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AMSAT SPECIAL BULLETIN

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 282.01 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, OCTOBER 08, 2000
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-282.08

AMSAT-DL Executive Vice President Peter Guelzow, DB2OS, has
informed AMSAT News Service that the launch of the Phase 3D
satellite will now be delayed until mid-November. ANS had earlier
reported a possibility of an October 31st launch.

The November launch delay stems from the non-arrival of one of
P3D's launch partners and the subsequent launch preparations
that this satellite will need to undergo. 

DB2OS told ANS that the delayed satellite is due to arrive at the
European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana very shortly and will
immediately begin the same style launch preparations that P3D has
been undergoing. 

Peter also informed ANS that P3D's fueling operations are now
complete. The last chemical to be added in the fueling process was
NH3, with P3D becoming only the world's second satellite to use
ammonia in its fuel, a premiere for spaceport Kourou!

Phase 3D will be move shortly into the final assembly building at the
European Spaceport. From here, the satellite will soon be mated to
the Ariane 5 launch vehicle.

The launch team has updated its Internet web site with several new
photographs showing the Phase 3D fueling process. To visit the site,
point your browser to:

http://www.amsat-dl.org/launch/

Stay tuned to ANS for additional bulletins from AMSAT, the
official source for information on the Phase 3D Launch.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-DL and AMSAT-NA for this information]

/EX

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