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[jamsat-news:1929] ANS-180 ECHO Prelaunch Update

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ECHO Prelaunch Update

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 180.01 From AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD. June 28, 2004
BID: $ANS-180.01

Below are the prelaunch elements for Echo, based on the predicted launch on
29 June.  The launch site is the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  The
Epoch time is based on the Dnepr's Orbit Insertion Time.

UTC Epoch    6/29/2004  06:45:15.06
Inc                  98.25582
RAAN            250.8905
Ecc                 .00001139
MA                261.417
Arg Per          275.47233
MM               14.4091

Echo First Communication Events

Plans call for Command Stations to begin working Echo with the morning
passes over the US on 29 June.  The first communication attempt with
Echo will be on the pass over the eastern US, at approximately 1452 UTC,
continuing with the next two passes over the US as well.  The transmitter on
Echo will not be turned on for a complete orbit until it is established that
the bird is operating normally and that the power system is working
properly.  The transmitter will be shut off before the end of the pass
window over the US.  Transmission may also be intermittent over the US as we
work with the Satellite.  The hope is to leave the TX0 transmitter on for
complete orbits starting as early as 0200 UTC on 30 June.

The callsigns for Echo's Pacsat Broadcast Protocol Digital system are:

Broadcast:  PCAB-11
BBS:          PCAB-12

Telemetry Submission Email Address

Until the ECHO Telemetry archive system is up and running please submit your
CSV telemetry files received with TlmEcho to the following email address.


Once the archive system is up and running details will be published on how
to submit and also download telemetry from Echo.

Check ANS for future bulletins as we progress with commissioning of Echo.

[ANS thanks Mike, KE4AZN for the above information]


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