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Mir Status April 26, 1999





Mir Amateur Radio Status: April 26, 1999

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

SSTV Update from Mir crew:
Over  the weekend MAREX-NA engineer Farrell Winder was able to have a short
conversation
with  French  Cosmonaut  Jean-Pierre  Heignere  on  board the Russian Space
station  Mir (April 25, 19:11 UTC).  During the conversation, Farrell asked
Jean-Pierre  about the Mir crews work-load and about the status of the SSTV
system.   Jean-Pierres  response  was  that the Mir crew was very busy with
their normal experiments and that they would try to connect the SSTV system
when  they  have some free time.  The Mir crew has been making random voice
contacts around the world, and many of the ground stations have been asking
Jean-Pierre  the same question [when will you be able to see some more SSTV
images].   Jean-Pierre  asked  Farrell,  what  pictures  would be the best,
Inside  or  Outside pictures from Mir.  Farrell requested some new shots of
the  Mir  crew  and  some interior shots of Mir and some outside shots too.
Jean-Pierre commented that at the present time they were over a very cloudy
section  of the USA.  A few seconds later, Mir passed below the horizon and
contact was ended.

I  would  like to ask everyone to please be patient regarding Amateur Radio
operations  on  Mir.   The Amateur Radio portion of the Mir experiments are
primarily  OFF-Hours  experiments.   The  Mir  crews  do  have  a very busy
schedule  and  only  have  a  very  limited  amount of FREE-Time to use the
educational Amateur Radio experiments.


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).

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.



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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