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ISS Amateur Radio Status: November 22, 2001

ISS Amateur Radio Status: November 22, 2001

New ISS crew
Kolibri-2000 satellite
ISS Visible
ISS Antenna Gallery

By Miles Mann WF1F,
Manned Amateur Radio Experiment, North American Division

New ISS Crew:
STS-108 is scheduled to launch Nov. 29, 2001 6:41 p.m. CST, see the NASA
web for details.  This mission will deliver a new crew to ISS. The Space
Shuttle Endeavor will deliver the Expedition Four Crew with Commander
Yuri Onufrienko of Rosaviakosmos (formally called RSA Russian Space
Agency) and American Flight Engineers Carl Walz and Dan Bursch.  The
current ISS crew, Expedition Three will return to earth, astronaut
commander Frank Culbertson, Cosmonaut Vladimir Dezhurov, Cosmonaut
Mikhail Tyurin.  


ISS Visible:
The ISS will be visible this week over the USA.  It will be in range
during the Evening hours. There is also a shuttle launched planed for
November 29, and it will be possible to see the Shuttle Boost phase from
Florida to Maine.  People living along the east coast of the USA, should
try to find a high dark location and look for the shuttle launch between
7:40 - 7:45 PM EST.  To help monitor the launch you should see if any
local broadcast stations will be carrying the NASA rebroadcast cast on
the air.  

Then the next day, the shuttle will be visible as it chases the ISS for
a docking a few days later. If you do not have a tracking program,
please check the NASA web pages for tracking and Visibility data.  There
have been several good reports of very bright reflections from ISS.


Kolibri-2000 satellite
Next winter there will be a new amateur radio satellite launched during
a cargo mission to ISS.  The new satellite called Kolibir-2000, will be
taken into space by a Russian Progress cargo rocket (launch
approximately November 26, 2001).  The Kolibri-2000 will then stay in
space attached to a remote launching port on the Progress rocket until
approximately February 2002.  The Kolibiri will then be remotely
launched into space from the Progress rocket and fee-fall back to earth
over the next 2-4 months.  During the Kolibri's free-fall, it will send
back telemetry and digital voice recordings.  One of the down link
frequencies will be 145.825.

ISS "Kolibri-2000" - Russian-Australian School Scientific-Research

New ISS Antennas:
The ARISS team has been very busy on the soon-to-launch antenna project
for ISS.
http://www.rac.ca/arisnews.htm#New external
The new antenna project is a very complex project, which will require a
SpaceWalk to install the new Amateur Radio antenna systems sometime in
Q1 2002.  There will actually be 4 new antennas.  Three of the antenna
systems will support 145, 435 mc and 1.2 - 2.4 mc.  The fourth antenna
will support 28 mc (and may also be tunable for other H.F. frequencies )
and 1.2 - 2.5 mc.
For more information and pictures, please check the ISS Antenna Gallery
on the MAREX web page.

AO-40 SSTV images
The MAREX team has been testing the new SpaceCam1 SSTV software via the
AO-40 satellite.  Check out the MAREX web page for some of the SSTV
images which have traveled over 60 - 80,000 miles

73 Miles WF1F MAREX-NA


Copyright 2001 Miles Mann, All Rights Reserved.  This document may be
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