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Re: ARISS Information Update

Thanks for the info Frank, though I rarely post...I do try to read the 
postings...Best Wishes...


Frank H. Bauer wrote:

> All,
> We are starting to get some direction on what will happen on ISS over 
> the next few months and how this will affect the ARISS program.  What 
> I describe to you is very tentative.  Things continue to be very 
> dynamic as the Columbia accident investigation unfolds.
> As you have probably seen in the press, the current crew of three is 
> scheduled to return to Earth using the Soyuz return vehicle that is 
> currently docked on ISS.  This is expected to occur around May 3.  
> Expedition 7 will consist of a crew of two.  They will be launched on 
> the Soyuz rescue vehicle that will stay at ISS for the next 6 months.  
> It is my understanding that they are launching a crew of two to save 
> consumables (food and water) but to keep the ISS operational.  It is 
> not clear who will be part of the ISS Expedition 7 crew.  What we do 
> know is that we expect there to be one US astronaut and one Russian 
> cosmonaut on-board.  One option is to fly Ed Lu and Yuri Malenchenko 
> on Expedition 7.  This is the highest probable scenario, in my 
> opinion.  But is not definite yet.
> Pedro Duque, who planned to use the ARISS equipment on the upcoming 
> Soyuz flight, will probably fly in the fall.
> Despite the reduction in crew size, the ARISS team has been told that 
> we will continue to perform 1-2 ARISS school group contacts a week.  
> Since most of the science investigations are uploaded to ISS using the 
> Shuttle, there will be less science operations while the shuttle 
> program is grounded.  This allows the opportunities for school 
> contacts to remain the same.
> As one would expect with the Shuttle grounded, consumables (food and 
> water) are the highest priority items to be launched on Progress.  
> This means that the ARISS hardware that was planned to be flown this 
> year will probably be delayed.  This includes the SSTV equipment, the 
> Phase 2 hardware (Kenwood D700 and Yeasu FT-100 radios) and the Naval 
> Academy PCSat2.  We are continuing in earnest to have this equipment 
> ready for any upcoming flights.
> Despite the significant operations changes on ISS, ARISS operations 
> have fared quite well.  I strongly believe that we have fared well 
> because we have continually conveyed a very conservative, realistic 
> operations expectations throughout the very difficult and extensive 
> ISS replan process.
> I hope this helps explain where we are at this time.  As we get more 
> information, we will share it with you.
> 73,
> Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
> ARISS Chairman
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