Space

ISS Contact 11/03/2018

 

I found this on Facebook today:

I talked to space today! Astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor has made random unscheduled contacts on some of the Saturdays recently and she was doing it again today!

The radios on the ISS need to be replaced. Please donate to ARISS to fund the next generation hardware upgrade to replace them: https://fundrazr.com/arissnextgen…

ISS Frequencies (all FM):

Voice and SSTV Downlink: 145.80 (Worldwide)
Voice Uplink: 144.49 for ITU Regions 2 and 3 (The Americas, and the Pacific and Southern
Voice Uplink: 145.20 for ITU Region 1 (Europe, Russia and Africa)

My setup: Arrow II satellite antenna, Kenwood TM-V71A mobile radio powered by a Bioenno 12V 9AH LiFePO4 battery.

The graphic in the top right is a screencap from the Orbitron satellite prediction software for Windows.

This was recorded in Cary, North Carolina on the 2018-11-03 - 1536 UTC ISS pass. Thanks to Patrick, WD9EWK for providing his audio recording as I forgot to hit record on my audio recorder!

73, John Brier KG4AKV


NASA Assigns Crews to First Test Flights, Missions on Commercial Spacecraft

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NASA Assigns Crews to First Test Flights, Missions on Commercial Spacecraft
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NASA introduced to the world on Friday the first U.S. astronauts who will fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station – an endeavor that will return astronaut launches to U.S. soil for the first time since the space shuttle’s retirement in 2011.

NOAA Space Weather

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The NOAA Space Weather Scales were introduced as a way to communicate to the general public the current and future space weather conditions and their possible effects on people and systems. Many of the SWPC products describe the space environment, but few have described the effects that can be experienced as the result of environmental disturbances. These scales are useful to users of our products and those who are interested in space weather effects. The scales describe the environmental disturbances for three event types: geomagnetic storms, solar radiation storms, and radio blackouts. The scales have numbered levels, analogous to hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes that convey severity. They list possible effects at each level. They also show how often such events happen, and give a measure of the intensity of the physical causes.