Archive - Feb 2009 - Story

February 26th

K5D and Mike, NA1SS success

ISS Amateur Radio

Come together from the beginning the participation of the DXpedition K5D the method of Ham Satellite. And following in the Spotts www.issfanclub.com webpage, I noticed that the Mike Fincke, NA1SS had some calls and had not in K5D succeed.

So I decided to send an email (24/02/2009) to Mike, NA5U (KP1-P5 Project Leader), informing him that the astronaut was calling Desecheo Island.

Mike, NA5U kindly sent me an email reporting that the settings of the setup probably would not be correct, but he comes in contact with the team in K5D Desecheo Island.

The next day, 14:15 UTC (02/25/2009) the first pass of the ISS in the Brazilian coast, fortunately I got contact with Mike, NA1SS and told him that the team would be in K5D Desecheo Island QAP ISS repeater in the next pass.

PS8RF – Thu, 2009 – 02 – 26 10:07

Space Shuttle Program Completes New Plan for Next Launch

Space Shuttle

Wed, 25 Feb 2009 06:10:55 PM CST

NASA's Space Shuttle Program has established a plan that could support shuttle Discovery's launch to the International Space Station, tentatively targeted for March 12. An exact target launch date will be determined as work progresses with the shuttle's three gaseous hydrogen flow control valves.
At the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians have started removing Discovery's three valves, two of which will undergo detailed inspection. Approximately 4,000 images of each valve will be reviewed for evidence of cracks. Valves that have flown fewer times will be installed in Discovery. Engineering teams also will complete analysis and testing to understand the consequences if a valve piece were to break off and strike pressurization lines between the shuttle and external fuel tank. Hardware modifications may be made to the pressurization lines to add extra protection in the unlikely event debris is released.

N5VHO – Thu, 2009 – 02 – 26 09:13

February 25th

Station Science Sets Stage for Future Exploration

ISS Status Report[img]http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/160328main_iss018e033767.jpg[/img] Image above: Astronaut Michael Fincke (right), Expedition 18 commander; astronaut Sandra Magnus and cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, both flight engineers, pose for a crew photo between a Russian Orlan spacesuit and an Extravehicular Mobility Unit spacesuit in the Harmony node of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA The Expedition 18 crew of the International Space Station focused its attention Tuesday on science experiments and preparations for the arrival of the next crew. Commander Mike Fincke worked with the Smoke Point in Co-flow Experiment, or SPICE, which determines the point at which gas-jet flames begin to emit soot in microgravity. Studying a soot-emitting flame will help scientists understand how fires spread in space and aid in the control of soot for future combustion systems. Fincke set up new parameters for the SPICE hardware and videotaped payload operations.
N5VHO – Wed, 2009 – 02 – 25 15:16

February 23rd

Hampton Bays Middle School, Hampton Bays, New York, USA, Wed (Feb 25) at 13:57 UTC

ARISS

An International Space Station Expedition 18 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at the Hampton Bays Middle School, Hampton Bays, New York on 25 February. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 1357 UTC.

The contact will be a direct between stations NA1SS and W2AMC. The contact should be audible over most of eastern North America. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.

The Hampton Bays School District serves a small community nestled on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean on Long Island, 125 miles from New York City. The students who will be asking questions have been picked from among those who participated in an essay contest. Their curriculum includes topics on the solar system and space exploration.

N5VHO – Mon, 2009 – 02 – 23 21:59

1 Circolo Didattico G.Marconi, Casamassima, Italy, Wed (Feb 25) at 07:50 UTC

ARISS

An International Space Station Expedition 18 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at the 1 Circolo Didattico G.Marconi, Casamassima, Italy on 25 February. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 0750 UTC.

The contact will be a direct between stations ON4ISS and IZ7EVR. The contact should be audible over most of Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.

The II° Didactic Center "Marconi" in Casamassima di Bari (BA) includes one Primary School and two Nursery Schools. We have more than 800 pupils and a teaching staff composed by 70 teachers, directed by the headmaster, Mrs. Rita Rosaria Gagliardi. Our Primary School have multimedia and scientific laboratories, while our pupils have an active role in a number of projects, which make them experience Science, Music, Dance, Theatre, Physical Education and more.

N5VHO – Mon, 2009 – 02 – 23 21:58

Chatham Public School, Taree, NSW, Australia, Wed (Feb 25) at 07:32 UTC

ARISS

An International Space Station Expedition 18 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at Chatham Public School, Taree, NSW, Australia on 25 February. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 0732 UTC.

The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and K6DUE/3. The contact should be audible over eastern N. America. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. Audio from the contact should also be available via the AMSAT conference on EchoLink and via the 9010 Discovery reflector on IRLP. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.

N5VHO – Mon, 2009 – 02 – 23 21:56

ARISS Status Report Feb 23, 2009

ARISS

Topics in this report:
1. Upcoming School Contacts
2. Upcoming Simulated Contacts
3. South Park Students Speak with ISS
4. Salluit Students Question Astronaut via Radio
5. Erie Planetarium Contact Successful
6. SuitSat-2 Meeting Held
7. ARISS International Team Meeting Held
8. ARRL Letter Article on Dieter Schliemann
9. German School Contact Update

1. Upcoming School Contacts
An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact has been scheduled with Oregon City Schools, Fassett Middle School in Oregon, Ohio. The ARISS program was incorporated into the curriculum as students studied the positions and motions of objects in the universe, matter and gravity. The students learned about how the universe has been explored and studied how technology affects the quality of life. A contest was held to determine the questions to be asked of the astronaut. The contact will take place on Monday, February 23 at 14:35 UTC. Audio from this contact will be fed into the EchoLink AMSAT (101377) and JK1ZRW (277208) servers.

N5VHO – Mon, 2009 – 02 – 23 12:55

February 21st

ARRL National Convention to Feature Richard Garriott, W5KWQ

Space News

Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, will be attending the 2009 ARRL National Convention - hosted by the Dayton Hamvention® -- as a special guest of the ARRL and AMSAT. Garriott, who took off for the International Space Station (ISS) on October 12, became the sixth private citizen to fly with the Russian Federal Space Agency (RKA) for a short-term mission on the International Space Station (ISS). Not two hours after he arrived on the ISS on October 14, Garriott was making ham radio contacts, just as his father, Owen Garriott, W5LFL -- the first ham to make QSOs from space -- did in 1983 while aboard the space shuttle Columbia on STS-9. Both Richard and Owen are ARRL members.

N5VHO – Sat, 2009 – 02 – 21 23:48

NASA Defers Setting Next Shuttle Launch Date

Space Shuttle

During a thorough review of space shuttle Discovery's readiness for flight, NASA managers decided Friday more data and possible testing are required before proceeding to launch. Engineering teams have been working to identify what caused damage to a flow control valve on shuttle Endeavour during its November 2008 flight.

"We need to complete more work to have a better understanding before flying," said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Gerstenmaier chaired Friday's Flight Readiness Review.

"We were not driven by schedule pressure and did the right thing. When we fly, we want to do so with full confidence."

N5VHO – Sat, 2009 – 02 – 21 09:07

February 20th

Oregon City Schools, Fassett Middle School, Oregon, Ohio, USA, Mon (Feb 23) at 14:35 UTC

ARISS

An International Space Station Expedition 18 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at the Oregon City Schools, Fassett Middle School, Oregon, Ohio on 23 February. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 1435 UTC.

The contact will be a direct between stations NA1SS and KB9UPS. The contact should be audible over most of eastern N. America. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.

Fassett Middle School, located in Oregon, Ohio started with the first school year in the fall of 1960. It was named after Miss Josephine Fassett, who was an outstanding figure in guiding the Oregon school system from the days of the one-room schoolhouse through an expansion program which led to the existing superior educational facilities. The school started as a 7-9 building, then to a 7-8 building, and currently a 6-8 middle school. Currently there are 473 students at Oregon. Oregon has two middle schools that lead into its high school, Clay. The school is in the effective category, determined by the state and continually making more progress toward the excellent category. Some teachers teach solely their subject, and some teachers teach up to three preps.

N5VHO – Fri, 2009 – 02 – 20 13:53
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