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March 24, 2002

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RS-21 On the Air

Radio Sport 21, also known as the Kolibri-2000 satellite - is operating from orbit, after being remotely launched on March 20, 2002 from a Russian Progress M-1-7 launcher.

The launch of RS-21 took place after the Progress ship un-docked from the International Space Station.

The satellite's formal name is the Russian-Australian Scientific and Educational Microsatellite Kolibri-2000. The main satellite design was done by the Special Workshop of Space Research Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences. The team used previous RS satellite designs as the basis for RS-21, under the direction of Alexander Papkov, UA3XBU.

Alex Zaitzev, RW3DZ, the director of the Microsat Office of the Russian Space Research Institute, told ANS that RS-21 is a non-government, non-commercial project, built with cooperation from students in Russia and Australia. "While falling into the atmosphere during the late winter and spring months," said RW3DZ, "it will send down telemetry data and digitally recorded voice messages."

RS-21 is in a circular orbit just over 200 miles above the Earth. Downlink frequencies are listed as 145.825 and 435.335 MHz, using both CW and FSK.

Reception confirmations of RS-21 may be sent to Alex, at microsat@iki.rssi.ru

More information about the satellite can be found at http://www.arrl.org/news/features/2001/12/16/1/

[ANS thanks Alex Zaitzev, RW3DZ, and the ARRL for RS-21 information]

ARISS Contacts Continue

On March 21, 2002, Astronaut Dan Bursch, KD5PNU, fielded 20 student questions radioed to him aboard the International Space Station, with two of the questions coming from his own children! The questions came from students who attend the St. Thomas Episcopal School in Nassau Bay, Texas, a few miles southeast of Houston.

In addition to the St. Thomas contact, students and staff of the Zeehan Primary School in Tasmania were overwhelmed with excitement after their contact with the ISS. Astronaut Carl Walz, KC5TIE, answered all 13 questions, allowing the students enough time to applaud the ISS crew before LOS. Zeehan is the first Australian school to speak with ISS.

ARISS is an international project, with U.S. participation by the ARRL, AMSAT and NASA.

[ANS thanks the ARISS group 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 . NO-44 . MO-46


Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to the ANS Editors at ans-editor@amsat.org, or to ANS Editor Dan James, NN0DJ, at nn0dj@amsat.org.

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

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