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Mir status, meteor scatter

Mir back in control
Mir Bounce (meteor Scatter)

January 23, 2001

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

Mir back in control:
The Russian Space Station Mir had a power shortage problem this week
which caused an attitude control problem.  The primary means of
maintaining the proper attitude of Mir is by using electric attitude
control Gyros to rotate the space station in any direction.  When the
station ran low on solar and battery power, the Gyros shutdown.  This
caused the space station to start to tumble very slowly.  The engineers
at mission control quickly activated the back up stabilization system,
which uses the rocket engines of Mir to maintain attitude.  The rocket
motors were able to stabilize the space station and re aim the solar
panels back towards the sun.  The Gyros will be left disabled until
after the docking on the next Progress (fuel) rocket on January 27.  The
Progress rocket will be used to refuel the engines on Mir and then
assist in the deorbiting of the Russian space station Mir, around March

Russian Space Station Mir Retirement announced:
The plans are being finalized for the retirement party for the Russian
Space Station Mir.   The 130 ton space station will splash down in the
pacific ocean on or about March 6, 2001. This will bring an end to the
Mir phase of the space program as the Russians concentrate what they
have learned on the New International Space Station.  On February 20,
2001, Mir will celebrate its 15th year in space.  This should prove to
all, that the Russians know how to build their space ships.  

Mir Bounce (meteor Scatter):

All of the Amateur Radio equipment on Mir is currently disconnected,
however, have you tried to bounce your signal off of Mir or via Meteor


When Mir makes its final plunge into the earth atmosphere in March, it
will make a very long and visible streak across the sky (if its night
time).  This long trail will also be ionized, which will allow the
amateur radio stations along the trail to bounce their signals off the
ion trail and communicate over long distances.
The current plans for the final burn up, will take place in the south
pacific, in the vicinity of Australia and New Zealand.  The amateur
radio stations in this part of the world may see some great fire works
in the sky and be the last people to operating 2-way communications via
Good luck VK land.

What do you need to Mir meteor scatter.
A big station.
Antenna 	12 dBd or more
Power Raw	150 +
Antenna preamp
Mode CW or SSB
So if you have a Big gun, give Earth Mir Earth a try.

Copyright 2001 Miles Mann, All Rights Reserved.  This document may be
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