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[aprssig] [amsat-bb] Wallops ADAMSat Launch Thurs 7-9 AM

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Wed Mar 10 23:41:04 UTC 2010


Regarding Wallops launch 7-9 AM Thursday...

If you are going to logon to the APRS Launch CQSRVR from your
mobile, you can do it now, since your logon will last for 24
hours and assure you get instant messages from other stations
even if  you are mobile.  I'm there now

Since your posts there go as global APRS RF bulletins to all
similar APRS stations, they are limited to no more than one per
person per 30 minutes, so if you are going to have critical
info, don't use a silver bullet and then lock yourself out.

Bob, WB4APR

> -----Original Message-----
> From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org 
> [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On Behalf Of Robert
Bruninga
> Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 5:47 PM
> To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
> Cc: aprssig at tapr.org
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Wallops ADAMSat Launch Thurs 7-9 AM
> 
> > The Wallops launch window is (Thursday) 7- 9 AM. 
> > They require < 10% cloud cover, and the forecast 
> > is not promising. But they  decided to go through 
> > the preparations and launch if the cloud breaks 
> > just enough tomorrow.
> >
> > Wallops Launch team will be "tweeting" about all 
> > the launch news or delays as they happen on:
> >
> > http://twitter.com/KyspaceADAMASat
> 
> APRS stations can receive Launch announcements even while
mobile
> via the APRS CQSRVR.  Just send APRS message to CQSRVR
beginning
> with the group name CQ WALLOPS ...
> (for info on cqsrvr see www.aprs.org/cqsrvr.html
> 
> Remember, Point beams towards Wallops and capture all data on
> 144.39 1200 baud for the duration of the flight! Which should
be
> visible over most of the mid-atlantic states.  Callsign will
be
> KJ4HVJ.
> 
> The sounding rocket with amateur satellite operates on 144.39
> MHZ APRS will rise to 100 miles or so for an 8 minute mission.

> 
> The payload is called SOCEM/ADAMASat.  There is a computer
> program and GUI to interface to your PC so you can grab the
> telemetry live.  It is on:
> http://ssl.engr.uky.edu/adamasat_free_gui.exe
> 
> It's a one shot deal, so I'm gonna have a backup TNC and
> HYPERTERM collecting everything.		
> ADAMASat is the Antenna Deployment and Mono-filament Actuator
> Satellite. It's a 2U CubeSat designed by Kentucky Space as
part
> of SOCEM, the Sub-Orbital CubeSat Experimental Mission.
> ADAMASat, which is scheduled to launch on Hall 12.067 out of
> Wallops Flight Facility on 11 March, will fly in space for
> roughly 8 minutes performing an engineering experiment and
> transmitting data down to Earth via APRS packets. 
> 
> More information on ADAMASat is available at
> http://ssl.engr.uky.edu/suborbital/adamasat 
> 
> Kentucky Space is hereby releasing to the AMSAT-NA community
the
> ADAMASat FREE GUI, a free 32-bit Windows binary for amateur
> radio operators in the Eastern United States who are
interested
> in tracking ADAMASat on its launch day. The GUI is a
standalone
> application and upon opening it on his/her computer, the HAM
> will be greeted with a popup window which explains the steps
> required to track the payload. 
> 
> All that is needed is a Windows machine, a radio and TNC which
> can receive on 144.390 MHz, a serial or USB cable, and a
> suitable location. The GUI parses the APRS packets as they are
> received, graphing temperatures on-board the payload and
> reporting status of the mission in real-time. It also includes
> instructions on e-mailing the packet log to Kentucky Space to
> aid in post-processing, and a built-in aggregator for the
> official ADAMASat Twitter RSS feed. 
> 
> Disclaimer: Kentucky Space provides the GUI "as is" without
> warranties of any kind, and shall not incur any liability for
> any damages connected to the use of the GUI.
> 		
> 
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