• [ans] ANS-204 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin - AMSAT Partnerswith

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    * AMSAT Partners with UMaine's WiSe-Net Lab to Develop Maine's First
    Small Satellite

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    ANS-204 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin

    AMSAT News Service Bulletin 204.01
    DATE July 22, 2020
    BID: $ANS-204.01

    AMSAT Partners with UMaine's WiSe-Net Lab to Develop Maine's First
    Small Satellite

    The University of Maine Wireless Sensing Laboratory (WiSe-Net Lab) and
    AMSAT have signed an agreement to collaborate on building and
    operating MESAT1, Maine’s first small satellite, to be launched in
    space in the next three years.

    MESAT1 is Maine's first CubeSat — one of 18 small research satellites selected by NASA to carry auxiliary payloads into space between 2021–
    23. It is part of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative that provides opportunities for nanosatellite science and technology payloads built
    by universities, schools and nonprofit organizations to ride share on
    space launches.

    UMaine’s WiSe-Net Lab, established in 2005, is involved in aerospace
    and space research. The lab was founded by Ali Abedi, KB1VJV,
    assistant vice president for research and director of the Center for Undergraduate Research. Lab researchers have developed the first
    wireless sensor network for NASA’s lunar habitation project and
    launched wireless leak-detection to the International Space station.

    The MESAT1 initiative will enable K–12 students and teachers in Maine
    to access space data for educational and research purposes, and
    encourage students to pursue STEM careers.

    AMSAT will provide a Linear Transponder Module (LTM) along with
    integration and operational support for MESAT1. AMSAT's LTM
    incorporates a VHF/UHF telemetry beacon, command receiver, and linear transponder. It will be available for radio amateurs worldwide to use
    when the satellite is commissioned.

    AMSAT President Clayton Coleman, W5PFG, celebrated the announcement.
    "This is a great day for AMSAT and UMaine's Wise-Net Lab. This
    partnership is a true win-win for both education and the amateur radio community. The collaborative effort under AMSAT's engineering and
    operations teams has once again succeeded to bring another opportunity
    to AMSAT."

    [ANS thanks AMSAT and UMaine's WiSe-Net Lab for the above


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    73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space,

    This week's ANS Contributing Editor,

    Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
    n8hm at amsat dot org
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