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Mir Znamya status 1700 u, feb 4

Mir Amateur Radio Status:  Feb 4-b, 1999

by Miles Mann WF1F,
MAREX-NA (Manned Amateur Radio Experiment, North American Division)

Znamya 2.5 or Banner:
Activation , February 4, 1999 , 1P.M. Moscow time

Congradulations Tim Walter for confirming the deployment

Znamya sited over france at 17.45 UTC 4 Feb 1999.

Here in Grenoble, we could see the usual bright star of Mir, followed
a thumb-nail behind by a distinct, but much fainter, object.
The Mirror was not pointing at us, so all we could see was the M40.
A fine sight.

We heard SSTV on the downlink, but did not have access to the computer!
Has anyone got SSTV showning Znamya, or is it too far away from MIR,
or in the wrong direction?

The Banner is a large round reflector attached to the end of the Progress
M40 cargo rocket.
When the Banner will be visible in the evening sky in many
parts of the world.  The reflected light of Znamya-2.5 is 5-10 times
brighter than the full Moon
It may also be possible to reflect radio signals off the Znamya.  If you
have a high power
Amateur Radio EME or E-Z-E system, you may be able to have an E-Znamya-E
Mirror is 25 meters across.  Check the EZE web below.

For the rest of us we will have to be content with just looking at Znamya
and getting a
SWVisibility card.
The MAREX-Russia team will be issuing a QSL type card for people who spot
the Znamya Banner.  The team is interested in getting reports from around
the world on the visibility
of the Znamya Banner.  If you do see it, then you can send away for a card.
include the usual information, name, address, country, Date and time (UTC
format) you
saw Znamya and a short description of  how bright it appeared.

Envelopes should be well sealed and do not include cash.
Send a SAE (Self Addressed Envelope ) and one or two IRC coupons
(which can be purchased at major US post offices).
Do not make any notes on the out side of the envelope with Amateur Radio
Call signs visible.

QSL Information for SWL (Short Wave Listener or Visibility Card)
Sergej Samburov
PO Box 73
Korolev-10 City
Moscow Area, 141070, Russia


Schedule: The Znamya 2.5 reflector was delivered to Mir aboard Progress
M-40 on October 27, 1998. The deployment is planned for February 4, 1999
just after the undocking of Progress M-40. The nominal duration of the
experiment is 24 hours. Mir and Progress M will complete 16 revolutions
around the globe and cover all the world continents.

For more information about the Znamya project, check out the Energia web
page below.

Will Znamya be visible from North America?
Yes, is should.
The first pass over the East Coast (Boston Ma) of North America is around
22:10 UTC February 4.
Sunset in Boston is at 21:50 utc, It is possible that the first pass may
not be visible because the sky may be too bright to see Znamya, but it is
would be still worth looking for.
The next pass is at 23:46, which will be a perfect time biased on the suns
Use your own tracking program for exact times for you specific location.

If you have a clear sky, you should actually be able to see both the Mir
Station and the Progres-40 ship with the Znamya.  The distance between the
two objects will increase with each orbit.
The Znamya should be leading Mir after a few orbits.  Note:  The tracking
data for Progress 40-Znamya, will only be valid until Progress 40 undocks
from Mir around 18:00 UTC Feb 4.  After the undocking the Progress 40 will
fires its engines and it will begin to travel away from Mir.

Mir and Znamya should be visible in many parts of the world,  if there is a
pass approximately 1-3 hours after sunset or before sunrise for your

Additional web sides courtesy of Kerwin N7JGW
Linkname: Znamya Space Mirror
            URL: http://www.space-frontier.org/EVENTS/Znamya/

       Linkname: List of targeted illumination areas!
            URL: http://src.space.ru/inform1-e.htm

Additional web E-Z-E Radio bounce web courtesy of Ken N1WED

Current Schedule for Packet PMS and SSTV:
SSTV was active on Feb 4, 1999 at 1620 utc

I assume the crew was trying to send images of Znamya, but I was not set up
decode images during that pass.
I over heard the crew talking about Znamya over the commercial  link.

Web pages, SSTV software pages.

John Langner , Pasokcon and others


Mir Crew Members:
The current crew consists of:

Current Crew
SOYUZ TM-28 arrived at Mir on August 16. Mir Soyuz TM-28 crew consisted of
Sergei Avdeyev, Gennadiy Padalko.  (Sergei and Gennadiy both received
training on the MAREX-NA SSTV system in Star City).

Web Page information:
The new MAREX-NA SSTV web is under construction but is now ON line, check
it out.


Tracking Mir

The best way to track satellites is to get access to a good satellite
tracking program.
There are numerous programs on the market, both for sale and share ware.

The best place for current satellite position date (Kep

) data is at the
CelesTrak web page http://celestrak.com/

NASA Designation: MIR
  Epoch Time, T0: 99  34.1948994   02/03/99 04:40:39.30 UTC

1 16609U 86017A   99034.19489937  .00035834  00000-0  28814-3 0  1822
2 16609  51.6632 310.1862 0014890  88.6932 271.6423 15.70455974740324
1 17845U 87030A   99033.87673594 -.00089054  00000-0 -71158-3 0  6626
2 17845  51.6625 311.8109 0014561  82.9594 277.3834 15.70380516674387
1 20335U 89093A   99033.87673594 -.00089054  00000-0 -71158-3 0  4870
2 20335  51.6625 311.8109 0014561  82.9594 277.3834 15.70380516523399
1 20635U 90048A   99033.87673594 -.00089054  00000-0 -71158-3 0  2794
2 20635  51.6625 311.8109 0014561  82.9594 277.3834 15.70380516494221
1 23579U 95024A   99033.87673594 -.00089054  00000-0 -71158-3 0  2434
2 23579  51.6625 311.8109 0014561  82.9594 277.3834 15.70380516211701
1 23848U 96023A   99033.87673594 -.00089054  00000-0 -71158-3 0  9250
2 23848  51.6625 311.8109 0014561  82.9594 277.3834 15.70380516158799
1 25429U 98047A   99033.87673594 -.00089054  00000-0 -71158-3 0  1763
2 25429  51.6625 311.8109 0014561  82.9594 277.3834 15.70380516 27263
1 25512U 98062A   99033.87673594 -.00089054  00000-0 -71158-3 0  1033
2 25512  51.6625 311.8109 0014561  82.9594 277.3834 15.70380516 15847
1 25544U 98067A   99034.58523810  .00012468  00000-0  17459-3 0  2765
2 25544  51.5927 149.8356 0004695  80.9452 279.2037 15.57193237 11756

Copyright 1999 Miles Mann, All Rights Reserved.  This document may be
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Miles WF1F