Monthly Archives: August 2014

Things to listen to…

There are many signals coming from satellites which we can listen to daily. Sites like heavens-above.com provide info on which satellites will be overhead and when. With a simple USB receiver (RTL2830 USB stick receivers, available for cheap on the net) and some free software, it is easy to decode much of what is transmitted from space.

Tonight’s schedule:
satellites

Science/payload ideas for future balloon flights

I would like to invite anyone to provide some ideas of what we should be measuring on our next planned balloon flights. We would like to spend our energy & efforts on something that will provide valuable information to the science community.

If you think you have an idea that we should consider, leave a comment and we’ll get back to you!

Ham Radio payload transmitting digital data as a lunar orbiter flies around the Moon

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Posted – 12/08/2014 :  13:21:37
Towards the end of the year, radio amateurs will have the opportunity to receive what must be the ultimate DX from a ham radio payload transmitting the data mode JT65B as it flies around the Moon Beijing plans to send a lunar orbiter around the Moon carrying a 14 kg battery powered payload known as 4M-LXS which was developed at LuxSpace. The amateur radio payload will transmit a JT65B signal on 145.990 MHz which can be decoded by radio amateurs using the free WJST software. The orbiter is one of the test models for Beijing’s new lunar probe Chang’e-5, which will be tasked with landing on the moon, collecting samples and returning to Earth. The launch, planned for 4th qtr 2014, is aimed at testing the technologies that are vital for the success of Chang’e-5. The orbiter will be launched into Lunar Transfer Orbit (LTO) then will perform a flyby around the Moon and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere after 9 days. The orbiter arrived in Xichang, Sichuan on Sunday, August 10 and was then transported to the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. Beijing to test recoverable moon orbiter http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-08/10/c_133546027.htm IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Pages http://amsat.org.uk/iaru Free WSJT Software http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/