Tag: SpaceX

via the ARRL: LightSail 2 Launches, Will Transmit CW Beacon

The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 CubeSat, launched on June 25, will transmit Morse code from space. LightSail is a citizen-funded project to send a small spacecraft, propelled solely by sunlight, into Earth’s orbit. The innovative satellite is due to be deployed on July 2 from Prox-1, a Georgia Tech student-built spacecraft the size of a small washing […]

via the ARRL: LightSail 2 Set to Launch on June 22

The Planetary Society’s citizen-funded LightSail 2 solar-propelled spacecraft is set to launch on June 22 on board a SpaceX Falcon Heavy. It will attempt the first controlled solar sail flight in Earth orbit. LightSail 1 successfully completed its test flight mission in 2015. LightSail® is aimed at testing “solar sailing” technology for CubeSats, which comprise many Amateur Radio satellites. […]

via the ARRL: Ailing ARISS “HamTV” Transmitter Back on Earth for Inspection, Possible Repair

The malfunctioning Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) “HamTV” transmitter now is back on Earth for repair or replacement, and it likely won’t be until sometime in 2020 at the earliest that Amateur Radio TV (DATV) capability will be restored to the orbiting laboratory. Onboard repair was not possible. Also known as “Ham […]

ExseedSat Designated as VO-96

At the request of Exseed Space, AMSAT has designated the 1U  ExseedSat CubeSat, launched on December 3 on a Falcon 9 vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, as VUsat-OSCAR 96 (VO-96). ExseedSat was built by a team of Indian radio amateurs, including Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE; George Phillips, VU2GT; Gurudatta Panda, VU3GDP; Sasi Bhushan, VU3ELR, and […]

via the ARRL: AMSAT’s Fox-1Cliff CubeSat Set to Launch on November 19

AMSAT is counting down to the launch of the next Fox-1 satellite, Fox-1Cliff. According to Spaceflight Now, the launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base of Spaceflight’s SSO-A SmallSat Express mission, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle, is currently scheduled for November 19 at 1832 UTC. Fox-1Cliff carries the Fox-1 U/v FM repeater, AMSAT’s L-Band Downshifter, the […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #1029

This Week in Amateur Radio #1029 Release Date: November 17, 2018 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. This weeks edition is anchored by Will Rogers, K5WLR, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, Fred Fittee, NF2F,  George W2XBS, and Jessica Bowen, KC2VWX. Produced and edited by W2XBS. Running Time: 1:20:33 Download here: http://bit.ly/TWIAR1029 Trending stories […]

via the ARRL: Es’hail-2 Geostationary Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio Payload Launched

A SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle lifted off flawlessly at 2046 UTC on November 15 from Cape Canaveral, carrying the first Amateur Radio payload destined for geostationary orbit. About 32 minutes after launch, SpaceX reports the spacecraft was successfully deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). Positioned at 25.5° E, the satellite will carry an Amateur […]

via the ARRL: AMSAT-DL Symposium Hears Update on Es’hail-2 Geostationary Satellite

Progress toward the launch of the Es’Hail-2 geostationary Amateur Radio satellite was reported as AMSAT-DL held its annual symposium on September 29 at the Institute for Environment and Future Research (IUZ) Bochum Observatory in Germany. Es’hail-2 is set to go into space this fall or early winter aboard a SpaceX vehicle; a specific launch date is not available. AMSAT-DL […]

via the ARRL: Ham-Astronauts among First Nine Astronauts Scheduled to Fly on Commercial Spacecraft

Three radio amateurs are among the initial nine NASA astronauts scheduled to fly on commercial spacecraft to the International Space Station. Others in the group are studying for their ham licensing exams in order to take part in Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school radio contacts, or because they have expressed interest […]

via the ARRL: Launch of Es’hail-2 with First Phase 4 Amateur Transponders Expected Later this Year

Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, has tweeted that it’s anticipating that SpaceX will launch its geostationary Es’hail-2 satellite sometime in the 4th quarter of 2018. The commercial Qatari satellite will provide the first Amateur Radio geostationary communication and will be capable of linking amateurs from Brazil to Thailand. Es’hail-2 will carry two AMSAT-DL-designed Phase 4 Amateur Radio […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #1016

This Week in Amateur Radio #1016 Release Date: August 18, 2018 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. This week’s edition is anchored by Chris Perrine, KB2FAF, Will Rogers, K5WLR, George W2XBS, and Jessica Bowen, KC2VWX. Produced and edited (and a little anchoring too the week) by W2XBS. Running Time: 1:04:54 Download […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #991

This Week in Amateur Radio #991 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. February 24, 2018 This weeks edition, is anchored by, Wayne Nelms, N4LMS, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, Fred Fitte, NF2F and Jessica Bowen, KB2VWX. Produced and edited (and a little anchoring too) by W2XBS. Running Time: 1:08:30 Download here: http://bit.ly/TWIAR991 Trending stories […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #989

This Week in Amateur Radio #989 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. February 10, 2018 This weeks edition, is anchored by, Amy Jo Clark, Rich Lawrence, KB2MOB,, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, and Jessica Bowen, KB2VWX. Produced and edited (and a little anchoring too) by W2XBS. Running Time: 1:12:05 Listen here: http://bit.ly/TWIAR989 Trending stories […]

OneWeb spars with SpaceX, Boeing, SES and Space Norway over FCC coverage rule

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Federal Communications Commission requirement that developers of non-geostationary-orbit (NGSO) satellite systems provide full coverage of the United States to get market access has prospective megaconstellation operators pitted against each other. The FCC, in a notice of proposed rulemaking that closed Jan. 29, asked for input on whether it should maintain the […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #988

This Week in Amateur Radio #988 Here is a summary of the news trending the week of February 3, 2018. Here is a summary of the news trending this week. February 03, 2018 This weeks edition, is anchored by,Amy Jo Clark, Fred Fitte, NF2F, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, and Jessica Bowen, KB2VWX. Produced and edited by […]

SpaceX seeks FCC approval to test satellite communications system in Seattle area

SpaceX has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to begin ground testing of a satellite communications system between its facilities in Redmond, Wash., as early as this month. Redmond is the base of operations for SpaceX’s multibillion-dollar effort to create a 4,425-satellite constellation in low Earth orbit for global broadband internet access and […]

First Bulgarian Amateur Radio CubeSat to Launch in 2018

The Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs (BFRA) is collaborating with the Space Challenges program and EnduroSat to launch the first Bulgarian Amateur Radio CubeSat — EnduroSat One. The CubeSat will transmit a CW beacon and 9.6 k AX.25 telemetry on Amateur Radio frequencies. The 1U CubeSat will be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) for […]

AMSAT Reschedules Fox Series Launches

AMSAT has announced that the launches of its Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D CubeSats have been rebooked from a single launch to separate launches. Both satellites initially were set to go into space on the Spaceflight Formosat-5/Sherpa mission aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 (Sherpa is launched as a rideshare program for small, low-budget satellites). Fox-1Cliff will launch […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #939

This Week in Amateur Radio #939   Week of February 25, 2017 DOWNLOAD HERE: http://bit.ly/TWIAR939 Running Time: 1:12:16 Here is a summary of the news trending This Week in Amateur Radio. This is for Edition #939 with a release and air date of Saturday, February 25, 2017. This weeks edition is anchored by Andre Wald, […]