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Study of Transmit/Receive Radio Signal Conditions in the Russian Segment of ISS Using the World-Wide Ham Radio Network (Ten'-Mayak)


Overview | Description | Applications | Operations | Results | Publications | Imagery

Experiment Overview

This content was provided by V. I. Lukyaschenko, Ph.D., and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.

Brief Summary

Ten'-Mayak (Shadow-Beacon) uses the onboard ham radio to send time stamped VHF information packets which are received and recorded by amateur receiving stations around the world. The activity will be repeated when Russia does test firings of a planned plasma engine to understand the extent that the artificial plasma generated blocks the transmissions.

Principal Investigator(s)

  • V. I. Lukyaschenko, Ph.D.
  • Co-Investigator(s)/Collaborator(s)

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    Sponsoring Space Agency

    Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)

    Sponsoring Organization

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    ISS Expedition Duration:

    April 2007 - March 2011

    Expeditions Assigned


    Previous ISS Missions

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    Experiment Description

    Research Overview

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    Study of USH-radio signal transmit/receive conditions in the mode of onboard radio beacon in the ISS RS using world-wide ham radio network. Determining characteristics of radio Signals retransmitted through onboard transceiver, their quality and spatial distribution. Assessment of disturbing actions, such as re-reflection, shading caused by structural elements and value of the ISS elevation angle.

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    Space Applications

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    Earth Applications

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    Operational Requirements

    Complex of amateur packet radio communication set with 145/430 MHz frequency range:

      4 antenna feeder devices
      2 power supply units<
      controlling computer

    Operational Protocols

    Generation of onboard radio beacon probing pulses as time marks to ground receiving network (including ham radio receivers of USW) and transmission of the measurement results throughout Internet network. Check of the concept of forced radio silence in the mode of short-packet generation by radio communication Protocol AX25. Determining of ISS structural members effect on onboard antenna directional pattern (DP) in flight conditions. Determining zones of DP radio shadowing zones by the station structural members depending upon its spatial orientation. Assessment of ground receiving network non-uniform sensitivity on accuracy in spatial-time measurements. Determining of ground receiving network radio visible configurations depending upon an angle of elevation and light-shadow situation along the flight course.

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    Results/More Information

    Files containing data on the recorded radio signals (time, place, frequency-phase characteristics) transmitted through Internet from each ground-based receiver within measurement USW network at the address of the Center for Scientific Data Acquisition and Processing.

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    Related Websites
  • Energia - Science Research on the ISS Russian Segment
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    Information provided by the investigation team to the ISS Program Scientist's Office.
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