• [ANS] ANS-296 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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    In this edition:

    * AMSAT Symposium Takes Place in Minnesota
    * AMSAT Board Elects Officers
    * Financial Policy is Focus of AMSAT Board
    * AMSAT Board Adopts ITAR/EAR Policy
    * Volunteer For AMSAT
    * ARISS News
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * Satellite Shorts From All Over

    ANS-296 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    From: Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
    712 H Street NE, Suite 1653
    Washington, DC 20002

    DATE 2022 Oct 23

    AMSAT Symposium Takes Place in Minnesota

    The 40th Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium & Annual General Meeting was
    held in Bloomington, Minnesota, Oct 21-23. Digital copies of the
    Proceedings of this Symposium can be purchased through the AMSAT Store
    online at www.amsat.org

    The first session was held Friday afternoon, and began with a brief welcome from AMSAT President Robert Bankston, KE4AL.

    The first presentation was "Building a Portable Sta;on for QO-100, the Geosta;onary Satellite Es'hail-2 Carrying Amateur Radio" by Stefan Wagener, VE4SW. While QO-100 is not accessible from North America, Stefan discussed
    his approach to a portable station that he has taken on European vacations.

    Randy Berger, WA0D, ARISS Director of Engineering followed with "What's
    New, ARISS on ISS and Mission to the Moon with Lunar Gateway?" His
    presentation focused on the Student on Orbit Sensor System (SoOSS) which
    will send telemetry from various sensors on the ISS in a format that can be easily received and decoded in schoolrooms on Earth.
    Randy also reported on prospects for amateur radio aboard the Lunar
    Gateway, a space station in a complex orbit around the moon. Opportunities exist and conversations with NASA are ongoing a the Gateway design emerges.

    "OTA Software Update for LEO Satellites," a presentation by Heimir Thor Sverrisson, W1ANT, discussed advantages and challenges of being able to reprogram satellites after launch with over the air updates.

    Nick Pugh, K5QXJ, presented with details on the CAPE IV 3U satellite
    currently in development with input from several universities. The primary mission will focus on educational projects aimed at high school and middle school classrooms.

    The afternoon session concluded with "Export Control and Economic Sanctions Policy" by Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT President. The presentation
    centered on the newly adopted ITAR/EAR policy formally adopted by the AMSAT Board at their meeting earlier in the day. The goal is to return to international cooperation in the building and launching of satellites while complying with Federal law.

    On Saturday morning, Nick Pugh, K5QXJ, updated the Symposium on "University
    of Louisiana at Lafaye[e Education Initiative" which encourages primary and middle school students to get involved in satellite technology through
    hands-on projects.

    Paul Graveline, K1YUB, provided and update on the AMSAT CubeSat Simulator project. The presentation included a pre-recorded video by AMSAT VP, Educational Relations Alan Johnston, KU2Y, reviewing educational events
    that have taken place in the previous months.

    A GOLF TEE update was presented by Kipton Moravec, AE5IB, who is an
    engineering volunteer coordinating the Electonic Power Subsystem (EPS) for
    the first satellite in the Greater Orbit, Larger Footprint (GOLF) series,
    known as the Technology Exploration Environment (TEE).

    "The AMSAT Linear Transponder Module" was presented by Burns Fisher, WB1FJ.
    The LTM is a multi-use transponder board set designed for universities and other partners launching cubesats who have need for a communications
    component. Similar to the radio systems in Fox and GOLF, the partnership provides easy downlinks for universities and a transponder for amateurs.

    In the afternoon on Saturday, Jonathan Brandenburg, KF5IDY, AMSAT Assistant
    VP, Engineering presented "Building a Helmholtz Cage for Dynamic Magnetic
    Field Generation and CubeSat Aitude Control Testing." Magnetorquers built
    to stabilize cubesats require test beds. A Helmholtz Cage provides the
    testing environment simulating the Earth's magnetic field, but is not
    trivial to build.

    AMSAT Board member Zach Metzinger, N0ZGO, provided a report on the reaction wheel project that will be used for 3-axis orientation of the GOLF
    satellites. The entire reaction wheel assembly is being constructed specifically for the project by AMSAT volunteers.

    As the final presentation, Jerry Buxton, AMSAT VP of Engineering, gave an
    AMSAT Engineering Update touching on Fox, Fox+, GOLF, and other projects.

    [ANS thanks Mark Johns, K0JM, 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!

    AMSAT Board Elects Officers

    During their meeting prior to the AMSAT Symposium, on Thursday, Oct. 20,
    the AMSAT Board of Directors elected officers for the coming year. Those elected are:

    Robert Bankston, KE4AL, President
    Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, Executive Vice President
    Jerry Buxton, N0JY, Vice President - Engineering
    Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, Vice President - Operations
    Alan Johnston, KU2Y, Vice President - Educational Relations
    Vacant Position, Vice President - Member Services
    Frank Karnauskas, N1UW, Vice President - Development
    Steve Belter, N9IP, Treasurer
    Jeff Davis, KE9V, Secretary

    In other business, reports on current status of various functions were
    received from the officers. President Robert Bankston reported that AMSAT's financial status is strong. Reduced overhead from the closing of the Washington, DC office has resulted in more funds to build & launch
    satellites. Also, AMSAT membership remains steady at more than 4000 members representing 75 countries.

    Acting Secretary Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, reported that the online election of Board members ran smoothly and resulted in considerable cost savings from
    the mailed paper ballot system previously used.

    Steve Belter, N9IP, AMSAT Treasurer, reported that funds on hand are
    sufficient to meet the needs of day-to-day operations and satellite design
    and building projects currently underway. He also reported that Form 990
    has been filed with IRS and will be posted publicly. Outside review of the books was conducted and found complete & correct. The Board voted
    unanimously to accept the review from McDaniel & Associates.

    Mark Hammond, N8MH, reported on behalf of the Operations team. He gave a rundown on the current status of various satellites now in orbit. Of
    particular note, FalconSat-3 is predicted to re-enter the atmosphere in the next few months, but may be made available on a limited basis until that
    time. Also, AO-16 is in a period of continuous sunlight, but has not yet responded to commands to switch on. The operations team will continue to
    try to reactivate the satellite. The operations team wishes to thank
    AMSAT-DL for providing telemetry from AO-109 via their 20-meter diameter
    dish antenna.

    Vice President - Development, Frank Karnauskas, N1UW, reported that
    membership in the President's Club remains steady. Grant requests have been made and are pending. Kidzsat and BuzzSat programs are starting up. For
    these programs, it is important to focus on being an educational and
    scientific organization. “Amateur radio isn't our purpose, it's our reward,” he noted.

    Mark Johns, K0JM, Senior Editor of the AMSAT News Service bulletins,
    reported that there is an ongoing need for volunteer editors to assist with creating and distributing the weekly bulletins. A long-term goal is to transition from plain text to html format for the email editions, but the
    Board expressed concerns that the bulletins remain accessible across
    various radio platforms, as well as via the internet. Concerns were raised about reporting of information embargoed by launch providers. AMSAT is
    bound by launch agreements to honor these restrictions.

    The AMSAT Journal has been successful in digital format, however content is needed. AMSAT members are encouraged to work with the Journal editors to develop ideas and projects into articles.

    The IT team has worked diligently on maintaining various email lists and systems. The Discord channel has several hundred members currently. AMSAT
    is seeking a webmaster to revamp the website for easier navigation.

    Contests & Awards Manager, Bruce Paige, KK5DO, reported that the Gridmaster Award has been the most sought after in the past year, but other awards are holding steady. Store receipts are similar to last year.

    At the close of the morning session, the Board adjourned for lunch.

    [ANS thanks Mark Johns, K0JM, for the above information]


    Financial Policy is Focus of AMSAT Board

    Policy decisions surrounding finances were the focus of the afternoon
    session of the AMSAT Board of Directors meeting in Bloomington, Minnesota
    on Thursday, Oct. 20. A A Policy Proposal for the handling of financial reserves was discussed, and a revised Financial Procedures Manual was
    discussed at length. Final copy will be approved at an upcoming meeting.

    Technical discussion was focused on development of a flight platform that
    could speed up testing of critical components. The platform would allow
    rapid testing of individual systems that can keep volunteer engineers
    engaged and speed deployment of new satellites. The test platform could be launched into short duration, low orbit flights that would be sufficient to verify system operation for insertion into longer duration projects, such
    as GOLF. Basic components could be sourced at low cost from Consumer Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components, and the AMSAT-built experimental segments
    can be added as needed.

    [ANS thanks Mark Johns, K0JM, 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.

    AMSAT Board Adopts ITAR/EAR Policy

    At an AMSAT Board of Directors held on Friday morning, Oct. 21, a detailed policy statement on compliance with U.S. technology export regulations. The purpose of the policy is to enable and encourage resumption of
    international cooperation in the building and launching of satellites while remaining within the bounds of Federal law.

    International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is "a United States
    regulatory regime to restrict and control the export of defense and
    military related technologies to safeguard U.S. national security and
    further U.S. foreign policy objectives," according to the U.S. State Department.

    The Export Administration Regulations (EAR) are a set of regulations administered by the U..S Commerce Department. The EAR regulates whether a person or organization may export something from the U.S. to another in a foreign country. The EAR apply to physical objects, as well as intellectual property such as technology and software.

    "It's beem more than a decade since AMSAT has collaborated with a non-U.S. organization to build and launch a satellite," said AMSAT President Robert Bankston, KE4AL. "We need to learn how to get back to that while operating
    in this new legal environment."

    The new policy will give AMSAT engineering volunteers guidance on how to do their work in collaboration with international partner while remaining
    within the law. By clarifying the steps necessary for compliance,
    volunteers can be more confident about their activities.

    [ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]


    Volunteer For AMSAT

    AMSAT needs qualified volunteers for a number of positions!

    If you want to be a part of the solution in making AMSAT operational and
    work toward designing, building and finding a launch, WE NEED YOU! No pay
    for 5+ hours per week, but a great deal of satisfaction in knowing you are helping make something happen. We need people with wide range of technical
    and non-technical skills.

    Immediate Openings

    * RF Engineer
    * Mechanical Engineers

    Satellite Development Technical Experience

    * Thermal design
    * Power systems design
    * RF systems design
    * Internal Housekeeping Unit (IHU) systems, command, and control hardware
    * IHU software design and development
    * Especially SDR and DSP
    * PC board layout and construction
    * Systems Engineering
    * Test planning and system testing
    * Mechanical design and construction
    * Ground station software development

    If you have hardware or software technical skills, and proven experience directly applicable to satellite design, please contact the AMSAT Vice President of Engineering (N0JY).

    Due to the American International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you
    must be either a US Citizen or a permanent resident (ITAR Qualifications).
    This is not our reflection on foreign citizens, but is required by existing
    US law. Recent changes suggest that this restriction may soon be lifted or
    at least modified. If and when this happens, we will be delighted to be
    able to again work freely with our foreign colleagues.

    AMSAT News and Communications

    Communications through ANS and the AMSAT Journal are essential in keeping
    both with our members and the wider public informed. If your have good communications skills and are interested, please contact AMSAT
    Communications Volunteer Coordinator.

    * Join the AMSAT News Service (ANS) team as a weekly editor on a rotating schedule reporting on amateur radio in space and related activities.

    * Assistant Editor for the AMSAT Journal magazine working with authors, columnists and members developing and publishing print articles on amateur radio in space and related activities.

    General AMSAT support

    * Web design and maintenance
    * Web site information maintenance
    * Video recording, digital conversion and editing
    * Write technical or instructional material
    * Educational activities

    Promoting AMSAT as an Ambassador

    Any other area you think you think you can make a difference.

    AMSAT is an organization of self starters. While we sometimes have tasks
    which we can assign, our most important contributions come from someone who sees a need, has the skills to solve the problem, and then goes ahead and
    does so. So pick an area that you think needs improvement and explain what
    you will do to make it better.

    AMSAT has developed a survey which gives us a good general idea of
    someone’s interests and experience. You can download it at https://bit.ly/3shvGV6 and fill in the information on screen. Please follow
    the instructions, and send it, along with any additional information you
    feel relevant, to volunteer@amsat.org.

    [ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]

    Want to fly the colors on your own grid expedition?
    Get your AMSAT car flag and other neat stuff
    from our Zazzle store!
    25% of the purchase price of each product goes
    towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space


    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.

    Chief Whitecap Elementary School, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada,
    telebridge via VK6MJ
    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
    The scheduled crewmember is Josh Cassada KI5CRH
    Contact was successful: Wed 2022-10-19 17:35:07 UTC 86 deg
    Congratulations to the Chief Whitecap Elementary School students and Josh!

    Canterbury School of Fort Myers, Fort Myers, FL, direct via W4LX
    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
    The scheduled crewmember is Josh Cassada KI5CRH
    Contact is go for: Mon 2022-10-24 17:36:16 UTC 46 deg
    Watch for Livestream at https://vimeo.com/762320321

    Five Bridges Junior High School, Stillwater Lake, NS, Canada, telebridge
    via VK4KHZ
    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
    The scheduled crewmember is Josh Cassada KI5CRH
    Contact is go for: Wed 2022-10-26 13:44:18 UTC 62 deg
    Watch for Livestream at https://www.youtube.com/c/ARISSlive and https://nslive.tv/five-bridges-ariss

    Ufa, Russia, direct via TBD
    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
    The scheduled crewmember is Anna Kikina
    Contact is go for Sun 2022-10-30 18:45 UTC

    The crossband repeater continues to be active. 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

    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

    ND0C: We will be operating on some passes from EN41 later this week (Week
    of 10/17) while on our last camping trip of the season. This will again be
    a holiday-style rove on FM and linear sats

    KC1MMC: Holiday style or message for pass between laps at Poconos raceway. FN21. Oct 22,23. Hopefully a pass or two in FN33 on the way back on. Oct

    KD8CAO: ke8rju kd8cao and K8DP are headed to @AMSAT Space Symposium.
    Plan is to stop in Wisconsin tomorrow (10/20), EN43 or EN44, See twitter
    for details.

    [ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page 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.

    No events are scheduled at this time.

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


    Satellite Shorts From All Over

    + Three NASA astronauts and a European flier boarded their SpaceX Crew
    Dragon capsule, undocked from the International Space Station and plunged
    back to Earth Friday, splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean east of
    Jacksonville to close out a 170-day mission. With Crew 4 commander Kjell Lindgren, KO5MOS, and co-pilot Bob Hines monitoring cockpit displays,
    flanked by Jessica Watkins and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, the Crew Dragon “Freedom” undocked f
    rom the Harmony
    module’s upper port at 17:05z. Descending under four large parachut
    es, the
    capsule gently splashed down off Florida’s east coast at 21:55z, wi
    sight of a SpaceX recovery ship stationed nearby. (ANS thanks Spaceflight
    Now for the above information)

    + China is preparing to launch the final missions to complete its
    three-module Tiangong space station which it plans to keep constantly
    occupied for at least a decade. A Long March 5B is being assembled and
    tested at Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on the southern island of
    Hainan. The 849-metric-ton rocket is expected to launch the third and final module for the Tiangong space station at the end of October. After
    insertion into orbit by the Long March 5B first stage, Mengtian will
    rendezvous and dock with Tiangong, joining two earlier modules—the
    core module and Wentian experiment module—in orbit to complete the
    space station. (ANS thanks Space News for the above information)

    + NASA is ready to resume spacewalks outside the International Space
    Station after completing an investigation of water found in a spacesuit
    during a spacewalk earlier this year. The agency said Oct. 18 it expected
    to resume spacewalks at the station in mid-November after tracking down the source of a thin layer of water that pooled on the visor of European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer at the end of a March 23 spacewalk. The investigation, which included returning the spacesuit Maurer wore to Earth
    for analysis on a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft in August, concluded there
    was no specific hardware flaw with the suit itself. Instead, NASA blamed “integrated system performance where several variables such as crew
    exertion and crew cooling settings led to the generation of comparatively larger than normal amounts of condensation within the system.” NASA
    that, in response, it has updated procedures and developed “new mit
    hardware” to minimize water accumulation and to absorb any water th
    at does
    accumulate in the helmet. With those measures, NASA says spacewalks can
    resume on the station. (ANS thanks Space News for the above information)

    + Richard Branson's small satellite service provider Virgin Orbit Holdings
    Inc (VORB.O) will be doing its first launch from European soil within the
    next six weeks, its founder said on Oct. 18. "Virgin Orbit can launch satellites into space from anywhere in the world into any orbit at a days notice," Branson said during a press conference in Milan, Italy. "We are
    doing the first launch from European soil into space within the next six
    weeks ... from Cornwall," he added. (ANS thanks Reuters for the above information)


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

    In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership to:

    * Societies (a recognized group, clubs or organization).
    * Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership at
    one-half the standard yearly rate.
    * Post-secondary school students enrolled in at least half time status
    shall be eligible for the student rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary
    years in this status.
    * Memberships are available for annual and lifetime terms.

    Contact info [at] amsat.org for additional membership information.

    73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space!

    This week's ANS Editor, Mark Johns, K0JM
    k0jm at amsat dot org

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