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[jamsat-news:1313] * SpaceNews 07-Aug-00 *

* SpaceNews 07-Aug-00 *

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		 	  MONDAY AUGUST 7, 2000

The primary amateur radio antenna ports on the International Space Station
were delivered to ISS with the launch and docking of the Service Module two 
weeks ago.  With the docking of the Service Module now complete, the next
phase in the development and installation of the ham radio gear on ISS is
the launch and installation of the Initial, Phase 1 amateur radio station.
This is expected to occur on the next Shuttle Flight, STS-106, currently
scheduled for launch in early September.

The initial station will include 2 meter and 70 cm Ericsson handheld
transceivers (5-6 watts output), a Paccom pico-packet TNC, a specially
developed David Clark headset, a signal adapter module, specially developed
radio power adapters, and the interconnecting cabling.

The antenna systems that the Italian/Russian/US team have developed for the 
Service Module are ready but cannot be installed (by EVA) until later next 
year.  In the meantime, the ARISS international team has gotten permission 
to use the Zarya (FGB) Sirius antennas on the 2 meter band.

Last week, in particular, was a tremendous week for the ARISS program.

ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) team members have
been working for years to bring the first ISS hardware to fruition.  It
looks like the final issues that have held them back are now over.  They
are moving ahead toward the launch of the initial hardware on STS-106 and
its stowage in the FGB.  STS-106 is currently scheduled for launch on
September 8.  The first crew will arrive around October 30.  Once on-board,
they will connect the hardware to the Sirius antenna and set up the station
in the FGB.  The first (Expedition 1) crew will be launched on Soyuz and
dock with the ISS.

This has been an effort that has required a significant amount of patience, 
persistence and hard work by all the ARISS team members and the space 
agencies all over the world.

The events that occurred in recent weeks include:

1)  The previously stated launch and docking of the Service Module which 
will eventually house the ARISS station.

2)  The successful completion of a series of tests in Moscow.  It should be 
noted that Lou McFadin, W5DID, from AMSAT-NA, Carolynn Conley, KD5JSO, from 
NASA, and Sergej Samburov, RV3DR, from AMSAT-RU were instrumental in making 
these successful tests happen.  These tests included RF and power-up tests 
in the flight equivalent Service Module at the Energia facility and the 
flight equivalent FGB module at the Krunichev facility.  As a result of the 
testing, the Russian teams (Energia & Krunichev) have concurred that we are 
ready for launch.

3)  The approval by NASA of our flight safety package.  The final 
certificate of safety compliance was signed in late July.  The NASA 
safety team at JSC gave the approval for launch on STS-106 of the ARISS 
hardware which is stowed within Spacehab.  Shuttle Rollout occurs within 
the week!

Press briefings that were scheduled for last Wednesday are available via
the Internet at the following URL;


[Info via Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, AMSAT-NA V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs]

Arianespace Flight 130 has been cleared for launch on September 14. 

Flight 130 had been set for a July 25 launch, but problems with the upper
stage's attitude control system were found during a test at the manufacturing
facility in Europe.  In an effort to assure success on Flight 130,
Arianespace ordered a stand-down of processing. 

After an investigation, it was discovered that the problem was caused in
the brazing of two separate pieces inside of the failed thruster.  After
the root cause was found, Arianespace and Astrium, the thruster manufacturer,
devised a plan to replace all six thrusters on Flight 130's upper stage.
Thrusters that were selected were put through an intense inspection to
insure that those thrusters did not have the same problem. 

Further information is available at:


[Info via Jeff Davis, N9AVG]

* AO-27 NEWS *
AMRAD-OSCAR-27 satellite controller Chuck Wyrick, KM4NZ, reported that
time was spent last week uploading software upgrades to the AO-27 satellite.
The satellite was unavailable for use while the uploads were taking place.

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