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Mir/ISS status 8/3/00

Mir / ISS status report

August 3, 2000

Shuttle STS 106 will bring supplies to ISS, Aug 8th.
ISS Docking Successful, the 4 new antenna ports have arrived.

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

Last week was a good week, it looks like ARISS got all of the paper work
completed to deliver the 2-meter station to ISS and to use the Zarya
Sirius telemetry antenna for the Amateur Radio station on ISS (see the
Frank Bauer, KA3HDO memo 8/1/00).  This will allow the first full-time
crew (November) to have access to the amateur radio station when they
move into ISS (After they receive permission from ground to actually
plug it in the amateur radio station).  The Zarya Sirius antenna is an
existing external antenna, which is already connected to the Zarya
module. This antenna will be used temporally until the primary antennas
can be installed during the summer of 2001. The NASA, ARISS and RSA
teams were able to work through all of the RED TAPE (no pun intended)
and finally received the approvals to allow the use of the temporary
Sirius antenna for amateur radio usage.
Great work.
And next year, we will have 4 more shared ports for experiments.  
Hummm, what educational projects can we come up with….

Shuttle Mission:

MISSION: STS-106 -  4th  ISS Flight (2A.2b) - SPACEHAB
VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) bay 3
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Sept. 8, 2000 at 8:31 am EDT
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Sept. 19, 2000 at 3:12 am
LAUNCH WINDOW:  10 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 18 hours and 41 minutes
CREW: Wilcutt, Altman, Lu, Malenchenko, Morukov, Mastracchio, Burbank
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 177 nautical miles/51.6 degrees


The Shuttle and ISS will be visible in the early AM hours over the USA. 
Please use your tracking program or the NASA web page locate and track
ISS and the Shuttle.

The docking of the Zvezda module was completed Tuesday July 25 ( 00:44
UTC July 26 Wednesday).  The International Space Station is now made up
from three modules docked together. There is now sufficient power and
life support systems in orbit to support a three-man crew.  The First
full-time new crew will arrive on ISS later this November.

Human Spaceflight Website at: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov

The service module is now called Zvezda (Star in Russian).  This module
is of great interest to the Amateur Radio community because it is the
module with the four-(4) antenna port feed-through connections.  (No
antennas connected at this time) And this is the module where most of
the Amateur Radio equipment will be located.  The Amateur radio projects
will share the 4 antenna ports with multiple projects.  Special antennas
have been built to support 3-4 different radio bands simultaneously.  It
is possible for the amateur radio projects to be fully active while they
share the same coax feed as the scientific projects.  The science
projects will use their own assigned radio channels, which are out side
of the amateur radio bands.  At the present time there are no antennas
attached to these specific ports.  A space walk will be required to
install the new antennas.  The date for the spacewalk to do the install
is tentatively panned for the summer 2001.

For more information about the modules current in flight, please read
the NASA link below:

NASA Tracking of ISS

Module overview

Here is a NASA link for the proposed time line.  

MAREX-NA ISS Project Status:

The SpaceCam1 SSTV project has completed MAREX Beta-1 testing.  Beta-2
software will be ready in August.  Lots of project paper work still

A new RF cavity filter design proposal is being reviewed at MAREX.  It
was during the Mir mission that we discovered the need for a high
quality cavity filter for the 2-meter amateur radio station.  A custom
filter was flown on Mir and worked great.  A similar yet slightly
smaller/lighter filter designed is being reviewed for possible use on
ISS.  A filter project proposal is being developed for ISS.  A picture
of the MAREX Mir filter is on the DCI web page.

MIR, new ham satellite:
The Mir Station is currently unmanned and all of the amateur radio
equipment is turned OFF.  The next manned mission to Mir is scheduled
for December/January.  One of the Progress cargo rockets going to Mir
next year, is planning on carrying a small Amateur Radio satellite named
Kollibri.  This satellite will have a life span of 4-6 months.  It will
be launched from the Progress rocket after it is in a Mir orbit.  The
satellite will then free fall back to earth over the next 4-6 months. 
The satellite is equipment with telemetry equipment and a digital voice
recorder, and solar panels.  The web page and other specific details
have not been published at this time.

QSL Cards:
The new Mir QSL cards have arrived from the printers and are being
distributed to the QSL managers.  I will send another memo later, when
the QSL managers are ready to accept new QSL card requests.  A sample of
a draft card is posted on the MAREX Web page.


The MAREX web moved to a new server.  It is still on line at the same
address, but I have not had time to update the data this month.

Copyright 2000 Miles Mann, All Rights Reserved.  This document may be
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Images received from the MAREX-NA SSTV system on the Russian Space
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