• [ans] ANS-222 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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    In this edition:

    * German Satellite Demonstrates Orbit Control on 1U CubeSat
    * AMSAT CubeSat Simulator Now Transmits SSTV
    * AMSAT-UK OSCAR Satellite QSO Party Ongoing
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Satellite Shorts from All Over

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    ANS-222 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    AMSAT News Service Bulletin 208.01
    DATE August 9, 2020
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    German Satellite Demonstrates Orbit Control on 1U CubeSat

    The University of Wuerzburg Experimental Satellite 4 (UWE-4) success-
    fully used its propulsion system in order to conduct orbit control.
    The 1-unit (1U) CubeSat is equipped with an electric propulsion system
    called NanoFEEP, developed by the Technical University in Dresden.
    This marks the first time in CubeSat history that a 1U CubeSat has
    changed its orbit using an onboard propulsion system. Several man-
    euvers were performed within 11 days, between June 23 and July 3,
    lowering the CubeSat's altitude by more than 100 meters (328 feet),
    compared to an average of 21 meters (69 feet) with natural orbital

    Coincidentally, on July 2, the UWE-4 team received a "conjunction data
    message" from the US Air Force, indicating a potential safety threat
    from a non-operational Iridium satellite, although UWE-4 was already
    below the Iridium satellite at the projected time of conjunction.

    Lowering the altitude of a spacecraft in low-Earth orbit (LEO) has the
    negative effect of reducing its lifetime, because low-Earth-orbiting
    (LEO) satellites usually burn up during re-entry. "Thus, this exper-
    iment is a concept demonstration of a deorbiting maneuver shown at the
    smallest class of spacecraft in LEO," the university said.

    While satellites are not yet required to carry propulsion systems to
    facilitate a planned deorbiting, such an obligation is under serious discussion, due to the vastly increasing number of satellites in mega constellations. "The experiment of UWE-4 presents a deorbiting sol-
    ution for the fraction of space debris of operational, but unused,
    satellites of today and for the mega constellations of tomorrow," the university said. AMSAT notes that US regulations make the ability to
    deorbit a requirement for high-Earth-orbit amateur satellites in the

    The first activation of the NanoFEEP thruster on UWE-4 took place in
    early 2019. UWE-4 transmits telemetry on 435.600 MHz.

    [ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information]


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    AMSAT CubeSat Simulator Now Transmits SSTV

    Did you have fun receiving SSTV images from the ISS this past week?
    A new development branch of the AMSAT CubeSat Simulator now transmits
    SSTV images! See https://github.com/alanbjohnston/CubeSatSim/tree/dev
    for details.

    A video of FlatSat testing can be found at: https://twitter.com/CubeSatSim/status/1291493708488232964

    More information about the AMSAT CubeSat Simulator project can be
    found at http://cubesatsim.com/

    [ANS thanks Alan Johnston, KU2Y, AMSAT Vice President - Educational
    Relatioons, for the above information]


    AMSAT's GOLF Program is about getting back to higher orbits, and it
    all begins with GOLF-TEE – a technology demonstrator for deployable
    solar panels, propulsion, and attitude control. Come along for the
    ride. The journey will be worth it!



    AMSAT-UK OSCAR Satellite QSO Party Ongoing

    The objective of the AMSAT-UK OSCAR Satellite QSO Party is to
    encourage all radio amateurs around the world to get on the air and
    make contacts via satellites during northern hemisphere summer. We
    would like to attract both seasoned die-hard operators as well as all
    newcomers who are just getting involved.

    While points are given per QSO this isn’t a contest, but we hope it
    will encourage people to get on the air and enjoy the excitement of
    making contacts through satellites.

    The AMSAT-UK OSCAR Satellite QSO Party will be supported by an online leaderboard which will be available from the start of the event which
    runs from 00:00 GMT on 1st August until 23:59 GMT on 22nd September.

    Prizes will be awarded to those from first to thirteenth place and
    are open to both AMSAT-UK and non-members around the world.

    ● First Place £250 Amazon Voucher
    ● Second Place £150 Amazon Voucher
    ● Third Place £50 Amazon Voucher
    ● Fourth to Thirteenth Place One Year AMSAT-UK Membership

    Download the rules for the AMSAT-UK OSCAR QSO Party at https://tinyurl.com/OSCAR-QSO-Party

    Leaderboard https://leaderboard.amsat-uk.org/

    [ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


    Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

    Want to see AMSAT in action or learn more about amateur radio in

    AMSAT Ambassadors provide presentations, demonstrate communicating
    through amateur satellites, and host information tables at club
    meetings, hamfests, conventions, maker faires, and other events.

    Due to COVID-19, many hamfest and events around the United States have
    been canceled or postponed. While we make every effort to ensure the information contained below is correct, there may be some that we

    QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo - August 9, 2020
    Tom Schuessler, N5HYP, will present "Getting Started with Amateur
    Radio Satellites" at 22:45 UTC. Details on accessing this presentation
    at https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/.

    [ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT Vice President - User
    Services, for the above information]


    Need new satellite antennas? Purchase Arrows, Alaskan Arrows,
    and M2 LEO-Packs from the AMSAT Store. When you purchase through
    AMSAT, a portion of the proceeds goes towards
    Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.


    Upcoming Satellite Operations

    Misc Items:
    Do you need Hawaii? NH7WN on AO-7 Most days. Reach out for a schedule

    Quick Hits:
    EM50, EM51 8/8 – 8/9 @KB5FHK is heading home to MS!
    DM59, 8/8 – 8/10, @Ledger (Sorry AK7DD): FM and Linear. Maybe even the
    58/59 gridline.
    EM22, EM23, 8/10/20 @W4IPA, heading out for a mint rove!
    DM97/98 & EM08/09, 8/29 & 8/30: Super Rover @AD0DX is heading out for
    the Kansas QSO party and N0E. More to come.

    Major Roves:
    @AD0HJ, is heading out again for the South Dakota Super Rove Part II
    Grids DN73, DN82, DN83, DN92, DN93, EN02, EN03, EN12, EN24, and EN25.
    August 17th through August 21st.

    EA8, CANARY ISLANDS (Reminder/Satellite Op/Rare Grid). Philippe,
    EA4NF, will be operating on the satellites from Lanzarote Island,
    Canary Islands (AF-004, WW Loc. IL38 & IL39), as EA8/EA4NF between
    August 10-17th. A special focus will be from the very rare IL39 Grid.
    Portable activation will be with a FT818 and a FT817ND operating in
    full Duplex with an Alaskan Arrow Antenna. Activity will be on the FM
    and Linear Satellites. QSL via LoTW as EA8/EA4NF. Keep an eye on
    Philippe's Twitter feed for further updates and passes at: https://twitter.com/EA4NF_SAT

    (Via the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1475)

    Please submit any additions or corrections to ke0pbr at gmail.com

    [ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, for the above information]


    AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an amateur
    radio package, including two-way communication capability, to
    be carried on-board Gateway in lunar orbit.

    Support AMSAT's projects today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/


    Satellite Shorts From All Over

    + AMSAT Vice President - Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, was the
    keynote speaker at the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society's International Microwave Symposium's Amateur Radio Social on August 4.
    If video from the event is made public, it will be shared via AMSAT
    social media and ANS.

    + Burns Fisher, WB1FJ, AMSAT Engineering, will deliver two
    presentations at the AMSAT South Africa Symposium on August 22, 2020.
    The virtual event will take place between 08:00 - 13:00 UTC. Attendees
    may register at http://www.amsatsa.org.za/.

    + Several new products are available on the AMSAT Zazzle store,
    including a set of coasters, a watch, a t-shirt featuring the AMSAT
    round logo, and more. Check out the new items! 25% of the purchase
    price goes towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.

    + AMSAT Remove Before Flight keychains are again available on the
    AMSAT store. Purchases help Keep Amateur Radio in Space! https://www.amsat.org/product/amsat-remove-before-flight-keychain/

    + Ballots for the 2020 AMSAT Board of Directors election were mailed
    on July 14th via presorted standard mail to US addresses and via first
    class mail to overseas addresses to all members in good standing as of
    July 1st. Members desiring a replacement ballot package should contact
    AMSAT Secretary Brennan Price, N4QX, at brennanprice@verizon.net no
    earlier than August 12th. AMSAT members may log on to the membership
    portal at launch.amsat.org to verify that their address was correct as
    of July 1st. (via N4QX)

    + All issues of The AMSAT Journal dating back to 2014 are now
    available to AMSAT members on AMSAT's new membership portal. The
    1969-2013 archive will be added at a later date. All editions of
    AMSAT's Symposium Proceedings are also available for members. If
    you're a current AMSAT member, get logged on today. If you are not yet
    a member, consider joining today at https://launch.amsat.org/

    + The 2020 edition of AMSAT’s Getting Started with Amateur Satellites
    is now available on the AMSAT store. A perennial favorite, Getting
    Started is updated every year with the latest amateur satellite
    information, and is the premier primer of satellite operation. The
    book is presented in DRM-free PDF format, in full color, and covers
    all aspects of making your first contacts on a ham radio satellite.
    The digital download is available for $15 at https://tinyurl.com/2020GettingStarted



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    donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
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    73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space,

    This week's ANS Editor,

    Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
    n8hm at amsat dot org
    Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA https://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/ans

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