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Re: S-band success

Hi Jeff.
Yes, the times Graham has given are local time at the launch site.
The launch is 06.52 UTC Thursday morning. 
The satellite will activate after apx 1 orbit just as it's going out of  
range for us in Europe. As the pass continues it passes over the Pacific but in  
range of any stations listening on the west coast. 

The East coast has an  overhead pass with AOS around 14.55
There are some nice pictures from the last few days on the SSETI site
David   G0MRF
_SSETI Express_ (http://sseti.gte.tuwien.ac.at/WSW4/express5.php)  
In a message dated 25/10/2005 20:13:46 GMT Standard Time,  
jeffrey.embry@gmail.com writes:

Is it  safe to assume that the times below are Local to Plesetsk and not  


Jeff Embry, K3OQ
ARCI  #11643
FPQRP #-696

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On 10/25/05, Graham Shirville  <g.shirville@btinternet.com> wrote:
> Hi Drew,
>  SSETI Express is not quite on the pad yet.
> Its 22:30 here in  Plesetsk at the moment and we are going out to the
> Cosmodrome again at  02:30 tomorrow to see the whole launch vehicle "roll
> out" of the  building on a train.
> Then at around 10:30 tomorrow we will be  driven to the launch site and see
> the rocket being erected to the  vertical position.
> They start fuelling around 05:50 on  Thursday and then the launch is about
> five hours  later.
> I believe that S band may be given a very quick check  (over Europe)soon
> after launch so we should know by the end of the  weekend about the health 
> the transponder  configuration.
> hopefully we may have the power budget to  radiate a blank carrier on a 24/7
> basis until the 67Hz CTCSS tone on  the uplink opens the squelch - but this
> is the perfect scenario and we  dont yet know if we will reach that happy
> state of  affairs!
> Exciting times but the stress levels are building  somewhat.....
> cheers
>  Graham
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