• [ANS] ANS-099 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    From Mark Johns, K0JM via ANS@21:1/5 to All on Sat Apr 8 20:11:35 2023
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    In this edition:

    * NASA Selects Three Hams for Artemis Mission
    * TAPR/AMSAT Banquet to Be Held May 19
    * AMSAT Discord Server Available
    * Wordsmiths Wanted by AMSAT
    * VUCC Satellite Standing April 2023
    * INSPIRE.Sat 7 Launch Imminent
    * No Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution
    * ARISS News
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * Satellite Shorts From All Over

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    ANS-099 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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

    DATE 2023 April 09

    NASA Selects Three Hams for Artemis Mission

    NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announced the four astronauts who
    will venture around the Moon on Artemis II, the first crewed mission on NASA’s path to establishing a long-term presence at the Moon for sc
    and exploration through Artemis. The agencies revealed the crew members on Monday, April 3, during an event at Ellington Field near NASA’s Joh
    Space Center in Houston.

    The crew assignments are as follows: Commander Reid Wiseman, KF5LKT, Pilot Victor Glover, KI5BKC, Mission Specialist Christina Hammock Koch, and
    Mission Specialist Jeremy Hansen, KF5LKU. They will work as a team to
    execute an ambitious set of demonstrations during the flight test.

    Presently scheduled for November of 2024, the approximately 10-day Artemis
    II flight test will launch on the agency’s powerful Space Launch Sy
    rocket, prove the Orion spacecraft’s life-support systems, and vali
    date the
    capabilities and techniques needed for humans to live and work in deep

    The flight, set to build upon the successful uncrewed Artemis I mission completed in December, 2022 will set the stage for the first woman and
    first person of color on the Moon through the Artemis program, paving the
    way for future for long-term human exploration missions to the Moon, and eventually Mars. This is the agency’s Moon to Mars exploration appr

    This will be Wiseman’s second trip into space, serving previously a
    s a
    flight engineer aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for Expedition
    41 from May through November 2014. Wiseman has logged more than 165 days in space, including almost 13 hours as lead spacewalker during two trips
    outside the orbital complex. He participated in ARISS contacts during the mission.

    The mission will also be Glover’s second spaceflight, serving previ
    ously as
    pilot on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1, which landed May 2, 2021, after 168
    days in
    space. As a flight engineer aboard the space station for Expedition 64, he contributed to scientific investigations, technology demonstrations, and participated in four spacewalks. He also made numerous ARISS school
    contacts from the ISS.

    Koch also will be making her second flight into space on the Artemis II mission. She served as flight engineer aboard the space station for
    Expedition 59, 60, and 61. Koch set a record for the longest single
    spaceflight by a woman with a total of 328 days in space and participated
    in the first all-female spacewalks.

    Representing Canada, Hansen is making his first flight to space. A colonel
    in the Canadian Armed Forces and former fighter pilot, Hansen holds a
    Bachelor of Science in space science from Royal Military College of Canada
    in Kingston, Ontario, and a Master of Science in physics from the same institution in 2000, with a research focus on Wide Field of View Satellite Tracking. He was one of two recruits selected by CSA in May 2009 through
    the third Canadian Astronaut Recruitment Campaign and has served as Capcom
    in NASA's Mission Control Center at Johnson and, in 2017, became the first Canadian to be entrusted with leading a NASA astronaut class, leading the training of astronaut candidates from the United States and Canada.
    Although a Canadian citizen, he holds a U.S. Amateur license and callsign.

    [ANS thanks NASA for the above information]

    The 2023 AMSAT President's Club coins are here now!
    To commemorate the 40th anniversary of its launch
    on June 16, 1983, this year's coin features
    an image of AMSAT-OSCAR 10.
    Join the AMSAT President's Club today and help
    Keep Amateur Radio in Space!

    14th Annual TAPR/AMSAT Banquet to Be Held May 19

    The 14th annual TAPR/AMSAT Banquet will be held at the Kohler Presidential Banquet Center on Friday, May 19th at 18:30 EDT. This dinner is always a highlight of the TAPR (Tucson Amateur Packet Radio) and AMSAT (Radio
    Amateur Satellite Corp.) activities during the Dayton Hamvention. This
    year's banquet speaker will be announced in the coming weeks.

    The Kohler Presidential Banquet Center is located at 4548 Presidential Way, Kettering, Ohio - about 20 minutes away from the Greene County Fairgrounds.

    Tickets ($60 each) may be purchased from the AMSAT store ( https://www.amsat.org/product/2023-tapr-amsat-joint-hamvention-banquet-regi stration/).
    The banquet ticket purchase deadline is Friday, May 12th. Banquet tickets
    must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the AMSAT booth. There will be no tickets to pick up at the AMSAT booth. Tickets purchased on-line will be maintained on a list with check-in at the door at the banquet
    center. Seating is limited to the number of meals reserved with the Kohler caterers based on the number of tickets sold by the deadline.

    [ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]


    AMSAT Discord Server Available

    The AMSAT IT Team has issued a reminder that one of several communication services that AMSAT-NA maintains for the greater amateur radio community is
    the AMSAT Discord server.

    General information about the Discord server may be found at https://www.amsat.org/amsat-discord-server/ For those already familiar
    with Discord, the direct link to join the server is https://discord.com/invite/xbTXcPJHyt

    Although often hidden in the background (QRN perhaps?), the AMSAT-NA IT Volunteer Team works very hard to maintain, and improve, services such as
    the Mailman lists (reflectors), the callsign e-mail forwarding service, the AMSAT-NA website, the TLE (Keps) server, the GitLab instance, and the
    Discord server. Together with other volunteers, the team does its best to deliver services that work for YOU.

    Those who have an interest in volunteering for AMSAT-NA, and have Linux
    server administration, programming/DevOps experience, or other experience
    in IT, please contact the team at IT@amsat.org. We would love to talk more about how you might contribute to our community.

    [ANS thanks Matthew Alberti, KM4EXS, AMSAT IT Team for the above


    Wordsmiths Wanted by AMSAT

    Some hams have the skills to build satellites, others can code software
    apps. But even for those who aren't the technical type, there are still
    ways to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space!

    AMSAT News Service (ANS) is always eager to have volunteers as editors of
    the weekly bulletins. Editors gather news items related to amateur
    satellite operations and package them for distribution worldwide. The
    process requires attention to detail on matters of grammar, spelling, and
    style -- but soldering or programming skills are not required, and the time commitment is flexible.

    For more information, contact k0jm at amsat.org

    [ANS thanks Mark Johns, K0JM, ANS Senior Editor, 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.

    VUCC Satellite Standing April 2023

    The following is the VUCC Satellite Award/Endorsement Change Summary for
    March 01, 2023 to April 01, 2023.
    CALLSIGN March April
    KO4MA 1786 1933
    AA5PK 1162 1282
    N8RO 1173 1230
    VE1CWJ 609 1000
    KF7R 925 950
    N0JE 879 883
    K9UO 777 813
    NS3L 785 800
    DL2GRC 725 750
    N4UFO (EM95) New 730
    W8LR 703 725
    EA2AA 665 675
    KQ4DO 600 633
    KG0D 415 600
    KB1HY 457 521
    WB7QXU 400 451
    VA7LM 104 400
    WA2FHJ New 321
    JG6CDH 235 305
    VA3VGR 209 302
    EA3TA 200 301
    AG7NR 200 250
    HB9RYZ New 248
    HC2FG 154 239
    XE2YWH 114 235
    JE1TNL 150 201
    JA1QJI 109 200
    WD9EWK (DM22) 195 198
    WD9EWK (DM23) 192 195
    N6PAZ 121 177
    WD9EWK (DM42) 171 175
    KB9DAK 108 164
    NK0S 150 159
    JS1LQI 101 155
    F6EQD New 130
    DL5KUA New 128
    PV8DX/P New 110
    BH8DKD New 102
    DL3RTL New 102
    E29AHU New 101
    KN4NN New 100
    N9ZTS New 100 ---------------------------------------------
    Congratulations to the new VUCC holders.
    BH8DKD is first VUCC Satellite holder from China and OM10
    E29AHU is first VUCC Satellite holder from Thailand and NK93
    N4UFO is first VUCC Satellite holder from EM34
    PV8DX is first VUCC Satellite holder from FJ92
    F6EQD is first VUCC Satellite holder from JN05
    DL5KUA is first VUCC Satellite holder from JO53

    [ANS thanks Jon Goering, N7AZ, for the above information]


    INSPIRE.Sat 7 Launch Imminent

    The INSPIRE-Sat 7 satellite is scheduled to be launched on the SpaceX Transporter 7 mission on 11 April 2023 at 06:48 UTC. The INSPIRE-Sat 7 satellite is a university project carried out by the University of
    Versailles Saint-Quentin en Yvelines (France) on behalf of LATMOS (UVSQ, Sorbonne University, Université Paris Saclay, CNRS).

    This satellite is a demonstrator for experimenting new technologies with a strong involvement of students. This satellite allows the experimentation
    of miniaturized remote sensing sensors that could be used for multi-point observation of essential climate variables (ECV) and the ionosphere.

    INSPIRE-Sat 7 carries :
    * A 435.200 MHz telemetry channel with BPSK mode - GR3UH 9k6
    * An FM transponder with an uplink of 145.830 MHz and a downlink of
    435.200 MHz. The FM transponder is expected to be active at least twice a month, depending on the satellite power budget.
    * The SPINO card that will be activated for experimentation

    To receive the telemetry, a software has been developed: KissTool. It is available for Windows & Linux:
    Linux: https://site.amsat-f.org/download/118791/?tmstv80945385
    Windows : https://site.amsat-f.org/download/118784/?tmstv80945385

    The user manual is available in French ( https://site.amsat-f.org/josast-kisstool/ ) and English ( https://code.electrolab.fr/xtof/josast/-/blob/27-new-application-for-spino/ ApplicationKissTool/src/site/markdown/UserManual.md

    [ANS thanks Christophe Merceur, AMSAT-Francophone president, 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

    Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for April 6

    Two Line Elements or TLEs, often referred to as Keplerian elements or keps
    in the amateur community, are the inputs to the SGP4 standard mathematical model of spacecraft orbits used by most amateur tracking programs. Weekly updates are completely adequate for most amateur satellites. TLE bulletin
    files are updated Thursday evenings around 2300 UTC, or more frequently if
    new high interest satellites are launched. More information may be found at https://www.amsat.org/keplerian-elements-resources/

    As of April 6, there are no additions or deletions to the weekly AMSAT-NA
    TLE distribution.

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



    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.

    Collège Saint-Anatoile, Salins-Les-Bains, France, telebridge via ON4IS
    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS. The scheduled
    crewmember is Steve Bowen, KI5BKB. The ARISS mentor is F6ICS. Contact was successful: Friday 2023-04-07 14:27:26 UTC 86 degrees elevation. Congratulations to the Collège Saint-Anatoile students, Steve, and men
    Specific link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/live_stream?channely6st8UemV-88B0PbRlT5s
    Otherwise: School Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@technofg/stream

    Vologda, Russia, direct via TBD. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to
    be RSØISS. The scheduled crewmember is Dimitri Petelin. The ARISS ment
    or is
    RV3DR. Contact is go for Sat 2023-04-08 10:35 UTC

    Kaliningrad, Russia, direct via TBD. The ISS callsign is presently
    scheduled to be RSØISS. The scheduled crewmember is Sergey Prokopyev.
    ARISS mentor is RV3DR. Contact is go for Sunday 2023-04-09 11:20 UTC

    Yekaterinburg, Russia, direct via TBD. The ISS callsign is presently
    scheduled to be RSØISS. The scheduled crewmember is Sergey Prokopyev.
    ARISS mentor is RV3DR. Contact is go for Wednesday 2023-04-12 09:05 UTC

    Shchelkovo, Russia, direct via TBD. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled
    to be RSØISS. The scheduled crewmember is Andrey Fediaev. The ARISS me
    is RV3DR. Contact is go for Wednesday 2023-04-12 10:35 UTC

    Vyborg, Russia, direct via TBD. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to
    be RSØISS. The scheduled crewmember is Andrey Fediaev. The ARISS mento
    r is
    RV3DR. Contact is go for Sat 2023-04-15 09:50 UTC

    Note, all times are approximate. It is recommended that you do your own orbital prediction or start listening about 10 minutes before the listed

    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]


    Upcoming Satellite Operations

    On April 9 Doug, VA7LM, will be making a quick trip and travelling through
    CO55 and CO64, possibly others. Look for him after 1600z mostly linear
    sats. He will update via Twitter if he has coverage.

    Ray, KN2K, hopes to be QRV from the FM28/FM29 gridline in Delaware on 11
    April. Watch his Twitter and/or https://www.amsat.org/satellite-info/upcoming-satellite-operations/ for updates.

    Jerry, W8LR, will rove in West Virginia, EM88, on 15 & 16 April:
    2334z 15th IO-117 Asia, NA, SA, EU, AF, Eur-Asia
    0335z 16th IO-117 SA, NA, AF, EU, Eur-Asia
    1643z 16th RS-44 SA, NA, EU (ed: I do not have QRG info)
    1729z 16th IO-117 SA, NA, EU, Eur-Asia
    2150z 16th IO-117 AS, NA, SA, EU, AF, Eur-Asia
    Log as W8LR/R

    Nick, M1DDD will operate as MM1DDD/P on 18-22 April
    IO74/IO75 18th
    IO66/IO76 19th & 20th
    IO67/IO77 21st
    IO86 22nd
    Watch Nick’s Twitter and/or https://www.amsat.org/satellite-info/upcoming-satellite-operations/ for updates.

    [ANS thanks Ian Parsons, K5ZM, 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.

    AMSAT Ambassador Clint Bradford, K6LCS, has a few satellite presentations scheduled...
    Omaha, Nebraska - 04/14
    Tennessee - 04/20
    Pennsylvania - 05/02
    Ohio, tailored to young students and the ISS - 05/08
    Great Britain - 05/11

    Think a 75-minute presentation on “working the easy satellites
    would be
    appropriate for your club or event? Let Clint know! He has NEVER given the exact same show twice: EACH of the 150+ presentations so far has been customized/tailored to their audiences. An email message received after a recent presentation:

    "I really enjoyed Clint’s presentation last night. The fact that he
    taken the time to research and know something about his audience and
    welcomed interaction made it very informative and enjoyable. This was a refreshing change from many canned YouTube presentations I’ve tried
    watch, which were poorly done, fuzzy video or muddy audio, or a badly
    prepared presenter stumbling his way through, with any valuable info lost
    along the way. Thanks for hooking this one up.”

    [ANS thanks Clint Bradford, K6LCS, and the AMSAT Events page for the above information]


    Satellite Shorts From All Over

    + Lockheed Martin announced a subsidiary called Crescent Space which will develop a lunar communications network called Parsec, starting with two
    250kg spacecraft in lunar orbit. Details may be found at
    https://lmt.co/43hWWE6 (ANS thanks Jeff Davis, KE9V, AMSAT Secretary, for
    the above information)

    + The combination of Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and NASA’s
    Space Center hosted 57 launches in 2022, more than any other launch range
    in the world and more launches than any other country except China. For
    now, the level of launch activity at the Cape remains manageable. But
    warning signs are emerging. One is that the Cape is effectively full. The infrastructure to support those launch sites, such as power, commodities
    and roads, is aging. (ANS thanks SpaceNews for the above information)

    + Two Roscosmos cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut took a short ride around
    the space station inside the Soyuz MS-23 crew ship relocating it from the
    Poisk module to the Prichal docking module early Thursday, April 6.
    Commander Sergey Prokopyev guided the MS-23 to its new docking port flanked
    by flight engineers Dmitri Petelin and Frank Rubio. The relocation opens up Poisk’s airlock for future Roscosmos spacewalks in Orlan spacesuits
    frees its docking port for the upcoming ISS Progress 84 resupply mission.
    (ANS thanks NASA for the above information)

    + Launch company Virgin Orbit filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy April 4,
    having failed to achieve financial orbit after burning through more than $1 billion. (ANS thanks SpaceNews 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, KØJM
    k0jm [at] amsat.org


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