• [ANS] ANS-254 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletin for September 11, 2022

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    In this edition:

    * Artemis 1 scrubbed again
    * 40th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting, October 21 - 22,

    * AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium October 8-9, 2022
    * 2022 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference
    * Launch of GENESIS-G and GENESIS-J with Firefly on September 11
    * ARISS News
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for July 17, 2022
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * Satellite Shorts From All Over

    DATE 2022 September 11

    Artemis 1 scrubbed again

    After Aug 29th’s scrub (due to a liquid hydrogen umbilical leak and faulty engine thermal sensor), a second attempt on Saturday was scrubbed as well,
    this time because of an even worse hydrogen leak on the core stage. A launch this month is now looking unlikely. NASA engineers will first replace the
    leaky quick disconnect seal while at the pad so that they can test the fix
    with cryogenic liquids only available there. However, after that, they may still have to roll SLS back to the VAB—the Eastern Range requires that the flight termination system batteries be reset and recertified before the next launch attempt (although a waiver might be possible). The next available
    launch period runs from September 19 – October 4 with the following (and probably more likely) window being October 17 - 31. We’re hoping the
    onboard smallsats’ batteries can survive the wait. Ed. Note: Including the OMOTENASHI communications and impactor experiment. NASA is now targeting September 23 or 27 according to Jim Free, NASA Associate Administrator Exploration Systems Development)

    [ANS thanks The Orbital Index for the above information]


    40th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting, October 21 - 22, 2022

    The 40th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting will take place in Bloomington, Minnesota on Oct. 21-22, 2022. Highlights of all scheduled
    events include:

    - AMSAT Board of Directors Meeting, October 20-21
    - 40th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting, October 21-22
    - Friday Night Social and Auction, October 21
    - AMSAT Banquet and Reception, October 22
    - AMSAT Ambassador Breakfast, October 23

    A preliminary schedule is available on the AMSAT Member Portal, launch.amsat.org, under the Events tab.

    Crowne Plaza is located adjacent to the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and provides complimentary, scheduled shuttle to and from the
    airport. Nearby attractions include Mall of America with Nickelodeon Universe Theme park, Target Field, and the Minnesota Zoo.

    You can make hotel reservations by calling the hotel directly at (952) 854-9000. The group code is ASG (Amateur Satellite Group). But don’t wait
    to reserve your room! The offer for specially reduced room rates for
    Symposium attendees ends on September 28. Make your reservation today to make sure you have a room and at the best possible price. Hotel reservations can also be made online at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/ANS-219-Symposium-Rooms.

    Symposium tickets and banquet reservations may be purchased on the AMSAT
    Member Portal. Log into https://launch.amsat.org/ and clock on the Events

    We at AMSAT, are excited to be able to host an in-person Symposium this year. We hope that you can join us in celebrating Amateur Radio in Space.

    [ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information.]

    The 2022 AMSAT President's Club coins have arrived!
    To commemorate the 50th anniversary of its launch on
    October 15, 1972, this year's coin features
    an image of AMSAT-OSCAR 6.
    Join the AMSAT President's Club today and help
    Keep Amateur Radio in Space!
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    AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium October 8-9, Kents Hill Park Conference Centre
    Milton Keynes MK7 6BZ

    AMSAT-UK is very happy to announce the 2022 AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium will be held as part of the RSGB Convention on October 8-9 at the Kents Hill Park Conference Centre, Timbold Drive, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BZ.

    The weekend event attracts an international audience that ranges from those involved in building and operating amateur radio satellites to beginners who wish to find out more about this fascinating branch of the hobby.

    Booking for the RSGB Convention is at https://rsgb.org/main/about-us/rsgb-convention/

    Booking for the AMSAT-UK dinner on the Saturday evening at the nearby
    Marriott Delta Hotel is here: https://bit.ly/3x3nQBm

    Details of the event can be found at https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

    [ANS thanks Trevor Essex, M5AKA of AMSAT-UK for the above information]


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    AMSAT, a portion of the proceeds goes towards
    Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.


    2022 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference

    The annual ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) is scheduled for September 16-18, 2022, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Register for the DCC here (https://tapr.org/product/2022-dcc-registration/)

    Register for the DCC host hotel (Hilton Charlotte Airport ) here (https://tinyurl.com/24hjmkwt) or dialup 1-800-445-8667

    View the DCC schedule here (https://tapr.org/preliminary-2022-dcc-schedule/)

    The deadline for technical papers passed September 1, 2022. Papers will be published exactly as submitted and authors will retain all rights.

    [ANS thanks TAPR.org for the above information.]


    Launch of GENESIS-G and GENESIS-J with Firefly on September 11

    From Felix Paez, EA4GQS, AMSAT-EA Team: This is to confirm that the launch of our new GENESIS-G and GENESIS-J satellites with Firefly will take place, if
    all goes well, on September 11, with the launch window starting at 3 PM
    Pacific Time (22h GMT), from Vanderberg. The expected orbit altitude is 300
    km with an inclination of 137 degrees.

    As many of you know, this will be the second attempt of Firefly to reach
    orbit after the first attempt made in September 2021 and which had to be aborted after two minutes of flight, causing our previous GENESIS-N and GENESIS-L to be lost, among others.

    These new GENESIS have a more powerful on-board computer than their predecessors and updated software that allows FM voice repeater
    functionality, AFSK/FSK non-regenerative repeater up to 2400 bps, FSK regenerative repeater up to 50 bps, CW, digitized voice pre-recorded FM and
    FSK telemetry at 50 bps. The correct retransmission of AX25 / APRS frames
    over FM up to 2400 bps has been verified in the laboratory.

    A small drawback we still have is the antenna deployment mechanism, that is
    the first version that was made and requires a plenty charged battery. The satellites have been stored for several months, so it is a weak point. Hopefully it will work.

    These satellites also have the names of ASTROLAND-1 and ASTROLAND-2 to say thanks to the sponsorship of the project by the Astroland Planetary Agency.
    We also thank the private companies and Universities that helped in the project.

    As on the previous occasion, two experimental propellants are flown, although this time they are from the Madrid company IENAI Space and, unlike the
    previous GENESIS mission, they use a liquid ionic fuel. Only the one from GENESIS-J is functional. The one from GENESIS-G carries the electronics but without the fuel.

    The frequencies coordinated with IARU are the following:

    145.875 MHz uplink, Modes: FM voice (no subtone) and FSK 50 bps, AFSK, AX.25, APRS 1200 / 2400 bps

    436.888 MHz downlink, Modes: FM voice, CW, FSK 50 bps, FM voice beacon with AM2SAT callsign

    145.925 MHz uplink, Modes: FM voice (no subtone) and FSK 50 bps, AFSK, AX.25, APRS 1200 / 2400 bps

    436.666 MHz downlink, Modes: FM voice, CW FSK 50 bps, SSTV Robot 36, FM voice beacon with AM3SAT callsign

    We encourage all of you to try to receive their first transmissions once the first keplerians are available.

    This flight will be streamed by Everyday Astronaut: https://everydayastronaut.com/

    More information on the Firefly website: https://firefly.com/alpha-flight-2-to-the-black/.

    Ed. Note: Currently launch is scheduled for 15:00 PST, September 11/ 00:00
    UTC, September 12 .

    [ANS thanks Felix EA4GQS - AMSAT EA team for the above information.]


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    Amateurs and others around the world may listen in on contacts between
    amateurs operating in schools and allowing students to interact with
    astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station. The
    downlink frequency on which to listen is 145.800 MHz worldwide.

    No School Contacts currently scheduled.

    Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS continues to be making general contacts on the
    cross-band repeater. He is using NA1SS. If any crewmember is so inclined,
    all they have to do is pick up the microphone, raise the volume up, and talk
    on the crossband repeater. So give a listen, you just never know.

    The latest information on the operation mode can be found at https://www.ariss.org/current-status-of-iss-stations.html

    The latest list of frequencies in use can be found at https://www.ariss.org/contact-the-iss.html

    [ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, one of the ARISS operation team mentors 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/


    Upcoming Satellite Operations

    Quick Hits:

    N8AJM:From September 12 to 16 I hope to be in EM85. I will be working FM only with no set schedule. I may also activate a few grids on the way down from EN72. I will try to post all passes on hams.at

    KJ7DZ: CN74 roving trip booked. Sept 22 – 24. More info will be posted as time gets closer

    9Y60, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (Special Event). Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Amateur Radio Society (TTARS) will be active as 9Y60TT to celebrate Trinidad and Tobago’s 60th anniversary of independence (August 31st, 1962) between August 26th and September 2nd. Activity will be on the HF/VHF bands using CW, SSB, Slow Scan TV (SSTV), Digital Modes (FT8/ FT4, JS8, JT65, 2m EME (Moonbounce), Satellite, APRS via ISS, Digital Voice (DMR, C4FM, D-Star), EchoLink….and more. QSL via LoTW, ClubLog and QRZ.com. For more details and info on how to obtain a certificate, see:https://9y60tt.info (received from JoAnne Maenpaa by email)

    Op Note: AO-7 is in constant sunlight for the next several months and the onboard 24 hour timer is switching the satellite between Mode A (145 MHz
    uplink / 29 MHz downlink) and Mode B (432 MHz uplink / 145 MHz downlink) at approximately 2116Z daily.

    [ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager and AMSAT for the above information]


    Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for September 8, 2022

    The following satellite has decayed from orbit and has been removed from this week's AMSAT-NA TLE distribution:

    CUAVA-1 NORAD Cat ID 49275 (decayed form orbit on 09/02/2022 per

    [ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager, for the above information]


    Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

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

    AMSAT Ambassador Schedules:

    Tom Zimmerman, W9TTY, will be exhibiting for AMSAT at the Chicago FM Club
    Radio Expo in Belvidere, Illinois on Saturday, September 25, 2022.

    Clint Bradford, K6CLS: “How to Work the “Easy” Satellites” talks:

    Part of the “job description” for volunteer AMSAT Ambassadors is to “spread the gospel” of working satellites to clubs and conventions.

    In the next few weeks I have such Zoom presentations lined up for:
    SOARA - South Orange County, CA
    Boston ARC
    Tristate Amateur Radio Society - Evansville,Indiana
    Northern CA DX Club
    San Gorgonio Pass ARC

    Think a 90-minute lively, informative, and fun “How to Work the Easy Satellites” Zoom presentation would be appropriate for your convention or club? Always included are overviews of the ARRL, AMSAT, and ARISS. And pre-presentation questions are aways welcome.

    Send an email or call!

    Clint Bradford K6LCS
    AMSAT Ambassador

    Scheduled Events with AMSAT involvement:

    Hamfests and Conventions

    + 41st ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC)
    September 16–18, 2022
    Hilton Charlotte Airport Hotel
    Charlotte, North Carolina

    + CFMC'S Radio Expo: Northern Illinois' Largest Hamfest
    Sunday, September 25th
    Boone County Fairgrounds
    8791 IL-76
    Belvidere, IL
    Flyer at: https://bit.ly/3RFtr8O

    + 2022 Rocky Mountain ARRL Division Convention
    October 7, 2022 - October 9, 2022
    Event Center at Archer
    3921 Archer Pkwy
    Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007

    + 2022 AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium
    October 8–9, 2022
    Kents Hill Park Conference Centre
    Milton Keynes

    + 40th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting
    October 21–22, 2022
    The Crowne Plaza Suites
    3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, MN

    [ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT Events Page Manager, and Frank Karnauskas, AMSAT Vice President - Development for the above information]


    Satellite Shorts From All Over

    + The FCC wants to adopt a five-year rule, which would require space station operators planning disposal through uncontrolled re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere to complete disposal as soon as practicable, and no more than five years following the end of mission.” See: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-387024A1.pdf. AMSAT has submitted comments on the NPRM and changes at this point are unlikely. There is no exemption for US hams operating under Part 97 of the FCC rules either,
    although waivers for certain research and scientific missions may be granted. The good news is they have avoided the most damaging changes regarding indemnification that almost went into a report and order two years ago. The
    FCC will meet to adopt this ruling at the September 29th meeting. (ANS thanks Joe Fitzgerald, KM1P and Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, Executive Vice President AMSAT for the for the above information)

    + With the successful launch of Eutelsat Konnect VHTS on Sept. 7, there are just three Ariane 5 rockets remaining in Arianespace’s inventory. The
    Ariane 5, in service since 1996, is being retired in favor of the next-generation Ariane 6 rocket, a launcher European officials say will be cheaper to operate and more competitive in the global launch market. The
    Ariane 5 was once dominant in commercial launch business, but lower-cost
    launch services from SpaceX’s partially reusable Falcon 9 rocket have
    eroded Arianespace’s position. The Ariane 6 is an expendable design, like
    the Ariane 5. But Arianespace has secured contracts to launch European government missions and satellites for Amazon’s Kuiper broadband network on the Ariane 6, now scheduled to debut next year. (ANS thanks Spaceflight Now
    for the above information)

    + Chinese taikonauts Chen Dong and Liu Yang conducted an EVA outside of the Tiangong Space Station on Sept. 1, while Cai Xuzhe stayed on the station.
    They left the station at 10:26 UTC, and the EVA took until 16:33 UTC to be completed. This was the first time the airlock of the recently launched Wentian Module was used to initiate an EVA, as well as the first time the five-meter-long remote control arm of the Wentian module was used. Part of
    the EVA was to install heat control pumps on the Wentian module, a wide-field panoramic camera, and a variety of other tasks. Part of the EVA was also to verify the function of the recently installed Wentian Airlock and test procedures for an emergency abort of an EVA. (ANS thanks Spaceflight.com for the above information)

    + An incredible aurora has been filmed from the International Space Station (ISS) as it orbited hundreds of miles above the Earth. NASA posted the captivating footage to Twitter (https://bit.ly/3QJrFmp) on Sunday after a geomagnetic storm hit our planet. On September 4, a stream of solar wind
    struck the Earth, sparking a geomagnetic storm of the G2 class, according to the National Weather Service's Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). This storm produced an aurora in some regions, including parts of the United
    States. (ANS thanks Newsweek.com for the above information)

    + NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft recently got its first look at Didymos, the double-asteroid system that includes its target, Dimorphos. On Sept. 26, DART will intentionally crash into Dimorphos, the asteroid moonlet of Didymos. While the asteroid poses no threat to Earth,
    this is the world's first test of the kinetic impact technique, using a spacecraft to deflect an asteroid for planetary defense. (ANS thanks SpaceDaily.com for the above information)


    Join AMSAT today at https://launch.amsat.org/

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    be eligible for the student rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.

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    73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space!

    This week's ANS Editor, Jack Spitznagel, KD4IZ
    kd4iz at arrl dot org

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