Archive - 2006
STS-116 Mission Specialists Robert Curbeam and Christer Fuglesang will go spacewalking today. The primary objective of the spacewalk is to install a new piece to the space station's girder-like truss. The two-ton piece will be the fifth truss segment added to the port side of the station and is called the P5 spacer.
From inside the space station Mission Specialist Joan Higginbotham will use the station's robotic arm to move the new segment with only inches of clearance into its installation position. The spacewalkers will assist by providing two extra pairs of eyes as the exacting operation is carried out.
Students from the Thunmanskolan School, Knivsta, Sweden are scheduled to take part in an ARISS contact with ESA Astronaut and STS-116 Mission Specialist Christel Fuglesang SA0AFS/KE5CGR. The contact is expected to be conducted in Swedish. This will be the Scandinavia's first ARISS school event and is planned to take place on Sunday, December 17, 2006 at 18:19 UTC. The ground station supporting this telebridge event will be VK4KHZ located in South Australia.
After two days of orbital pursuit, Space Shuttle Discovery and the STS-116 crew reached the International Space Station. The two spacecraft linked up at 5:12 p.m. EST as they flew over southeast Asia.
The arrival of Discovery sets the stage for the continuation of station construction and a week of joint operations. Inside Discovery's payload bay is the P5 integrated truss structure. The STS-116 crew will conduct three spacewalks to install the P5 and to reconfigure and redistribute power generated by the station. The first spacewalk is scheduled to kick off at 3:42 p.m. Tuesday.
The two-day chase will come to a close today when Space Shuttle Discovery docks with the International Space Station. The orbital linkup is scheduled to take place at 5:05 p.m. EST.
The STS-116 crew will begin rendezvous operations around 11:37 a.m. today. Commander Mark Polansky will guide Discovery through a back-flip maneuver about an hour before docking to allow the station's Expedition 14 crew to take pictures of Discovery's heat shield.
In case some of you hear crew in voice post as soon as
possible in the issfanclub voice status, so other ifc members
can jump direct to the radio (hi!).
I realy can imagen someone gets exited after his
voice contact and forget to post.
Do not worrie better late than no posting.
73's Cor PD0RKC
The Phase I amateur radio gear in the FGB appears to have developed an intermittent audio issue that will require some crew time to be scheduled in order to try and determine the cause of the problem. This system has been used primarily for school contacts since the packet system associated with that radio began exhibiting problems during Expedition 6.
The Phase II system in the ISS service module has not been operating properly since August 2006 when the default settings for the radio changed. The radio transmits and receives fine and continues to be used for school contacts but until the radio is reprogrammed, only intermittent operations will be possible. A computer designated for amateur radio operations that will allow reprogramming of the radio is planned to arrive on the next Progress vehicle in 2007. Until the radio is reprogrammed, it is unlikely that any of the automatic modes (Packet and APRS, SSTV or the Crossband Repeater) will be operating or will only operate for brief periods of time.