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Re: NASA reconsiders satellite servicing missions



and i happily flipped me swimsuit calendar to miss april...hook, line, and sinker lmao

patrick...kb8rtz...still happy to see miss april ;-)

> Following a review requested by members of Congress, the National Academy of
> Science and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have agreed to
> reconsider NASA's earlier decision to forgo further servicing of the Hubble
> Space Telescope. Following the publication of the review panels findings, NASA
> has therefore agreed to resume its satellite servicing program.
> 
> The review panel has also recommended that because of the long down time
> between Space Shuttle missions, crew members will need additional
> opportunities to practice their EVA skills prior to carrying out the ambitious
> Hubble Service Mission 4. The panel members suggested that astronauts should
> practice their repair skills on a smaller satellite while preparations for the
> HST service mission are being revived. Accordingly NASA has directed shuttle
> program managers to identify additional satellite servicing opportunities to
> allow astronauts to obtain the experience they so urgently need after being
> grounded for the past year.
> 
> One such mission opportunity was immediately apparent, the recently defunct
> Amsat-Oscar 40 satellite. According to NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe,
> "Repairing Oscar 40 is a challenging and difficult mission that will provide
> NASA and all Americans with the renewed confidence and inspiration that are
> needed for the ambitious space missions that lie ahead for us."
> 
> An all-ham shuttle crew has been selected to fly this important training and
> repair mission. 
> 
> Astronaut Mike Foale, KB5UAC, said yesterday "We are thrilled to be selected
> to fly this important and historic satellite servicing mission. AO-40 is a
> much loved satellite and we are looking forward to returning it to service for
> the worlds radio amateurs."
> 
> A total of 5 EVAs will be needed to repair the failed main battery, all of the
> failed transmitters from 2 meters up to 10 GHz, and the damaged antennas.
> Spacewalking astronauts will also repair AO-40's fuel system valves, external
> sheet metal and thermal blankets. Following completion of all mechanical and
> electronic repairs, the monomethylhydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide tanks will
> be refilled with a fresh load of fuel and the satellite will be released back
> into orbit to complete the series of rocket burns that were intended to place
> AO-40 into its high inclination Molynia orbit. 
> 
> To prepare for this mission, an Amsat furnished AO-40 satellite mockup has
> been shipped to the Weightless Environment Training Facility (WETF) at the
> Johnson Space Center in Houston where astronauts will practice their repair
> procedures in the underwater training facility. AO-40's command stations will
> soon begin a series of Joint Integrated Simulations (JIS) with the Mission
> Control Center in Houston to practice the complex interactive satellite
> command sequences that will be needed to conduct aliveness and functional
> tests of each new module as astronauts complete each phase of the repair
> mission. 
> 
> Prior to starting their repair work, astronauts will restore power to the
> satellites' Integrated Housekeeping Unit and telemetry beacon, using a special
> Amsat-approved pair of automobile jumper cables. In keeping with Amsat's low
> cost satellite philosophy, a suitable set of cables was found in the
> automotive section of the Orlando Florida Wall-Mart for $8.95. A new
> Thermometer was added to the Amsat Web site today to track fund raising
> efforts for the purchase of these cables, which are currently on lay-away. The
> jumper cables are considered to be the key to the success of the entire AO-40
> servicing mission. A special President's Club pin is available to those who
> contribute $1 or more to this purchase. 
> 
> In other space related news today, President Bush has announced that future
> manned missions are in work to retrieve and repair the Mars Polar Lander and
> Beagle 2. A mission to install a new battery aboard AO-7 is also under
> consideration.
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