November 2, 2001
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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 http://s20.w-ent.com/ao40/index.htm.
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 http://www.amsat-dl.org/journal/adlj-p3d.htm
Stay tuned to ANS, the official source of AO-40 information.
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for this information]
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
[ANS thanks NASA for this information]
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 news in brief this week includes the following:
- University of Arizona scientists have made an ultra lightweight demonstration space mirror that could be further developed for satellites
in geosynchronous orbit and for giant space telescopes. In addition,
another team has submitted a proposal to NASA for the Next Generation
Space Telescope, a key mission in NASA's Origins Program. The new space observatory, targeted for launch in 2009, will
help NASA observe the first stars and galaxies formed in the Universe.
- The 2001 AMSAT Field Day Competition results show K4BFT, (operating with the Huntsville Amateur Radio Club) in first place with 166
points. K5OE came in 2nd, KE4AZN in 3rd, AA4MD in 4th, and W2LV in
5th. Congratulations all! Tim, N8DEU, accepted the 1st Place plaque for
K4BFT at the AMSAT Space Symposium in Atlanta. K5OE received a certificate for his operation. AA4MD also received a certificate, as did
- ESA has defined a new agreement opening up opportunities for several European states to participate more closely in ESA space
programs. The aim is to stimulate relations with interested European
countries, to expand the overall European scientific and industrial base
and advance research and development.
- The November issue of Boys' Life magazine features Troop 277 of George West, Texas, during an ARISS contact. The November issue
presents a photo feature of last summer's Jamboree held in Virginia,
showing Scout operating a station in the K2BSA tent. ARISS ops helped
as mentors for an ARISS contact between the Jamboree Scouts and ISS
astronaut Susan Helms.
- Increasingly smaller and faster semiconductor circuitry has fueled an
information technology boom, producing cheaper and more powerful computing devices that have boosted virtually every aspect of our
economy. But fundamental limits imposed by the laws of physics threaten to halt continued miniaturization, clouding the future of
- A newly released atlas detailing coral reefs around the world contains
numerous photographs taken by NASA astronauts. The photographs provide a unique perspective on coral reef geography, coastal
development and the relationship of reefs to various land habitats. The
images from space are a beautiful and important way of bringing coral
maps to life.
- The main evidence for liquid water on Mars is the past development of
giant flood channels that have been seen for the last 25 years as proof of
the escape of water from the subsurface. All the models for modern and
ancient Mars are based on the premise that there was once liquid water
available, and perhaps even an ocean. Also, the Mars Odyssey 2001 space probe has successfully entered orbit about Mars following a
20-minute engine burn to slow the probe down.
- 2001 AMSAT Symposium awards included a presentation to Alan Adamson, NE1H, in grateful appreciation for his work as an RF
Communications Engineer for the AMSAT Annual Meeting and Space Symposium (itself). His dedicated service and hard work in helping with
this task was noted.
- A new image from the Hubble Space Telescope is an example of 'painting with light'. Astronomers use the separated colors produced by
oxygen and hydrogen to investigate star-forming processes in nebula
NGC-2080. The colors explain much about the nature of such nebulae.
- Hams in Southern California are on alert after the FCC issued an
Experimental License to Digital Wireless Corporation in Los Angeles
allowing DWC to test its systems in the 420-430 MHz amateur radio band. Digital Wireless is a manufacturer of secure, all-digital, Internet
linked trunked and non-trunked dispatch radio equipment.
- XF2RCS, will be operating from Lobos Island, from November 1-4, 2001. They will be active on all bands from 1.8 to 435 MHz, using phone,
CW and PSK-31. XF2RCS will also be active on the FM satellites. Team
members include: XE1VIC, XE1ME, XE1JG, XE1YJY, XE1ZOI and XE1KK. QSL via KA9WON.
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This week's AMSAT News Service bulletins were edited by
AMSAT News Service editor Dan James, NN0DJ.