Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, Two Others Arrive at ISS


Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, Two Others Arrive at ISS

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11/24/2014

The International Space Station one again has an Amateur Radio licensee onboard — European Space Agency Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF. She was part of a three-member ISS crew increment that launched in a Soyuz spacecraft launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Sunday night and safely docked with the ISS Monday morning. Cristoforetti is Italy’s first female space traveler. With her on the Soyuz were Russian Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and NASA Astronaut Terry Virts. All three are part of the Station’s Expedition 42/43 crew.

Welcoming the trio to the space station were ISS Commander Barry Wilmore and Cosmonauts Yelena Serova and Alexander Samokutyaev. Cristoforetti is a former fighter pilot.

Since Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO, and Reid Wiseman, KF5LKT, returned to Earth on November 10, the ISS has been left without any radio amateurs onboard. Cristoforetti will spend about 6 months in space. Follow Samantha Cristoforetti on Twitter.

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Amateur Radio has returned to the International Space Station (ISS).  Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti (IZ0UDF) joined two other space travelers following a successful launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.  Cristoforetti is a former fighter pilot and is the first female Italian astronaut to reach the ISS.  She will be on the ISS for about 6 months.

For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

GB1SS for Space Station | Southgate Amateur Radio News


Page last updated on: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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GB1SS for Space Station

The RSGB report that on October 9 Ofcom confirmed that the callsign GB1SS will be made available for issue to UK astronauts who wish to operate from the ISS

In May 1991 the first UK astronaut Helen Sharman GB1MIR talked to radio amateurs around the world from the Mir space station. After a gap of 24 years it looks as though two more UK astronauts may be flying to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2015.

In September 2015 Sarah Brightman hopes to become the second UK astronaut, flying to the ISS on a 10 day mission. She is committed to encouraging young women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). In 2012 in conjunction with Virgin Galactic, she launched The Brightman STEM Scholarship program. It is not yet clear if she will operate the ISS amateur radio station during her mission.

Tim Peake KG5BVI learning controls of ISS amateur radio equipment

Tim Peake was selected to train as an astronaut in 2009 and hopes to go to the ISS in November 2015.

He holds the USA callsign KG5BVI and has recently been learning to use the Ericsson 144 MHz handheld radio which is installed in the Columbus module of the ISS.

On September 18 Tim said “Will be great to chat with schools next year from space using this ham radio on board the ISS.”

There are two amateur radio stations on the ISS, one in the Russian Service Module, the other in the ESA Columbus Module.

Almost any 144 MHz FM rig will receive signals from the ISS, you can even use a general coverage VHF scanner with an external antenna. As far as the antenna is concerned the simpler the better. A ¼ wave ground plane is a good antenna for the ISS as it has a high angle of radiation. Large 2m colinears may not work quite as well since the radiation pattern is concentrated at the horizon.

You can receive the ISS outdoors using a 2 metre hand-held with its helical antenna but a 1/4 wave whip will give far better results.

In the UK we use narrow 2.5 kHz deviation FM but the ISS transmits using the wider 5 kHz deviation used in much of the world. Most rigs can be switched been wide and narrow deviation filters so select the wider deviation. Hand-held rigs all seem to have a single wide filter fitted as standard.

Voice contacts with astronauts usually take place using “split” frequencies. The astronauts transmit on 145.800 MHz and listen for replies on 145.200 MHz, you just need to activate your rig’s repeater shift. Recently, however, they have also been operating simplex listening on 145.800 MHz.

When astronauts are not on the air they usually leave the packet digi-peater running on 145.825 MHz so why not listen out for it.

ISS status and tracking information

http://issfanclub.com/

The First UK Astronaut Helen Sharman GB1MIR

http://amsat-uk.org/about/history/first-uk-astronaut-helen-sharman-gb1mir/

Sarah Brightman to fly to ISS

http://amsat-uk.org/2014/09/04/sarah-brightman-to-start-space-flight-training-in-january/

Read the report of the Ofcom-RSGB meeting on October 9

http://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/rsgb-notices/

ofcom-rsgb-forum/2014/10/22/ofcom-rsgb-forum-9-october-2014/

 

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Another callsign will be added to the amateur radio stations on board the International Space Station (ISS).  According to the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), GR1ISS has been issued “to UK astronauts who wish to operate from the ISS.”  In September 2015, Sarah Brightman will become the second UK astronaut, flying to the station for a 10-day mission.  It’s unknown at this time if Ms. Brightman will be using amateur radio during her brief stay.  Astronaut Tim Peake (KG5BVI) is scheduled for a November 2015 mission to the ISS.  He’s  been training on equipment used to establish amateur radio contacts between the ISS and schools around the world.

For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

ARISS contact on Echolink and IRLP | Southgate Amateur Radio News


Page last updated on: Sunday, October 12, 2014

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ARISS contact on Echolink and IRLP

Please join us in listening to the ISS contact with participants at the Indiana Area School District, Indiana, PA, USA on Friday October 17th. AOS is anticipated at 1641 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and IK1SLD in Italy.

Indiana, Pennsylvania is a rural town with a population of 32,000 that is situated sixty miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Our residents enjoy the convenient proximity to a major city, as well as the community-feel and lifestyle of a small town. The Indiana Area School District has provided a dynamic high-quality educational program for over 170 years. Our four

K-5 elementary schools, one 6-8 junior high school and one 9-12 senior high school serve 2800 students district wide.

In addition to distinguished academic achievement, our students’ activities include fundraising for a variety of charitable causes, school and community leadership, as well as setting new standards for excellence in both academic and athletics competitions. In fact, we currently boast two National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists and a third honoree. We are proud of our student’s accomplishments!

Our dynamic school programs are part of the building blocks for student success. Beginning with a commitment to early childhood and pre-K programs to increase student learning readiness, to the rigor and challenge of enrichment options at the elementary school level. Our secondary programs include an array of Advanced Placement and STEM course offerings, dual enrollment options, and our own cyber school option for students. Many local residents will tell you, “Indiana, PA is a great place to raise a family.” This is true because we blend the small town community with a school system that continually strives to provide cutting-edge programs that prepare students to be successful citizens.

Audio from this contact will be fed into the:

EchoLink *AMSAT* (101377) conference server

IRLP Node 9010 Discovery Reflector

On the Web for Windows, Mac, iOS & Android Devices at:

https://sites.google.com/site/arissaudio/

Audio on Echolink & web stream is generally transmitted around 20 minutes prior to the contact taking place so that you can hear some of the preparation that occurs. IRLP will begin just prior to the ground station call to the ISS.

Due to changes with the AMSAT Server, laptop listeners are encouraged to set the timers in Echolink ( with the software open go to TOOLS – SETUP – TIMING and set receive and inactivity timers to 0 ) to avoid timing out. RF link users may time out.

* Contact times are approximate. If the ISS executes a reboost or other manoeuvre, the AOS (Acquisition Of Signal) time may alter by a few minutes

73,

John AG9D

ARISS Audio Distribution

 

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The Indiana, Pennsylvania School District will be in contact with the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, 17 October 2014, at 1641 UTC.  You can listen in on Echolink and IRLP.  Audio will be fed to:

Echolink*AMSAT* (101377) conference server.

IRLP Node 9010 Discovery Reflector.

https://sites.google.com/site/arissaudio.

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a great way to inspire students in their math and science studies.

For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

International Space Station Fast Facts – CNN.com


(CNN) — Here’s a look at what you need to know about the International Space Station (ISS), a spacecraft built by a partnership of 16 nations.

The 16 nations are the United States, Canada, Japan, Russia, Brazil, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

At full capacity, the almost one-million-pound space station will include six laboratories and provide more research space than any spacecraft ever built. There will be enough living space for a crew of seven.

Information on ISS crews and expeditions can be found here.

Statistics (as of June 2014) Source: NASA

The ISS includes three main modules connected by nodes: the U.S. Laboratory Module Destiny, the European Research Laboratory Columbus, and the Japanese Experiment Module Kibo (Hope). Each was launched separately and connected in space by astronauts.

The ISS weighs 924,739 lbs (419,456 kilograms)

Habitable Volume: 13,696 cubic feet (388 cubic meters)

Solar Array Length: 239.4 feet (73 meters)

There have been 180 spacewalks conducted in support of space station assembly, totaling almost 1,130 hours.

The space station has been visited by 214 individuals.

According to Johnson Space Center, as of August 2014, there have been 151 launches to the space station: 98 Russian vehicles, 37 space shuttles, seven U.S. commercial vehicles, five European vehicles and four Japanese vehicles.

On its tenth anniversary (November 2, 2010), the ISS is estimated to have made 57,361 orbits around the earth.

via International Space Station Fast Facts – CNN.com.

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Since the International Space Station has been in the news recently and is the host of several successful ISS to school programs, I thought it appropriate to list some of the basic facts and figures associated with this space platform orbiting above us.  Thanks to CNN and NASA for the  article.

For the latest in Amateur Radio News and Events, be sure to check the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Until next time,

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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