Category: Space

via the ARRL: INSPIRE-2 Ground Controllers Turn to Amateur Radio Rescue Stalled Satellite

Amateur Radio came to the rescue of the INSPIRE-2 CubeSat, built by the University of Sydney in collaboration with the Australian National University, and the University of New South Wales. According to Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), the CubeSat is designed to “explore the lower thermosphere, for re-entry research and in-orbit demonstration of technologies and […]

ARISS Commemorative SSTV Activity Planned for Mid-July

To commemorate its 20th anniversary, ARISS is planning to transmit a set of 12 slow-scan television (SSTV) images that capture the accomplishments of ARISS over the years. SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station will take place on 145.800 MHz FM around the July 15-16 weekend. “We are planning for at least a 2-day operation, […]

Spacecraft Probe to Listen for ARRL Field Day Signals

The Enhanced Polar Outflow Probe (e-POP) onboard the Canadian CAScade Smallsat and Ionospheric Polar Explorer (CASSIOPE) satellite will again support Amateur Radio citizen science by listening for signals during ARRL Field Day, June 24-25. The HamSCI citizen science initiative says that, from a radio science perspective, Field Day is an ideal time for e-POP to […]

China Launches Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Transponders

China’s CAMSAT has announced that two Amateur Radio payloads piggybacked on the optical remote-sensing microsatellites OVS-1A and OVS-1B were launched on June 15 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The primary launch mission is a hard X-ray modulation telescope satellite (HXMT). The Amateur Radio payloads are designated CAS-4A and CAS-4B. via American Radio Relay League […]

New Jersey Radio Amateur Receives International Astronomical League’s Gold Certification

Blair Hearth, KD2EPA, of Oceanport, New Jersey, has joined the select group of individuals who have received Gold certification in the Radio Astronomy Observation program of the International Astronomical League for making at least 10 galactic observations. Hearth, who already had qualified for Silver certification, used the InfoAge Science History Museum’s TLM-18 dish for a […]

Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG, and Oleg Novitskiy Return to Earth after 6 Months in Space

European Space Agency Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG, and cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy returned to Earth on June 2 after a 6-month duty tour on the International Space Station. It took the pair more than 3 hours to descend to Earth in a Soyuz MS-03 transporter. During his time on the ISS, Pesquet participated in several Amateur […]

Signals from space – Annapolis Royal students learn amateur radio for June launch (Nova Scotia)

Al Penney can bounce radio signals off the moon, but right now he’s working with high school students who want to send live video back to Earth from the edge of space. Annapolis West Education Centre student Abigail Bonnington holds a video camera hardly bigger than a sugar cube. It’s attached to a small transmitter […]

Jordan’s First CubeSat Set for Early 2018 Launch

Jordan’s first CubeSat — JY1SAT — will be launched next February. The spacecraft’s name recalls the Amateur Radio call sign of Jordan’s late King Hussein. JY1SAT will carry a FUNcube 435/145 MHz SSB/CW Amateur Radio inverting transponder and a Slow-Scan Digital Video (SSDV) system to transmit stored images. According to The Jordan Times, a team […]

QB-50 Constellation Satellites Deployed from ISS

More than 2 dozen QB50 constellation CubeSats have been deployed from the International Space Station (ISS), including three carrying Amateur Radio transponders. Built by student groups from 23 countries, the string-of-pearls QB50 constellation aims to study the lower thermosphere 200-380 kilometers above Earth. The satellites were launched to the ISS onboard an Atlas V rocket […]

Mike Foale, KB5UAC, and Ellen Ochoa, ex-KB5TZZ, to Join Astronaut Hall of Fame

Two NASA astronauts, both with one-of-a-kind career credits, will be honored on May 19 when they are inducted into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The ceremony will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website at 17:00 UTC. Honorees will include Ellen Ochoa, ex-KB5TZZ — the […]

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. […]

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