Archive - Sep 22, 2008

ARISS Status September 22, 2008

ARISS

Topics in this report:
1. Upcoming School Contacts - Status
2. Richard Garriott - ISS Flight
3. GSFC LaunchFest Update
4. ASTC - ARISS Presentation
5. ARRL Posts ARISS Update
6. ARISS Volunteer Receives Award

1. Upcoming School Contacts - Status
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team continues its work on scheduling the next school radio contacts. Johnson Space Center was closed the week of September 15 due to Hurricane Ike, delaying contact approvals. Scheduling is expected to resume this week.

2. Richard Garriott - ISS Flight
Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, will fly with the Expedition 18 crew to the ISS on Soyuz TMA-13 which is scheduled to launch on October 12, 2008. He plans to participate in several Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contacts during his mission. A press release has been posted. See: http://www.rac.ca/ariss/Garriott PR Final.doc

N5VHO – Mon, 2008 – 09 – 22 13:26

Training for civilian space travel is no picnic, Garriott says

ARISS

Aside from the obvious financial limitations which restrict space tourism to the rich and the ridiculously rich, there are also significant training programs and testing to be completed before proceeding to lift-off.

To gain a better insight into this training, well-known video game programmer and designer Richard Garriott, who is preparing for his own space adventure in October, is detailing in a blog what he and others have to go through in order to make it into orbit as a space traveler.

Garriott has been in training since the beginning of the year and told CNN the first major thing to surprise him was the intensity of preparations.

PY4MAB – Mon, 2008 – 09 – 22 08:27
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