Australian Radio Ham’s Spacecraft Missions

Inner West Courier – Robert Brand VK2URB

The Inner West Courier reports that Robert Brand VK2URB is hoping to break new ground with two space missions he is participating in.

The Sydney newspaper says he is involved in the communications system for the Team Stellar Lunar mission scheduled for 2014, as part of an entry in the Google Lunar X Prize.

In addition he is working on a UK-based Mars mission, scheduled for 2020, that aims to sniff out biological methane.

Read the newspaper article – From Sydney to Mars mission

Robert’s son Jason VK2FJAB was interviewed on Channel 9 TV earlier this year.
10 year old Radio Ham talks of his DIY Space Projects on TV

Synergy Moon Google Lunar X-Prize Team

Space Tech Garage – Image Credit Synergy Moon

Radio amateur Gerard Auvray, F6FAO, is a member of the Synergy Moon team that aims to develop and land a rover on the moon.

Synergy Moon are currently building a communications and mission control infrastructure, starting with a NanoSat that will test some of the communications and rover hardware.

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Euroluna Google Lunar X-Prize Quarterly Update


Original design of the Euroluna Romit3 Lunar Rover – Image courtesy of Andrew Collis/X-Prize Foundation

The President of Euroluna, Palle Haastrup OZ1HIA, provides an update on the progress of the Euroluna Google Lunar X-Prize team who are aiming to land a rover on the Moon.

Their first amateur radio spacecraft Romit-1 is a 2U CubeSat that will transmit on 437.505 MHz using 1200 bps AX.25 packet radio. It will be fitted with an Ion Motor and if everything goes well it should, after a year, be able to raise its orbit from 310 km to 700 km.

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JURBAN Team Aim for the Moon

JURBAN team member Morgan Glaze

The JURBAN team not only hope to win the Google Lunar X-Prize by landing a robot on the Moon they also aim to inspire future generations to pursue Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM).

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Not your Grandfathers moon landing

Part-Time Scientists team members Robert Böhme and Karsten Becker

The Google Lunar X-Prize team Part-Time Scientists delivered a presentation Not your Grandfathers moon landing at the Chaos Communication Congress.

The YouTube description reads:

Karsten Becker, Robert Böhme: Not your Grandfathers moon landing
Hell yeah, it’s Rocket Science 3.1415926535897932384626!

The basics, we are team of part-time scientists and engineers who want to send a rover to the moon before the end of the year 2013. There is a lot to be done towards this first private moon landing and we want to take the chance to explore what we want to do and show what we already accomplished in the past 12 months. The talk will feature important technical milestone like our very first R3 rover prototype and great events like the CCCamp11. There is also be a live demonstration of the very first R3A rover right in the presentation.

We want to take this chance to present where we are and what is next to go on the worlds first private mission to the moon. 2011 was great and we want to show you some of our personal highlights like us actually doing real rocket science at the CCCamp11. We will have a close look at the first R3 Rover prototype how it got made and all the cool things we already did with it and going to test along the next year.

We’re aiming for a pretty quick and dense 30 minute review of 2011 with an outlook for 2012 and then do a live presentation of the R3 rover with an open Q&A round.

This time we split our efforts and got our most interesting presenters to enroll for separate talks on one self picked exciting topic they worked on this year in their own free time.

Watch 28c3: Not your Grandfathers moon landing

Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) issues the team encountered are discussed at 19:15 into the video.

A high quality version of this video can be downloaded from

In the second presentation Wes Faler talks about Evolving custom communication protocols – Hell Yeah, it’s rocket science

Even after years of committee review, communication protocols can certainly be hacked, sometimes highly entertainingly. What about creating a protocol the opposite way? Start with all the hacks that can be done and search for a protocol that gets around them all. Is it even possible? Part-Time Scientists has used a GPU to help design our moon mission protocols and we’ll show you the what and how. Danger: Real code will be shown!

Watch 28c3: Evolving custom communication protocols

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Part-Time Scientists

Amateur Radio Lunar Rover

Deep Space Communications Array (COMRAY) (Project Leader Michael Doornbos N4LNX of Evadot)

Google Lunar X-Prize

Part Time Scientists Lunar Rover

Italian HF Special Event Commemorates Apollo Space Program

Earthrise viewed from Apollo 9 lunar orbit prior to landing – Image Credit NASA

ARI, the Associazione Radioamatori Italiani, and their club station IQ1TW have announced a special operating award “Apollo Space Program – From the Earth to the Moon” for contacts between July 1 – July 31, 2012.

This is to commemorate and keep alive the memory of the space program which has revolutionized the life of humankind.

To qualify for the award you need to have confirmed contacts with the ARI Headquarters Station IQ1TW and any three stations from this list: IZ1UMD, IZ1RFU, IZ1XBB, IZ1WVX, IZ1LBH, IK1WGZ, IZ1RGY, IZ2SMV, I1MXI.

On July 20, the anniversary of the first moon landing, a confirmed contact with IQ1TW (without the necessity of the other 3 contacts) will qualify you for the award.

The special event stations will operate with 200 watts using dipole and vertical antennas.

Full details, including a list of the planned HF operating frequencies and modes, log and confirmation information, rules, and application instructions are posted on the ARI web pages:

[Thanks to ANS, Associazione Radioamatori Italiani and the DXNL Bulletin #1786 -Jun 27, 2012 – for the above information]