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[ariss:209] Re: ARISS URGENT
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From: "Gaston Bertels" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2007 12:19 AM
Subject: ARISS URGENT
13 March 2007
CALL FOR DONATIONS FOR ARISS ANTENNAS ON COLUMBUS
ESA has accepted the installation of an amateur radio station onboard the
Columbus module, the space laboratory which will be attached to the
International Space Station at the end of the year.
L/S-band patch antennas will be fixed on Meteorite Debris Panels (MDP) which
protect the hull of Columbus. Feedthroughs and coaxial cables have already
been installed and holes drilled in MDPs on the nadir of the space lab where
the antennas will be fixed. The installation cost is supported by ESA. It
amounts to well over 100.000?.
The antennas are developed by the Institute of Telecommunications and
Acoustics of Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland.
A year ago we have launched a funding campaign for the development and
manufacturing of the antennas. The collected money has permitted to start
the development of antennas by the University in close collaboration with
EADS and Alenia Spazio, the contractors in charge of Columbus.
The construction of Columbus has reached its final stage. The ARISS antennas
shall be installed in May 2007. A most important aspect has yet to be solved
The Wroclaw University of Technology has obtained a special funding for the
ARISS antennas from the Polish Ministry of Research and Development. This
helps cover the total cost and limits our effort to 65.000 euro.
47.000 euro has already been paid by ARISS. We still have to pay 18.000 euro
to finish the work.
Our goal has been set to 80.000 euro. After the antennas are fixed on the
module and Columbus is attached to the ISS, we will still need to build the
Taking into account that time is getting really short, ARISS-Europe renews
the call for donations to the IARU and AMSAT societies as well as to their
members individually. Every contribution, small or important, is very
Donations are published on www.ariss-eu.org . You can use PayPal on the
Columbus page of the website. If you prefer, your donation will be published
In the name of the amateur radio community, we thank the donators who
contribute to the presence of amateur radio on manned territory in Space.
Please help now. We are very near to the goal. Don't let us miss the last
Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
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