November 16, 2001

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AO-40 Update

AO-40 celebrates one year in space!

The Phase 3D satellite was launched on November 16, 2000 aboard an Ariane 5 launcher from Kourou, French Guiana.

Transponder operation started on May 5, 2001 when the U-band and L1-band uplinks were connected to the S-2 transmitter passband downlink via the matrix switch.

Congratulations to the entire AO-40 team!

Bob, WB4APR, has been working on a portable reflector system, following the pioneering work of G6LVB. Bob has been working on a 1-meter suitcase portable system. Check out the construction at

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. They 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

Expedition-3 Commander Frank Culbertson and Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov completed the external outfitting of the PIRS docking compartment on the International Space Station recently, conducting a 5 hour spacewalk outside the orbital outpost.

Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin, who conducted two previous spacewalks in October, monitored the activities from inside the ISS and operated the Canadarm2 robotic arm, providing television views for flight controllers in Houston and Moscow.

Science work aboard the station has resumed this week.

ISS will have a new set of amateur radio antennas soon. The antennas are expected to be transported to ISS shortly and installed around the perimeter of the Service Module, allowing future operation from HF to microwave frequencies. The HF antenna is made up of a flexible tape that will work on 10 meters (along with possibility 15 and 20 meters).

Miles, WF1F, has posted pictures of the new antenna system on the web at

With systems operating normally, the station is orbiting at an average altitude of 247 statute miles. For additional information on station activities, including sighting opportunities from anywhere on the Earth, see

[ANS thanks NASA for this information]

ANS in Brief

ANS news in brief this week includes the following:

Weekly Satellite Report

Link to the weekly report on satellite ...

All Satellites
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

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to the ANS Editors at, or to ANS Editor Dan James, NN0DJ, at

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