Radio Astronomy Group Meteor Scatter Workshop

BAA-RAG LogoA BAA RAG Workshop on Meteor Scatter is planned for  Saturday, October 31 in Northampton, the keynote speaker will be Jean-Louis Rault F6AGR.

Paul Hyde G4CSD writes:

Please note that we are going to hold a one-day workshop on Meteor Scatter at Northampton Natural History Society on October 31.  This will be a joint meeting with the BAA Meteor Section.  As always the event will be open to non-BAA members.

The objectives of the day will be to show what is possible through meteor scatter, to help beginners set up a meteor observing system, and to help existing observers develop their activities.  I very much hope that we can come out of the day with the basis of a collaborative observing project that will complement optical and video work.

The keynote speaker will be Jean-Louis Rault F6AGR who is President of the Radioastronomy Commission of the Société Astronomique de France and the International Meteor Organisation Radio Commission Officer. He will talk on the meteor science domains in which radio is offering valuable data, what can be done using amateur-level equipment, and the scope for pro-am collaborations using the French FRIPON programme (see as an example.

This will be supported with presentations from other speakers, of which I have several offers at present, but please don’t hesitate to mail me with another!

Paul Hyde G4CSD
Coordinator, BAA RAG

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RAGazine now available for download

RAGazine August 2014 Front CoverVolume 2 issue 1 of the free BAA-RAG radio astronomy publication RAGazine is now available for download.

In this edition:
– VLF quarterly observing report
– Simple equipment for SID observations
– Intro. to radio objects that can be detected by the amateur radio astronomer
– The man who made maps of the moon (poetry)
– UKRAA update
– Long baseline interferometry with unmatched SDRs
– Diurnal variation of VLF signals
– Hydrogen Line Obs. Group (HLOG)
– SIDI, the Simple Digital Interferometer
– Receiving moon-bounce signals from the GRAVES radar

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RAGazine now available for free download

National Space Centre Leicester

National Space Centre Leicester

The latest issue of the free BAA-RAG radio astronomy publication RAGazine is now available for download.

The British Astronomical Association Radio Astronomy Group (BAA-RAG) Coordinator Paul Hyde G4CSD writes:

1. RAG 2014
A reminder that BAA RAG is holding this year’s General Meeting at the National Space Centre, Leicester on Saturday, May 17, starting at 10:30.  We have two keynote speakers in Prof Paul Cannon (on solar superstorms) and Dr Klaas Wiersema (on Gamma ray Bursts) plus seven supporting talks to create a packed day on radio astronomy and geophysics.  Tickets are still available at £15 (£12 for BAA members) which includes free admission to the NSC and free parking.  Further information on the event, including details of the presentations, can be found on the BAA RAG website at  Bookings can be made by post, phone, fax or email using the Booking Form downloadable from the same website.

RAGazine March 2014

RAGazine March 2014

2. RAGazine
The 3rd edition of the RAG quarterly newsletter is now available for download from the BAA RAG website (see above).  This edition contains Karl Jansky’s 1932 paper identifying additional radio noise to that originating from thunderstorms, a review of the recent book on the life and times of Sir Bernard Lovell, and a description of the Siberian Solar Radio Telescope, along with articles on meteor scatter, magnetometry and VLF activity, plus Tony Abbey’s Technology Watch column.

We are always on the look-out for material for RAGazine.  The publication is an informal newsletter for sharing information and experiences in amateur radio astronomy and geophysics and we do depend upon input from those reading it.  We would like to move to publishing every other month, rather than quarterly, provided we can get a steady supply of material.  The Editor (Dave James) is keen to feature members’ home observatories, outreach activities, co-operative ventures and the like. We would also like to find one or two more contributing editors or correspondents for specific areas who can provide regular material on particular areas they feel would be of interest to readers.

If you can offer anything here please contact the Editor – dave<at>

3. HLOG project
The Hydrogen Line Observing Group was set up by Gordon Dennis and Brain Coleman to make use of Brian’s 3.7m diameter dish at Redenham Observatory for measuring Hydrogen Line emissions from the Galactic Plane.  Despite the high winds earlier in the year which twice damaged the azimuth gear box, observations have been largely completed from Galactic Longitude 20 to 94 degrees with some observations at 108, 110 and 180 degrees. The team is now looking for additional volunteers to extend the survey to at least 120 degrees longitude and maybe to 180 and beyond, plus an increased range of latitudes, in some cases as far as ± 14 degrees to capture all the “structure” detectable with the instrument.  Help is also needed to process the resultant data and re-check observations.

The project provides you with an opportunity to do some serious observing with a decent size dish.  All you need to participate is internet access and the time to set up and monitor individual scans.  As an observer you have access to the data collected by the whole Group for your own analysis work.

Those wishing to join the team should contact Gordon Dennis at gordon.dennis<at>

Best wishes

Paul Hyde G4CSD
BAA RAG Coordinator

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Radio Astronomy Magazine Available

RAGazine March 2014 Front CoverThe March 2014 issue of the free Radio Astronomy Group publication RAGazine is now available for download.

This issue includes:
– RAG 2014 Meeting, Leicester
– Book review: “Space Has No Frontier”
– VLF quarterly observing report
– Brief note on the comparison of bright meteors
– Engineering maths, and more
– Frequency ranges
– The state of flux – an Arduino based magnetometer
– Jansky’s seminal paper that started RA
– Intro. to radio objects that can be detected by the amateur radio astronomer: Part 1
– Technology watch
– Solar flare

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Radio Astronomy magazine available

BAA-RAG RAGazine Issue 2 Dec 2013The Vol 1 Issue 2, Dec 2013 issue of RAGazine is now available.

The publication by the British Astronomical Association Radio Astronomy Group (BAA-RAG) can be downloaded in both hi-res and lo-res versions.

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6U CubeSat Low Cost Space Missions Workshop

17th – 18th July 2012

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Workshop Details

Title: 6U CubeSat Low Cost Space Missions Workshop
Date: 17th – 18th July 2012
Abstracts Due: 26th June 2012
Venue: The Duffield Theatre, Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre, Mt Stromlo Observatory, Canberra Australia
Cost: Free
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For 2012 the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative includes 6U CubeSat satellites. An 8 kg 6U CubeSat can be designed to perform some of the Earth observation missions of 100 kg microsatellites. A 6U CubeSat (~33 x 10 x 22 cm, ≤ 8kg) has 4 times the payload capacity of a 3U CubeSat (33 x 10 x 10 cm, ≤ 4 kg) which uses two thirds of its volume for system components.


This workshop, the first in the world dedicated to the 6U CubeSat, will explore the range of missions possible with a 6U CubeSat in the areas of:

  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric Science and other Planetary Science
  • Space Physics
  • Earth Observation
  • Biology
  • Other


Day 1 – Tuesday 17th July 2012
Time Presentation Title Speaker
10:00-10:30AM Morning tea
10:30-10:35AM Welcome Andrew Dempster (ACSER)
10:35-10:45AM Workshop Introduction Steven Tsitas (ACSER)
10:45-11:10AM 6U CubeSat Design for Earth Observation with 6.5 m GSD, 5 Spectral Bands and 14 Mbps downlink Steven Tsitas (ACSER)
11:10-11:35AM Scheduling multi-spectral collection of the Australian landmass using a 6U cubesat constellation Leon Stepan (DSTO)
11:35-12:00PM From SmallSat to 6U CubeSat: A Case Study in size and mass reduction Jeremy Straub (University of North Dakota)
12:00-01:00PM Lunch
01:00-01:25PM 6U CubeSat as the basis for a sustainable Australian space program Steven Tsitas (ACSER)
01:25-01:50PM TBC Roger Franzen, Mike Petkovic (ANU, Mt Stromlo Observatory)
01:50-02:50PM KEYNOTE: Research and Technology Implications and Applications for Very Small (MesoScale) Spacecraft John Hines (NASA-Ames)
02:50-03:15PM Synergy between 6U, fractionated and adaptable systems Gordon Roesler
03:15-03:45PM Afternoon tea
03:45PM Panel Discussion: Can the 6U CubeSat form the basis of a sustainable Australian space program?
Day 2 – Wednesday 18th July 2012
Time Presentation Title Speaker
09:05-09:10AM Workshop introduction final day Steven Tsitas (ACSER)
09:10-09:40AM TBC Stephanie Thomas (Princeton Satellite Systems)
09:40-10:05AM Satellite-borne impact detectors for small meteoroids, interplanetary dust and space debris Duncan Steel (UNSW)
10:05-10:35AM Morning tea
10:35-11:00AM A CubeSat Mission for Exoplanet Transit Detection and Asteroseismology Jeremy Bailey (UNSW)
11:00-12:00PM KEYNOTE: Astrophysics with 6U platforms Harvey Butcher (ANU)
12:00-01:00PM Lunch
01:00-01:25PM 6U CubeSat Commercial Applications Steven Tsitas (ACSER)
01:25-01:50PM 40 kg to LEO; a low cost launcher for Australia Nicholas Jamieson (UNSW)
01:50-02:15PM 6U Radar Altimeter Concept Design Nick Stacy (DSTO)
02:15-02:40PM GNSS Remote Sensing in a 6U Cubesat Andrew Dempster (UNSW)
02:40-03:05PM Preliminary parameters for an experimental payload for Trospospheric CO2 measurement using a space-born lidar 6U cubesat platform Manny Fabiao Dionizio (UNSW)
03:05-03:35PM Afternoon tea
03:35-04:05PM 6U CubeSat Systems (TBC) TBC
04:05-04:35PM CubeSat deorbit devices (TBC) TBC
04:35-04:45PM Workshop conclusion and next steps Steven Tsitas (ACSER)


Technology Keynote – John W. Hines, Chief Technologist, NASA-Ames Research Center
Science Keynote – Professor Harvey Butcher , Director Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Dr Steven Tsitas, Senior Research Associate, Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research, University of New South Wales
Who Should Attend

Scientists and engineers interested in payload and mission concepts that take advantage of the greater payload capacity of the 6U CubeSat. For examples of 6U CubeSat designs and payloads that could perform some of the Earth observation missions of 100 kg microsatellites please see “6U CubeSat Design for Earth Observation with 6.5 m GSD, 5 Spectral Bands and 14 Mbps downlink” and “6U CubeSat Commercial Applications”. Reprints available upon request.

Presentations are invited describing payloads and mission concepts for the 6U CubeSat. Presentations are also invited regarding 6U launch opportunities and 6U CubeSat standards.

  • SESSION 1: Earth Observation Missions
  • SESSION 2: Astronomy Missions
  • SESSION 3: Planetary Science and Space Physics Missions
  • SESSION 4: Biology and other missions
  • SESSION 5: 6U CubeSat launch opportunities
  • SESSION 6: 6U CubeSat standards


If you wish to submit an abstract for the 6U CubeSat Low Cost Space Missions Workshop please email them to Stanija Buvac before the 3rd July 2012.

Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research