AMSAT-EA satellites to launch

GENESIS-J and GENESIS-G satellites

GENESIS-J and GENESIS-G satellites

Felix EA4GQS reports Spain’s latest amateur radio satellites to launch will be GENESIS-G and GENESIS-J on September 11

The AMSAT Bulletin Board post says:

This is to confirm that the launch of our new GENESIS-G and GENESIS-J satellites with Firefly will take place, if all goes well, on September 11, with the launch window starting at 3 PM Pacific Time (22h GMT), from Vanderberg. The expected orbit altitude is 300 km with an inclination of 137 degrees.

As many of you know, this will be the second attempt of Firefly to reach orbit after the first attempt made in September 2021 and which had to be aborted after two minutes of flight, causing our previous GENESIS-N and GENESIS-L to be lost, among others.

These new GENESIS have a more powerful on-board computer than their predecessors and updated software that allows FM voice repeater functionality, AFSK/FSK non-regenerative repeater up to 2400 bps, FSK regenerative repeater up to 50 bps, CW, digitized voice pre-recorded FM and FSK telemetry at 50 bps. The correct retransmission of AX25 / APRS frames over FM up to 2400 bps has been verified in the laboratory.

A small drawback we still have is the antenna deployment mechanism, that is the first version that was made and requires a plenty charged battery. The satellites have been stored for several months, so it is a weak point. Hopefully it will work.

These satellites also have the names of ASTROLAND-1 and ASTROLAND-2 to say thanks to the sponsorship of the project by the Astroland Planetary Agency. We also thank the private companies and Universities that helped in the project.

As on the previous occasion, two experimental propellants are flown, although this time they are from the Madrid company IENAI Space and, unlike the previous GENESIS mission, they use a liquid ionic fuel. Only the one from GENESIS-J is functional. The one from GENESIS-G carries the electronics but without the fuel.

The frequencies coordinated with IARU are the following:

GENESIS-G/ASTROLAND-1
145.875 MHz uplink, Modes: FM voice (no subtone) and FSK 50 bps, AFSK, AX.25, APRS 1200 / 2400 bps
436.888 MHz downlink, Modes: FM voice, CW, FSK 50 bps, FM voice beacon with AM2SAT callsign

GENESIS-J/ASTROLAND-2
145.925 MHz uplink, Modes: FM voice (no subtone) and FSK 50 bps, AFSK, AX.25, APRS 1200 / 2400 bps
436.666 MHz downlink, Modes: FM voice, CW FSK 50 bps, SSTV Robot 36, FM voice beacon with AM3SAT callsign

We encourage all of you to try to receive their first transmissions once the first keplerians are available.

This flight will be streamed by Everyday Astronaut: https://everydayastronaut.com/

More information on the Firefly website: https://firefly.com/alpha-flight-2-to-the-black/

73, Felix EA4GQS – AMSAT EA team

AMSAT Bulletin Board http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/amsat-bb

QSL cards and award for receiving SWSU satellites

CubeSat released from the ISS

CubeSat released from the ISS

On July 21 ten amateur radio CubeSats built by students at the Southwestern State University were deployed from the ISS. QSL cards and a diploma are available for receiving the SSTV, APRS and Voice messages

On his website Dmitry Pashkov R4UAB reports:

Small spacecraft (ICA), created on the YUZGU-55 platform, have been operating in real space flight for more than ten days. The cyclogram of work includes the transmission of voice messages, telemetry, call sign and SSTV images.

In view of the great interest in the space experiment “Radioskaf”, which is aimed at popularizing space research, Southwestern State University will be happy to send a QSL card to all radio amateurs who have successfully conducted a communication session with satellites.

To receive a QSL card, you need to send information: call sign, location, session date and time, carrier frequency, modulation type (APRS, FM-Voice, Robot36) and the result of a successful session (audio sample, telemetry text and image). The data is sent in the form of Applications for QSL. In the return letter you will receive the address where you need to send the card.

To obtain a diploma, you need to take 10 different SSTV images and voice messages, as well as decode 10 APRS telemetry messages (AFSK 1142 baud format) from any of the satellites, and apply for a Diploma

Satellite frequencies:

437.0000 MHz — SWSU-55 #8 — RS6S
437.0125 MHz — KETs#2 — RS12S
437.0250 MHz — KETs#1 — RS9S
437.0500 MHz — SWSU-55 #1 & R-390 #1 — RS10S
437.0750 MHz — SWSU-55 #2 — RS11S
437.0750 MHz — SWSU-55 #3 — RS1S
437.0870 MHz — SWSU-55 #4 — RS2S
437.0870 MHz — SWSU-55 #6 — RS4S
437.1000 MHz — SWSU-55 #5 — RS3S
437.1125 MHz — SWSU-55 #7 & R-390 #2 — RS5S

Source R4UAB
https://r4uab.ru/2022/08/02/diplomnaya-programma-mka-yuzgu-55/
https://twitter.com/R4UAB

Nader Omer ST2NH describes how to receive the satellites at
https://twitter.com/st2nh/status/1554223850329718785

Ten amateur radio CubeSats deployed from ISS
https://amsat-uk.org/2022/07/21/ten-amateur-radio-cubesats-deployed-from-iss/

Ten amateur radio CubeSats deployed from ISS

CubeSat released from the ISS

CubeSat released from the ISS

On July 21, 2022, during a spacewalk by Samantha Cristoforetti IZ0UDF and Oleg Artemyev, 10 amateur radio CubeSats were deployed from the International Space Station.

On his website Dmitry Pashkov R4UAB reports:

On July 21, 2022, during extravehicular activities (VKD-54), Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev deployed ten Russian small spacecraft (MKA) – SWSU-55 No. 1 & R-390 (SWSU No. 5), SWSU-55 No. 2 (SWSU No. 6), SWSU-55 No. 3 (SWSU No. 7), SWSU-55 No. 4 (SWSU No. 8), SWSU-55 No. 5 (SWSU No. 9), SWSU-55 No. 6 (SWSU No. 10), SWSU-55 No. 7 & R-390 (SWSU No. 11), SWSU-55 No. 8 (SWSU No. 12), “Tsiolkovsky-Ryazan 1” and “Tsiolkovsky-Ryazan 2” according to the program of the space experiment “Radioskaf”.

The SWSU series satellites were developed at the Research Institute of Space Instrumentation (part of Roscosmos) and radio-electronic systems of southwestern State University (SWSU). The main developer of the SWSU series satellites is Egor Shilenkov (UB3WCL), Candidate of Technical Sciences, Director of the Center for Space Instrumentation, Advanced Research and Development of Southwestern State University.

The mission of the SWSU series satellites is to
create a peer-to-peer information network. Within the network, retransmission and parallel transmission to the ground monitoring point are organized.
– Study of the Earth’s magnetic field.
– measurement of the noise of the radio broadcast in outer space.
– transmission of photos (SSTV) and voice messages (AUDIO) to radio amateurs around the world. For each satellite, a personal phrase will be selected, which is translated into 8 different languages.

The Tsiolkovsky-Ryazan 1/2 satellites have special radio transmitting equipment designed to perform the scientific task of calibrating the sensitivity of radio telescopes of the Pushchino Radio Astronomy Observatory of the AstroSpace Center of the Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (PRAO ACC FIAN, http://www.prao.ru ). Also, these satellites can emit specialized radio signals to study the effects of the propagation of radio waves through the ionosphere using radio receiving equipment, which is supposed to be manufactured at the RSRTU and used as part of the radio telescopes of the PRAO ACCC FIAN.

The Radioskaf space experiment is carried out within the framework of the student program on space education of the youth of Russia and implements projects for the development, training and launch of experimental ultra-small spacecraft for various purposes in the process of extravehicular activities of cosmonauts. The director of the experiment “Radioskaf” is RSC Energia named after “S.P. Korolev”.

Frequency SWSU-55 No1 & R-390 (SWSU No5)
• Call Sign: RS10S
• Telemetry: 437.050 MHz 1200 bps . AX25 AFSK;
• Payload: 437.050 MHz 1200/2400/4800 bps . AX25 AFSK, SSTV, AUDIO, TEXT;

Frequency SWSU-55 No2 (SWSU No6)
• Call Sign: RS11S
• Telemetry: 437.050MHz 1200 bps. AX25 AFSK;
• Payload: 437.062 MHz 1200/2400/4800 bps . AX25 AFSK, SSTV, AUDIO, TEXT;

Frequency SWSU-55 No3 (SWSU No7)
• Call Sign: RS1S
• Telemetry: 437.050 MHz 1200 bps . AX25 AFSK;
• Payload: 437.075 MHz 1200/2400/4800 bps . AX25 AFSK, SSTV, AUDIO, TEXT;

Frequency SWSU-55 No4 (SWSU No8)
• Call Sign: RS2S
• Telemetry: 437.050 MHz 1200 bps . AX25 AFSK;
• Payload: 437.082 MHz 1200/2400/4800 bps . AX25 AFSK, SSTV, AUDIO, TEXT;

Frequency SWSU-55 (SWSU No9)
• Call Sign: RS3S
• Telemetry: 437.050 MHz 1200 bps . AX25 AFSK;
• Payload: 437.100 MHz 1200/2400/4800 bps . AX25 AFSK, SSTV, AUDIO, TEXT;

Frequency SWSU-55 No6 (SWSU No10)
• Call Sign: RS4S
• Telemetry: 437.050 MHz 1200 bps . AX25 AFSK;
• Payload: 437.087 MHz 1200/2400/4800 bps . AX25 AFSK, SSTV, AUDIO, TEXT;

Frequency SWSU-55 No7 & R-390 (SWSU No11)
• Call Sign: RS5S
• Telemetry: 437.050 MHz 1200 bps . AX25 AFSK;
• Payload: 437.1125 MHz 1200/2400/4800 bps . AX25 AFSK, SSTV, AUDIO, TEXT;

Frequency SWSU-55 No8 (SWSU No12)
• Call Sign: RS6S
• Telemetry: 437.050 MHz 1200 bps . AX25 AFSK;
• Payload: 437.000 MHz 1200/2400/4800 bps . AX25 AFSK, SSTV, AUDIO, TEXT;

Frequency Tsiolkovsky-Ryazan 1
• Call Sign: RS9S
• Telemetry: 437.050 MHz 1200 bps . AX25 AFSK;
• Payload: 437.025 MHz 1200 bps . AX25 AFSK, SSTV, AUDIO, TEXT;

Frequency Tsiolkovsky-Ryazan 2
• Call Sign: RS12S
• Telemetry: 437.050 MHz 1200 bps . AX25 AFSK;
• Payload: 437.0125 MHz 1200 bps . AX25 AFSK, SSTV, AUDIO, TEXT;

Watch TV News item about the CubeSats with Sergey Samburov RV3DR
Broadcast Feb 2022 – enable YouTube Closed Captions, Auto-translate

Source R4UAB https://r4uab.ru/2022/07/21/kosmonavt-oleg-artemev-s-borta-mks-zapustil-rossijskie-sputniki-po-programme-ke-radioskaf/
https://twitter.com/R4UAB

Summer 2022 OSCAR News now available to download

2022-06 Oscar News Front CoverE-members of AMSAT-UK can now download the Summer 2022 edition of OSCAR News, issue 238, here.

The paper edition edition will be sent to postal members and should arrive in the next 2-3 weeks.

In this issue:
• From the Secretary’s Keyboard
• CelesTrak Changing Domain Used
• Our thanks to – Frank Heritage M0AEU
• Retirement Letter
• FUNcubes update June 2022
• FUNcube-Next
• STAR-XL: Student Transponder for Satellite Ranging on X & L-band
• First flight of Vega-C
• New HO-113 AMSAT Distance Record Set
• Satlist a valuable resource!
• Satellite Operations from the Gambia
• Electromagnetic Field
• G3OUA Works CN88
• Increase in Satellite activity from Jersey
• GB70U Guernsey
• IARU Region 1 Satellite Coordinator’s report
• ARISS Women in Space SSTV Activity

AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch

AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch

Membership of AMSAT-UK is open to anyone who has an interest in amateur radio satellites or space activities, including the International Space Station (ISS).

E-members of AMSAT-UK are able to download the quarterly publication OSCAR News as a convenient PDF that can be read on laptops, tablets or smartphones anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Join as an E-member at Electronic (PDF) E-membership

PDF sample copy of “Oscar News” here.

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FUNcube-1 / AO73 Update

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022Many will be aware that FUNcube-1 has been transmitting a special Fitter message to commemorate her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee earlier this month.

Everyone who receives this message and uploads it to the Data Warehouse using the Dashboard can generate a certificate to remember this historic event. The special message includes a link to a website that has the full instructions. It is intended to keep this message active until the end of June.

The spacecraft’s orbit continues to run near the sun’s terminator and this is resulting in less than optimal solar power generation. The battery bus voltage is now centering around 7.45 volts rather than the 8+ volts that we have seen for many years. We believe that this reduced voltage level may be due to a combination of factors, illumination levels, battery and/or solar panel degradation or, possibly, gradual changes in some component values within the EPS. It is also possible that the high spin/tumble rates that we experienced over the recent months may be involved. Our thanks to to Colin VK5HI and his team for continuing to keep track of this issue for us.

Operators may have noticed that the spacecraft is now in high power telemetry mode when in sunlight and in receive only mode during eclipse. Although the transponder is not currently active, with the rapid fading presently being experienced on the downlink, the high power telemetry setting will assist listeners to decode the data more easily.

We continue to be extremely grateful to all those stations who continue to contribute their data to the FUNcube data warehouse. The information you are providing is invaluable to the FUNcube to team and will greatly assist us in managing the spacecraft through its “middle age” after more than eight years in space!

AO-73/FUNcube-1 Fitter Message for The Queen’s 70th Jubilee Celebration

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022In June 2022, Her Majesty The Queen becomes the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service.

AMSAT-UK has decided to send a special Platinum Jubilee greetings message via FUNcube-1 (AO-73). Anyone who receives this message and uploads it to the Data Warehouse using the Dashboard can generate a certificate to remember this historic event.

AO-73/FUNcube-1 is transmitting the Jubilee Fitter message on the BPSK Telemetry beacon which has a nominal frequency of 145.935 MHz +/ Doppler.

The AO-73/FUNcube-1 Dashboard App can be downloaded from
https://funcube.org.uk/working-documents/funcube-telemetry-dashboard/

Data Warehouse http://data.amsat-uk.org/missions

Online tracking of AO-73 https://www.n2yo.com/satellite/?s=39444