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Fwd: MIR

I wonder if Amateur radio will be on after the crew
abandons ship? If so, it is my guess that the packet
will be on. In light of this, and in light of the fact
that the "agreed upon" schedule of SSTV being on
during the weekends hasn't happened since March, I
would like to make a suggestion:

Perhaps the packet/SSTV schedule be "reversed" for a
while. In other words, SSTV on during the week, and
packet on for Saturday-Monday? 

When the MIR is finally abandoned, switch it over to
packet only.

                   -- Mike

--- K6due@aol.com wrote:
> From: K6due@aol.com
> Date: Tue, 1 Jun 1999 10:47:16 EDT
> Subject: [sarex] MIR
> To: sarex@AMSAT.Org
> Tuesday June 1 8:41 AM ET 
> Mir Crew To Leave in August
> By GREG MYRE Associated Press Writer 
> MOSCOW (AP) - The Mir's current crew will abandon
> the Russian space station 
> in August, and the orbiter will circle Earth
> unmanned until early next year, 
> when it is expected to burn up in the atmosphere,
> space officials said today.
> Russia's cash-strapped government has only agreed to
> finance the 13-year-old 
> space station through August, and says it should be
> discarded then unless 
> private funding is found. Repeated attempts to raise
> the money have failed.
> A panel of top Russian space officials decided today
> that the only option 
> would be for the three-man crew to leave in August,
> said Vyacheslav 
> Mikhailichenko, a spokesman for the Russian Space
> Agency.
> Prior to the crew's departure, they will install a
> new computer allowing 
> ground controllers to command the station without a
> crew on board, Russian 
> news reports said.
> Mir's orbit, currently about 240 miles above Earth,
> will gradually diminish. 
> At about 125 miles above the Earth, ground
> controllers will send a final 
> command that will cause the station to burn up in
> the atmosphere.
> That will probably happen in February or March,
> officials said.
> The Mir was plagued by several serious accidents in
> 1997, but has been 
> running relatively smoothly since then.
> Russian space officials have said the Mir could
> safely remain in space for 
> several more years, but the government has refused
> to put up any additional 
> cash. 
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