Archive - May 2009 - Story

NASA: Next Space Shuttle Launch May Be Delayed

Space Shuttle

WASHINGTON - Fresh on the heels of a successful flight to the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA is again gearing up to launch a space shuttle into orbit, but bad weather could delay the June spaceflight, mission managers said Thursday.

NASA hopes to launch the shuttle Endeavour on June 13 to deliver the last piece of Japan's massive Kibo laboratory to the International Space Station during a marathon 16-day construction flight. The hopes to build on the momentum from the recent Hubble service call, which ended last Sunday when the shuttle Atlantis landed in California.

"We're going to do it again now," said John Shannon, NASA's space shuttle program manager, in a Thursday briefing.

PY4MAB – Sun, 2009 – 05 – 31 14:35

Space Shuttle Atlantis May Begin Trek Home on Sunday

Space Shuttle

The space shuttle Atlantis may begin a cross-country trek atop a tricked out jumbo jet as early as Sunday to fly from a California landing site to its Florida home, weather permitting, NASA officials said.

Atlantis will ride piggyback atop a modified Boeing 747 jumbo jet during the planned ferry flight, a $1.8 million trip aimed at returning the shuttle home from California's Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California. The shuttle landed on backup desert runway there last Sunday to end a 13-day mission that overhauled the Hubble Space Telescope for the last time.

Bad weather prevented several attempts to land at NASA's primary shuttle runway at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The center is the launch site and home port for NASA's three-shuttle fleet.

PY4MAB – Sun, 2009 – 05 – 31 14:34

May 29th

Six-Member Crew Operations Begin

ISS Status Report

Three new crew members arrived at the International Space Station at 8:34 a.m. EDT Friday. After launching from Kazakhstan on Wednesday, flight engineers Roman Romanenko, Robert Thirsk and Frank De Winne spent two days in space aboard the Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft before docking to the Earth-facing port of the Zarya module.

Awaiting the newest arrivals were the Expedition 19 crew members Commander Gennady Padalka and flight engineers Koichi Wakata and Mike Barratt. Hatch opening between the Soyuz and Zarya occurred at 10:14 a.m. signifying the beginning of Expedition 20 and six-person crew operations. A welcome ceremony and a safety briefing for the new arrivals followed.

N5VHO – Fri, 2009 – 05 – 29 13:16

May 27th

Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, Receives ARRL President's Award

ARISS

On Saturday, May 16 during the forum featuring Richard GArriott, W5KWQ, at the Dayton Hamvention®, ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, presented former Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) International Chairman Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, with the ARRL President's Award. Bauer, who stepped down from ARISS and AMSAT duties this past March, served as ARISS Program Leader and ARISS International Working Group Chair. Since 1991, he served as the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation's (AMSAT) Vice President for Human Spaceflight Programs.

The ARRL Board of Directors voted to create the President's Award in 2003. The President's Award is to go to an ARRL member or members who "have shown long-term dedication to the goals and objectives of ARRL and Amateur Radio," and who have gone the extra mile to support individual League programs and goals. Nominations for the award come from directors and are approved by the ARRL President and the Executive Committee.

N5VHO – Wed, 2009 – 05 – 27 14:31

Expedition 20 Crew Launches from Baikonur

ISS Status Report

Flight Engineers Roman Romanenko, Frank De Winne and Robert Thirsk of the 20th International Space Station crew launched in their Soyuz TMA-15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 6:34 a.m. EDT Wednesday to begin a six-month stay in space.

Expedition 20 will mark the start of six-person crew operations aboard the International Space Station. All five of the international partner agencies - NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) - will be represented on orbit for the first time.

N5VHO – Wed, 2009 – 05 – 27 11:16

May 26th

ON1DWN to Become ISS Commander

ISS News

Amateur Radio Newsline reports that Frank De Winne, ON1DWN, is set to become the first European Space Agency astronaut to oversee the International Space Station.

De Winne is currently at Russia's cosmonaut training center outside of Moscow. He will leave there later this week and fly to neighboring Kazakhstan, where a Soyuz rocket is being prepared to carry him, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk, VA3CSA, to the orbiting space outpost. That launch is currently scheduled for May 27 .

The arrival of these three space adventurers which will bring the total number of crew on the ISS to six for the first time. For the first four months De Winne, who is from Belgium, will be a Flight Engineer as a member of the Expedition 20 Crew. With the next crew rotation ON1DWN will take over as Commander of Expedition 21 and will serve in that position until his return to Earth in November. This will mark the first time that someone other than a Russian or an American has held that post. More is on-line at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8037431.stm

PY4MAB – Tue, 2009 – 05 – 26 20:58

Crew Prepares for Spacewalk, Arrival of Soyuz

ISS Status Report

Aboard the International Space Station Tuesday, the Expedition 19 crew prepared for its upcoming spacewalk and awaited the arrival of three additional crew members later this week. The space travelers also continued their regular science and maintenance activities.

Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Michael Barratt performed height adjustments on their Russian Orlan spacesuits in preparation for their first spacewalk, slated for June 5. In addition, they checked the suits for leaks and proper valve operation, as well as configuring and checking out the suits' communication equipment.

N5VHO – Tue, 2009 – 05 – 26 20:15

Expedition 20 Crew to Launch from Baikonur

Space News

Flight Engineers Roman Romanenko, Frank De Winne and Robert Thirsk of the 20th International Space Station crew will launch in their Soyuz TMA-15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 6:34 a.m. EDT Wednesday to begin a six-month stay in space.

Expedition 20 will mark the start of six-person crew operations aboard the International Space Station. All five of the international partner agencies - NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) - will be represented on orbit for the first time.

N5VHO – Tue, 2009 – 05 – 26 20:05

ARISS Status May 25, 2009

ARISS

Topics in this report:
1. Upcoming School Contacts
2. ARISS International Team Meeting Held
3.ARRL Article on Dayton Hamvention, Garriott

1. Upcoming School Contacts
An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact has been scheduled for Miyahara Junior High School in Saitama, Japan on Tuesday, May 26 at 11:12 UTC. Speaking in Japanese, JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA will chat with the students about life in space.

Mahopac Public Library in Mahopac, New York has been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Wednesday, June 3 at 15:47 UTC. This contact will be facilitated by telebridge station ON4ISS in Belgium. This school district public library serves six public and five private schools, with a total of 26,485 served. The library will coordinate this question and answer session with the Putnam Emergency Amateur Radio League.

N5VHO – Tue, 2009 – 05 – 26 06:46