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Mir ARS Status April 16, 1999, RS-19 update





Mir Amateur Radio Status: April 16, 1999

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

RS-19 may be canceled
I have received some information which indicates the RS-19 Sputnik /
Beatnik project may be cancelled.  I have not been able to contact Energia
to confirm  this information at this time.
Check:  http://www.swatch.com

MAREX-NA ISS projects:
The  MAREX-NA  team  has  built and delivered three projects to the Russian
Space  Station  Mir.  (TNC Modem upgrade, RF DCI filer project and the SSTV
Project).   Because of the success of the three projects we have been asked
by   Energia   to  submit  a  proposal  for  additional  projects  for  the
International  Space  Station (Alpha).  It was a great honor to be asked by
Energia  to submit a project proposal.  The MAREX-NA team has submitted one
draft  proposal  to  build  a  SSTV  project similar to the successful SSTV
project  currently  on the Russian Space Station Mir.  The ISS SSTV version
will be very similar to the Mir version with a few additional features:
Tentative planed features:

Repeater Mode:
Allows  ground  stations  to  Relay  their  SSTV images, similar to a voice
repeater.

Remote Control camera:
Ground Stations will be able to remotely steer the camera from Earth.

At  the  present time the MAREX-NA SSTV International Space Station project
is  in  the proposal / consideration stage.  If the project is selected, we
hope to deliver the final systems by the end of the year.  The project will
be  a  joint  project involving several satellite clubs.  Each club will be
responsible  for a different part of the project (antennas, power supplies,
etc.).

Last year MAREX-NA delivered three Kenwood/Tasco SSTV systems to Energia in
Russia.   One of the systems is currently on the Russian Space Station Mir.
The  other  two  SSTV  systems are in Energia Russia and are being used for
Demonstrations  and  testing  system.  A demonstration of the MAREX-NA SSTV
system  was  given  to the First cosmonaut ISS crew.  The comments from the
cosmonaut ISS crew were (I want this on my mission).

Welcome AMSAT-RUSSIA (AMSAT-RU)
There  is  a  new  club in town.  The Amsat-Russia is now an official club,
congratulations to everyone at Amsat-RU.  They even have their own web page
http://www.amsat.ru/
I  checked  out the web page this week and it looks good.   It is mostly in
Russian, but there is some English sections.
Sergej  Samburov   RV3DR  is  the  AMSAT-RU  Vice President of Manned Space
Flight  activities.   Sergej has been responsible for all of the successful
Amateur Radio programs on board the Russian Space station Mir.


Current Mir Crew Members:
SOYUZ  TM-29  arrived  at  Mir  on February 20, 1999.  Mir Soyuz TM-29 crew
consisted  of  French  cosmonaut Jean-Pierre Heignere, Viktor Afanasyev and
Slovakian Cosmonaut Ivan Bella
On February 28, some of the crew returned to earth, they were:
Slovak Ivan Bella and Gennadiy Paldalko.
Gennadiys  mission lasted approximately 6 months (August 16 1998  February
28 1999)

The remaining crew consists of:

The French cosmonaut Jean-Pierre Heignere
Cosmonaut Viktor Afanasyev
Cosmonaut  Sergei Avdeyev.  Sergei mission began August 16, and is expected
to last a total of 9-11 months.


Mir Data:
Launch dates and names
Mir (base block) Peace   1986
Kvant-1   Quantum-1 1987
Kavant-2  Quantum-2 1989
Kristall  Crystal        1990
Spektr         Spectrum  1995
Priroda        Nature         1996
Soyuz          Union          TM-29      1999
Progress  Progress  M-41 1999

PMS Status (Personal Message System):
The PMS activity was a little intermittent last week.

MAREX-NA Web Page:
For  more  information  about  MAREX-NA  and  out  past, present and future
project, please visit
our new home page:
www.marex-na.org


Tracking Mir:
For    current   tracking   data,   try   the   CelesTrak   web   page   at
http://celestrak.com/

Copyright  1999  Miles  Mann,  All  Rights  Reserved.  This document may be
freely distributed via the following means - Email (including listservers),
Usenet, and World-Wide-Web.  It may not be reproduced for profit including,
but not limited to, CD ROMs, books, and/or other commercial outlets without
prior written consent from the author.
Images  received from the MAREX-NA SSTV system on the Russian Space Station
Mir  are  considered  public  domain and may be freely distributed, without
prior permission.

Miles WF1F


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