Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1848 - January 11 2013

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Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1848 with a release
date of January 11 2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  Hams down-under respond to
wildfires in Tasmania; the comment deadline set in WRC 07
implementation proceeding; UK telecommunications regulator
OFCOM thanks RSGB for help with 2012 Olympics and Campbell
Island to be activated in November.  Find out the details
are on Amateur Radio NewslineT report number 1848 coming
your way right now.


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RESCUE RADIO:  WICEN RESPONDS TO WILDFIRES IN TASMANIA

Major brush fires in south-east Tasmania, which began on
Friday, January 4th continue to burn relentlessly fanned by
hot and windy weather.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim
Meachen, ZL2BHF, is in Nelson, New Zealand, with the latest:

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WICEN Tasmania South Secretary, Roger Nichols VK7ARN reports
that operators were sent to the Incident Management Team
headquarters coordinating the firefighting efforts on the
Tasman Peninsula and in the Derwent Valley.  There they
helped to run the Tasmanian Fire Service Communications
using its 80MHz system.  This says Nichols is a
communications role in which they are trained.

Nichols said there had been power and communications outages
caused by the fires.  Crews are working in safe areas to
restore power and communications and that WICEN had offered
to link the Eaglehawk Neck and Port Arthur areas.

A search for possible victims has already involved 250
properties. More than 100 of them, including houses and a
school, have been destroyed.

Access to the wild fire affected areas continues to be
restricted, as more hot and windy days are forecast with the
major fires out of control. Victoria State firefighters are
now in Tasmania to help with the fires.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF,
reporting.

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For those not familiar with WICEN, it can best be described
as Australia's version of the United States RACES but with
some major differences.  Chief among these is that WICEN
operates as an autonomous body under the relevant disaster
plan in each Australian state or territory.  (VK3PC)

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RADIO LAW: COMMENT DEADLINE SET IN WRC-07 IMPLEMENTATION
PROCEEDING

The ARRL reports that a commentary deadline of February 25th
and a reply comment deadline of March 27th have been
announced for rule making dealing with ET Docket No. 12-338.
This measure deals with implementation decisions of the 2007
World Radiocommunication Conference and to make certain
other changes.

While most of the 130 page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and
Order does not directly affect the Amateur and Amateur-
Satellite Services, two sections of the document are of
particular interest to the ham radio community.
Specifically, the FCC proposes to upgrade the Amateur
Service allocation in the upper half of the 160 meter band
at 1900 to 2000 kHz from secondary to primary, while
deleting the existing allocation to the Radiolocation
Service.  This is possible, because the re-accommodation of
radiolocation stations displaced by the expansion of the AM
broadcasting band to 1705 kHz has been completed and there
are no non-federal radiolocation stations licensed to
operate in the 1900 to 2000 kHz band.

The FCC is also seeking comments on whether, and how, an
amateur Low Frequency allocation might be able to co-exist
with Power Line Carrier systems that are used by electric
utilities to monitor and control the power grid.  The
Commission notes that while Powerline Communication Systems
do not have the status of an allocation, they do carry
communications important to the reliability and security of
electric service to the public.  WRC-07 created a new
secondary allocation to the amateur service at 135.7 to
137.8 kHz that already has been implemented in a number of
other countries.

The complete text of the Notice of Proposed Rule Making can
be found in PDF format at tinyurl.com/wrc-07-fcc   (ARRL,
FCC)

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WORLDBEAT:  CENTENARY STATION GB100RSGB NOW ON THE AIR

A 12 month celebration of the founding of the Radio Society
of Great Britain is now underway.  Jeramy Boot, G4NJH,
reports from Nottingham in the U-K:

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Radio Society of Great Britain Centenary station G100RSGB is
now on the air.  RSGB President Dave Wilson, M0OBW, opened
the year long operation of the RSGB Centenary station,
GB100RSGB, on January 1st as it was being hosted by the
Widnes & Runcorn ARC.

Although intentionally a celebration for all to enjoy, there
is an associated RSGB Centenary Award.  The rules for this
have been amended this week to allow contacts with the
station to count for points on a Region/Band basis.

I'm Jeramy Boot, G4NJH, and you are listening to the Amateur
Radio Newsline.

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Please check www.rsgb.org/centenary for further information.
(GB2RS)

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WORLDBEAT:  OFCOM THANKS RSGB FOR OLYMPIC HELP

The Radio Society of Great Britain has received a thank-you
letter from U-K telecommunications regulator Ofcom.  This in
appreciation for the national societies assistance in the
area of communications during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

In the note, Ofcom's Peter Bury says that the games have
come to an end he wanted to express his warm thanks and
appreciation for the contribution that the RSGB made to the
outstanding success of wireless communications during the
event.

According to Bury, one of the critical challenges for
Britain was to find enough people with the right skills in
radio engineering and interference management to support the
needs of the Games.  He says that Ofcom could not have found
enough people from its own resources and we therefore sought
help from you and other agencies to help us find expert
staff.

Bury continues his letter by stating that the support of the
RSGB for this initiative introduced Ofcom to people who were
very well motivated and with a high level of technical skill
and expertise.  He noted that Ofcom could not have provided
such good service to its customers without the RSGB's help.

Bury concludes by stating that he thinks the exchange of
knowledge between Ofcom and radio amateurs will be an
enduring legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games and that he sees
this as a model for further fruitful cooperation between the
two organizations.  (RSGB)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  PHONESAT LAUNCH NOW RESCHEDULED FOR
FEBRUARY

The PhoneSat cubesat, originally planned for a December 2012
launch, now looks like it will fly aboard a new commercial
rocket from Orbital Sciences Corporation in February.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Norm Seeley, KI7UP, reports:

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The PhoneSat series of micro sat flights is a technology
demonstration mission ultimately consisting of three 1 Unit
CubeSats to be placed on-orbit in succession.  The flights
are intended to prove that a smartphone can be used to
perform many of the functions required of a spacecraft bus.

The first satellite is built around the Nexus smartphone
which will be running the Android operating system and will
be enclosed in a standard 1 Unit cubesat structure.  The
main function of the phone is to act as the Onboard
Computer, but the mission will also utilize the phone's
Secure Digital card for data storage.

The bird will also have a 5 Megapixil camera for Earth
Observation, and 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis
magnetometer for attitude determination.

Ham radio wise, PhoneSat 1 carries an amateur radio payload
that will downlink on 437.425 MHz.  It must be noted that
this overall design  was chosen as one of the winners in the
Aerospace category of Popular Science magazine "Best of
What's New in 2012" awards.  Its also quite a lot of flight
hardware for such a tiny bird.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Norm Seeley, KI7UP, in
Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Also planned for this launch is the commercial DOVE-1
satellite for a technology demonstration nano satellite
based on the triple CubeSat form factor. Dove-1 plans to
transmit its telemetry and image data to the ground 145.825
MHz in the amateur radio band although this is a commercial
mission.  (ANS, AMSAT-UK)

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BREAK 1

From the United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio
Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the N2KEJ repeater serving Salem, New Jersey.

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HAMVENTION 2013:  CALL FOR AWARD NOMINATIONS

The Dayton Hamvention is soliciting nominations for its
annual awards program.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Stephen
Kinford, N8WB, has the details:

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There are four Dayton Hamvention award categories that
consist of the Radio Amateur of the Year. the Technical
Achievement Award, the Special Achievement Award, and the
Radio Club of the Year.

By way of background, the Amateur of the Year is for the
special person who has made a long term commitment to the
advancement of amateur radio.

The Technical Excellence Award is presented to a radio
amateur that has made an outstanding technical advancement
in the field of amateur radio.

The Special Achievement Award goes to a ham radio operator
who has made an outstanding contribution to amateur radio
primarily by spearheading a single significant project.

Last but by no means lest, the Club of the Year recognizes
an organizations on several levels. These might be a
contribution of mitigating the effects of disaster
situations, support of public service events, amateur radio
education, recruitment, youth programs, years of service and
media coverage.

The cutoff date to submit nominations is February 15th. For
the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB, in
Wadsworth, Ohio.

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More information and official nominating forms are now on-
line at www.Hamvention.org/awards.PHP.  (Dayton Hamvention)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  DAYTON DX DINNER - MAY 17

And still with Hamvention news, the SouthWest Ohio DX
Association has announced that it will again sponsor the DX
Dinner to be held in conjunction with the Hamvention 2013.

The date for this gathering is Friday, May 17th at the
Dayton Marriott Hotel.  This will be the 28th annual DX
dinner and planners say that it is an excellent opportunity
to make new friends, renew old acquaintances, as well as
learn about past DXpeditions and those in the planning
stages.  More information is on the Web at
www.swodxaevents.org.  (AJ8B)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  YOUTH IN AMATEUR RADIO EPISODE 5 READY FOR
DOWNLOAD

Episode 5 of the Youth in Amateur Radio Podcast titled The
Amateur Radio Bands, is now ready for download.  Joe
Andrews, KD0LOS, one of the Podcast producers has more:

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In this episode we discuss the characteristics of the
amateur radio bands and highlight a high school in
St.Charles, Missouri, that is in the process of rebuilding a
radio club for its students.

To listen to this episode, visit yarphams.com or look up the
Youth in Amateur Radio Podcast on i-Tunes.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Joe Andrews, KD0LOS, for
the Amateur Radio Newsline.

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The Youth in Amateur Radio Podcast service is produced by a
dedicated group of young hams to serve the needs of young
radio amateurs, world wide.  (YARP)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  AMATEUR RADIO ENTERING ITS SECOND CENTURY
OF DISASTER COMMUNICATIONS IS THEME OF WORLD AMATEUR RADIO
DAY 2013

The theme for World Amateur Radio Day 2013 is Amateur Radio
Entering Its Second Century of Disaster Communications.

Each year on April 18th, radio amateurs around the world
celebrate World Amateur Radio Day.  In 1913, the first
recorded instance of amateur radio being used to provide
communications in a natural disaster took place during
severe flooding in the Midwest of the United States.  This
in part led to the formation of the International Amateur
Radio Union in 1925.

Now, event planners say that activities surrounding World
Amateur Radio Day 2013 can be a great opportunity to spread
the word about what amateurs are doing in the field of
disaster communications in the 21st Century.  More is on-
line at www.iaru-r2.org/world-amateur-radio-day-2013. (IARU)

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NEW POWER SOURCE:  FUEL CELL TO POWER MICROSOFT EXPERIMENTAL
RESEARCH FACILITY

The Fuel Cell Energy Corporation has announced a project
using a stationary fuel-cell power plant to support
Microsoft's latest data-center research project.  The power
plant will use renewable biogas generated by a wastewater-
treatment facility as the fuel source to generate ultra-
clean and carbon-neutral electricity to power Microsoft's
Data-Plant project in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  This sub-megawatt
power-plant project will enable Microsoft to evaluate the
effectiveness of using FuelCell Energy power plants to
efficiently power future sustainable data centers.

The sub-megawatt Direct Fuel Cell power plant will be
installed at the Dry Creek Water Reclamation Facility in
Cheyenne, Wyoming by the spring 2013.  The fuel cell plant
will provide 200 kilowatts of power for Microsoft's Data
Plant which will be housed in a modular  pre-assembled
building that will the home of a server farm  to recreate a
data center environment.

The Direct Fuel Cell power plant will also provide excess
power not used by the data center to the water reclamation
facility to offset their electric costs.  In the event of a
grid outage, the Data Plant project and fuel cell plant will
be configured to operate independently to provide continuous
power.  (Fuel Cell Energy Report)

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RADIO EDUCATION: ANACAPA SCHOOL TO HOLD 3 DAY SPACE RELATED
SEMINARS

Students at California's Anacapa School will have several
experts on hand for their annual Synthesis Unit which will
explore the topic "Space: Where Are We Going?"

This year the school has scheduled an all-star lineup of
presenters.  These range from astrophysicists and astronomy
experts on the cutting edge of modern interstellar research
to specialists who will discuss how ancient Central American
stargazers.  The students will also visit Vandenberg Air
Force Base to learn about space launch operations as part of
their research.  After the three days of presentations,
students will be asked to create academic products designed
to synthesize the information learned during the week with
the goal of charting the nation's future in space.

The annual, three-day event is Anacapa's premier tool for
developing critical thinking skills. Each Unit provides
students with unique opportunities to explore a topic in
depth.  Expert speakers make individual presentations with
plenty of time for questions and answers.
More about this special event is on-line at
tinyurl.com/anacapa-space-speakers.  (K6LCM)

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RADIO MARKETPLACE:  FORMER HAM RADIO COMPANY DATONG HAS NEW
BUSINESS

Former amateur radio manufacturer Datong Electronics has
been mentioned in the UK press.  This following a recent $12
million dollar order win.

Datong was formed in 1974 by Dr. D. A. Tong, G8ENN.  The
company initially specialized in the development of Radio
Frequency technology for use by amateur radio operators.

In the late 1970's and early 80's Datong was well known for
a number of successful amateur radio products that included
Filters, RF Speech Processors, Morse Tutor and an HF to VHF
receive up-converter.   The company's final amateur radio
product was its 2 Meter Direction Finding unit known as the
D F One that was produced in 1982.  The D F One led Datong
into the security and defense sectors where it found a ready
market for its products in an era of heightened terrorist
activity in the UK.  At that point Datong stopped producing
equipment for radio amateurs.

Datong PLC, as it is known today, provides a range of
advanced high performance covert intelligence gathering
solutions, supplying defense, homeland security and law
enforcement agencies around the world.  More about the
company and its current products is on-line at
www.datong.co.uk.  (Southgate)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  FIRST 24 GHZ CONTACT BETWEEN USA AND
JAPAN

Some names in the news.  First up are W5LUA and JA6CZD
reportedly made the first 24 GHz EME contact between the USA
and Japan on January 2nd.

Their QSO took place at 1430 UTC when both stations had
about an hour of common time where each had 15 to 20 degrees
of elevation to the Moon.  JA6CZD used a 2.4 meter offset
fed dish with a 22 watt transmitter. W5LUA also used a 2.4
meter offset fed dish and a Traveling Wave Tube mounted on
the feed support providing 100 watts out.

W5LUA's station was GPS locked and JA6CZD uses a Rubidium
standard to control frequency.  The mutual Doppler Shift
placed both at about 24048.108 MHz based on a center
frequency of 24048.100 MHz.  This shifted down in frequency
as the schedule took place. (ANS, W5LUA)

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MAMES IN THE NEWS:  KC2UHB ON HAM RADIO EDUCATION

A number of articles written for Make Magazine by Diana Eng,
KC2UHB, about getting started in amateur radio are now
available on the web.  These include  Setting Up a Radio
Shack; How-To: Set Up an HF Portable Radio While Hiking and
Seeing Radio Waves With a Light Bulb to mention only three.
Most of these articles date back to 2009 and 2010 but remain
relevant today.  More information is on-line at
blog.makezine.com or simply do a Google search for Diana
Eng.   (Southgate)

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BREAK 2

This is ham radio news for today's radio amateur.  From the
United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio Newsline
with links to the world from our only official website at
www.arnewsline.org and being relayed by the volunteer
services of the following radio amateur:

(5 sec pause here)

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY:  NEW SUB MICRO MEMORY UNVEILED

A major breakthrough in magnetic storage for data has been
announced.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Damron, N8TMW, has
the details:

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An atomically assembled array of 96 iron atoms containing
one byte of magnetic information in antiferromagnetic states
has been announced.

The findings, being reported in the journal Science, could
help lead to a new class of nanomaterials for a generation
of memory chips and disk drives that will not only have
greater capabilities than the current silicon-based
computers but will consume significantly less power. And
they may offer a new direction for research in quantum
computing.

According to Shan X. Wang, director of the Center for
Magnetic Nanotechnology at Stanford University magnetic
materials are extremely useful and strategically important
to many major economies, but there aren't that many of them.
To make a brand new material is very intriguing and
scientifically very important.

Until now, the most advanced magnetic storage systems have
needed about one million atoms to store a digital 1 or 0.
The new achievement is the product of a heated international
race between elite physics laboratories to explore the
properties of magnetic materials at a far smaller scale.

Last May, a group at the Institute of Applied Physics at the
University of Hamburg in Germany reported on the ability to
perform computer logic operations on an atomic level.

The group at I.B.M.'s Almaden Research Center here in the
United States  has now created the smallest possible unit of
magnetic storage by painstakingly arranging two rows of six
iron atoms on a surface of copper nitride.  Such closeness
is possible because the cluster of atoms is
antiferromagnetic.  This is a rare quality in which each
atom in the array has an opposed magnetic orientation. In
common ferromagnetic materials like iron, nickel and cobalt,
the atoms are magnetically aligned.

From Charleston West Virginia, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW,
reporting.

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As this technology matures it could lead to a major
breakthrough in magnetic based data storage for many
industries as well as in future scientific endeavors.
(Science)

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WORLDBEAT:  ABORIGINAL RADIO STATION IN CANADA'S NORTHWEST
TERRITORIES GOES DARK

A popular aboriginal radio station in Canada's Northwest
Territories is no longer on the air.

CKLB Radio made the announcement online early Saturday
morning, January 5th.  Its posting to the World Wide Web
says that as of December 21st, the society didn't get the
promised funding for the 2012 fiscal year, adding that it is
nine months overdue.  Because of this, those in charge of
CKLB have no choice but discontinue the broadcasting
service.

The post did not say if or when the station, which
broadcasts on 101.9 FM, might be back on the air.  This
Aboriginal radio station is run by the Native Communications
Society of the Northwest Territories.  (RW)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  CUBESAT LECTURES JAN 29 TO FEB 3 IN
BRUSSELS

Lectures on CubeSat Technology and Applications that will be
held at von Karman Institute in Brussels, Belgium from
January 29th to February 1st.  In all there will be close to
twenty sessions presented by a group of worldwide experts in
this field. Participation is limited to 100 people.  If you
wish to attend you must pre-register on-line now at
tinyurl.com/belgium-cubesat-gathering.  (ANS)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  SKN ON OSCAR 2013 BEST FIST NOMINATIONS
DUE

AMSAT is thanking all who participated in Straight Key Night
on OSCAR 2013.  It's also requesting that if you have not
yet done so to please take a moment to nominate someone you
worked for Best Fist.

According top AMSAT, your nominee need not have the best
Morse sending fist of those you heard, only of those you
worked.  Send your nomination to w2rs (at) amsat (dot) org.
Those nominated will be recognized in an Amsat News Service
bulletin in early February, and in an upcoming AMSAT
Journal.  (ANS)

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WORLDBEAT:  EUROPEAN DX COUNCIL CONFERENCE SEPT 6 - 9 IN
PORTUGAL

This year's European DX Council Conference takes place
Friday September 6th to Monday September 9th at Figueira da
Foz, near Coimbra, Portugal.  More details will be released
in the near future at the EDXC web site at www.edxc.org
(EDXC)

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DX

In DX, K4ZW is currently on the air from South Sudan as Zed-
81-Zed.  He is active on High Frequency Bands mostly using
CW.  Please QSL via home call or electronically using
Logbook of the World.

SM6CPY will be operational as 9X0PY from Rwanda between
January 15th and the 31st.  Activity will be holiday style
on all bands using mainly CW and listening up 25 kHz.  QSL
via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

F6BLP is again be active as 6W7SK from Senegal through
January 18th.  Operations are holiday style using an IC-7000
into G5RV antenna operating mainly CW. QSL via F6BLP, direct
or by the bureau.

F5OGL reports that back on March 24th and 25th, 2012, a
station operating as TO4E, and claiming that he was on
Europa Island was definitely not where he claimed to be.
According to F5OGL tells the last TO4E DXpedition to Europa
was in 2003 and there has not been any authorized activity
from this island since.


Lastly, VK2CCC will be active from Lord Howe
Island September 22nd to the 29th as VK9LL.  He will focus
on 160 and 80 meters.  QSL direct via home call or
electronically using Logbook of the World.

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THAT FINAL ITEM:  SAVING EARTH FROM AN ASTEROID WITH
PAINTBALLS

And finally this week, if an asteroid ever takes aim at our
planet one MIT researcher says that shooting paintball
pellets at it could bump it off its course.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK has more:

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In the event that a giant asteroid is headed toward Earth,
you'd better hope that it's blindingly white.   Why you ask?
This is because one researcher believes that such a pale
colored asteroid would reflect sunlight.  So by bouncing a
lot of photons off its surface could create enough of a
force to push the asteroid into a different direction.

Sung Wook Paek is a graduate student in MIT's Department of
Aeronautics and Astronautics.  He says that if timed just
right, pellets full of paint powder, launched in two rounds
from a spacecraft at relatively close distance, would cover
the front and back of an asteroid.  This would more than
double its reflectivity.  Paek claims that the initial force
from the pellets might bump an asteroid off course and that
over time, the sun's photons would deflect it even more.

But there are a few caveats.  From his calculations, Paek
estimates that it would take up to 20 years for the
cumulative effect of solar radiation pressure to
successfully pull the asteroid off an Earthbound trajectory.
He also says that launching pellets with traditional rockets
may not be an ideal option, as the violent takeoff may
rupture the payload. Instead, he envisions paintballs may be
made in space, in ports such as the International Space
Station.  There a spacecraft could then pick up a couple of
rounds of pellets to deliver to the asteroid.

Paek's paper detailing this unconventional strategy won
the 2012 Move an Asteroid Technical Paper Competition.  This
is an award sponsored by the United Nations' Space
Generation Advisory Council, which solicits creative
solutions to space-related problems from students and young
professionals.

The challenge put forth by this year's U.N. competition was
to identify novel solutions for safely deflecting a near-
Earth object, such as an asteroid.  Scientists have proposed
a wide variety of methods to avoid an asteroid collision.
Some suggested launching a projectile or spacecraft to
collide with an incoming asteroid.  Other suggested
detonating a nuclear bomb near an asteroid or equipping
spacecraft as "gravity tractors," using a craft's
gravitational field to pull an asteroid off its path.   But
when the judging was complete, Paek's paintball strategy was
deemed among the most novel approaches presented to date.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, in
Zion, Illinois.

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Researcher Paek recently presented his paper at the
International Astronautical Congress in Naples, Italy.  More
about this theoretical way to deflect an asteroid off its
trajectory is on-line at tinyurl.com/asteroid-paintball.
(MIT, Science OnLine, others)

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