Tuesday, August 2, 2011

ARISSat-1 Deployment Set for Aug. 3 - to be shown live on NASA-TV

The following is from the AMSAT News Service:
In this Special Bulletin:
* ARISSat-1/KEDR Deployment on August 3

ARISSat-1/KEDR is now ready for deployment from the International
Space Station during EVA 29 on August 3.

NASA TV will cover the EVA live starting at 1400 GMT on August 3.
1430: Hatch Open
1446: Egress ARISSat-1/KEDR and secure to airlock ladder
1452: Remove solar panel covers
1507: Translate to deploy site, activate PWR, TIMER1 and TIMER2
      switches, verify LEDs on, and deploy
WATCH: Internet streaming < http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html >

Read the NASA Press Release about EVA-29 and ARISSat-1/KEDR at:

NASA describes the activities for EVA-29, of which our satellite will
be the first task, "The duo's [Cosmonaut/Flight Engineers Sergei Volkov
and Alexander Samokutyaev] first task will be to deploy a boxy, 57
pound satellite, called alternately ARISSat-1 and Radioskaf-V, which
is the prototype test flight of a proposed series of educational
satellites being developed in a partnership with the Radio Amateur
Satellite Corp. (AMSAT), the NASA Office of Education ISS National
Lab Project, the Amateur Radio on ISS (ARISS) working group and

ARISSat-1/KEDR Project Manager, Gould Smith, WA4SXM said, "The satel-
lite is scheduled to be deployed from the ISS during EVA-29 on Wednes-
day August 3 around 1507Z. There is a 15 minute delay after the safety
switches are all thrown before the transmitter turns on. First signals
should be transmitted shortly after 1520Z."

The ARISSat-1/KEDR team is looking for stations to make early reception
reports (1520Z-1800Z) after the ARISSat-1/KEDR release. It looks like
southern South America, very southern South Africa, followed by south-
east Asia should be the first areas to receive the signals.

Please send your reception reports to the amsat-bb@amsat.org. Title
your email - ARISSat-1 reception report.

Alaska and the western US should get a good pass around 1620Z. The
eastern US will have to wait until around 0416Z on the 4th to hear
the satellite.

When you receive the downlink signal from ARISSat-1/KEDR you are
invited to send your report to the following e-mail boxes. You will
receive a PDF certificate by e-mail.

Students and school groups are especially welcome! We look forward
to your report!

Your report must contain the following information:

1) The signal you received:
   a) the secret word*,
   b) an SSTV image, or,
   c) telemetry data

2) Your name or group name

3) The date/time of reception

4) Your e-mail address of where to send your certificate. You will
   receive a PDF certificate via email.

Here are the e-mail boxes to send your reports:

Secret word* contest to: secretword@arissat1.org
SSTV image to:           sstvreport@arissat1.org
Telemetry data to:       tlmreport@arissat1.org
(either digital or voice report of the data you received)

Received BPSK telemetry and .CSV files should continue to be
sent to: telemetry@arissattlm.org.

* Those who do hear the secret word or call sign please do not put
  it out to the world. That would ruin the contest for those still
  waiting for their station to be in range.

You can find the details of the ARISSat-1/KEDR radio frequencies,
links to telemetry decoding software and mission details on-line at:

ARISSat-1/KEDR can be accessed on these frequencies:
+ 145.950 MHz FM Downlink
+ 435 MHz - 145 MHz Linear Transponder
+ 145.919 MHz CW Beacon
+ 145.920 MHz SSB BPSK-1000 Telemetry

The latest telemetry can be seen LIVE on your computer or cell

David Carr, KD5QGR has added ARISSat-1/KEDR to the list of satel-
lites at the popular "Live OSCAR Satellite Status Page" at: 
http://oscar.dcarr.org/ > You are invited to submit your reports
on this page.

[ANS thanks the ARISSat-1/KEDR Team for the above information]
[And CQ thanks the AMSAT News Service]