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AMSAT SPECIAL BULLETIN

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 306.01 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, NOVEMBER 01, 2000
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
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As AMSAT News Service earlier reported -- the launch of the Phase 3D
satellite was moved from the first possibility of an October 31st
launch -- to a mid-November date. Various sources have now informed
ANS that a launch date has been assigned to AR-507 and the launch of
Phase 3D.

The anticipated date of launch for Arianespace Flight 135, on which P3D
will fly, has been confirmed for 01:07 UTC, Wednesday, November 15,
2000.

P3D will be launched with three other satellites - the large PAS-1R
communications satellite and the smaller STRV-1C and 1D satellites.
All four are to be placed in geostationary transfer orbit. Flight 135 is
set to be a record-setting Ariane 5 mission, marking the first use of the
ASAP-5, a platform that will enable the Ariane 5 launcher to carry
auxiliary micro and mini satellite payloads. The total launch vehicle
performance to geostationary transfer orbit is over 6,200 kg. This
includes the mass of the PAS-1R primary payload and the three
auxiliary satellites (of which P3D is one) as well as the weight of the
ASAP-5 platform and the other payload mounting and interface
hardware.

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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