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Shuttle launch delayed 24 hr

ISS Amateur Radio Status: December 4, 2001

New ISS crew
ISS  and Shuttle Visible
ISS Antenna Gallery
AO-40 SSTV update

By Miles Mann WF1F,
Manned Amateur Radio Experiment, North American Division

Shuttle launch delayed due to weather.
Next launch set for December 5, at  aprox 5:18 EST.

The ISS was a very visible bright star, seen shinging
in the sky a few minutes after the Shuttle was scrubed.
I had no problems seeing ISS from my front yard with plenty
of city lights near by.
My children were even able to spot the space station.

We will try again tomorrow night for a double headder.

New ISS Crew:
STS-108 is scheduled to launch December 5, 2001 at 4:18 p.m. CST (2218
GMT) Tuesday, see the NASA web for details.  This mission will deliver a
new crew to ISS. The Space Shuttle Endeavor will deliver the Expedition
Four Crew with Commander Yuri Onufrienko of Rosaviakosmos (formally
called RSA Russian Space Agency) and American Flight Engineers Carl Walz
and Dan Bursch.  The current ISS crew, Expedition Three will return to
earth, astronaut commander Frank Culbertson, Cosmonaut Vladimir
Dezhurov, Cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin.  


Both Shuttle and ISS Visible:
The shuttle is always launched just before or Just after the ISS passes
over the Kennedy space center.  Today, ISS will fly up the east coast of
the USA from Florida to Main just before the launch at approximate 2220
UTC.  The Shuttle will launch at 2218 UTC.  It is possible to see both!
It will be possible to see the Shuttle Boost phase from Florida to
Maine.  People living along the east coast of the USA, should try to
find a high dark location and look first for the ISS and then for the
shuttle launch between 2218 - 2228 UTC.  You may even see both at the
same time. Check your current tracking program for exact times.  To help
monitor the launch you should see if any local broadcast stations will
be carrying the NASA rebroadcast cast on the air.  

Then the next day, the shuttle will be visible as it chases the ISS for
a docking a few days later. If you do not have a tracking program,
please check the NASA web pages for tracking and Visibility data.  There
have been several good reports of very bright reflections from ISS.


New ISS Antennas:
The ARISS team has been very busy on the soon-to-launch antenna project
for ISS.
http://www.rac.ca/arisnews.htm#New external
The new antenna project is a very complex project, which will require a
SpaceWalk to install the new Amateur Radio antenna systems sometime in
Q1 2002.  There will actually be 4 new antennas.  Three of the antenna
systems will support 145, 435 mc and 1.2 - 2.4 mc.  The fourth antenna
will support 28 mc (and may also be tunable for other H.F. frequencies )
and 1.2 - 2.5 mc.
For more information and pictures, please check the ISS Antenna Gallery
on the MAREX web page.

AO-40 SSTV images
The MAREX team has been testing the new SpaceCam1 SSTV software via the
AO-40 satellite.  Check out the MAREX web page for some of the SSTV
images which have traveled over 60 - 80,000 miles

73 Miles WF1F MAREX-NA


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