Category Archives: Space Systems

Videos: “Space to Ground” ISS report – Dec.27.2019

Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:

** Down to Earth Swimming in the Universe – “I’d give a lot to see that view again” – Mike Fossum. I don’t understand why people doubt the economic value of space tourism. Many people will pay a lot to go to space to see the sights Fossum and other astronauts have been lucky see.

In anticipation of the space station 20th anniversary, NASA astronaut Mike Fossum shares how he experienced the universe differently during his time in low-Earth orbit in this episode of “Down to Earth – Swimming in the Universe.” This shift is known as “the Overview Effect,” a term coined by space philosopher Frank White.

** Christina Koch Record Breaking Spaceflight Interviews – December 27, 2019

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 61 Flight Engineer Christina Koch of NASA discussed her record-setting mission and life on the orbital outpost during a series of media interviews Dec. 27. Koch, who launched to the station back in March, will pass former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson’s mark of 288 days in space for the longest single spaceflight by a woman on Dec. 28. Koch is scheduled to return to Earth Feb. 6 on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft with a total of 328 days in space, second only to former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly’s record of 340 days in space as the longest single flight by an American astronaut.

** #AskNASA┃ How Will Astronauts Live at the Moon?

NASA is working with its partners to design and develop a small spaceship that will orbit the Moon called the Gateway. This spaceship will be a temporary home and office for astronauts, just about a five-day, 250,000-mile commute from Earth. NASA’s Gateway Program Logistics Element Manager Mark Weiss answers questions about the Gateway’s development’s for the Artemis Missions. The first logistics service to the orbital outpost is expected to deliver science, cargo and other supplies in support of the agency’s new Artemis lunar exploration program, which includes sending the first woman and the next man to the surface of the Moon by 2024.

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Student and amateur CubeSat news roundup – Dec.24.2019

A sampling of recent articles, press releases, etc. related to student and amateur CubeSat / SmallSat projects and programs (find previous smallsat roundups here):

** West Virginia Universty’s CubeSat STF-1 (Simulation-to-Flight 1) judged a success after a year in orbit: WV MetroNews Officials mark spacecraft’s first year in orbit – WV MetroNews

WVU was the research partner of the STF-1 mission. The four science experiments WVU developed included a low-powered characterizer of III-V Nitride based materials, a Microelectromechanical System (MEMS) Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) swarm, the testing of a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Receiver for precise orbit determination, and an environment and space weather investigation which was split into two separate experiments lead by Dr. Dimitris Vassiliadis worked as a research associate professor in the WVU Physics Department at the early stages of the STF-1 mission.

“STF-1 was quite successful in operating nearly flawlessly in terms of spacecraft performance for about 6 months and also meeting several science goals including those pertaining to the plasma experiment and the energetic-particle experiment,” Vassiliadis said. “This is somewhat remarkable for a CubeSat built by a first-time team with varying levels of expertise, but it is one more demonstration that modern CubeSats are becoming increasingly reliable.”

The CubeSat, funded by NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative program, was launched on Dec.16, 2018 on a Rocket Lab Electron rocket from New Zealand: LIFTOFF! – STF-1 News

STF-1 ready for integration in to the Electron rocket. Credits: WVU STF-1 team

** 15 student teams in Canadian CubeSat Project rush to prepare their spacecraft for 2021 launch opportunity: Mini-satellite competition gives students a hands-on learning opportunity in space | University Affairs

The hands-on training spans every step of developing a space mission, from initial design to building, testing, launching and operating the CubeSat in orbit, says Ian Mann, a professor of physics at U of A and faculty advisor for his university’s entry, the Ex-Alta 2 CubeSat project. The CSA hopes to inspire interest in STEM fields and give students the opportunity to round out their technical knowledge with business, project management and communications skills, says Dean Sangiorgi, senior engineer with the CSA and project manager for the CubeSat project. The latter is achieved in part through an outreach plan each team is required to include.

“It’s the exact kind of stuff that you don’t quite get to do in your classes. You learn theory about how to do this, but maybe don’t get to actually carry it out,” says Callie Lissinna, an undergraduate mechanical engineering student at U of A and the Ex-Alta 2 project manager.

** AMSAT news on student and amateur CubeSat/smallsat projects: ANS-356 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin

  • SMOG-P and ATL-1 Designated Magyar-OSCAR 105 (MO-105) and Magyar-OSCAR 106 (MO-106)
  • CAMSAT CAS-6 Satellite Launched
  • FCC Formally Adopts Proposals to Remove Amateur 3-GHz Band, Invites Comments
  • FCC Considers NPRM for 5.9 GHz Band Rules
  • Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for December 19, 2019
  • AztechSat-1 CubeSat to Demonstrate Intra-Satellite Communication
  • AMSAT CW Day, January 1, 2020 is Just Ahead!
  • ESA’s OPS-SAT Flying Laboratory Launched
  • AMSAT-LU – Dec-15 AMSAT-LU NEMO-1 Buoy Report
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • ARISS News
  • Satellite Shorts from All Over

General CubeSat/SmallSat info:

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Student and amateur CubeSat news roundup – Dec.17.2019

A sampling of recent articles, press releases, etc. related to student and amateur CubeSat / SmallSat projects and programs (find previous smallsat roundups here):

** Indian rocket orbits Duchifat-3 CubeSat built by Israeli high school students:

Duchifat-3 CubeSat.

Firstpost:

Duchifat 3 is the third in the series of Israeli student-made satellites.

Jointly built by Herzliya Science Center and Sha’ar HaNegev High School students, the satellite is designed to serve children from across the country to “observe the Earth”.

“It is a photo satellite used for ecological research of Earth from space. The size of the satellite is 10x10x30 cm (3U) and it weighs 2.3 kg. The students worked for almost two and a half years to build it. The satellite will be of good help to agriculturists,” one of the donors for the project and head of ICA Foundation Zeev Miller told PTI.

** Brazilian student built Floripast CubeSat included on upcoming Chinese launch: Chinese-Brazilian satellite scheduled to be launched on 20 December – Macauhub

Bolsonaro also said in his tweet that besides the CBERS-4A, nano-satellite Floripast (cubeSat) would also be launched, a project developed by students of bachelor, master and doctorate courses in Electrical Engineering, Automation and Mechanical Engineering of the Federal University of Santa Catarina, in partnership with the Uniespaço programme of the Brazilian Space Agency.

** ORBITAL SPACE startup company is encouraging CubeSat development in Kuwait: Exploring a new space opportunity in Kuwait with Orbital Space – SatellitePro ME

In 2013, Alfeeli moved to the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science, where he has worked ever since. Orbital Space takes up his evenings and weekends, as he manages several initiatives in parallel. He has set up a basic ground station called Um Alaish 4, after its predecessor, to receive signals from CubeSats. Orbital Space is also involved in building the country’s first CubeSat, with a group of around 15 Kuwaiti volunteers. The Kuwaiti engineer initiated the CubeSat project as a tool to attract space enthusiasts.

“The idea is to create a platform to bring together a community of space enthusiasts in Kuwait. There is interest from the young generation, but there is no project that engages them to create that critical mass. I figured we needed a hub where people can come together and do that. So Orbital Space has now created that opportunity and is open to anyone who wants to join us to promote space in Kuwait,” Alfeeli says.

By creating greater awareness through public talks on the history of the ground station in Kuwait and hands-on workshops on CubeSats for kids, he hopes to plant the seeds of a space programme in Kuwait. In addition to all the other initiatives, Orbital Space has also launched a competition for high-school students and undergraduate students in partnership with US-headquartered space commercialisation company Nanoracks, with the winning experiment to be sent to the International Space Station (ISS).

Find more about the student competition at Experiment In Space.

** AMSAT news on student and amateur CubeSat/smallsat projects: ANS-359 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin

  • Calling All Radio Amateurs: Help Find OPS-SAT!
  • FCC Moves to Remove 3.4 GHz Amateur Satellite Allocation
  • Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution
  • FoxTelem version 1.08w Released
  • AMSAT-EA works against the clock on GÉNESIS satellites
  • New NASA eBook Reveals Insights of Earth Seen at Night from Space
  • Israel Applauds Successful Launch of Duchifat3
  • Ham Radio University Satellite Operations Forum on January 4
  • Possible ARISS SSTV Operation Before Year’s End
  • Recent ARISS Contacts
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • Satellite Shorts From All Over

General CubeSat/SmallSat info:

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Videos: “Space to Ground” ISS report – Dec.14.2019

Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:

** Expedition 61 Inflight University of New Mexico – December 10, 2019

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 61 Flight Engineer Christina Koch of NASA discussed life and research on board the orbital outpost during an in-flight educational event Dec. 10 with students at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Koch is nearing the home stretch of a long-duration mission on the station which is expected to span 328 days by the time she returns to Earth in early February – more days in space than any other woman in history

** Expedition 61 Inflight event with Second Baptist School – December 13, 2019

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 61 Flight Engineer Christina Koch of NASA discussed life and research aboard the outpost during an in-flight educational event Dec. 13 with the Second Baptist School in Houston, Texas. The event featured Senator Ted Cruz of Texas who attended the private school and graduated as valedictorian in 1988. Koch is nearing the home stretch of a long-duration mission on the station which is expected to span 328 days by the time she returns to Earth in early February – more days in space than any other woman in history.

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Videos: “Space to Ground” ISS report – Dec.6.2019

Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:

** What Launches to Space On SpaceX’s 19th Cargo Mission? – NASA

On its 19th resupply mission, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will deliver cutting-edge scientific experiments to crew members aboard the International Space Station. Learn more about some of the scientific investigations riding on Dragon to the orbiting laboratory: [SpaceX Launching Research for Better Earth Images, Easier Leak Checks | NASA]

** Down to Earth – What Else is Out There? – NASA

One year ago today, NASA astronaut Anne McClain launched on her first spaceflight to the International Space Station. In this episode of “Down to Earth – What Else is Out There?” Anne recalls her first spacewalk and how it changed her perception of Earth. The shift in worldview is inspired by space philosopher Frank White

** How Astronauts On The Space Station Watch TV & Movies – Scott Manley

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