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AMSAT SPECIAL BULLETIN

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 272.01 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, SEPTEMBER 28, 2000
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-272.01

AMSAT-DL Executive Vice President Peter Guelzow, DB2OS, has
informed AMSAT News Service that launch preparations for the
Phase 3D satellite "remain on schedule."

As ANS reported earlier - Arianespace and AMSAT-DL announced the
official date of launch for Ariane Flight 507, on which P3D will fly, has
been brought forward to October 31, 2000. This date is the start of the
launch window and is the first date the launch could take place.

Recently, P3D's solar cells were fitted to the satellite and passed a
preflight test where high-intensity lights were focused on the solar
panels - allowing panel electrical output and battery charging circuitry
to be verified.

Following the solar panel success, a mechanical fit check between
P3D and the SBS adapter was also completed. "The fit required a few
minor modifications and the result is now a perfect fit between the
satellite and the adapter," said Guelzow.

The satellite fueling process will begin early next week.

DB2OS also told ANS that Phase 3D has been seen by several visitors,
both from Arianespace and commercial satellite company personnel,
including representatives of the birds that will fly with P3D, "and they
have been impressed by both the complexity and workmanship of our
satellite," said Peter.

The launch team has updated its Internet web site with several new
photographs showing the latest changes made to Phase 3D.
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, AMSAT-OH and AMSAT-NA for this
information]

/EX

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