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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  BELGIUM TO LAUNCH HAM ASTRONAUT

Europe is about to launch another ham radio operator into space.  
He is from Belgium and the QSL cards are already being prepared 
as we hear from Jeramy Boot, G4NJH:

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Belgium's second astronaut to go into space is a radio amateur.  
Frank De Winne, ON1DWN, will join the International Space Station 
at the end of October this year.  The exact timing of the flight 
is not yet available.

Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, who is Chairman of ARISS-Europe, has 
organized an amateur radio contact with the Belgian air force 
Royal Technical School.  Bertels says that there may be other 
opportunities for operators to make contact with the mission as 
well. A full color QSL will be available.  QSL cards and listener 
reports should be sent either direct or via the bureau to ON7AQ.

Jeramy Boot, G4NJH.

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More information will be made available as soon as a launch date 
is set.  (GB2RS)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  BASS TO FLY

Another flight being watched is a Russian re-supply mission this 
October.  One that may carry a United States pop music star as 
the third space tourist to the ISS.

After weeks of squabbling, Russian authorities announced late 
last week that teen heart-throb Lance Bass of the boy-band 'N 
Sync will probably travel to the international space station 
after all.  Bass still has not paid any of the estimated $20 
million for his flight but a spokesman for Russia's  RKK Energia 
has also confirmed that plans for Bass' seat is being held for 
him and launch preparations are moving forward. 

If Bass makes the trip to the International Space Station, he 
will become the youngest person ever in space.  This title has 
been held since 1961 by former Soviet Union cosmonaut German 
Titov who  was only 25 when he made his first flight.  Bass was 
born in 1979 and is currently 23.

At airtime, Bass's sponsors have indicated that his every waking 
moment on orbit will be pre-planned.  This could mean no ham 
radio using the ARISS Amateur Radio station on board the ISS.  


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