AMSAT VP-Educational Outreach

Mark Hammond, N8MH appointed AMSAT VP-Educational Outreach

AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW has announced the appointment of Mark Hammond, N8MH as AMSAT Vice President-Educational Relations.

Barry noted, “The subject of educational outreach was well discussed at the 2011 AMSAT Symposium, based upon the paper that I presented as well as other presentations that outlined some of the challenges that AMSAT has experienced in creating a structure for fulfilling our mission component regarding education. Mark has agreed to help AMSAT establish and coordinate an education initiative program and serve as AMSAT s senior point of contact with outside organizations regarding educational outreach.”

Given the increasing importance of fulfilling education goals as
justification for launch opportunities, this is an increasingly important subject for AMSAT.

Mark is aptly suited for this position as he is a professor of biology and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC and is very familiar with the potential for using the amateur radio satellites as a teaching resource and understands the teacher perspective as well.

AO-51 operations update

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AO-51 operations update

AO-51 Control Station, Mark Hammond, N8MH wrote a status update on this satellite. Mark noted that since the failure of the first cell on the six-cell battery the ground controllers have been limited to simple commands for basic configurations.

Mark said that ground control stations have evolved basic control
and management techniques of AO-51 which allow them to set power levels manually, change uplinks/downlinks. Additional features such as telemetry collection/storage, and the BBS are not functional at this time. If the satellite resets during eclipse these basic functions must be restored manually by a ground station.

Ground stations have discovered there is a second cell in the battery showing problems. Mark noted, “We think it will be the next cell to go with the probable result that our limited manual mode of operation probably will no longer be an option, and the mission might be considered over.”

AO-51 is currently transmitting on:

Downlink: 435.150 MHz FM (LHCP) and using a
Uplink: 145.880 MHz FM

The power level is just under 1 watt (about 980 mW). Controllers expect to keep this configuration until further notice.

Keep up with the latest AO-51 Control Team News on-line at:
http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/echo/CTNews.php

The current scenario of AO-51 is one reason we need to keep moving AMSAT and satellite development/building/launching moving forward!!

We have learned a lot already with ARISSat-1, and FOX looks promising.
AMSAT needs the support of its users now more than ever!

Mark Hammond, N8MH
AO-51 Control Station