Schools' communications satellite to put the fun back into science lessons

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Artists impression of FUNcube in space

The Jan 25-31 printed edition of Electronics Weekly (circulation 36,400) carries an article on the AMSAT-UK FUNcube amateur radio satellite. The article, titled “Schools’ communications satellite to put the fun back into science lessons”, appears on page 12.

You can read or download this issue of Electronics Weekly at http://cde.cerosmedia.com/1M4f1d2b906fdb1433.cde

(The PDF can be downloaded by clicking on the PDF icon at the top).

A free subscription to the digital version of the publication is available via the Electronics Weekly website http://www.electronicsweekly.com/ On the lef-hand side under “SIGN UP TO” click on “Digital Magazine”.

Building a Distributed Satellite Ground Station Network

There was a presentation on building a distributed satellite ground station network at the Chaos Communication Congress held December 27-30 and the video is now available.

The AMSAT-UK FUNcube Dongle VHF/UHF Software Defined Radio gets a brief mention at 39:26 into the video.

The video kicks off with an appearance by Nick Farr then the presentation by Gregor Jehle (Hadez), Armin Bauer and Andreas Hornig gets underway.

Watch 28C3: Building a Distributed Satellite Ground Station Network – A Call To Arms (en)

Hackers Plan Space Satellites http://www.uk.amsat.org/3172 

Hackerspace Global Grid http://shackspace.de/wiki/doku.php?id=project:hgg

London Hackspace Project: Hoxton Space Centre http://wiki.london.hackspace.org.uk/view/Project:Hoxton_Space_Centre

London Hackspace work on HackSat1 http://www.uk.amsat.org/2482

The DIY Magic of Amateur Radio video http://www.uk.amsat.org/3158

FUNcube in Electronics Weekly

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Artists impression of FUNcube in space

The FUNcube amateur radio satellite project is featured on the website of Electronics Weekly.  The printed version of the publication (circulation 36,400) is due out on Wednesday, January 18.

Read the article ‘Radio hams seal launch deal for FUNcube satellite’ http://www.electronicsweekly.com/Articles/13/01/2012/52712/radio-hams-seal-launch-deal-for-funcube-satellite.htm

A free subscription to the digital version of the publication is available via the Electronics Weekly website http://www.electronicsweekly.com/ On the lef-hand side under “SIGN UP TO” click on “Digital Magazine”.

 

KickSat – Zac Manchester KD2BHC Interview

Zac Manchester KD2BHC is an engineer at Cornell University in the Space Systems Design Studio who has created the Sprite – a “cracker-sized” satellite that changes the dynamics of the economics and thus the accessibility of spacecraft by several orders of magnitude.

Watch a recording of a live interview and Q&A session Jan 10, 2012.

KickSat – a personal spacecraft of your own in space http://www.uk.amsat.org/2164

London Hackspace hope to have a sprite, HackSat1, deployed by KickSat, see http://www.uk.amsat.org/2482

London Hackspace Project: Hoxton Space Centre

AMSAT Picture Albums

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Australis-Oscar-5 Checkout

Bob McGwier N4HY has made available an extensive collection of amateur radio satellite pictures available for download on smugmug.com.

The pictures range from the early 1960’s with OSCAR’s 1, 2, 3 etc to the more recent Eagle and SuitSat.

You can view the pictures and download them from http://n4hy.smugmug.com/AMSAT

 

Triton-1 and Triton-2

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A DNEPR Lift-Off

Triton-1 and Triton-2 are expected to launch in late 2012 on a DNEPR from Yasny together with UKube-1, Delfi n3Xt, Trio-Cinema 1 & 2 and other spacecraft using frequencies in the amateur satellite service.

They are 3U Cubesats and each carries a radio science mission that aims to test an experimental advanced AIS (Automatic Identification System) receiver.

Telemetry decoding software will be made available which will allow radio amateur operators to listen to periodic downlink broadcasts containing housekeeping telemetry, payload telemetry as well as received AIS messages.

Triton-1 telemetry downlinks will be 9k6 RC-BPSK on VHF(145MHz). It includes two similar secondary amateur radio payloads, being two single channel mode U/V (435-145MHz) FM to DSB transponders. The following downlink frequencies have been coordinated for Triton-1: Main Downlink 145.815MHz & Backup Downlink 145.860MHz. Possibly (power budget permitting), both transponders may be switched on at the same time.

Triton-2 telemetry downlinks will be 9k6 RC-BPSK on VHF(145MHz) and 38k4 RC-BPSK on S Band (2400MHz). The satellite includes two secondary amateur radio payloads:

– A single channel mode U/V (435-145MHz) FM to DSB transponder.
– A single channel mode U/S (435-2400MHz) FM to FM transponder.

The following downlink frequencies have been coordinated for Triton-2: Main Downlink 145.860MHz & Backup Downlink 145.815MHz. The S-band downlink will be 2408.00MHz. Possibly (power budget permitting), both payloads may be switched on at the same time.

Mission duration
Science mission: 3 Months
Amateur radio mission: as long as possible after the science mission finishes.

AIS – E-Navigation http://www.efficiensea.org/files/conferenceproceedings.pdf

ISIS PowerPoint slides http://www.space-lt.eu/failai/Prezentacijos/Abe%20Bonnema_Developing%20and%20Launching%20CubeSat%20Missions.pdf

IARU Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination