AMSAT is a worldwide group of Amateur Radio Operators who share an active interest in building, launching and then communication with each other through non-commercial Amateur Radio satellites. By any measure, AMSAT’s track record has been impressive. Since its initial founding over 25 years ago, AMSAT has predominantly volunteered labor and donated resources to design, construct and with the added assistance of government and commercial space agencies, successfully launched over two dozen Amateur Radio communications satellites into the orbit of Earth.
The Amateur Radio Satellite Corporation (known as AMSAT officially) was first formed in 1969 as a not-for-profit educational organisation chartered in the District of Columbia, USA. Its aim is to foster Amateur Radio’s participation in space research and communication. AMSAT was founded to continue its efforts, begun in 1961, by Project OSCAR, a west coast USA based group which built and launched the very first Amateur Radio satellites. OSCAR stands for Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio, a term that is still used to identify most Amateur Radio satellites. It was launched on December21, 1961, barely four years after the launch of Russia’s first Sputnik. These satellites were built, quite literally in people’s garages and basements are purely a product of volunteer effort and donated resources.
Sharing the same vision and objectives, other like minded groups throughout the world have since been formed to pursue the Amateur Radio Satellite program.
Ramesh Ramsubbu VU2RMS
Vice President M.S Giridhar VU2MGD
Secretary Nitin Muttin VU3TYG
Treasurer Venkatesh Katta VU3ICC
Director-Educational Relations B.A Subramani, VU2WMY
Technical Director M.R Raghavendra, VU3GTI
Ganesan N VU3GEK
Raveendranath P VU2RVJ
Somashekhar Kummur VU3HCJ
K Balaji VU3PZA
Air Cmdr V Subramanian VU2UV
Director- Regional Co-ordination Somashekar,VU3JBA
Regional Coordinators - India
North - Kaustav Saha,VU2UUU
West- Rajesh Vagadia,VU2EXP
Public relations Nitin Muttin VU3TYG