Category: Space

via HACKADAY: Serious DX: The Deep Space Network

Humanity has been a spacefaring species for barely sixty years now. In that brief time, we’ve fairly mastered the business of putting objects into orbit around the Earth, and done so with such gusto that a cloud of both useful and useless objects now surrounds us. Communicating with satellites in Earth orbit is almost trivial; […]

ARISS Posts Descriptions of SSTV Images Transmitted from ISS

ISS Ham Radio Coordinator Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, has assembled an array and quick description of images being sent from the ISS on SSTV. The ARISS SSTV Gallery contains received images. Keep up with ARISS SSTV progress by visiting the SSTV mission blog and the Frequently Asked Questions page. The ARISS SSTV page also lets you […]

BIRDS-1 CubeSats Deployed from ISS, Carry Amateur Radio Payloads

The five CubeSats making up the BIRDS-1 (Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds) constellation were deployed into orbit from the International Space Station (ISS) on July 7. Each carries an Amateur Radio payload but no transponders. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) module’s remote manipulator arm was used to accomplish the launches. “Another great example of international […]

via HACKADAY: Old Rabbit Ears Optimized for Weather Satellite Downlink

Communicating with a satellite seems like something that should take a lot of equipment. A fancy antenna and racks full of receivers, filters, and amplifiers would seem to be the entry-level suite of gear. But listening to a weather satellite with an old pair of rabbit ears and an SDR dongle? That’s a thing too. […]

ARISS to Celebrate 20th Anniversary with SSTV Event

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is planning a slow-scan television (SSTV) event starting on Thursday, July 20, and continuing for 2 days, to commemorate its 20th anniversary. Transmissions, set to get under way around 2125 UTC, will feature 12 images from past and present ARISS activities. The SSTV signal should […]

IARU Revises Satellite Coordination Guidelines to Align with WRC-15 Decisions

Starting on August 1, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) will follow revised guidelines for satellite frequency coordination. Educational satellite projects have grown in popularity as launch opportunities have increased. These satellites, constructed by students at universities and other institutions, generally have been licensed to operate in the Amateur-Satellite Service, which the International Telecommunication Union […]

AMC-9 loses control, debris coming from satellite

In response to a query from Ars Technica, the AMC-9 satellite’s operator, Luxembourg-based SES, issued the following statement on Sunday morning: In the early hours of 1st July, the SES Satellite Control reestablished contact to AMC-9. SES and the satellite manufacturer Thales are working around the clock to evaluate the status and define the next […]

Greetings, E.T. (Please Don’t Murder Us.)

On Nov. 16, 1974, a few hundred astronomers, government officials and other dignitaries gathered in the tropical forests of Puerto Rico’s northwest interior, a four-hour drive from San Juan. The occasion was a rechristening of the Arecibo Observatory, at the time the largest radio telescope in the world. The mammoth structure — an immense concrete-and-aluminum […]

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 […]

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