AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
In this edition:
- FalconSAT-3 has re-entered
- LUSAT LO-19 33Y Aniversary
- Rocket Lab launches first Electron mission from US
- Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for January 26, 2022
- ARISS News
- Upcoming Satellite Operations
- Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
- Satellite Shorts From All Over
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To: All RADIO AMATEURS
From: Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
712 H Street NE, Suite 1653
Washington, DC 20002
DATE 2023 Jan 29
FalconSAT-3 has re-entered.
The 18th Space Defense Squadron has confirmed the orbital decay of
FalconSAT-3. Thanks to the @AF_Academy for allowing amateur satellite
operators its use as an amateur radio digipeater/PACSAT BBS for the past 5+
years following the conclusion of the satellite's primary mission.
[ANS thanks 18th Space Defense Squadron for the above information]
The 2023 AMSAT President's Club coins are here now!
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of its launch
on June 16, 1983, this year's coin features
an image of AMSAT-OSCAR 10.
Join the AMSAT President's Club today and help
Keep Amateur Radio in Space!
LUSAT LO-19 33Y Aniversary
Today, Jan-22, 33 years ago was launched LO-19, LUSAT, 1st Argentine
Satellite, till now emitting on 437.125 KHz.
A special Certificate to celebrate is being granted by radio from Jan-21 to
Jan-29, thru many collaborating stations.
Details: http://amsat.org.ar?f=33 http://qrz.com/db/LU7AA
https://www.qrzcq.com/call/LU7AA (last in english)
LUSAT could be tracked/seen thru http://amsat.org.ar/pass?satx=lusat
Deep appreciation to AMSAT-NA that in the eighties developed the AO-16 &
LO-19 novel pacsat protocol and lead on design and launch.
Thanks! 73, LU7AA, AMSAT Argentina http://amsat.org.ar
[ANS thanks AMSAT Argentina LU7AA Team for the above information]
Need new satellite antennas? Purchase Arrows, Alaskan Arrows,
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.
Rocket Lab launches first Electron mission from US
Rocket Lab USA, Inc. has launched its 33rd Electron rocket and first mission
from Virginia. The "Virginia is for Launch Lovers" mission lifted off 18:00
EST on January 24th from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) at Virginia
Space's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport within NASA's Wallops Flight
Facility. The mission deployed three satellites to a 550km orbit for leading
radio frequency geospatial analytics provider HawkEye 360. Rocket Lab has
now successfully deployed a total of 155 satellites to orbit from the
Company's three launch pads across the U.S. and New Zealand.
The successful launch from LC-2 marks the beginning of a new era of
responsive launch capability for small satellites from U.S. soil. Built with
support from Virginia Space, the Commonwealth of Virginia and NASA Wallops
Flight Facility, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 2 is designed to serve the
responsive space needs of commercial, civil, defense, and national security
customers, supporting up to 12 missions per year. More information may be
found at: https://bit.ly/3kyNU3M.
[ANS thanks Space Daily for the above information]
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
Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for January 26, 2022
Two Line Elements or TLEs, often referred to as Keplerian elements or keps
in the amateur community, are the inputs to the SGP4 standard mathematical
model of spacecraft orbits used by most amateur tracking programs. Weekly
updates are completely adequate for most amateur satellites. TLE bulletin
files are updated Thursday evenings around 2300 UTC, or more frequently if
new high interest satellites are launched. More information may be found at
The following satellites have decayed from orbit and have been removed from
this week's AMSAT-NA TLE distribution:
Falconsat-3 NORAD Cat ID 30776 (decayed from orbit on 01/21/23 per
JAGSAT NORAD Cat ID 53771 (decayed from orbit on 01/23/23 per
[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager, for the above
Amateurs and others around the world may listen in on contacts between
amateurs operating in schools and allowing students to interact with
astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station. The
downlink frequency on which to listen is 145.800 MHz worldwide.
Norwich Free Academy, Norwich, CT, direct via W1HLO. The ISS callsign is
presently scheduled to be NA1SS. The downlink frequency is presently
scheduled to be 145.800 MHz. The scheduled crewmember is Josh Cassada
KI5CRH. Contact is go for: Mon 2023-01-30 18:55:20 UTC 43 deg
Dinskaya, Russia, direct via TBD. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to
be RSÃISS. The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz.
The scheduled crewmember is Anna Kikina. Contact is go for Thu 2023-02-02
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, direct via TBDThe ISS callsign is presently
scheduled to be RSÃISS. The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be
145.800 MHz. The scheduled crewmember is Dimitri Petelin. Contact is go for
Sat 2023-02-04 10:25 UTC
The latest information on the operation mode can be found at
The latest list of frequencies in use can be found at
ARISS from Twitter: We've updated our username here on Twitter to
@ARISS_Intl to make us easier to find. If you are all ready following,
thanks! There's nothing for you to do.
[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, one of the ARISS operation team mentors
for the above information]
Upcoming Satellite Operations
Chris VE3FU / VO2AC / VO1FUA / VE2FUA: The weekend of January 27-29
@Dave_VE3KG and VE3FU will plan on operating the linear and FM satellites
from grid GO11 as VO2AC and VO2AAA from January 24-27. (Ed. Note: Not yet
specified which passes they might work)
JD1YCC ( G-G HAM Club ) is planning to activate EME operation on
2m/70cm/23cm band at Ogasawara chichi island(JD1/O) from Feb.07 to Feb.13
2023. They plan to QRV on GREENCUBE/IO-117 also (EME) at Moon time. Op will
be JJ3JHP/JD1BQD Hiro.
[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager, and Masaji "Masa"
Ishihara JH3BUM/JD1BPX for the above information]
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.
AMSAT Ambassador Clint Bradford K6LCS has a few satellite presentations
scheduled, most notable is Thames Valley, England (5/11/23) Clint can be
reached at: (909) 999-7287 or an email link at
2023 HamCation(r)Hosting ARRL Southeastern Division Convention. Robert
Bankston, KE4AL AMSAT President AMSAT - will present "Shaping the Amateur
Radio Satellite World of Tomorrow" at 2:00PM - 3:00PM EST Saturday, February
11 in the OS Pavillion. HamCation will be held at Central Florida
Fairgrounds and Expo Park, Orlando, FLFriday, Saturday, and Sunday, February
[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT Events page manager, for the above
Satellite Shorts From All Over
A volunteer is being sought to take over the Gridmaster Heat Map on
Twitter. Paul Overn, KE0PBR, has announced his intent to ÂretireÂ from the
project that he has moderated there for the past three years. Paul has
assisted many grid chasers by relaying information about rovers, and keeping
tabs of which grids are in greatest need. Unless someone steps forward,
Gridmaster Heat Map will disappear next month. Thanks to Paul for your
valuable contribution to satellite operations! (ANS thanks Paul Overn,
KE0PBR, for the above information)
SpaceX successfully performed the first WDR of Starship Booster 7 and Ship
24 on Monday. This is a major milestone in any rocketÂs march towards a
first launch, especially for a super heavy lift monster like Starship, which
will have more than twice the thrust of the Saturn V (hereÂs a scale
comparison to the minuscule Falcon 9). SpaceX loaded 4.5 million kg of
cryogenic propellant into the fully reusable, two-stage rocket (causing it
to shrink noticeably) and performed a countdown as it would on launch day
(including some massive venting). A 33-engine static fire is now the next
dramatic step toward an orbital launch, although how soon that might happen
is unknown. (ANS thanks The Orbital Index for the above information)
Next-gen propulsion incoming? Yesterday, NASA announced a new
collaboration with long-time partner DARPA to develop a Nuclear Thermal
Propulsion (NTP) system and spacecraft. NTP promises 3x or more improvements
in Isp over traditional chemical rockets by heating a low molecular mass
propellant (like hydrogen) to high temps using a reactor and then expelling
the expanded propellant out a rocket nozzle (this achieves high exhaust
velocities while needing no oxidizer, saving mass). DARPA will continue to
develop DRACO, an orbital and cislunar NTP-powered experimental spacecraft
(cf. Issue No. 170) as part of this collaboration, and the agencies are
targeting an in-space demonstration of the propulsion system as soon as
- The demonstration spacecraft could be used as low as 700 km or as high
as 2,000 km, but the long-term vision is cislunar space and Mars. This
collaboration is separate from other recent NTP projects like the DOEÂs
initiative. (ANS thanks The Orbital Index for the above information)
A truck-sized asteroid that suddenly loomed out of the darkness a few days
ago with the Earth in its sights then sailed harmlessly past us on Thursday,
space scientists said. Asteroid 2023 BU whizzed past without incident and
back out into the blackness of space. The rock, which was spotted for the
first time on Saturday by an amateur stargazer in Crimea, came closest to
the southern tip of South America at around 0029 GMT Friday, according to
scientists who were tracking it. More at: https://bit.ly/3HiVtTQ (ANS thanks
Spacedaily.com for the above information)
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73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space!
This week's ANS Editor, Jack Spitznagel, KD4IZ
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