Students from India and Russia build SSTV CubeSat

Space Kidz India LogoThe Times of India reports students from Russia and India are building an amateur radio satellite that will transmit SSTV images from space.

The 1U CubeSat Iskra-5 is being built by 20 students from Moscow Aviation Institute and 9 from Indian cities like Chennai and Bangalore through Space Kidz India to mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relationship between the two countries.

The satellite will be transported to the International Space Station by mid-October, 2017 through cargo spacecraft from where it will be placed in orbit by a cosmonaut during a spacewalk.

The Iskra satellites were a series of Soviet amateur communication satellites built by students and radio amateurs at the Moscow Aviation Institute in the early 1980s.

Srimathy Kesan, founder, Space Kidz India said that the subsystems in the satellite being built in MAI is made by Russian students while the outer cube has been designed by Indian students.

Full Times of India story http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/students-from-india-and-russia-build-cubesat/articleshow/60369092.cms

Russian Aviation story https://www.ruaviation.com/news/2017/8/17/9505/

Space Kidz India https://www.facebook.com/SpaceKidzIndia/

Russian Cosmonauts Deploy Satellites

ISS Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin RN3FI with Tanyusha-SWSU 1 and 2 CubeSats

ISS Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin RN3FI with Tanyusha-SWSU 1 and 2 CubeSats

On Thursday, July 17, 2017 ISS Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, RN3FI and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy manually deployed 5 satellites during a spacewalk.

The satellites were deployed from the Pirs airlock module of the International Space Station.

Jonathan McDowell‏ @planet4589 Tweeted this information on the deployment times:
1510 UTC Tomsk-TPU-120
1515 UTC Tanyusha-SWSU 1
1516 UTC Tanyusha-SWSU 2
1521 UTC TNS-0 No. 2
1529 UTC TS-530-Zerkalo (sphere)

Three of the satellites carry amateur radio payloads, Tanyusha-SWSU 1 & 2 on 437.050 MHz with either 9k6 FSK or FM voice announcements and Tomsk-TPU-120 on 437.025 MHz with FM voice announcements.

Tomsk-TPU-120
https://amsat-uk.org/2016/12/29/tomsk-tpu-120-eva-deployment/
Check for reports at http://www.dk3wn.info/p/?cat=325

Tanyusha-SWSU 1 & 2 also known as Radioskaf 6 & 7 (RS6S, RS7S)
https://amsat-uk.org/2017/06/30/russian-tanusha-1-and-2-satellites/
Check for reports at http://www.dk3wn.info/p/?cat=445

Amateur radio satellite deployment during Russian spacewalk

ISS Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin RN3FI with Tanusha-SWSU-1

ISS Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin RN3FI with Tanusha-SWSU-1

Two Russian cosmonauts will venture outside the International Space Station Thursday, Aug. 17, to deploy several nanosatellites, collect research samples and perform structural maintenance.

Coverage of the spacewalk will begin at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT, 3pm BST) on NASA Television and the agency’s website https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive

Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, RN3FI and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy, of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, will don their spacesuits and exit the station’s Pirs airlock at approximately 10:45 a.m.

Ryazanskiy will begin the schedule of extravehicular activities with the manual deployment of five nanosatellites from a ladder outside the airlock. The satellites, each of which has a mass of about 11 pounds, have a variety of purposes.
[the satellites are thought to include Tanyusha-SWSU 1 & 2 and Tomsk-TPU-120]

One of the satellites, with casings made using 3-D printing technology, will test the effect of the low-Earth-orbit environment on the composition of 3-D printed materials. Another satellite contains recorded greetings to the people of Earth in 11 languages. A third satellite commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Sputnik 1 launch and the 160th anniversary of the birth of Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky.

The spacewalkers also will collect residue samples from various locations outside the Russian segment of the station and install handrails and struts to facilitate future excursions.

Yurchikhin will be designated extravehicular crew member 1 (EV1) for this spacewalk, the ninth of his career. Ryazanskiy, embarking on his fourth spacewalk, will be extravehicular crew member 2 (EV2). Both will wear Russian Orlan spacesuits bearing blue stripes. The spacewalk will be the 202nd in support of space station assembly and maintenance and the seventh spacewalk this year.

Check out the full NASA TV schedule and video streaming information at:
https://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

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Tanyusha-SWSU 1 & 2 also known as Radioskaf 6 & 7 (RS6S, RS7S)
https://amsat-uk.org/2017/06/30/russian-tanusha-1-and-2-satellites/

Tomsk-TPU-120
https://amsat-uk.org/2016/12/29/tomsk-tpu-120-eva-deployment/

Three ELaNa CubeSats delivered to Space Station

International Space Station – Image Credit NASA

NanoRacks reports on a delivery of payloads to the ISS including three CubeSats which are part of NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) mission.

Houston, TX – August 16, 2017 – SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft successfully berthed to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday after their twelfth commercial resupply (CRS) mission launched from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The CRS-12 Dragon carried 32 of NanoRacks’ customer payloads to the ISS.

Notably on this mission was the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) and Adcole-Maryland Aerospace’s Kestrel Eye IIM (KE2M) satellite. This satellite is a technology demonstration seeking to validate the concept of using microsatellites in low-Earth orbit to support critical operations. The overall goal is to demonstrate that small satellites are viable platforms for proving critical path support to operations and hosting advanced payloads.

KE2M is the second flagship satellite in NanoRacks’ Kaber Deployment Program. NanoRacks Kaber Deployment Program allows for a larger EXPRESS class of satellites to be deployed from the International Space Station, up to 100 kilograms. NanoRacks deploys these Kaber-class satellites currently through the Japanese Experiment Module Airlock, and will shift deployments to the NanoRacks Airlock Module when the Company’s commercial Airlock becomes operational (planned for 2019).

On this mission are also three satellites that were selected for flight by NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) as part of the twenty second installment of the Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) missions, and sponsored by the NASA Launch Services Program (LSP). These include NASA Jet Propulsion Lab’s (JPL) ASTERIA, Goddard Spaceflight Center’s DELLINGR, and Pennsylvania State University’s OSIRIS-3U. These CubeSats have a target deployment for mid-November.

Additionally, NanoRacks brought 28 DreamUp student experiments to the ISS, which includes the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Mission 11 (21 MixStix), Israel’s Ramon Foundation (5 MixStix), Cuberider-1, and the Boy Scouts of America (both NanoLab projects).

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) project, sponsored by the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), is the first-ever experiment in space by BSA. The scouts of Troop 209, a part of the Pathway to Adventure Council based in Chicago, are seeking to better understand how bacteria functions in space, and why virulence patterns in space differ from those on Earth.

With the completion of the CRS-12 launch, NanoRacks has now brought over 580 payloads to the International Space Station since 2009.

NanoRacks Press Release

Satellite has deployable VHF crossed Yagi antenna

NORsat-2 in space deploying its antenna. (Credit: Space Norway AS)

NORsat-2 in space deploying its antenna. (Credit: Space Norway AS)

Radio amateurs Sean Hum VA3SHV and Jeff Nicholls VA3NGJ worked on the design for a deployable VHF crossed Yagi antenna on the recently launched NORsat-2.

The very high frequency (VHF) antenna was designed to unfold from the CubeSat after receiving a command from the Norwegian Space Center to deploy once in orbit. “This antenna is a completely new type of deployable antenna — it unfolds to be more than three times as large as the satellite that took it into orbit,” says Hum. “This is the first time that a deployable antenna of this type has been contemplated and successfully used as a main mission antenna for a CubeSat.”

On July 20, cameras on board the CubeSat confirmed the successful deployment of the antenna.

Read the full story at http://news.engineering.utoronto.ca/u-t-engineering-designed-cubesats-novel-deployable-antenna-launched-orbit/

First family-friendly amateur radio event at The Royal Mint Experience

AO-73 (FUNcube-1) – Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

A unique event is taking place at The Royal Mint Experience, The Royal Mint’s new visitor centre in Llantrisant, Wales from July 30 to August 5, 2017. Local school children and members of the public have been invited to “The Royal Mint Radio Experience” to enjoy a fun, informal and interactive workshop.

They’ll have the opportunity to send and receive radio signals with FUNcube-1, an educational satellite launched in 2013 which is used by schools and educational groups all around the world. Visitors will also exchange greeting messages with radio enthusiasts across the world and, as each country is contacted it will be logged on a large map. The target is to contact each of the 100 countries with which the Royal Mint has worked during its 1,000 year history! The national amateur radio societies in many of those countries have contacted us to say that their members are looking forward to greeting the children on air.

In addition, during the sessions each person will be able to learn how to send their name using Morse code and will receive a special certificate to confirm their achievement.

RSGB General Manager Steve Thomas, M1ACB said: “We’re delighted to be supporting this event which will give visitors to the Royal Mint a chance to experience the wonder of amateur radio and satellite communication. Amateur radio has many links with the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) curriculum and can lead to rewarding careers.”

Members of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), Barry Amateur Radio Society (BARS) and AMSAT-UK will be running the special amateur radio station whose call sign GB4RME (GB 4 Royal Mint Experience) has been granted by Ofcom just for this event.

RSGB Regional Manager and BARS Chairman Glyn Jones, GW0ANA added: “We believe this is the very first time any amateur radio station has been allowed to operate from a Royal Mint anywhere in the world, so it really is a unique occasion!”

The FUNcube-1 Fitter message transmitted by the satellite says:
“Greetings from space to visitors, staff and team G B 4 R M E . Amateur Radio special event and demonstrations at the Royal Mint Experience South Wales. 30 Jul to 5 Aug.”
http://warehouse.funcube.org.uk/downloads/fitter.txt

The Royal Mint Experience http://www.royalmint.com/en/the-royal-mint-experience

Barry Amateur Radio Society http://www.bars.btck.co.uk/

FUNcube-1 https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/communications/funcube-1/