[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next] - [Date Index][Thread Index][Author Index]

Amateur radio hardware for ISS ships to KSC.



Amateur radio on ISS one step closer.

The first set of flight hardware for the Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS) project
(http://garc.gsfc.nasa.gov/~ariss/ariss.html) has passed all its tests
and is on its way to Kennedy Space Center.  Pictures taken during
testing are at http://garc4.gsfc.nasa.gov/~ka3zyx/ariss/ariss.html for
your reference.

After a tremendous amount of work by Frank Bauer, KA3HDO,
(http://garc4.gsfc.nasa.gov/~ka3zyx/ariss/ariss13.jpg) and his team of
volunteers at Goddard Space Flight Center, the radios, TNC, power
supplies, and harnesses for the initial transportable ARISS station are
ready.  The hardware was shipped to KSC on the 9th where it will be
loaded into the STS-101 SpaceHab module.  Launch of mission STS-101 to
the ISS is contingent upon successful launch of the Russian Service
Module. A picture of the hardware is at
http://garc4.gsfc.nasa.gov/~ka3zyx/ariss/ariss8.jpg

Initial amateur radio operations on ISS will consist of voice and AFSK
packet on both 2m and 70cm.  Future upgrades will include more bands and
modes.

The ARISS external antennas will be mounted on the outside of the ISS
Service module during a spacewalk scheduled for STS-101.  The external
antennas are the responsibility of the Italian ARISS team.  A picture of
the prototype antenna is shown in
http://garc4.gsfc.nasa.gov/~ka3zyx/ariss/ariss13.jpg on the top of the
shelf to Frank's left.  The pyramid shaped structure is the L/ S-band
antenna mounted on its EVA hardware.  Four external antennas will be
flown to allow support of amateur communications on the HF, VHF, UHF, L
band (including GPS receive)and S bands.

-- 
Will Marchant, KC6ROL
AMSAT-NA SAREX Operations Manager
kc6rol@amsat.org		http://www.citizen.infi.net/~wmarchan/
marchant@ssl.berkeley.edu	http://chips.ssl.berkeley.edu/
----
Via the sarex mailing list at AMSAT.ORG courtesy of AMSAT-NA.
To unsubscribe, send "unsubscribe sarex" to Majordomo@amsat.org



AMSAT Top AMSAT Home