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ARISS Phase 2



All,

Arthur Rowe posted the ISS Status report which included:

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"An unmanned Russian Progress vehicle successfully blasted off from the
Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan tonight to deliver almost three tons
of food, fuel, water, and supplies to the residents of the International
Space Station.

The Progress 12 craft lifted off right on time from its Central Asian
launch pad at 8:48 p.m. CDT (148 GMT Aug. 29) as the ISS sailed over the
south Atlantic Ocean east of South America at an altitude of 240 statute
miles.

Progress 12 is loaded with supplies...."
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The docking of the 12P Progress vehicle to the ISS, as described in:
http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/space/08/31/russia.docking.reut/index.html
means that the latest ARISS hardware is now on-board the ISS!  In a joint 
Russian, US, Japan effort, a new radio system for the Amateur Radio on the 
International Space Station was developed, qualified, and flown on this 
Progress vehicle.  The first installment of the Phase 2 hardware---a 
Kenwood radio, specially built ISS Ham radio power supplies and antenna 
switches were delivered on this Progress flight.  The Russian team, led by 
Sergej Samburov, RV3DR, certified the hardware for flight and provided the 
ride, the Japanese team provided (donated) the Kenwood radio to the ARISS 
team and the US team, in conjunction with the Japan and Russian team, 
developed the software to provide a powerful system with a very 
user-friendly interface for crew.  We expect that Mike Foale and Alexander 
Kaleri will install and checkout this system on the next ISS Expedition.

In addition to the Kenwood radio system that we launched on this flight, we 
have a second radio system, a Yaesu FT-100, that will be launched on the 
14P Progress flight in January.  Also on 14P, we expect to fly the 
Spacecam-1 SSTV system.  Developed cooperatively between the MAREX-NA and 
ARISS teams, the system is being certified for flight at NASA GSFC at this 
time.  Once on-orbit, it will allow pictures to be sent up and down to ISS 
between ground-based hams and the crew.

The Kenwood radio system will support 2 meter and 70 cm operations (uplink 
and downlink) and L-band uplink with up to 25 watts of output power.  FM 
voice, APRS and packet capabilities are included.

Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
ARISS International Chairman
  

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