• [ANS] ANS-155 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    From Mark Johns, K0JM via ANS@21:1/5 to All on Sat Jun 3 20:08:56 2023
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    In this edition:

    * Astronauts Engage in Voice Contacts from International Space Station
    * The March/April AMSAT Journal is Available
    * VUCC Satellite Standings June 2023
    * New Record Set with Seventeen People in Earth Orbit Simultaneously
    * Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution
    * Another Delay For Boeing’s Starliner Crew Capsule
    * ARISS News
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * Satellite Shorts From All Over

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    ANS-155 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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

    DATE 2023 June 4

    Astronauts Engage in Voice Contacts from International Space Station

    Amateur radio enthusiasts were thrilled as astronauts aboard the
    International Space Station (ISS) engaged in voice contacts as NA1SS over
    the period of May 25-29. The astronauts, John Shoffner, KO4MJC and Woody Hoburg, KB3HTZ, provided an opportunity for amateur radio operators to establish contact with the orbiting space station.

    The Amateur Radio on the ISS (ARISS) program facilitated these voice
    contacts, allowing radio operators to communicate with the astronauts
    onboard the ISS. As the news spread on social media, amateur radio
    operators shared their excitement about making successful contacts with the astronauts.

    Hams from different parts of the world, including Europe, the United
    States, and the United Kingdom, shared their experiences of communicating
    with the ISS crew on Twitter. The astronauts were actively seeking
    information about the location of each station, showing a keen interest in
    the diverse range of contacts they were making.

    The ARISS program encourages participants to submit QSL cards to
    commemorate their successful contacts. These cards serve as proof of communication with the International Space Station. The ARISS website
    provides information on how to send in QSL cards and further details about
    the program. The QSL contacts are regional so find the proper one at: https://ariss.org/qsl-cards.html

    For many radio operators, making contact with the International Space
    Station is a memorable experience. The ability to communicate with
    astronauts orbiting the Earth, even if only for a brief moment, is a
    testament to the power of amateur radio and its ability to connect people across vast distances.

    As the ARISS program continues to facilitate these voice contacts, space
    and amateur radio enthusiasts eagerly await further opportunities to
    establish communication with the astronauts onboard the ISS. The chance to exchange greetings and information with those who reside in space remains a unique experience that showcases the wonders of technology and human

    Operators interested in attempting a contact with the ISS crew, should set
    the downlink frequency to 437.800 MHz FM and listen for activity. The
    uplink frequency is 145.990 MHz FM with a PL tone of 67 Hz. The ARISS
    website and the AMSAT status page provide information on the ISS crew's
    radio activities. See https://www.ariss.org/contact-the-iss.html for

    [ANS thanks Mitch Ahrenstorff, AD0HJ, 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!

    The March/April AMSAT Journal is Available

    The March/April 2023 issue of The AMSAT Journal is now available to members
    on AMSAT’s Member Portal.

    Inside the Current Issue
    Apogee View – Robert Bankston, KE4AL
    Educational Relations Update - Alan Johnston, KU2Y
    Generative AI and Amateur Radio in Space: A Chatbot Conversation - Joe Kornowski, KB6IGK
    AMSAT CubeSatSim Version 2 Design - Alan Johnston, KU2Y
    Operating Low Elevation DX via GreenCube - Dave Fisher, KG0D
    Evaluating Antennas For LEO Satellites - Terry Osborne, ZL2BAC

    The AMSAT Journal is a bi-monthly digital magazine for amateur radio in
    space enthusiasts, published by the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT). Each issue is your source for hardware and software projects, technical tips, STEM initiatives, operational activities, and news from
    around the world. Join AMSAT to get immediate access to the latest issue
    and archived issues of The AMSAT Journal.

    [ANS thanks Joe Koronowski, Editor AMSAT Journal for the above information]

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    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 Standings June 2023

    VUCC Satellite Award/Endorsement Change Summary for
    May 01, 2023 to June 01, 2023. ------------------------------------------------------------
    Callsign May June
    K8DP 1425 1500
    AA5PK 1282 1324
    KF7R 975 1000
    NS3L 826 851
    K9UO 828 850
    AC9O 675 836
    KE8RJU 725 825
    DF2ET 700 752
    W8LR 735 751
    G0IIQ 519 750
    EA2AA 675 686
    KQ4DO 633 675
    KS1G 628 655
    FG8OJ 531 600
    W8MTB 515 600
    N9FN 567 569
    N8MR 499 509
    IK1IYU 101 508
    A65BR 260 436
    JG6CDH 305 353
    KF0QS 205 301
    JL1SAM 200 300
    WA1ECF 299 300
    JN1BPM 178 257
    JA1QJI 200 253
    N6PAZ 201 223
    SA0UNX New 205
    IK1SLD New 200
    W3UTD New 186
    NK0S 159 164
    JR0GAS 108 140
    N6UTC (DM14) New 110
    NY1V 102 104
    G0MOH New 100
    JA9OJM New 100
    JE2UFF New 100 ------------------------------------------------------------

    Congratulations to the new VUCC holders.
    G0MOH is first VUCC Satellite holder from IO70
    SA0UNX is first VUCC Satellite holder from JO99
    JA9OJM and JE2UFF are first VUCC Satellite holders from PM86

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


    New Record Set with Seventeen People in Earth Orbit Simultaneously

    In a remarkable achievement, the number of individuals in Earth orbit has reached a new record high. On May 30, 2023, a total of seventeen people
    from five different countries were in Earth orbit.

    The population in orbit skyrocketed with the launch of China's Shenzhou 16 mission, which took place on May 29 at 9:31 p.m. EDT. This three-person
    mission propelled the overall count to a new record. Previously, the record stood at fourteen people, achieved during the privately funded Inspiration4 mission in September 2021.

    The current count consists of four crews representing various space
    agencies and private ventures. The first crew, Shenzhou 16, consists of
    Chinese taikonauts Jing Haipeng, Zhu Yangzhu, and Gui Haichao, who have
    joined the astronauts already aboard China's Tiangong space station. This mission contributes three members to the total count.

    The second crew, Shenzhou 15, consists of Fei Junlong, Deng Qingming, and
    Zhang Lu. They have been residing aboard the Tiangong space station since November 2022 and are expected to return to Earth in early June. Their
    presence adds another three individuals to the record-breaking count.

    The third crew, Expedition 69, comprises seven members from different countries. It includes cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev, Dmitry Petelin, and
    Andrey Fedyaev from Russia's Roscosmos, as well as astronauts Frank Rubio, Stephen Bowen, KI5BKB, and Warren "Woody" Hoburg, KB3HTZ, from NASA.
    Emirati astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi, KI5VTV, of the United Arab Emirates
    (UAE) also joins them. These individuals are currently on the International Space Station (ISS), contributing significantly to the total population in orbit.

    The fourth crew, Axiom-2, is composed of Axiom Space astronaut Peggy
    Whitson, private astronaut John Shoffner, KO4MJC, and Saudi Arabian
    astronauts Ali AlQarni, 7Z1AJ, and Rayyanah Barnawi, 7Z1RB. They departed
    the ISS aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon "Freedom" on May 30. The Axiom-2 crew splashed down off the Florida panhandle near Panama City around 11 p.m. on
    May 30, reducing the count to thirteen people.

    Interestingly, the current record-breaking count coincides with another milestone. Barnawi, a member of the Ax-2 mission, became the 600th person
    to enter Earth orbit. She also holds the distinction of being the first
    Saudi woman in space, as she launched alongside her crew on May 21.

    Although the record stands at seventeen people in Earth orbit, it's worth noting that a recent record for the most people in space (not just in Earth orbit) was set briefly. For approximately five minutes, a total of twenty individuals were off the planet. This record occurred when the six members
    of Virgin Galactic's Unity 25 SpaceShipTwo crew embarked on a suborbital spaceflight, coinciding with three Chinese taikonauts residing aboard
    Tiangong and eleven astronauts, cosmonauts, and spaceflight participants
    aboard the International Space Station.

    The previous record for the most people in space simultaneously was set
    during Blue Origin's New Shepard NS-19 suborbital flight on December 11,
    2021, when there were briefly nineteen individuals off Earth.

    Since the year 2000, there has been an unbroken presence of humans in
    space, starting with the first crew to inhabit the International Space
    Station. China's completion of its three-module Tiangong space station last year marks another significant milestone. The Shenzhou 16 crew represents
    the station's fifth contingent since 2021.

    [ANS thanks Robert Z. Pearlman, Space.com Contributor, for the above information]

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    Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for June 2

    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/

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

    NUDATSat NORAD Cat ID 42787 (decayed form orbit on 28 MAY 2023 per Space-Track).

    [ANS thanks Joe Fitzgerald, KM1P, AMSAT-NA Assistant Orbital Elements
    Manager, for the above information]


    Another Delay For Boeing’s Starliner Crew Capsule

    Boeing and NASA officials said Thursday, June 1, that the first launch of astronauts on Boeing’s delay-prone Starliner crew capsule won
    t happen in
    July after engineers recently discovered a problem with the spacecraft
    parachute system and identified flammable tape around wiring harnesses
    inside the vehicle.

    The technical problems, which escaped detection for years, dealt another setback for Boeing’s Starliner program, already running years behin
    schedule after a series of issues with software, valves, and other parts of
    the spacecraft.

    NASA wants Boeing’s Starliner to come online as a second U.S. crew transportation provider for the space station. Russia’s Soyuz space
    which was the sole vehicle to carry crews to the space station for nine
    years, is currently NASA’s backup if SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rock
    et or Crew
    Dragon spacecraft suffer significant delays or failures.

    NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams, KD5PLB, were in the final stages of training for launch on the first Starliner crew mission, called
    the Crew Flight Test, as soon as July 21. They were slated to lift off from Cape Canaveral on a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket and fly to the
    space station on the Starliner spacecraft for a test flight lasting about
    one week, then return to Earth for a parachute-assisted landing in New

    That would have paved the way for Boeing to start launching regular NASA
    crew rotation flights to the space station on a schedule of about once per
    year beginning in 2024.

    Boeing and NASA officials did not provide an estimate for when engineers
    might resolve the newest technical problems on the Starliner spacecraft.

    [ANS thanks SpaceflightNow 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.

    Recently completed:
    About Gagarin From Space, SBEI Secondary School No. 285 of the Krasnoselsky District of St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia, direct via R1AIT. The
    ISS callsign was RSØISS. The crewmember was Andrey Fediaev and the ARI
    mentor was RV3DR. Contact was successful on 2023-05-27 at 16:48 UTCCongratulations to the St. Petersburg students, Andrey, and mentor RV3DR

    About Gagarin From Space, Muslyumovo, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, direct
    via RC4P. The ISS callsign was RSØISS. The crewmember was Dmitry Petel
    and the ARISS mentor was RV3DR. Contact was successful on 2023-05-28 at
    14:26 UTC. Congratulations to the Muslyumovo students, Dmitry, and mentor RV3DR!

    Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre, Dubai, UAE, direct via A68MBR. The ISS callsign was OR4ISS. The crewmember was Sultan Al Neyadi. KI5VTV, and the ARISS mentor was ON6TI. Contact was successful on Wed 2023-05-31 at
    08:42:20 UTC. Congratulations to the Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre
    students, Sultan Al Neyadi KI5VTV, and mentor ON6TI!

    Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre, Dubai, UAE, direct via A68MBR. The
    crewmember was Sultan Al Neyadi. KI5VTV, and the ARISS mentor was ON6TI. Contact was successful on Thu 2023-06-01 07:53:35 UTC. Congratulations to
    the Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre students, Sultan Al Neyadi KI5VTV, and mentor ON6TI!

    About Gagarin From Space, MAOU Ust-Ivanovo Secondary School,
    Blagoveshchensk, Russia, direct via RKØJ. The ISS callsign was RS
    ISS. The
    crewmember was Dmitry Petelin and the ARISS mentor was RV3DR. Contact was successful: Thu 2023-06-01 08:10 UTC. Congratulations to the MAOU
    Ust-Ivanovo Secondary School students, Dmitry, and mentor RV3DR!

    Upcoming contacts:
    Saint Petersburg, 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 Sat 2023-06-10 10:15 UTC

    The crossband repeater continues to be active (145.990 MHz up {PL 67} &
    437.800 MHz down). 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 packet system is also active (145.825 MHz up & down).

    As always, if there is an EVA, a docking, or an undocking; the ARISS radios
    are turned off as part of the safety protocol.

    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 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

    From Jerry, W8LR: June 4 EN80/EN81 gridline. Logging as W8LR and operating
    on IO-117, RS-44, JO-97, AO-7 Mode B, and AO-91 if available.

    Please submit any additions or corrections to k5zm (at) comcast (dot) net.

    [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 Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting
    October 20-21, 2013
    Dallas, Texas

    AMSAT Ambassador Clint Bradford, K6LCS, says,
    "Think a 75-minute presentation on "working the easy satellites" would be appropriate for your club or event? Let me know by emailing me at
    k6lcsclint (at) gmail (dot) com or calling me at 909-999-SATS (7287)!"

    Clint 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 had
    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 to
    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 AMSAT for the above information]


    Satellite Shorts From All Over

    + A casual meeting of QO-100 users is being planned for Saturday, June 24,
    2023 starting at 19:00 CEST at a restaurant near the HAM RADIO trade show
    in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Members of AMSAT-DL and QO-100 DX Club have already confirmed their participation. Others interested are asked to
    confirm their participation at: https://nuudel.digitalcourage.de/PCbXouT7CSXsKPUa More details will follow here shortly before the event. (ANS thanks AMSAT-DL for the above

    + Virgin Orbit, the launch provider for AO-109, sold its assets at
    bankruptcy auction and shut down on May 22. Rocket Lab bought the company
    Long Beach headquarters ($16.1M), Stratolaunch bought their modified 747 ($17M), and Launcher (now owned by Vast) bought a Mojave facility along
    with sundry equipment ($2.7M). (ANS thanks The Orbital Index for the above information)

    + If we received an extraterrestrial message, how would we interpret it? On
    24 May, a signal was transmitted by the Trace Gas Orbiter -- a European
    Space Agency (ESA) spacecraft orbiting Mars -- and was received at the
    Green Bank Telescope (West Virginia), the Medicina Radio Astronomical
    Station (Italy), the Allen Telescope Array (California) and the Very Large Array (New Mexico). ESA, SETI, and other partners are asking individuals
    and groups to take part in decoding and interpreting the content of the message. To participate, go to https://asignin.space/decode-the-message/
    (ANS thanks The Orbital Index and A Sign in Space for the above information

    + N3FJP Software has recently released Amateur Contact Log 7.0.8 which
    includes API enhancements to support the SatPC32 interface by Carsten
    Groen, OZ9AAR:
    https://moonbounce.dk/hamradio/satpc32-to-aclog-interface.html (ANS thanks Scott Davis, N3FJP, for the above information)

    + The FO-99 operating schedule for June, 2023 is available at https://www.jamsat.or.jp/?p"74 (ANS thanks JAMSAT for the above


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

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    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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