2017 CubeSat Workshop presentations available

AO-73 (FUNcube-1) - Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

The 2017 CubeSat Developers Workshop, held in San Luis Obispo CA April 26-28, was the biggest event yet, with almost 550 attendees from 19 different countries!

All 2017 presentation slides are now available online at
http://mstl.atl.calpoly.edu/%7Eworkshop/archive/

You can also find all video footage from the workshop at
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCENz0fNHsDR8Kz3jM6C_VWw

Stay tuned for the announcement of the dates for the 15th Annual Developers Workshop next year
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February launch for Jordanian CubeSat

Aya Jaafari at IEEE Day 2016 event in Amman, Jordan

Aya Jaafari at IEEE Day 2016 event in Amman, Jordan

Fourth year electrical engineering student Aya Jaafari is a member of the JY1-SAT team. She says working on the CubeSat has allowed her to practically implement a lot of what she learns theoretically at university.

The Jordan Times reports on the country’s first CubeSat JY1-SAT which was built under the Masar initiative of the Crown Prince Foundation (CPF), by 16 young Jordanian men and women. The satellite is scheduled to be launched on a mission in February 2018, a date on which the team pins great hopes and ambitions.

These young Jordanians were supervised by a group of experts and academics through their weekly meetings held at the Royal Jordanian Radio Amateurs Society (RJRAS).

JY1-SAT was chosen as a tribute to His Majesty the Late King Hussein of Jordan whose amateur radio call sign was JY1.

JY1SAT LogoThe CubeSat will carry an Amateur Radio FUNcube 435/145 MHz SSB/CW transponder and a Slow Scan Digital Video (SSDV) system to transmit stored images reflecting the Jordanian culture and its historical heritage.

Read the full story at http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/nasa-trained-young-jordanian-develops-team-nanosatellite-cubesat%E2%80%99

Royal Jordanian Radio Amateurs Society https://www.facebook.com/jy6zz/

JY6JY is a dedicated ground station to be used for communication with JY1-SAT. The call sign JY6JY is registered to the Office of Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah II of Jordan
https://www.qrz.com/db/JY6JY

JY1SAT applies for frequency coordination
https://amsat-uk.org/2017/05/16/jy1sat-frequency-coordination/

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Ham Radio Awareness Program at Science City Ahmedabad

Ham Radio Awareness Program at Science City Ahmedabad May 20, 2017

Ham Radio Awareness Program at Science City Ahmedabad May 20, 2017

AMSAT-India Regional Coordinator Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP conducted a Ham Radio Awareness program for summer camp students at Science City Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India on May 20, 2017.

The event was knowledge gaining and full of fun for small group of young students.

Participants learnt basic concept of Radio, their setup, propagation, types of conversation allowed and some limitation, communication modes, features used by hams to send voice, text, images and data, Licencing procedure in India etc.

Students were surprised to realize potential of Amateur Radio to do Satellite Communications or to have contact with Astronauts aboard ISS ! Many queries were satisfied in Question and Answer Session.

Also small VHF Demo (Modulation test) was given by young radio amateur Priyesh Vagadia VU3GLY.

We are delighted to observe young students taking interest in Amateur Radio hobby in crowded network of 3G & 4G !

We thank Shri S. D. Vora (Executive Director) and Shri Pulkesh Prajapati from Science City Ahmedabad for coordinating and supporting this event..

Tnx & 73’s
VU2EXP
Rajesh P. Vagadia
Regional Coordinator (West India Zone) AMSAT-India http://amsatindia.org/

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QB50 ISS CubeSat Deployments May 23-25

QB50 ISS LogoThe second phase of QB50 CubeSats should be deployed from the International Space Station over three days from May 23-25, 2017.

Download the QB50 ISS CubeSat Deployment and Radio Information v2 PDF

Built by university students and research organisations from 23 countries around the world, the QB50 constellation aims to study the lower thermosphere 200-380 km above the Earth.

11 QB50 CubeSats were deployed in the first phase and a further 17 will be deployed in the second phase. The beacons should be activated about 30 minutes after deployment.

The QB50 CubeSats have downlinks between 435.7 and 438 MHz and reports from radio amateurs are most welcome. Beacon data received can be uploaded to a dedicated QB50 webpage at
https://upload.qb50.eu/

LilacSat-2 (ON02CN), which deploys at 0815 GMT on Tuesday, May 23, is carrying a FM to Codec2-BPSK Digital Voice transponder, an APRS digipeater and camera. Further information at
https://amsat-uk.org/2017/05/19/lilacsat-1-cubesat-iss/

Two of the ISS QB50 CubeSats deployed in the first phase, ON01FR 437.020 MHz and ON05FR 436.880 MHz, carry V/U FM transponders. The uplink frequency for both is 145.860 MHz with 210.7 Hz CTCSS, see http://site.amsat-f.org/2017/05/12/qb50-document-de-description-des-telemesures-des-satellites-on01fr-on05fr/

Schedule of QB50 CubeSat Deployments from ISS

Schedule of QB50 CubeSat Deployments from ISS

List of QB50 CubeSats with Beacon format and frequency information
https://upload.qb50.eu/listCubeSat/

Keplerian Two Line Elements (TLEs) ‘Keps’ for new satellites launched in past 30 days
http://celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/tle-new.txt

QB50 project https://www.qb50.eu/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/QB50Mission

On the deployment days radio amateurs and QB50 teams will be on the #CubeSat IRC channel. Join the deployment chat at http://irc.lc/freenode/cubesat

Don’t have a suitable 435-438 MHz receiver? Try listening online with the SUWS WebSDR located near London http://websdr.suws.org.uk/

On June 19, 2014 two precursor QB50 CubeSats were launched, QB50p1 and QB50p2, which carried amateur radio transponders
https://amsat-uk.org/2014/06/19/successful-launch-of-amateur-radio-satellite-payloads/

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CQ Magazine honours Britons involved in Astro Pi project

David Honess M6DNT with both ISS Astro Pi computers

David Honess M6DNT with both ISS Astro Pi computers

Radio amateurs David Honess, M6DNT, and Tim Peake, KG5BVI / GB1SS, have been inducted into the prestigious CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.

The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honours those individuals, whether licenced radio amateurs or not, who have made significant contributions to amateur radio; and those amateurs who have made significant contributions either to amateur radio, to their professional careers or to some other aspect of life on our planet.

David Honess, M6DNT, developed the Astro Pi project which sent two Raspberry Pi computers to the International Space Station as platforms for students on Earth to write and run their own computer code in space. In November 2016 he was honored for this work with the Sir Arthur Clarke Award, presented by the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation and the British Interplanetary Society.

David said “I was really surprised when I heard I’d been inducted into the Hall of Fame, especially alongside Tim! Thank you to CQ magazine for the honour.”

“I’m so jealous of the kids these days, if you could have sent BBC Basic code to the Mir space station when I was kid I would have gone mad for it! Astro Pi gives young people a chance to be real ISS scientists, to have their code run in space and do something meaningful.”

UK astronaut Tim Peake, KG5BVI /GB1SS, has been very active in ARISS program during his mission on the International Space Station. He coordinated the ISS end of the Astro Pi project.

Astro Pi: Your Code in Space https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/astro-pi/

Astro Pi https://astro-pi.org/
Twitter https://twitter.com/astro_pi
Izzy Astro Pi https://twitter.com/astro_pi_ir
Ed Astro Pi https://twitter.com/astro_pi_vis

CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame
http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/cq_awards/cq_hall_of_fame_awards/cq_hall_of_fame_awards.html

David Honess, M6DNT, presented with Sir Arthur Clarke Award
https://amsat-uk.org/2016/11/25/radio-ham-awarded-space-achievement-honour/

Videos of Tim Peake GB1SS amateur radio contacts with UK schools
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQS-yDk7PdE9cRv4MNu8pCw/videos

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Join AMSAT-UK

AMSAT-UK_Bevelled_Logo

AMSAT-UK Logo

Founded in 1975 AMSAT-UK is a voluntary organisation that supports the design and building of equipment for amateur radio satellites.

AMSAT-UK initially produced a short bulletin called OSCAR News to give members advice on amateur satellite communications. Since those early days OSCAR News has grown in size and the print quality has improved beyond recognition. Today, OSCAR News is produced as a high-quality quarterly colour A4 magazine consisting of up to 40 pages of news, information and comment about amateur radio space communications.

The new lower-cost E-membership provides OSCAR News as a downloadable PDF file giving members the freedom to read it on their Tablets or Smartphones anytime, anyplace, anywhere.

AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch Rev4 20100609

AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch

An additional advantage is that the PDF should be available for download up to 2 weeks before the paper copy is posted.

Take out Electronic Membership or Postal Membership at the AMSAT-UK shop

E-members can download their copies of OSCAR News from http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/on

A sample issue of OSCAR News can be downloaded here.

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LilacSat-1 CubeSat to deploy from ISS

Students installing antennas at BY2HIT

Students installing antennas at BY2HIT

The student built LilacSat-1 carries an amateur radio 145/436 MHz FM to Codec2-BPSK digital voice transponder, APRS Digipeater and camera.

LilacSat-1 CubeSatThe satellite was developed at the Harbin Institute of Technology and is part of the QB50 mission which aims to study the lower thermosphere. Deployment from the International Space Station is planned for 0815 GMT on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

The main payload is an ion and neutral particle mass spectrometer (INMS) developed by the University of London (UCL) to measure the mass and distribution of charged and neutral atoms.

In preparation for the deployment HIT students have been busy working on installing new VHF and UHF antennas for the ground station.

LilacSat-1 page (use Google translator) http://lilacsat.hit.edu.cn/?page_id=143

QB50 LilacSat-1 information https://upload.qb50.eu/detail/CN02/

IARU information http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=343

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Nexø II Rocket – Onboard Video

The rocket Nexø II is planned to launch this summer. Radio amateur Alexandru Csete OZ9AEC describes the video system which uses the Raspberry Pi.

The long-term aim of the project is to launch a human into space, and bringing them safely back to Earth. Nexø II will be launched from a floating platform in the Baltic Sea east of Denmark.

This second vlog is a status on the video system of the Nexø II rocket planned for launch this summer. The Nexø II is a progression on the Nexø I now with a DPR system. One more addition is a new camera system containing three cameras. Here Alex Csete OZ9AEC (the designer) tells more about the setup and design.

Copenhagen Suborbitals is the world’s only crewed, amateur space program, 100% crowdfunded and nonprofit. In the future, one of us will fly to space on a home built rocket.

If you like the video please go to https://copenhagensuborbitals.com/ and support our project. Your donations is our rocket fuel

Watch Current affairs: The onboard video on Nexø II

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CopSub
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CopenhagenSuborbitals/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/copsub/

The Nexø I rocket with 1240 MHz amateur radio band DATV downlink, 432 MHz band command uplink and 144 MHz APRS was launched in July 2016
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2016/july/nex0-launch-from-the-baltic-sea.htm

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JY1SAT applies for frequency coordination

JY1SAT LogoThe JY1SAT CubeSat is planned to launch early in 2018 and will carry a FUNcube 435/145 MHz SSB/CW transponder and Slow Scan Digital Video (SSDV) system.

The team have submitted an application to the IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel which says:

JY1SAT is an educational 1U CubeSat project with the goal of providing an actual space project for Jordanian University students. Additionally it is intended to enthuse and educate young people about radio, space, physics and electronics.

The spacecraft will only require simple groundstation antennas and an SDR dongle receiver. This will make it uncomplicated for schools and colleges to use with their students. It is anticipated JY1SAT will be launched into a Sun Synchronous Low Earth Orbit about 450-600km. In such an orbit the satellite passes over Jordan at least twice a day.

The student team will develop and operate a special groundstation for this spacecraft. As well as having BPSK telemetry, JYISAT will be able to transmit pre-stored images of the Kingdom which will be selected by national competition. These images will be downlinked using a novel digital format based upon the existing SSDV system.

It will additionally carry a FUNcube UHF to VHF linear transponder that will have up to 0.5 watt output and which can be used by Radio Amateurs worldwide for SSB and CW communications.

Requesting a telemetry downlink on 145.840 MHz and transponder downlink passband on 145.855-145.875 MHz with an inverting uplink on 435.100 – 435.120 MHz.

Planning a launch in Q1 2018 from Vandenberg on a SpaceX flight.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JY1SAT/

IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel status pages
http://www.amsat.org.uk/iaru/

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QB50 CubeSats to deploy from ISS

QB50 ISS LogoThe first phase of QB50 CubeSats should be deployed from the International Space Station over three days May 16-18, 2017.

Built by university students and research organisations from 23 countries around the world, the QB50 constellation aims to study the lower thermosphere 200-380 km above the Earth.

There are 28 QB50 CubeSats on the ISS awaiting deployment and it is understood that 11 will be deployed in this first phase. The beacons should be activated about 30 minutes after deployment.

The QB50 CubeSats have downlinks between 435.8 and 438 MHz and reports from radio amateurs are most welcome. Beacon data received can be uploaded to a dedicated QB50 webpage at
https://upload.qb50.eu/upload/

QB50 - NRCSD#11 Deployment TimesList of QB50 CubeSats with Beacon format and frequency information
https://upload.qb50.eu/listCubeSat/

QB50 project https://www.qb50.eu/
https://twitter.com/QB50Mission

On the deployment days radio amateurs and QB50 teams will be on the #CubeSat IRC channel. Join the deployment chat at http://irc.lc/freenode/cubesat

On June 19, 2014 two precursor QB50 CubeSats were launched, QB50p1 and QB50p2, which carried amateur radio transponders
https://amsat-uk.org/2014/06/19/successful-launch-of-amateur-radio-satellite-payloads/

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