Category: Space

Ham-Astronauts to Perform 200th Spacewalk at International Space Station

Astronauts ISS Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson, ex-KC5ZTD, and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer, KG5FYH, will carry out a landmark 200th spacewalk at the International Space Station on Friday, May 12. NASA TV will cover the event live. Whitson and Fischer will venture outside the Quest airlock to replace a large avionics box that provides electrical […]

Nominations Open for AMSAT-NA Board of Directors

It’s time to nominate candidates for the upcoming AMSAT-NA Board of Directors election. Four directors’ terms expire this year — Barry Baines, WD4ASW; Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, and Bob McGwier, N4HY. In addition, up to two Alternates may be elected for 1-year terms. A valid nomination requires either one member society or five […]

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Passes Mission Readiness Review

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) has successfully cleared another hurdle. A Mission Readiness Review was held April 29, at the Cal Poly campus before a board representing Tyvak, Cal Poly, and NASA, to verify that all requirements have been met for a safe and successful launch and deployment. AMSAT Vice President for Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, presented 81 […]

ISS Commander Peggy Whitson, ex-KC5ZTD, Sets New US Record for Time in Space

Current International Space Station (ISS) Commander Peggy Whitson, ex-KC5ZTD, this week broke the record for cumulative time spent in space by a US astronaut. President Donald Trump — with daughter Ivanka Trump and astronaut Kate Rubins, KG5FYJ, joining him in the Oval Office — called Whitson on April 24 to congratulate her on her accomplishment. […]

Two South African built satellites about to be launched

The South African satellite industry is taking another step forward as a player in the international space arena with the launch of two South African built nanosatellites from Cape Canaveral in Florida USA. Two CubeSats, ‘nSight1’ designed and manufactured by Cape Town-based SCS Space, a member of the SCS Aerospace Group and ‘ZA-Aerosat’ designed and […]

via the ARRL: Ham Astronauts Swap Places on International Space Station

With US Astronaut and ISS Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, now back on Earth, two more radio amateurs will head into space this week from Kazakhstan to join the ISS crew members that Kimbrough and Russian crewmates Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko left behind on the ISS. The three touched down safely in Kazakhstan […]

ARISS Gains Visibility at National Science Teachers Association Conference

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program gained some valuable visibility at the 2017 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) national conference, March 27-April 2, in Los Angeles. ARRL Education Services Manager Debra Johnson, K1DMJ, represented ARISS and ARRL at the annual gathering. The ARISS Team shared a booth with a few other […]

Plans to launch Belarusian university nanosatellite in 2017

The Belarusian State University (BSU) plans to launch a university nanosatellite in 2017, BelTA learned from Sergei Zolotoi, Director of the R&D enterprise Geoinformation Systems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB), on 10 April. “The BSU has created a university satellite and plans to launch it in 2017,” Sergei Zolotoi said. The […]

ISS Packet System is Back on VHF

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet digipeater system is again operating on VHF — 145.825 MHz. The failure of an Ericsson handheld VHF transceiver on board the ISS last fall had caused ARISS to shift packet operation to 70 centimeters. A cargo resupply mission in February delivered a new Ericsson 2 […]

How Aussie uni students convinced NASA to launch the first amateur radio satellite

In 1967, a group of students from the Melbourne University Astronautical Society came up with an idea to build a small amateur radio satellite. It was just 10 years after the world’s first satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched and Australia had yet to enter the space race. Russia had successfully launched Yuri Gagarin into space […]

ISS Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, Heading Home

International Space Station Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, and two cosmonauts, are preparing to return to Earth on April 10. NASA TV will cover their departure and return. Coming home with Kimbrough will be Flight Engineers Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency. The trio will undock the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft […]

Solar Flare Activity Goes High Order

Following months of quiet and negligible solar flares, new sunspot 2644 unleashed a series of M-class explosions on April 1 and 2. Each blast produced a shortwave radio blackout over different parts of the planet. The powerful explosions also sent beams of radio energy toward Earth. The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) reports that moderate […]

Moderate (G2) Geomagnetic Storm In Progress, G2 Warning Extended

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) reports a moderate (G2) level geomagnetic storm is in progress. The G2 threshold was reached on March 27 at 1948 UTC. SWPC forecasters have extended the G2 Geomagnetic Storm Warning until March 28 at 0300 UTC, as coronal hole high-speed stream effects continue to influence Earth. A large, Earth-facing […]

Ham-Astronauts Engaging in Series of Spacewalks; Two Heading Home Soon

International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, will take one more spacewalk on March 30 before he heads back to Earth in a Soyuz MS-02 vehicle on April 10, joined by crewmates Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko. The spacewalks are aimed at preparing the station for the future arrival of US commercial […]

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