Archive - Mar 2005 - Story
According with the message from Kenneth, N5VHO:
The Kenwood D-700 radio is active again after a successful spacewalk. Some lengthy delays in packet retransmission were noted on the 1612 UTC pass over N. America. A contact with a school in Texas is scheduled for tomorrow at about 1638 UTC (10:38 local). Anyone in the footprint is invited to listen to the answers on 145.80 MHz.
The next International Space Station's Expedition 10 ARISS school contact will be with students at the Science Discovery Center - Denton ISD, Texas on Tuesday, 29 March 2005. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:37 UTC.
This contact will be direct between stations NA1SS and W5NGU (the Denton County Amateur Radio Club) in Denton, Texas, so it should be audible to anyone in the southern and southwestern areas of the United States and northern Mexico listening in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants will conduct the conversation in English.
From AMSAT website:
AMSAT's request to redistribute Keplerian data has been APPROVED as of 18 March 2005 in accordance with Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) Commander's authority.
We are "good to go" and next weeks AMSAT Keplerian data distribution will originate from AFSPC Space Track web site.
Ray Hoad, WA5QGD said, "I want to acknowledge the help and support that LtCol Maloney at AFSPC has given to AMSAT and the Radio Amateur Satellite Community at large." Ray continued, "Thank you LtCol Maloney for your help and consul in preparing our request."
Thanks also are extended to all the AMSAT and ARRL leaders who helped in preparing AMSAT's response to AFSPC. Thank you for your timely support.
From Dr. T.S. Kelso Celestrak website:
Update #14 (2005 March 25): On 2005 March 24, CelesTrak received the following message from Air Force Space Command authorizing redistribution of Space Track data:
Your request to redistribute CFE Pilot Program data/analysis (TLEs and Space Situation Report (SSR) data) obtained from the Space-Track web site (http://www.space-track.org) via the CeleTrak web site (http://celestrak.com/) has been approved on 24 Mar 2005 in accordance with Air Force Space Command Commander's authority dated 8 November 2004.
I had gone out side for a breath of fresh air, at around 7pm, tonight.. Always look at the stars if the sky is clear. A small blip of white caught my eye, out of the West. As it got closer, I noticed there were no running lights, so ran in and got the 10x50's for a closer look. By now, it had literally passed over the top of the house. With the brightness of the full moon, and by pining the glasses to the porch railing, I could see the whole thing.. wings and all!! What an awsome sight - Hope I get a chance to see it again.