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Re: Suitsat One Step Closer to Deployment/SSTV Equipment on-board ISS

Frank, thank you for the update...

Will there be a list of participating schools or a congratulatory letter as
a means of positive feedback for the kids?



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Frank H. Bauer" <ka3hdo@comcast.net>
To: <sarex@amsat.org>
Sent: Monday, September 12, 2005 1:27 AM
Subject: [sarex] Suitsat One Step Closer to Deployment/SSTV Equipment
on-board ISS

> All,
> On Thursday September 8 at 13:08 UTC, Progress 19P lifted off from the
> Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  Included in the 2.5 tons of fuel, food
> and supplies are two Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
> (ARISS) systems---the Suitsat amateur radio hardware and the Slow Scan
> Television (SSTV) hardware and software.  The successful docking of
> Progress to ISS on September 10 culminates the successful design,
> development, certification and delivery of these two ARISS Projects.  The
> ISS Expedition 11 crew will unpack this equipment, making it available for
> installation, use and deployment by the Expedition 12 crew.
> The Suitsat amateur radio system, coupled with a school artwork project,
> planned to be installed in an outdated Russian Orlon spacesuit.  It will
> then be deployed from the ISS during an Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA, or
> spacewalk).  This is expected to occur in the December timeframe by the
> Expedition 12 crew.  The Suitsat amateur radio system will beam down
> special messages and an SSTV image from within the Orlon space suit as it
> floats in space.  Suitsat radio system will allow hams and students to
> track the suit and decode special international messages, space suit
> telemetry, and a pre-programmed Slow Scan TV image through its
> specially-built digital voice messaging system and amateur radio
> transmitter.  As built, Suitsat will be a transmit-only capability that
> will run on the space suit's battery power.
> As part of the Suitsat project, a CD with hundreds of school pictures,
> artwork, poems, and student signatures is included.  Two identical CDs
> flown, one will go in the suit and the other will be for the crew to
> review.  Using the crew CD, we hope to downlink these images using the
> system that will be located inside the Service Module once it is
> operational.  There are approximately 300 items on the CD.  These are from
> all over the world (Japan/Asia, Europe, Russia, Canada, US, South America
> and Africa).  Several NASA Explorer Schools participated as well as
> numerous ESA and Russian Space Agency-sponsored schools.
> The idea for Suitsat was first conceived by the ARISS-Russia team, led by
> Sergey Samburov, RV3DR, and was extensively discussed at the joint AMSAT
> Symposium/ARISS International Partner meeting in October 2004.  The
> project, also called Radioskaf or Radio Sputnik in Russia, is being led by
> project manager A. P. Alexandrov and Deputy Project Manager A. Poleshuk
> from RSC Energia, located in Korolev (Moscow area) Russia.   On the US
> side, the hardware project development was led by AMSAT member Lou
> W5DID.
> Since October 2004 the Suitsat design concept matured and evolved due to
> the challenging development time constraints.  In a very short timeframe,
> the ARISS international team designed built and tested a simple, yet fully
> featured system that we hope will inspire hams and students around the
> The SSTV system will be installed inside the Service module as an integral
> part of the ARISS ham radio system.  It will transmit and receive (JPG)
> still images from the International Space Station in a format called Slow
> Scan TV (SSTV).  When fully operational, the SSTV system is capable of
> sending up to 480 images per day from ISS.    It will also be able to
> receive images from amateur radio stations on Earth.  This system will
> utilize the already installed Kenwood D-700 radio and the ARISS antennas
> mounted on the Service Module.  The SSTV equipment flown on Progress 19P
> includes the SpaceCam software, a radio/computer interface module, and
> cables.  The dedicated laptop for SSTV operations will be launched on a
> subsequent Progress vehicle.
> Over the course of the past several months, the Suitsat and SSTV system
> passed the stringent NASA and Energia safety certification process and
> deemed ready for flight--clearing the way for the incorporation into the
> Progress 19P vehicle.  More information on SSTV and Suitsat will be
> provided as we get closer to installation and deployment .
> On behalf of the ARISS International team, I want to congratulate the
> Suitsat hardware development team and the SSTV development team on a job
> well done.  We look forward to future operation of these systems on ISS,
> inspiring the next generation of space explorers.
> Congratulations!!!!!
> Frank H. Bauer, KA3HDO
> ARISS International Chairman
> AMSAT V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs
> NASA ARISS Program Manager
> ----------------------------------------
> ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the ISS
> space agency partners--NASA, RSA, ESA, JAXA, and CSA, with volunteers from
> the AMSAT and IARU (International Amateur Radio Union) organizations from
> participating countries. ARISS offers an inspirational opportunity for
> students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly
> with crewmembers on-board the International Space Station. Teachers,
> parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers
> on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, mathematics,
> technology, and learning. Further information on the ARISS program is
> available on the website http://www.rac.ca/ariss
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