AMSAT-UK Online Colloquium Sunday Oct 24

AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch Rev4 20100609The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium will be held as an online Zoom Webinar on Sunday the 24th October 2021. You don’t have to be a member of AMSAT-UK to attend, and the event is free.

The Colloquium will run from 10.45 BST to approximately 16.00 BST (0945-1500 GMT). A full programme of the event is available at programme-for-amsatuk-20211014

This year’s Colloquium will be in the form of a Zoom Webinar. It’s easy to use, simply register at the address below, and follow the instructions which will arrive by email.

Please register before the 24th , or join live at
https://tinyurl.com/AMSATUK2021Colloquium

The 2021 colloquium will also be streamed via YouTube.
Our channel is at https://www.youtube.com/user/AMSATUK

The event will be hosted by members of AMSAT-UK and formally opened by our Chairman, Martin Sweeting, G3YJO.

Each presentation will be followed by a 5 minute Q+A session, which will allow those viewing via Zoom, to pose questions to the speakers.

The 2021 colloquium will be followed by the AMSAT-UK AGM and after a short break there will be an informal evening discussion session on ‘All things satellite.’

Programme (all times BST, UTC+1)

10.30 Webinar web site opens

10.45 – 11.00 Official opening by Martin Sweeting, G3YJO.
11.00 – 11.30 IARU Amateur Satellite co-ordination Hans Blondeel Timmerman PB2T
11.30 – 12.00 AMSAT-DL Peter Guelzow DB2OS

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch break

13.00 – 13.30 Robert Bankston KE4AL President AMSAT North America
13.30 – 14.00 STAR-XL: AMSAT-UK Payload – An updated OBDH for Nanosats
Phil Bladen, Sam Lane, Chris Bridges

14.15– 14.30 STAR-XL: X-Band Upconverter & Dual Band L/X Patch Antenna for Space
Patrick Hope, Marcel Friesch, Chris Bridges

14.30 – 14:45 Coffee Break

14.45 – 15.00 Iain Young G7III – QO-100 using a SkyQ Dish
15.00 – 15.30 David Johnson B2Space Presentation
15.30 – 16.00 Satellite Operating from 57 Degrees North. Peter Goodhall 2M0SQL
16.00 – 16.05 Announcement of G3AAJ Trophy – G3YJO.
16.05 End of Colloquium
16.05 – 16.35 AMSAT-UK AGM

17.30 Onwards. Informal session. Q/A and audience participation

We are very grateful to our speakers for contributing to our Colloquium

AMSAT-EA developing URESAT-1 satellite

AMSAT-EA LogoAMSAT-EA is already working on the mission of what will be the first satellite of URE (Spain’s national amateur radio society), URESAT-1.

A translation of post by URE says:

At the IberRadio Fair, held in September, the possible functionalities that this satellite could implement were shown.

Details of the evolutions planned for the URESAT satellite are based on the experience of the previous GENESIS missions, with the GENESIS-N and GENESIS-L satellites, launched into space with Firefly on September 3 (although, they failed to reach orbit due to failure of the thruster), and EASAT-2 and Hades, which will launch with SpaceX on January 10 from Cape Canaveral.

Although the final functionalities must be approved by the URE itself, it is expected that said satellite will incorporate an FM voice repeater, FSK transmissions and some type of on-board experiment, which could be a camera with SSDV transmissions or some type of propellant.

If the necessary financing is obtained, it is expected that this satellite could be sent into space by the end of 2022.

Source URE https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Spain

ARISS contact scheduled for students in Newbury UK

International Space Station - Image Credit NASA

International Space Station – Image Credit NASA

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has received schedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact with astronauts. ARISS is the group that puts together special amateur radio contacts between students around the globe and crew members with ham radio licenses on the International Space Station (ISS).

This will be a direct contact via amateur radio between astronaut Mark Vande Hei KG5GNP onboard the International Space Station and students at the Mary Hare School, Newbury, UK.

Amateur radio station GB4MHN will be the ham radio ground station for this contact.

The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHz FM and may be heard by listeners in Europe that are within the ISS-footprint.

The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 11:12:33 UTC, which is 12:12:33 BST or 13:12:33 CEST.

A live feed from the school will be available here https://live.ariss.org/

School Information:

Mary Hare is an aural school for the deaf, we don’t use sign language, instead we teach students to develop lip reading skills and make use of technology. The contact is important for the school as not only will it help inspire students to STEM, it will hopefully demonstrate that no matter the difficulties they have with communication; there are still ways they can accomplish amazing things (“the sky is not the limit!”).

During the week the students will see some exciting chemistry demonstrations, design and fly model rockets, see some space suits, and do some astronomy (observing Jupiter and Saturn in the evening). In lessons they have researched and discussed what it might be like to live in space, done some space themed art, and looked at astronaut food. Hopefully it will be an exciting and inspiring week.

Students First Names & Questions:

1. Rosie (13 yrs): Do you have to learn a sign language to communicate if something goes wrong with the radios in your suit?

2. Jacob (18 yrs): How do you tell directions in space?

3. Harrison (11 yrs): What do the northern lights look like from space?

4. Hollie (16 yrs): How can you shower in zero gravity?

5. Jasper (13 yrs): What’s your most favourite space technology?

6. Milly (18 yrs): If there was a fire, how would you evacuate?

7. Dominika (14 yrs): Do mobile devices work in space? For example, a Smart Phone?

8. Oliver (13 yrs): If you could take one thing from home into space, to make life more fun what would you take and why?

9. Zak (17 yrs): What is it like to wake up and see the earth from space

10. Julia (15 yrs): How long have you been in space for?

Watch the That’s TV Solent interview with Alex Ayling from Mary Hare School
https://twitter.com/TTVSolent/status/1440952287883632641

Deaf pupils to talk to astronaut on the International Space Station in a world first
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2021/september/deaf-pupils-to-talk-to-astronauts.htm

Reading Chronicle newspaper report on the planned contact
https://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news/19582950.deaf-newbury-pupils-talk-astronauts-iss-space-station/

The latest information on the ARISS operation mode can be found at
https://www.ariss.org/current-status-of-iss-stations.html

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Free UK amateur radio Online Training course https://essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online/

The UoSAT-1 story: ingenuity, teamwork and lots of favours!

UoSAT-1 OSCAR 9 Team

UoSAT-1 – OSCAR 9 and Team

UoSAT-OSCAR-9 (UoSAT-1), developed at the University of Surrey by Martin Sweeting G3YJO and his team, was launched into orbit 40 years ago on October 6, 1981.

UoSAT-1 was the first modern microsatellite with in-orbit re-programmable computers and its signals were decoded and analysed by thousands of radio amateurs, schools & universities around the world.

Find out about the audacious favours Sir Martin Sweeting G3YJO called in to get UoSAT-1 off the ground in 1981, and the ingenious hack he used to vibration test it using a car and Guildford High Street!

Read the UoSAT-1 story at
https://www.sstl.co.uk/media-hub/latest-news/2021/the-story-of-uosat-1-ingenuity-teamwork-and-lots-o

UK school to contact the ISS using amateur radio

International Space Station - Image Credit NASA

International Space Station – Image Credit NASA

At 11:12:33 GMT on Tuesday, October 12, students at Newbury’s Mary Hare School for deaf children will be using amateur radio to talk to astronaut Mark Vande Hei KG5GNP aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Mark will be using the ISS callsign NA1SS and Mary Hare School GB4MHN. The contact should be receiveable across the UK and Europe on a frequency of 145.800 MHz FM.

Watch the That’s TV Solent interview with Alex Ayling from Mary Hare School
https://twitter.com/TTVSolent/status/1440952287883632641

Deaf pupils to talk to astronaut on the International Space Station in a world first
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2021/september/deaf-pupils-to-talk-to-astronauts.htm

Reading Chronicle newspaper report on the planned contact
https://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news/19582950.deaf-newbury-pupils-talk-astronauts-iss-space-station/

The latest information on the ARISS operation mode can be found at
https://www.ariss.org/current-status-of-iss-stations.html

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Free UK amateur radio Online Training course https://essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online/

Ham radio CubeSats to deploy from ISS

Kibo Robot Arm CubeSat Deployment

Kibo Robot Arm CubeSat Deployment

It is expected four CubeSats carrying amateur radio payloads will be deployed on the morning of Wednesday, October 6.

You can watch live at these URL’s:
#1 0855-0945 GMT Binar-1, Maya-3, Maya-4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDnhIniV1FU
#2 1035-1105 GMT CUAVA-1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHbRKOzzvp0

On the AMSAT Bulletin Board Masa JN1GKZ writes:

JAXA announced four CubeSats deploy from ISS at Oct 6 with J-SSOD. The satellites are Binar-1, Maya-3, Maya-4 and CUAVA-1. All the satellites operate on amateur band.

The deployment sked is followings.
#1 0850-0940z Binar-1, Maya-3, Maya-4
#2 1030-1100z CUAVA-1

The deployment will be live on the JAXA YouTube channel.

Binar-1 – 1U CubeSat Australia
Downlink 437.292 MHz, 435.810 MHz 19k2 GMSK
Uplink 435.810 MHz
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=730
https://www.binarspace.com/

Maya-3/4 – part of the BIRDS Project 1U CubeSat Philippines
Downink 145.825 MHz APRS, 437.375 MHz CW, 4k8 GMSK
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=711
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=712
https://stamina4space.upd.edu.ph/upcoming-satellites/maya-3and4/

CUAVA-1 3U CubeSat Australia
Downlink 437.075 MHz 9k6 GMSK
Uplink 145.875 MHz
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=671
https://www.cuava.com.au/projects/cuava-1/

Happy chasing!
Masa JN1GKZ
Tokyo Japan

AMSAT Bulletin Board https://www.amsat.org/amsat-email-lists/