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[jamsat-news:557] * SpaceNews 02-Jun-97 *
SB NEWS @ AMSAT $SPC0602
* SpaceNews 02-Jun-97 *
MONDAY JUNE 2, 1997
SpaceNews originates at KD2BD in Wall Township, New Jersey, USA. It
is published every week and is made available for non-commercial use.
* PHOTOS OF MIR AND SHUTTLE AVAILABLE *
Maury (email@example.com) reports that three interesting images of the
Mir and Space Shuttle from mission STS-84 are available on the Web at
the following URL:
* KB5UAC ACTIVE FROM MIR *
Many reports have been received indicating that Astronaut Mike Foale, KB5UAC
has been quite active on 2-meters (145.200 MHz up, 145.800 MHz down) as
R0MIR from the Mir space station. There has been no word as to when the
packet station or the SAFEX module will be re-activated.
* AMSAT FEATURE ARTICLE *
The AMSAT Website now has a new "feature article" available. The article
on P3D "P3D-What's in it for Me?" covers the features of the satellite and
its benefits to the amateur community at large. The article is by Andrew
Skattebo, KA0SNL, and may be accessed at the following URL:
[Info via Andrew Skattebo, KA0SNL]
* PHASE 3D RUDAK NEWS *
Bdale Garbee reports that last weekend (which was the Memorial Day holiday
weekend in the US) the P3D RUDAK team met at his house in Colorado to work
on bringing up the SCOS operating system, and to test as much of the flight
and flight backup hardware as possible.
The group got started on Thursday afternoon after Robert Diersing's arrival.
Lyle Johnson and Harold Price flew home early on Tuesday morning. In
attendance all or part of the time were the following:
John Conner, WD0FHG
Robert Diersing, N5AHD
Bdale Garbee, N3EUA
Chuck Green, N0ADI
Lyle Johnson, WA7GXD
Harold Price, NK6K
Jim White, WD0E
The group extends its profuse thanks to Karen Garbee, N1FED, for keeping
everyone well-fed, and for putting up with the distruption of normal
activities in Bdale's house all weekend.
The group made *significant* progress.
The operating system kernel and the device drivers needed for communication
with the ground through the modems are now running.
The flight hardware has undergone initial testing in fully-integrated form.
Modifications made to an engineering CPU board during the operating system
port are being made by N0ADI to the flight hardware this week, with more
testing to follow.
The team still has lots of work to do, but they have now passed some very
Lyle brought along his digital camera, and Bdale put a new set of pictures
(9 of them, this time) on AMSAT-NA's Phase 3D Web Page at the following URL:
[Info via Bdale Garbee, N3EUA]
* UO-22 SOFTWARE RELOAD *
The UO-22 OBC186 flight software was reportedly reloaded on Friday during
a morning passes over Surrey. It is hoped that this reload will fix the
problem with uploads being rejected. Should the upload take longer than
anticipated, users are asked not to transmit to the spacecraft until it
is opened for operations as such activity will slow down the reload process.
[Info via Chris Jackson, G7UPN / ZL2TPO]
* RS-10 PROBLEM *
For reasons that still remain a mystery, the RS-10 satellite has gone silent.
Users around the world report the loss of both beacon and transponder downlink
signals from RS-10. Updates on this situation will be reported once official
word from the spacecraft controllers is received.
* FEEDBACK/INPUT WELCOMED *
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