February 10, 2002

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ISS Crew Busy

This past week the Expedition-4 crew - Commander Yury Onufrienko and Flight Engineers Carl Walz and Dan Bursch - worked with several science experiments aboard the International Space Station. The crew also completed their periodic physical fitness tests.

The crew spent their 64th day in space doing an inventory of the supplies aboard the station. The inventory will help planners determine how much and what kind of supplies the next station crew will need.

Recently, the crew's normal work was interrupted for a few hours when a main computer in the station's Zvezda module unexpectedly went off-line, disrupting the system that controls the spacecraft's orientation. The computer was quickly brought back on-line and all station systems have operated normally since then. Russian controllers are still working to determine the cause of the disruption.

[ANS thanks NASA for this information]

Bristol University Satellite Project

Researchers at Bristol University in England are asking the worldwide amateur radio satellite community to assist with data collection from a soon-to-be-launched nano-satellite project.

The small satellite will be hand launched from a future shuttle flight.

The satellite will downlink data using software that will be available on the satellite's web site at The software has yet to be written. The Bristol University researchers are asking for hams to participate in designing the software, with input into the format chosen for the data stream. The web site features an on-line survey form.

ANS will feature more information about this project as it becomes available.

[ANS thanks John Heath, G7HIA, for this information]

ANS in Brief

ANS news in brief this week includes the following:

Weekly Satellite Report

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