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AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-325

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information
service of AMSAT, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS publishes
news related to Amateur Radio in Space including reports on the activities
of a worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who share an active
interest in designing, building, launching and communicating through analog
and digital Amateur Radio satellites.

The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur Radio in
Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to: ans-editor [at]
amsat.org

You can sign up for free e-mail delivery of the AMSAT News Service
Bulletins via the ANS List; to join this list see:
https://mailman.amsat.org/postorius/lists/ans.amsat.org/

In this edition:

* Russian Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile Generates Debris Cloud, Threatens
ISS and Other Assets in LEO
* Ten-Koh 2 Microsatellite With JAMSAT V/u Linear Transponder Coordinated
by IARU
* Open Source CubeSat Workshop 2021 - Call for Abstracts extended till 22.
Nov
* Prof. Dr. Karl Meinzer, DJ4ZC, Made Honorary Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
(DARC) Member
* ARISS News
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

ANS-325 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

To: All RADIO AMATEURS
>From: Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
712 H Street NE, Suite 1653
Washington, DC 20002

DATE 2021 Nov 21

Russian Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile Generates Debris Cloud, Threatens ISS
and Other Assets in LEO

On Monday November 15th, the Russian Ministry of Defense launched a
anti-satellite (ASAT) missile, destroying their Kosmos 1408 satellite.
Kosmos 1408 was launched on September 16, 1982 and was in an orbit of 679
km x 645 km with an inclination of 82.5 degrees.

The destruction of the satellite caused the generation of at least 1500
pieces of debris, orbiting between 300 km and 1100 km. As the satellite was
just above the ISS's altitude, this debris cloud potentially threatened the
astronauts and cosmonauts on board the ISS, who were forced to take shelter
in their crew capsules during the second and third passes of the debris
field.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson released the following statement condemning
the Russian test:

“Earlier today, due to the debris generated by the destructive Russ
ian
Anti-Satellite (ASAT) test, ISS astronauts and cosmonauts undertook
emergency procedures for safety.

“Like Secretary Blinken, Im outraged by this irresponsible
 and
destabilizing action. With its long and storied history in human
spaceflight, it is unthinkable that Russia would endanger not only the
American and international partner astronauts on the ISS, but also their
own cosmonauts. Their actions are reckless and dangerous, threatening as
well the Chinese space station and the taikonauts on board.

“All nations have a responsibility to prevent the purposeful creati
on of
space debris from ASATs and to foster a safe, sustainable space environment
.

“NASA will continue monitoring the debris in the coming days and be
yond to
ensure the safety of our crew in orbit.”

In an interview with the ARRL, AMSAT President Robert Bankston, KE4AL, said
that Russias action will pose a threat to all activities in low Ea
rth
orbit for years to come, placing satellites and human spaceflight missions
at risk.

“Space is already crowded, but now there are at least 1,500 trackab
le
fragments and, possibly, hundreds of thousands of smaller yet
still-threatening pieces of debris in low Earth orbit,” Bankston sa
id.
“While space stations have the capability to move out of the way, w
ith
sufficient notice, most satellites in low Earth orbit, including those
designed, built, launched, and operated by AMSAT, do not. As such, they
face greater risk of catastrophic destruction or degraded mission
functionality, if struck by fragments from Russias destruction of
Kosmos-1408.”


[ANS thanks NASA, AMSAT, and the ARRL for the above information]

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Ten-Koh 2 Microsatellite With JAMSAT V/u Linear Transponder Coordinated by
IARU

The IARU has coordinated frequencies for Ten-Koh 2, a microsat under
development by the Department of Aerospace Engineering, College of Science
and Technology, Nihon University.

Ten-Koh 2 has dimensions of 366 x 226 x 100 mm and carries several payloads
of interest to the amateur radio community, including a V/u linear
transponder developed by JAMSAT. The transponder will run continuously for
two days per week, with operations beginning two weeks after launch.

Additional payloads include a digi-talker, a camera module, and microwave
communications system. The contents of the digi-talker, which is planned to
operate one day per week, will be developed in cooperation with students
from Nihon University's Faculty of Arts. The camera module, developed by
Cheng Kung University, will take pictures of the earth of approximately 3
MB in size per picture. Radio amateurs around the world will be able to
copy parts of the picture data that will be combined to produce a complete
image, which will be published on the website. The image transmission
system is expected to operate for one day per week. The satellite will also
carry an experimental 5.8 GHz microwave transmitter, which will operate a
CW beacon for one day per week. Additionally, the satellite will experiment
with high speed data transmission on the 435 MHz downlink, with data rates
of up to 38.4 kbps in 4FSK. High speed data transmission is expected to
operate for one day per week.

The linear transponder uplink will be 145.895 MHz - 145.935 MHz and the
downlink will be 435.875 MHz - 435.915 MHz. The data, digitalker, and image
downlink will be 435.895 MHz. The microwave CW beacon will be 5389.000 MHz.

A JAXA launch to a 500 km circular orbit with an inclination of 51.6
degrees is planned for 2023.

More information about the satellite is available at
https://okuyamalab.wordpress.com/

[ANS thanks the IARU 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.
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Open Source CubeSat Workshop 2021 - Call for Abstracts extended till 22. No
v

The 5th edition of the Open Source CubeSat Workshop is around the corner!
It will be run as a free virtual conference on 9 & 10 December.

You can still submit proposals for:

- Talks: Give a 12 min presentation followed by open discussions
- Lightning Talks: Give a 4 min presentation of a project
- Tutorial: Give a 45 min (or longer) tutorial around a project that the
audience can code along
- Discussion: Drive a 45 min (or longer) discussion around an open source
topic for space

You can submit your proposals here:
https://events.libre.space/event/5/abstracts/

PS: You can modify your abstract submission until the deadline.
PPS: Spread the word to your interested space networks and open source
people!

[ANS thanks Libre Space for the above information]

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Prof. Dr. Karl Meinzer, DJ4ZC, Made Honorary Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
(DARC) Member

Former AMSAT-DL President Prof. Dr. Karl Meinzer, DJ4ZC, who was first
licensed in 1957 aged 17, has been named a new Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
(DARC) honorary member. AMSAT congratulates Dr. Meinzer on this
well-deserved honor. In addition to the accomplishments described by DARC
in the announcement below, Dr. Meizner's work was integral to the early
history of AMSAT. His doctoral research on High Efficency Linear
Amplification by Parametric Synthesis (HELAPS) was crucial for the linear
transponders in operation on amateur satellites. Along with his doctoral
research, Dr. Meinzer developed and built a linear transponder utilizing
these HELAPS principles with a 432 MHz uplink and a 145 MHz downlink along
with Werner Hass, DJ5KQ. This transponder was flown as the Mode B
transponder on AMSAT-OSCAR 7 and is still functioning more than 47 years
after its launch on November 15, 1974.

A translation of the DARC post reads:

This was announced by DARC chairman Christian Entsfellner, DL3MBG, at the
virtual conference of the amateur council – in replacement of the c
anceled
general meeting – on November 13th. Meinzer developed an enthusiasm
 for
amateur radio at a young age. At the age of 17 he obtained his amateur
radio license in 1957.

He passed the Abitur [educational qualification] along with a degree in
physics and graduated with a doctorate. He spent his professional life at
the University of Marburg, especially in the Central Development Laboratory
(ZEL) until his retirement in 2005. The rooms of the ZEL were also the
headquarters of the AMSAT-DL. Numerous OSCAR satellites were created in the
laboratories in Marburg: AO-10, AO-13, AO-21, AO-40. Phase 3E is de facto
finished, but is still waiting for a suitable launch. A special operating
system works in all satellites built by AMSAT-DL, on which Meinzer played a
key role.

Meinzer doesnt skimp on sharing his expertise and so he is still i
n close
contact with the board of AMSAT-DL today. It is not surprising that DJ4ZC
was one of the first radio amateurs to work on QO-100.

In addition, Prof. Dr. Karl Meinzer carried out further technical radio
tests. He was obsessed with testing whether radio signals could be
reflected off the planet Venus. In fact, he succeeded in doing this with 5
kW at 2.4 GHz, including a water-cooled magnetron. He had a special permit
from the Federal Network Agency [BNetzA] specifically for these experiments
.

But even in earlier years he achieved amazing things: In 1964 he set a
course record of 70 cm between his home town of Iserlohn and Switzerland.
And even then he was QRV on 433 MHz EME and contacted Puerto Rico. 
He is
one of the few old-timers who keeps pace with modern technology,” e
xplains
Christian Entsfellner, DL3MBG.

“There are only three Keplerian laws, everything can be done in the
m,” said
Meinzer once, according to DL3MBG. “Unfortunately, he is reluctant 
to
present his skills, but the AMSAT board always likes to refer to his
expertise,” said the DARC chairman, who later wishes him a happy 82
nd
birthday.

“The DARC has unanimously decided to award you honorary membership 
for your
services. I am happy to welcome you as a new honorary member, ” con
cluded
DL3MBG.

DJ4ZC expressed his thanks. “My life has always been shaped by amat
eur
radio. Some of the services were only made possible by other people,
”explains Meinzer. “I hope to continue to contribute someth
ing for amateur
radio and DARC in the future.

Unfortunately, communication behavior in society has changed. So it
s a
challenge for the DARC. However, I have the hope that technology will gain
more importance again. Ultimately, amateur radio has to prove that it is
useful for society,” said Prof. Dr. Meinzer in conclusion.

[ANS thanks DARC for the information and AMSAT-UK for the translation]

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ARISS News

Amur State University, Blagoveshchensk, Russia, direct via TBD (***)

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz
The scheduled crewmember is Anton Shkaplerov (***)

Contact is go for Mon 2021-11-29 08:20 UTC (***)

The next mode change is expected to occur in early December.

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

Activation of the MAI-75 SSTV experiment is proposed for December 1 and 2.
Targeted start and stop times in UTC are:

December 1 – Start: 12:10 - Stop: 19:10
December 2 – Start: 11:40 - Stop: 17:20

Opportunities for North America on Dec 1 and only far eastern North America
on Dec 2.

[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, one of the ARISS operation team mentors,
for the above information]

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    AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an Amateur
    Radio package, including two-way communication capability, to
            be carried on-board Gateway in lunar orbit.

   Support AMSAT's projects today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/

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Upcoming Satellite Operations

No upcoming satellite operations are currently listed.

[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager, for the above
information]

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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.

No events are currently scheduled.

[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT Events page manager, for the above
information]

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    Want to fly the colors on your own grid expedition?
            Get your AMSAT car flag and other neat stuff
                    from our Zazzle store!
        25% of the purchase price of each product goes
            towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space
              https://www.zazzle.com/amsat_gear

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Happy 47th Birthday to AMSAT-OSCAR 7, which launched on November 15, 1974
and is still operational in sunlight. November 15th is an important date in
amateur satellite history. AMSAT-OSCAR 40 also launched on November 15,
2000 (North American time - November 16th UTC) and Qatar-OSCAR 100 is
celebrating its 3rd birthday, having launched on November 15, 2018.
November 15th is also the birthday of AMSAT's Founding President Dr. Perry
Klein, W3PK.

+ Happy 4th Birthday to AMSAT-OSCAR 91, which launched on the penultimate
flight of the Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base on November
18, 2017. AO-91 remains available for use in sunlight despite the
deterioration of the satellite's battery cells.

+ November birthdays for the international AMSAT family don't end there!
Happy 8th Birthday to AMSAT-OSCAR 73, which launched on November 21, 2013
and remains operational.

+ A new study is being conducted to demonstrate the feasibility of iodine
electric propulsion for CubeSats. More information at
https://www.theregister.com/2021/11/18/iodine_satelite/

+ The SatNOGS Network has reached a milestone of 5 million observations.
https://satnogs.org/2021/11/19/5million-observation-for-satnogs/

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

In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership to:

* Societies (a recognized group, clubs or organization).
* Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership at
one-half the standard yearly rate.
* Post-secondary school students enrolled in at least half time status
shall be eligible for the student rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary
years in this status.
* Memberships are available for annual and lifetime terms.

Contact info [at] amsat.org for additional membership information.

73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space!

This week's ANS Editor,

Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
n8hm at amsat dot org

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