Archive - Sep 2008 - Story

September 30th

U.S. Billionaire to Make Second Private Spaceflight

ISS News

American billionaire Charles Simonyi, a computer software executive who paid more than $20 million to fly to the International Space Station aboard a Russian-built Soyuz capsule in spring 2007, will train for a second Soyuz trip to the space station in spring 2009.

Vienna, Va.-based Space Adventures announced Tuesday that Simonyi will be the first repeat customer since the company began organizing space missions for private citizens in 2001.

PY4MAB – Tue, 2008 – 09 – 30 13:04

Hubble Space Telescope Problem Delays STS-125 Launch

Space Shuttle

Due to the significant Hubble Space Telescope malfunction that occurred over the weekend affecting the storage and transmittal of science data to Earth, NASA will evaluate the investigation results before fully determining the impact to launch of the STS-125 servicing mission.

Under consideration is the possibility of flying a back-up replacement system as part of the payload, which could be installed during the servicing mission. The back-up unit will need to be checked out and tested at Goddard Spaceflight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and as a result, won't be ready to be delivered to Kennedy Space Center in Florida until the first week in January.

N5VHO – Tue, 2008 – 09 – 30 09:01

September 29th

Richard Garriott Operations Call for Support


Early during Richard Garriott's flight, he expects to setup the VC-H1 SSTV system and autonomously transmit a new Earth image every 3 minutes. He hopes to have this system on a great deal of his flight. We encourage the ham community to bring SSTV equipment into schools and download these images in real-time.

The ARISS team also plans to display images from hams around the world on a special on a web/blog site. A beta site has been developed and will be rolled out to the ham community in the near future.

To successfully implement the on-line SSTV picture site and support it 24/7 during Richard's flight, we will need some savvy individuals that can sort through the many SSTV photos that ARISS will receive and keep the SSTV site up to date in near real time. Some computer skills will be required. We are looking for global support from a few individuals in each international region to make this happen. That way we will not be asking individuals to volunteer all-night to realize this project. If you are interested in helping on this, please e-mail Frank Bauer, KA3HDO directly via:

PY4MAB – Mon, 2008 – 09 – 29 13:26

ARISS Confirms Amateur Radio Hardware Deliveries


The ARISS team received confirmation from Sergey, RV3DR, that the recent Progress flight delivered the flight backup D-700, a David Clark Headset for the Ericsson system, and an additional VOX box and cables to support the computer-operated SSTV system. The D700 may be installed as early as late this week, depending on crew availability. The flight backup will not provide a significant change in ARISS operations, making it easier for the crew to change program modes.

Richard Garriott plans to take a Kenwood VC-H1 SSTV communicator with him on-board the Soyuz for his flight and leave it aboard the ISS for future ARISS use. The VC-H1 has completed all hardware certification on the US and Russian sides. The final test, an EMI radiated emissions test, was performed last week and the test data was delivered to Sergey Samburov, RV3DR in Russia this week. The VC-H1 provides a very simple interface for ISS crew members and does not require the use of a computer. Computer usage has been a real challenge for ARISS, so the VC-H1 represents a lesson learned to improve ARISS operations.

PY4MAB – Mon, 2008 – 09 – 29 13:25

China's First Spacewalk Team Feted With Parade

Space News

BEIJING (AP) â€" Three Chinese astronauts arrived Monday in Beijing to a homecoming parade after completing China's first spacewalk and putting the country closer to building a space station and landing a man on the moon.

State broadcaster CCTV showed the three, with flower garlands around their necks, waving and smiling as they were slowly driven through the streets at Beijing Aerospace Center, where they did their space training.

PY4MAB – Mon, 2008 – 09 – 29 13:22

Hubble Telescope Glitch May Delay Shuttle Launch

Space Shuttle

A serious equipment failure aboard the Hubble Space Telescope is preventing it from relaying data and images to scientists on Earth and may impact plans to launch a shuttle mission to overhaul the orbital observatory next month, NASA officials said Monday.

PY4MAB – Mon, 2008 – 09 – 29 13:21

ARISS Status September 29, 2008


Topics in this report:
1. Upcoming School Contact - Status
2. ARISS - UK School Contact, Successful
3. Astronaut Training Status
4. ARISS International Meeting Held
5. ARRL Article on Garriott's Flight
6. ARRL QST Posts ARISS News
7. CLC Posts Garriott Press Release

1. Upcoming School Contact - Status
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team continues its work on scheduling the next school radio contacts.

2. ARISS - UK School Contact, Successful
Students attending the Michael Sobell Sinai School in Harrow, Middlesex, UK experienced an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Thursday, September 25 via telebridge station WH6PN in Hawaii. Eleven students asked astronaut Greg Chamitoff, KD5PKZ, 15 questions before an audience of 200. The audio was fed into the EchoLink AMSAT server and received 15 connections from seven countries. Four television stations covered this event. The BBC article may be viewed here:

N5VHO – Mon, 2008 – 09 – 29 10:19

September 27th

Cosmonauts Set For Return Home Aboard Soyuz

ISS News

Cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station are preparing to return home next month aboard a Soyuz spacecraft, while Russian engineers believe they've isolated the glitch that sent the last two landings careening off-course, mission managers said Thursday.

Expedition 17 station commander Sergei Volkov and flight engineer Oleg Kononenko are due to land on Oct. 23 to end a six-month mission that included spacewalk surgery on their Soyuz TMA-12 spacecraft to help engineers understand why one of five separation explosive bolts on similar vehicles failed to fire during the recent landings.

PY4MAB – Sat, 2008 – 09 – 27 16:50

September 26th

Hams in Space -- For the Young and Young at Heart


Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, a well-known programmer and designer in the video game world, will soon be a household name those who follow space flights. He's the next private citizen to be flown to the International Space Station (ISS) by the Russian Federal Space Agency (RKA), and is taking ham radio into space just as his dad Owen Garriott, W5LFL -- the very first ham to make QSOs from space -- did in 1983.

If you're younger than 35 and enjoy computer games, you probably know who Richard Garriott is: A legendary video game programmer and designer who has become even more well known from his Web site. If you're a bit older, you might remember when Owen Garriott, was heralded as the first Amateur Radio operator to make QSOs from space.

PY4MAB – Fri, 2008 – 09 – 26 11:09

September 24th

ARISS Sept 24, 2008 Update and Call for Support


The ARISS volunteer team is working quite feverishly in preparation for the upcoming Soyuz 17S mission with Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, and Mike Fincke, KE5AIT, on-board.