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List of Coverage of Phase 3D launch

This is the information that I have gathered so far on how the launch of
Phase 3d is being handled so that everyone can listen in.
This information has been taken from the following:
John A. Magliacane, KD2BD, Spacenews email letters
ARRLNews email letter
Bruce Paige KK5DO
Mike West WL7BQM
Robert Arnold N2JEU
and a few others that I know I have forgotten.

Phase 3D is scheduled to be launched aboard an Ariane 5 rocket November 15
at 0107 UTC from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Details are being worked out for the AMSAT Launch Information Net Service to
run "live" during the launch. Houston.
AMSAT Coordinator Bruce Paige, KK5DO, says the net will provide launch
information and commentary via several HF
stations on various bands as well as on local repeaters.

The current schedule calls for the net to start about 15 minutes before
launch and carry through separation of P3D. Paige says
the plan is to monitor the Arianespace TV C-band satellite feed for
real-time launch information, then communicate that
information via a telephone bridge. "We are not re-transmitting the
Arianespace audio to avoid possible problems with the
FCC," he explained. The telephone linkup will include key AMSAT personnel
who will add their own comments and details to
the real-time announcements.

Participating commentators in addition to Paige include newly elected
AMSAT-NA President Robin Haighton, VE3FRH, as
well as AMSAT-NA Vice President for Operations Keith Pugh, W5IU; Andy
MacAllister, W5ACM; Pat Kilroy, N8PK at
the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; launch team second-in-command Chuck
Green, N0ADI; North American Command Station Stacy Mills, W4SM; and IARU
Satellite Coordinator Hans van den Groenendaal, ZS5AKV. Others may
be added as the launch approaches.

Paige says the Houston AMSAT Net, < http://www.amsatnet.com >, will carry
the launch information net telephone feed on its
normal net connections - satellite ( Satcom 3 ), local repeater and Internet

The Launch Information Net also will be carried by key HF stations, led by
the Goddard Amateur Radio Club's WA3NAN
(http://garc.gsfc.nasa.gov/www/retransmission/retrans_status.html). WA3NAN
expects to be on the air an hour prior to launch
and will re-transmit on its shuttle frequencies, 3.860, 7.185, 14.295,
21.395, and 147.45 MHz. W5RRR at the Johnson Space Center in Texas - or its
alternates - will use 3.840, 7.279, and 14.282 MHz.

The Radio Club of Kourou FY5KE also has announced plans to broadcast the
Phase 3D launch on 14.315 MHz in French
"and probably in English."

According to Paige, Bob Arnold, N2JEU, is planning to make the Arianespace
audio available on the Internet. Details are
available at http://www.ralabs.com/livep3d.

CQ Amateur Radio magazine has announced plans to offer continuously updated
coverage of the Phase 3D launch via its
Web site, < http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com >. CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU,
says Satellite Editor Phil Chien,
KC4YER, will author a running "launch log" in which he'll post regular
updates every few minutes. CQ also will provide
links to sites featuring live launch video.

Arianespace is also planning on having a live feed of the launch coverage
starting about 15 minutes before before launch till
about 45 minutes after launch when Phase 3D is scheduled to separate from
the booster stage of the Ariane 5 launch vehicle.
The coverage is scheduled to be on the Galaxy 4R C-band Satellite,
Transponder 12

The following is the estimated State Vector and Keplerian Elements for the
AMSAT Phase 3D spacecraft.  The vector data
was computed from Arianespace orbital parameters at the time Phase 3D is
scheduled to separate from the Ariane 5 upper
stage.  The Keplerian Elements were computed, in turn, from the vector.

Vector format = 10107
Satellite Name:         Phase 3D
Catalog Number:         93400
Epoch MET:                  0.02896990700
                           0/00:41:43.000 MET
EFG E:                        6252.236120 km
    F:                        5149.974174 km
    G:                        -641.751706 km
    Edot:                     -2.65855591 km/s
    Fdot:                      8.08211797 km/s
    Gdot:                     -0.94209054 km/s
ndot/2 (drag):              0.00000001545 rev/day^2
nddt/6:                       0.00000E+00 rev/day^3
Bstar:                        2.51416E-05 1/Earth Radii
Elset #:                                1
Rev @ Epoch:                1.50414245998

Launch Window Opens:  2000-NOV-15 / 0107 UTC
Phase 3D separation:  Launch + 00:41:43

The following Keplerian elements were computed from this vector and the
scheduled date and time of the launch window
opening.  Updated Keplerian elements will be computed from the vector, based
on changes to the scheduled or actual launch

Phase 3D
1 93400U          00320.07549769  .00000002  00000-0  25142-4 0    12
2 93400   6.5000 257.0516 7357001 175.9721   5.5347  2.02548574    12

Satellite: Phase 3D
Catalog number: 93400
Epoch time:      00320.07549769
Element set:       1
Inclination:        6.5000 deg
RA of node:       257.0516 deg
Eccentricity:    0.7357001
Arg of perigee:   175.9721 deg
Mean anomaly:       5.5347 deg
Mean motion:    2.02548574 rev/day
Decay rate:    1.54500e-08 rev/day^2
Epoch rev:               1
Checksum:              252

Note that "93400" is a temporary Catalog Number.  A Permanent Catalog Number
and International Designator will be
assigned when Phase 3D is launched.  The satellite name will also be updated
with the next sequential "OSCAR" designator.

These Keplerian elements represent a pre launch estimate of Phase 3D's
initial orbit.  The orbit will change significantly over the
first year the spacecraft is on orbit.  Updates will be provided for
significant orbital changes.

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