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SuitSat-1 Anniversary


Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the deployment of
SuitSat-1/Radioskaf/AO-54 from the ISS.  I want to take this opportunity to
thank all the volunteers around the world that supported the SuitSat-1
development, deployment, public outreach and ground station reception.  

Despite its lateness, I would also like to announce that the SuitSat
Certificates have been mailed to the regional QSL distributors who will, in
turn, mail these to you in the very near future.  Specifically, this is the
ARRL in the U.S. and ARISS-EU in Europe.  The Canadian certificates were
mailed directly to their QTHs.  I will take responsibility for the lateness
in delivery of these.  My extensive work travel over the past two years
coupled with needing to focus on keeping the ARISS program alive despite
looming budget threats were factors in not getting these to you in a timely
basis.  I hope you will enjoy them, just the same.

I ask that you please wait for about 2 weeks before making further requests
regarding the certificates.  I would expect that they will be in your hands
in that time frame.  At the end of February will we make a second call
regarding the certificates, if for some reason you did not receive it from

2008 brings new opportunities to you, the hams interested in ARISS.  This,
as we plan to commemorate the 25th anniversary of human spaceflight ham
radio operation---the flight of Owen Garriott, W5LFL on the space shuttle
Columbia, STS-9 in 1983.  As you know, we are working to bring SuitSat-2 to
reality.  It is not clear when it will be deployed, but we are working
feverishly to have it ready for deployment before the end of the year.  And
we expect to have significant ARISS crew participation starting in the
October timeframe with the launch of the Expedition 18 crew and Soyuz taxi
flight.  As we get more details on specifics, the ARISS team will inform you
through e-mail and the ARISS and ISS Fan Club Web sites.

I thank all of you for your interest in ARISS.  This program is truly
inspirational for students, the ham radio community, and the communities
surrounding the schools that have been touched by the 334 (to date) school
contacts conducted since December 2001.

Enjoy the currently operational ARISS voice repeater!

73,  Frank H. Bauer, KA3HDO
ARISS Internatonal Chairman
AMSAT-NA V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs
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