www.uk.amsat.org/on_193_final.pdf