Smartphone and Kinect Satellite Presentations at Guildford

Dr Christopher Bridges (2nd from left) discussing why space is cool on Sky News

Dr Chris Bridges recently appeared on the nationwide TV channel Sky News discussing why space is cool. On September 15-16 he will be giving two presentations to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ.

Chris will cover the Nexus Android Smartphone amateur radio satellite STRaND-1 which will carry both a Resistojet and a Pulsed Plasma Thruster (PPT) module and STRaND-2 which comprises two 3U CubeSats that will use Microsoft Xbox Kinect controller technology for docking.

UPDATE: For videos of the two STRaND presentations see

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AMSAT-UK planning ARISSat-1 activation




Members of AMSAT-UK hope to be active using GB4FUN during the ARISSat-1 tests, July 30-31, from the International Space Colloquium in Guildford.

ARISSat-1 is a new Amateur Radio satellite that will be deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) during a space walk in early August.

It is currently onboard the ISS and on the weekend of July 30-31 the satellite will be connected to external antennas of the ISS enabling Amateurs to communicate through it’s linear transponder using SSB/CW and receive it’s FM, BPSK and CW downlinks. The FM downlink will also be transmitting Slow Scan TV that can be received using the free MMSSTV software.

AMSAT-UK intend to use the GB4FUN station equipment to listen to the various ARISSat-1 signals.

In addition they will be experimenting with the use of FUNcube Dongle software defined radios to receive the ARISSat-1 signals with a variety of different antennas.

The colloquium is being held on July 30-31 at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ. It is open to all Radio Amateurs and SWL’s. Either day passes or full packages comprising overnight accommodation and meals are available. For futher information see


ARRISat-1 Frequencies

Online Satellite Pass Predictions, select ISS

PDF of RadCom article Getting Started on Amateur Radio Satellites

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