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October 30, 2002

TWO ARISS SCHOOL CONTACTS FOR ESA ASTRONAUT FRANK DE WINNE (ON1DWN)

Tuesday 29 October 2002, ESA and RSC-Energia signed the final protocol
regarding operations related to the "BTF-Odissea" mission. BTF stands for
"Belgian Taxi Flight". Indeed, the scientific Odissea mission, sponsored by
the Belgian federal government, occurs during a "taxi flight", i.e. the
replacement of the ISS docked Soyouz space rescue vehicle by a new one.
Such replacements are necessary every six months.

Main scientific engineer of the Odissea crew is Belgian ESA astronaut Frank
De Winne.  Frank will conduct 23 experiments during his 7 days on board the
ISS, covering domains as varied as cardiology, protein cristallography and
metal research. Frank, civil engineer, test pilot and colonel of  the
Belgian Air Force, is also holder of an amateur radio licence. His callsign
is ON1DWN.

Two ARISS School Contacts have been integrated in Frank's mission. The
first is scheduled Sunday 3 November 2002 at 09:15 UTC with the Royal
Technical School of Sint Truiden (Frank's hometown). This is a school for
petty officers of the Belgian army where an amateur radio club station
(ON4BAF) is operational.

The second contact is scheduled Tuesday 5 November 2002 at 09:00 UTC with
the Euro Space Center located in the Belgian Ardennes. Dutch and French
speaking students, winners of a space oriented competition, will
participate to the space talk with Frank De Winne at the micro of the club
station ON4ESC.

As usual, the downlink frequency is 145.800 MHz FM.


Gaston Bertels
ARISS-Europe Chairman

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