September 1, 2002

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Belgium to Launch Ham Astronaut

Belgium's second astronaut to go into space is a radio amateur. Frank De Winne, ON1DWN, will join the International Space Station at the end of October this year. The exact timing of the flight is not yet available.

Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, who is Chairman of ARISS-Europe, has organized an amateur radio contact with the Belgian air force Royal Technical School. Bertels says that there may be other opportunities for operators to make contact with the mission as well. A full color QSL will be available. QSL cards and listener reports should be sent either direct or via the bureau to ON7AQ.

[ANS thanks Amateur Radio Newsline for the above information.]

RS-12/13 Remains Silent

Hams reporting to the RS-12/13 Forum from across the US and from Europe have stated that they have not been able to hear any beacons from either the RS-12 or RS-13 satellite packages since early this week. (Approximately Tuesday) It is unknown if they have been switched off or if it is perhaps related to absorption or solar flares.

More news as it becomes available.

[ANS thanks Kevin Manzer, AC5DK, for the above information.]

AO-40 Update

The MB off (eclipse) time has been moved slightly. It is now MA=40 to 90

N  QST AMSAT AO-40  S2 Downlink   @=variable    2002-08-29
         MA      020   040   090   OFF@  216   240   020
         MB       |  *  |     |  *  |     |  *  |  *  |
         RUDAK    |     |     |     |  *  |     |     |
         V-Rx     |     |     |     |  *  |     |  *  |
         U-Rx     |  *  |  *  |  *  |     |  *  |     |
         Passband |     |     |  UL |     |  UL |     |

Some readers have asked what "OFF@=Variable" means in the schedule above?

It's a "place holder" says Stacey Mills, who runs one of AO-40's command stations. He reports that RUDAK is off until further notice, but this line is left in the schedule to remind the command team of RUDAK's schedule line number, etc. "If RUDAK were active, the word "OFF" would be replaced with an MA value, and I would post the days of the week that it was scheduled to be active on the amsat-bb", he says. Stacey goes on to note that, "The "variable" never was meant to refer to variable MA, it referred to variable days of the week." The MA was only occasionally changed and OFF means off for now", says Stacey.

2002 Aug 30 ALON/ALAT ~ 40/0

Shortly after the end of these eclipses, ALAT will be raised and the ME will be allowed to drift AO-40 back to ALON = 330+

Because of the increasing ALON, it is now necessary to take pictures for attitude determination at the end of one orbit, and download them after apogee on the next orbit. This requires the IHU-2 to be left on through two passes of the radiation belts. Since EDAC is not currently active on the IHU-2, there is an excellent chance that it will crash about every second or third time this is done. A crash of the IHU-2 takes only a few minutes to correct, but until it is corrected the result will be an unmodulated tone on the middle beacon. If you should encounter this, be aware that the IHU-1 is running properly in the background and the command team will restore the beacon ASAP. The photos are not lost when the IHU-2 crashes, as long as the unit is not powered off.

[ANS thanks Stacey, W4SM, for the above information.]

ARISS Contact Schedule

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2002-08-23 17:00 UTC

The ARISS (a joint effort of AMSAT, the ARRL, NASA, the ARISS international partners including Canada, Russia, the European Partners, and Japan) operations team wishes to announce the following very tentative schedule for ARISS school contacts. This schedule is very fluid and may change at the last minute. Remember that amateur radio use on the ISS is considered secondary. Please check the various AMSAT and ARISS webpages for the latest announcements. Changes from the last announcement are noted in italics. Also, please check for possible live retransmissions ( Listen for the ISS on the downlink of 145.80 MHz.

For information about educational materials available from ISS partner space Agencies, please refer to links on the ARISS Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you are interested in supporting an ARISS contact, then you must fill in an application. The ARISS operations mentor team will not accept a direct request to support an ARISS contact.

You should also note that many schools think that they can request a specific date and time. It does not work that way. Once an application has been accepted, the ARISS mentors will work with the school to determine a mutually agreeable date.

Websites that may be of interest include:

Your completely filled out application should be returned to the nearest coordinating ARISS region if your specific region is not listed. E-mail is the preferred method of submitting an application.

Here are the email addresses:

ARISS-Canadave2ka@rac.caDaniel LamoureuxVE2KA
ARISS-Europejh.hahn@gmx.netJ. HahnDL3LUM / PA1MUC
ARISS-Japaniaru-r3@jarl.or.jpKeigo KomuroJA1KAB
ARISS-Russian2ww@attbi.comValerie AgabekovN2WW/UA6HZ
ARISS-USAARISS@arrl.orgThe American Radio Relay League
ARISS-Australiave2ka@rac.caDaniel LamoureuxVE2KA
ARISS-New Zealandve2ka@rac.caDaniel LamoureuxVE2KA

ISS Expedition 5 crew:
Peggy Whitson KC5ZTD
Sergei Treschev RZ3FU
Valeri Korzun RZ3FK

2002-08-26 05:00 EVA
ARISS contacts are off limits the day before, the day of, and the day after EVAs.

Jamboree Station, The Netherlands, PI4RIS
1st choice 2002-08-24 11:55 UTC
2nd choice 2002-08-25 12:35 UTC
3rd choice 2002-08-25 10:59 UTC

Mikve Israel School/ Givatayim Space Observatory, Israel direct via 4Z4SAT
2002-09-02 10:01 UTC

Whitson Crew Pick, Stanley Clark School, South Bend, IN direct via W9AB
2002-09-04 17:19 UTC

Glen Waverley Secondary College, Melbourne Australia, VK3BPU
Week of 2002-09-09 TBD

Whitson Crew Pick, Martensdale - St. Mary's School, Martensdale, IA
Week of 2002-09-16 TBD

Whitson Crew Pick, Silver Hills Middle School, Fairplay, CO
Week of 2002-09-16 TBD

Whitson Crew Pick, St. Mark's Lutheran School, Hacienda Heights, CA
Week of 2002-09-16 TBD

Joamie Ilniarvik, Iqualuit, Nunavut, Canada
Week of 2002-09-23 TBD

Whitson Crew Pick, Spruce Hill Christian School (K-8), Philadelphia, PA
Week 2002-09-30 TBD

Look for possible live streaming video, the website is

Center for Educational Technologies, Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, WV
Telebridge TBD

The latest ARISS announcement and successful school list in now available on the ARISS web site. Several ways to get there., click on English (sorry I don't know French). You are now at; click on News.

Currently the ARISS operations team has a list of over 40 schools that we hope will be able to have a contact during 2002. As the schedule becomes more solidified, we will be letting everyone know. Current plans call for an average of one scheduled school contact per week.

[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, for the above information.]

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This week's AMSAT News Service bulletins were edited by AMSAT  News Service Editor Lee McLamb, KU4OS,