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The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation

April 27, 28, and 29 (PT):  8AM-9:30AM /  2PM-4PM
Info sessions and personal discussions 1PM-4PM daily

AMSAT’s Executive Vice President, Vice President of Engineering, and Vice President of Operations
will be attending visitors to the booth
Vice President of Engineering Jerry Buxton

Jerry Buxton
NØJY

Vice president engineering

Jerry leads AMSAT’s all-volunteer Engineering Team, amateur radio satellite enthusiasts and professionals based in the U.S.

The Fox-1 series of 1U LEO CubeSats was very popular with our educational partners, hosting student STEM experiments from Vanderbilt University, Penn State Erie, Virginia Tech, and the University of Iowa.
AMSAT’S GOLF series of 3U CubeSats will reach for much higher orbits, also hosting STEM education payloads.

Executive Vice President Paul Stoetzer

Paul Stoetzer
N8HM

executive vice
president

Paul leads AMSAT’s defense and enhancement of the Amateur Satellite Service regulations, monitoring and responding to FCC’s Part 97 Amateur rule changes proposals. AMSAT’s work benefits all CubeSat teams seeking license under FCC Part 97 for satellites carrying amateur radio.

At the forefront are the effects that newly proposed orbital debris mitigation rules have on typically low-budget educational and experimental CubeSat missions.

Drew Glasbrenner
KO4MA

vice president operations

Drew leads AMSAT’s team of command stations and is an International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Satellite Coordination Committee member.

IARU coordination is essential to worldwide sharing of limited Amateur Satellite Service frequency bands. The numerous CubeSat missions we all enjoy crowd the band allocations, making coordination essential in minimizing interference.

Schedule a personal meeting with us, during the Workshop

Upcoming Events

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If we are not online attending the booth, you can still request a personal meeting. Personal meetings will be conducted through AMSAT’s Zoom, or by telephone if you so choose, for more detailed “one on one” discussions.

Please check the accompanying event schedule for availability of the person you wish to talk to. You may then use the email link below or use your device email to request the appointment. Be sure to include the time slot and the name of the person(s) you want to talk with.

You will receive an email confirmation when the appointment is set.

Send email to cdw2021@amsat.us

Introductory Engineering Video

Projects

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Greater Orbit, Larger Footprint:
An Introduction to the AMSAT GOLF Program

The goal of the GOLF program is to work by steps through a series of increasingly capable spacecraft developing skills and systems for which we do not yet have any low-risk experience. Among these are active attitude control, deployable/steerable solar panels, radiation tolerance for Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) components in higher orbits, and propulsion.

GOLF Series
Common Elements

  • 3U CubeSats
  • Deployable solar panels
  • 3-Axis attitude control
  • SDR (Software Designed Radio)
  • RT IHU (Radiation Tolerant IHU Design)
  • VHF (145 MHz) uplink and UHF (435 MHz) downlink planned for GOLF-TEE and GOLF-1
  • C band (5.6 GHz) uplink and X band (10 GHz) downlink (nicknamed “Five & Dime”)

TEE Time

The first element has been given the designation GOLF-TEE, with TEE standing for “Technology Exploration Environment.”  While a fully functional LEO V/u amateur satellite with conventional backup systems, essentially those of Fox-1E, two primary systems needed for higher orbits will be developed and tested.  

First, an Attitude Determination and Control (ADAC) system will be tested to allow active pointing of the satellite microwave antennas which will have significant gain.

Second, a deployable solar array which will allow significantly greater power to be generated than is possible with solar cells attached to the sides of a small spacecraft.  

Another primary goal of GOLF-TEE is to gain initial orbit and space radiation exposure for radiation event-induced fault tolerant systems designed using COTS components. GOLF-TEE will carry an Integrated Housekeeping Unit (IHU) / Command transceiver designed using the Hercules line of ARM architecture-based microcontrollers.

Additionally, GOLF-TEE will carry a modified commercial software-defined radio (SDR), the Ettus E310, as an experimental package to test high speed data downlink in the 10 GHz band.

About AMSAT

AMSAT-OSCAR 7

The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, or AMSAT, is a worldwide group of Amateur Radio Operators (Hams). It was formed in the District of Columbia in 1969 as an educational organization.

For over 50 years, AMSAT groups in North America and elsewhere have played a key role in significantly advancing the state of the art in space science, space education, and space technology. The work now being done by AMSAT volunteers throughout the world will continue to have far-reaching, positive effects on the future of both Amateur Radio, as well as other governmental, scientific and commercial activities in the final frontier.

AMSAT’s goal is to foster Amateur Radio’s participation in space research and communication. The Organization was founded to continue the efforts, begun in 1961, by Project OSCAR, a west coast USA-based group which built and launched the very first Amateur Radio satellite, OSCAR, on December 12, 1961, barely four years after the launch of Russia’s first Sputnik.

Today, the “home-brew” flavor of these early Amateur Radio satellites lives on, as most of the hardware and software now flying on even the most advanced AMSAT satellites is still largely the product of volunteer effort and donated resources. Though we are fond of traditions our designs and technology continue to push the outside of the envelope.

Join AMSAT today at launch.amsat.org

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