November 2, 2001

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AO-40 Update

AO-40 activity continues.

Peter, DB2OS, reports magnetorquing is again in progress. Also, RUDAK periods have been extended recently to allow downloading of several important RUDAK GPS files. The extended RUDAK time took place recently on orbit 458 and 459.

Don, KD4APP, reported his first contact on AO-40 (with Steve, K2IYQ). To see KD4APP's setup, visit

AO-40 is currently in a long period during which the Earth eclipses the Sun near perigee. These actually began about August 28th, and will rapidly increase in length. The will continue well into June 2002.

For the current transponder operating schedule visit

Stay tuned to ANS, the official source of AO-40 information.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for this information]

ISS Update

ESA astronaut Claudie Haignere and her two Russian colleagues returned to Earth this past week after successfully delivering a new lifeboat to the International Space Station.

The Andromede crew safely descended to Earth in a Soyuz capsule, ending a 10-day Russian-French mission. Together with fellow crew members Commander Victor Afanassiev and Flight Engineer Konstantin Kozeev, French born Claudie spent eight days onboard the space station, completing the prime objective to deliver a new lifeboat (and exchange it for an older Soyuz vehicle, which had been attached to ISS for the past six months).

Now on their own once again, the Expedition-3 crewmembers will continue their scientific investigations. With systems operating normally, ISS is orbiting at an average altitude of 247 statute miles.

In a related story, the space shuttle Endeavour was repositioned on its launching pad at Cape Canaveral ahead of the late November mission to ISS.

[ANS thanks NASA for this information]

ARISS Contacts

Ten excited students ranging from 11 to 18 years in age recently talked to ISS Commander Frank Culbertson from the Sanilac Career Center, some ninety miles north of Detroit, Michigan.

Sanilac Career Center is a school devoted to teaching occupational skills.

Ted Davis, KF8ZO, wore two hats for the ARISS contact, serving as both the coordinating teacher and as the coordinating radio operator. Davis, an electronics instructor at the school, reports that the ISS contact lasted just over seven minutes, and allowed ten students to ask one question each.

KF8ZO reported Commander Culbertson patiently answered each question, and seemed to take delight in doing so. Culbertson has shown great interest in the ARISS program, and has requested that several contacts per week be scheduled during his tenure.

In addition to Sanilac, Kolling Elementary in Schererville, Indiana also completed a successful ARISS contact with ISS. The control operator for the QSO was W9WY. Some 17 students had their questions answered.

The next ARISS school contact is scheduled with Woodbrook Elementary School in Carmel, Indiana.

[ANS thanks Gene Chapline, K5YFL, for this information]

ANS in Brief

ANS news in brief this week includes the following:

Weekly Satellite Report

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ISS . RS-12 . RS-13 . RS-15 . AO-10 . UO-11 . UO-14 . AO-16 . DO-17 . WO-18 . LO-19 . FO-20 . UO-22 . KO-23 . KO-25 . IO-26 . AO-27 . FO-29 . TO-31 . GO-32 . SO-33 . PO-34 . SO-35 . UO-36 . AO-40 . SO-41 . SO-42

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This week's AMSAT News Service bulletins were edited by AMSAT  News Service editor Dan James, NN0DJ.