Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT)

Société de communication par satellite pour radio-amateurs

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History

3 Mar 1969, Washington DC (USA). Registered in the District of Columbia (USA).

Aims

Provide satellites that can be used for amateur radio communication and experimentation by suitably equipped amateur radio stations throughout the world on a non-discriminatory basis; encourage development of skills and the advancement of specialized knowledge in the art and practice of amateur radio communications and space science; foster international goodwill and cooperation through joint experimentation and study, and through wide participation in these activities on a noncommercial basis by radio amateurs of the world; facilitate communications by means of amateur satellites in times of emergency; encourage the more effective and expanded use of the higher frequency amateur bands.

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Activities

Has been responsible for satellite projects involving over 6,000 satellite users in more than 100 countries. These include: (a) extensive modifications, testing, launch arrangements, licensing and data collection for 'Australis-OSCAR 5' satellite, built by students at Melbourne (Australia) University in Australia and launched by NASA Jan 1970. (b) Spacecraft design, fabrication, testing, launch arrangements, licensing, and operation of 'AMSAT-OSCAR 6', first of a series of amateur satellites, which served for nearly 5 years following launch by NASA in 1972. (c) 'AMSAT-OSCAR 7', amateur communications satellite launched by NASA in Nov 1974. (d) Construction by AMSAT groups of 2 transponders for 'AMSAT-OSCAR 8', amateur satellite launched by NASA, Mar 1978. (e) Currently involved in 'Phase III' project, a new series of satellites designed for long-lifetime operation in high-altitude synchronous, circular or elliptical orbits, which commenced 16 June 1983 with the launching of 'AMSAT-OSCAR 10', providing emergency communications resource for public services and for transmitting educational material; this provides a new band comparable to the 20-meters and reliable inter-continental contacts. 'AMSAT-OSCAR 13' launched, 15 June 1988, by Arianespace (no more operational). AMSAT prepares documentation on amateur satellites for international and national organizations; arranges and presents papers for technical, professional and amateur meetings; reviews and advises on curriculum material on the use of amateur satellite terminals in schools for instruction in the physical sciences. AMSAT launched, 21 June 1990, four MicroSats which provide voice, CW and packet bulletin board style communications to amateur radio operators worldwide. AMSAT-OSCA 16, built by volunteers in Colorado, is the orbiting packet radio bulletin board. LO-17, built by AMSAT-Argentina, provides real-time packet, CW, and voice communications capabilities. Weber State University's WO-18 is an orbiting 'test bed' providing amateur radio operators an opportunity to follow experiments undertaken by University students as well as downloading and displaying pictures taken by this spacecraft.

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Members in 63 countries
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

UIA Org ID

F4009

Last News Received

2015
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