2019 AMSATSA Space Symposium 16 March 2019
Copies of the following papers
are now available for download
Keynote address :
Current activities in the ITU with respect to small satellites
Linden Petzer, Chief Director: Radio & Satellite Communication DTPS
The genesis of small satellites was in the amateur-satellite service.
However today these satellites are being used for a wide variety of
missions and applications, including remote sensing, space weather
research, astronomy, communications, technology demonstration and
education, as well as commercial applications, and therefore may operate
under various radiocommunication services. Nevertheless, these
satellites are still being registered as “amateur satellites”.
The ITU has issued 2 reports pertaining to small satellites.
A simplified regulatory regime for the co-ordination, notification and
recording procedures for frequency assignments pertaining to non-GSO
Satellites with short duration missions is required.
There is also work underway within the ITU-R Study Groups on the TT&C
Spectrum Requirements for non-GSO Satellites with short duration
These latter two issues will be discussed at the forthcoming ITU World
Radiocommunication Conference in Egypt in November 2019.
The SatNOGS opensource ground station and network
Speaker: Tom van den Bon ZR6TG
The SatNOGS system is completely opensource and allows you to develop
and build on it. All Satellite ground station owners also have access to
other stations around the world. Using nothing more than
antenna, SDR and Raspberry PI you can build your own DIY Satellite
Ground Station that can be used to track and decode various
telemetry/data from different satellites that pass over South Africa.
South-African Maritime Domain Awareness and fire detection demonstrator
Speaker: Leon Steenkamp
Artificial Intelligence to identify satellite signals
Speaker: Anton Janovsky ZR6AIC
Amateur Radio’s first geostationary satellite
Speaker: Hannes Coetzee ZS6BZP
Es’Hail-2, has been placed in a geostationary orbit. It carries an
AMSAT linear transponder as a secondary payload, been named Qatar Oscar
100 (QO100), giving amateurs for the first time access to a
geostationary satellite. The presentation will provide the background
and how to set up a ground station without breaking the bank.
Download here (powerpoint)
Download here (Paper)
Build an educational CubeSat that can be used for
experimentation and teaching in the classroom.
Speaker Tom van den Bon ZR6TG
CubeSats are becoming very popular as a great space research tool.
Unfortunately, education on CubeSats (especially in South Africa) only
starts at a university level. We need a tool to promote and teach about
CubeSats and create a new generation of space researchers (and
enthusiasts of all ages) excited about launching their own CubeSats.
A SDR transponder for AfriCUBE
Speaker: Anton Janovsky ZR6AIC
New Kletskous space frame design
Speaker: Frik Wolf ZS6FZ
The versatility of WSPR in Amateur Radio and application
for Balloon flights
Speaker: Leon Lessing ZS6LMG
With payloads on Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio (BACAR) projects
becoming more sophisticated, and costly retrieval of the payload is
becoming more important.