Archive - Aug 31, 2009

China to begin construction of orbital space station in 2020

Space News

BEIJING, August 31 (RIA Novosti) - China will begin the construction of its own orbital space station in 2020, the Sina news service said on Monday, citing a top official with the country's manned spaceflight program.

Gu Yidong said that China would sent two or three space labs into orbit in 2010-2015, while the basic module of the space station is to be orbited by 2020.

The spacecrafts will "form the basic orbital complex of the Chinese space station" when docked together, he said.

According to earlier Chinese media reports, China plans to send a manned mission to the Moon by 2030 and subsequently build a lunar base to send missions to other planets in the Solar System, such as Mars. By 2050, China plans to develop and launch a research probe to space bodies outside the Solar System.

N5VHO – Mon, 2009 – 08 – 31 21:27

Upcoming ARISS contact with Craigmore High School, Blakeview, South Australia


An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Craigmore High School, Blakeview, South Australia, Australia on 2 September. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 00:48 UTC.
The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds.

The contact will be direct between NA1SS and VK5LZ. The contact should be audible parts of Australia. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.

Craigmore High School is approximately 35 Km north of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. It is a comprehensive school for students from Year 8 to Year 12 with an age range from 12 to 17. The students are predominantly from an English speaking background. However recently a number of refugees, mainly from Africa, have enrolled at the school. We have a student enrollment of approximately 950 with 80 staff.

N5VHO – Mon, 2009 – 08 – 31 16:22

ISS Radio Report

4 years 33 weeks ago
Nothing heard over Montevideo at 1520-1528 UTC. 73 de CX2ABP
CX2ABP – Mon, 2009 – 08 – 31 15:29