Archive - Jul 20, 2005 - Story
From AMSAT Sarex reflector:
Commander Sergei Krikalev and Flight Engineer John Phillips left the International Space Station today for a short ride, relocating their Soyuz return craft from one docking port to another to free up a Russian airlock for a future spacewalk.
This will be a contact with teachers attending a class at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and was set up to give NASA Explorer School Educators an opportunity to understand how to utilize satellite communications and satellite data in their classroom. One facet of this class is the use of ARISS in the classroom. Through this experience, they will be much better prepared when their schools perform an ARISS contact.
Contact is set for 1730 UTC on July 20 and should be audible on 145.80 to stations in and around the Maryland region of the USA.
The next ARISS International Teleconference will be held on Tuesday, July 19 at 11:30 UTC.
When the US space shuttle Discovery launches on its long-awaited "Return to Flight," its crew of seven will include six Amateur Radio licensees. Eileen Collins, KD5EDS, will serve as commander of the STS-114 shuttle mission.
A NASA Explorer School (NES) Satellite Communication Class will be held at Goddard Space Flight Center this week. Two one hour sessions have been scheduled for the teachers with ARISS team members. An introduction to Amateur Radio and ARISS will be given during the first hour, and orbital elements, prediction programs, and how to track the ISS and shuttle will be addressed during the second session. There is the possibility of an ARISS contact being scheduled for the teachers during the week (depending on when the shuttle launches) which will give them an idea of how to incorporate the ARISS program in their own curricula.
AMSAT-Italia is currently developing the "Ionosfera" project which aims at supporting the DX Community in predicting the ionosphere propagation conditions.The project is developed in the framework of European Space Agency's (ESA) programme on "Space Weather" and can be visited at: http://esaspaceweather.net/sda/ionosfera/index2.htm
Please have a look, make suggestions and forward the link to other potentially interested people
PCSAT2 is attached to the ISS and so its operations must be in cooperation with the ARISS communications suite to minimize any mutual interference and to coordinate activities. Here are the capabilities of the PCSAT2 payload:
ARISS member Dave Taylor has been working on an SSTV manual for the ISS Ham system. He has submitted the final version to Kenneth Ransom at JSC to be uplinked to the ISS.