Amsat Colloquium 2007

This is the main page which will contain further information gathered by Ryan Laird at the Amsat Colloquium 2007.


ABOUT THE COLLOQUIUM


The AMSAT-UK Colloquium for 2007 is being held from Friday 20 July to Sunday 22 July at the University of Surrey, Guildford. It is a good chance to talk to the satellite designers and builders, and to find out how to use amateur radio satellites.

PLM-COMS-AmSatPic1-113-1

This has provided us with a good opportunity to gain information from and provide links with such people and help us progress with the Cubesat project.


FRIDAY, 20TH JULY


SESSION 1

Official Opening of Colloquium & Surrey Update Prof Sir Martin Sweeting, G3YJO Chairman AMSAT-UK

Beginners Session in Break Out Room
Amateur Satellite Resource Guide

Introduction to Amateur Satellites

SESSION 2

Prediction and Tracking Software Ken Eaton, GW1FKY
This lecture gave a brief insight to prediction and tracking software worth looking into.

Instantrak
DOS based, 8088 and up, graphics require CGA or greater, coprocessor not required but recommended. Very tight code runs on even older PC’s. Shows satellite position over color world map or in sky. Updates Keplerian elements easily with NASA or AMSAT format elements. Background mode allows tracking satellites and controlling antenna rotors while other programs are running. Generates lists of passes for several satellites for one day or one satellite for several days. Recently updated with many new useful features.

Predict -

Nova -
Pentium or similar processor, 256 or higher color graphics, approximately 12MB hard disk space, Windows 95/98/2000/NT. Realtime tracking of an unlimited number of satellites. Over 150 maps of the Earth, individual continents, the sky, and a “radar display”. AutoTracking support of many available rotor controllers without need for TSRs or DLLs. A commercial product by Northern Lights Software Associates with the proceeds AMSAT receives through its distribution going to benefit the amateur satellite program.

Orbitron - http://www.stoff.pl/ ; download from here (freeware). Newest officially released version of Orbitron (EXE - installer)

Wisp -

SatPC32 -
A Satellite tracking program for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP. A partial list of features include graphical tracking on a world map with two zoom settings. A non-graphical version that interoperates with WiSP. “Observer2” function displays azimuth, elevation, range, and squint angle for a second observer’s location. Also includes Antenna control support and Doppler frequency tuning.

Satscape - http://www.satscape.co.uk/; download from here (freeware)

Sat-Explorer

Fodtrack

Winorbit

Wxsat

Traksat

J Track

STSorbit-Plus

STK

Logsat

LVB Tracker

Keynote Lecture: "Spies in the Sky: Surveillance Satellites in War and Peace" Pat Norris, Chairman of the Royal Aeronautical Society Space Group


SATURDAY, 21ST JULY


This area will contain a report of information gathered on the Saturday.

SESSION 3

Phase 3e / Phase 5a Status Achim Volhardt, AMSAT-DL

Neil Melville, ESA Education Office

GENSO - Global Educational Network for Satellite Operations

AMSAT-UK GENSO Status Report David Johnson, G4DPZ

Microwave Software Defined Radio Grant Hodgson, GBUBN

SESSION 4

The future of the Amateur Satellite Spectrum Murray Niman, G6JYB, RSGB Microwave Manager

Danish AMSAT-OZ Satellite Ib Christoffersen, OZ1MY
(paper)
http://www.ihk.dk

SESSION 5

Validation and Verification of the CANDO module Glotzner Tilman, DG2TG

Delfi-C3 Communications Subsystem Wouter Jan Ubbels, PE4WJ
A bit about Delfi-C3
Launch site: India
Inclination: 97.91 degrees
Altitude 630km circular orbit
X-Pod
U/V Linear transponder
Launching with 5 other Cubesats

COMS
70cm receiver

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SESSION 6

Delfi-C3 Telemetry Processing Software Alfonso Sancho

Delfi-C3 Command Receiver Testing Faisal Ali Mubarak / Vikko Smit


SUNDAY, 22ND JULY


This area will contain a report of information gathered on the Sunday.

SESSION 7

Eagle Status Rick Hambly, W2GPS, AMSAT-NA

GB4FUN - Student Education Carlos Eavis, G0AKI

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A history of the SatGate network Jim Heck, G3WGM
(NWPUG article)

SESSION 8

Moving CubeSats to 2.4GHz + 400 bit PSK + FEC Achim Vollhardt, DH2VA

http://www.jrmiller.demon.co.uk/art.html

Piggyback Launch Opportunities for (Cube)Sats

PLM-COMS-AmSatPic1-112-1

Launch adapter by AstroFein

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Structure of a Cubesat developed by ISIS

AstroFein - Launch adapters

ISIS - "Innovative Solutions In Space is a young and dynamic company in the space industry. The company specializes in the miniaturization of satellite systems with a particular emphasis on the design and development of subsystems for micro- and nanosatellites. Located in the Netherlands in Delft, ISIS supports small satellite projects and missions with its services and products. "

CanSat

AMSAT-UK Genso Status Report David Johnson

Genso (Global Education Network for Satellite Operations)

John Rivett M3RRX- Advanced Techology Labs.

Large no. of participants in Project Genso.

Amsat-UK responsible for the radio hardware and hardware control software parts of the project.

IC910H initial rig.

Design for a "standard" ground station ideal.
Promote technical capabilities e.g. satellite imagery, fast data rates.
To send commands and receive telemetry from current and future civil satellites.

AMSAT-UK Genso News 2006-11-14
Towards A Global Educational Network for Satellite Operations (GENSO) - European Space Agency

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