June 16th, 2005
Space Shuttle Discovery is now on its launch pad nestled within the Rotating Service Structure. The Space Shuttle will undergo final preparations and prelaunch tests to ensure a safe launch and readiness to fly. Discovery's seven-member crew will test new hardware and techniques to improve Space Shuttle safety, as well as deliver supplies to the International Space Station.
International Space Station crew members John Phillips, KE5DRY, and Sergei Krikalev, U5MIR, may be on the air for ARRL Field Day, June 25-26. ISS Ham Radio Project Engineer Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, at Johnson Space Center, has reviewed potential ISS pass times, and he says a few are favorable for US stations--although some will occur during the very early morning hours. Phillips and Krikalev will use the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) radio gear aboard the spacecraft.
An unpiloted Russian cargo craft was launched Thursday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It carried more than two tons of supplies and equipment for the International Space Station and its Expedition 11 crew, Commander Sergei Krikalev and Flight Engineer John Phillips.
ISS Progress 18 launched on time at 7:10 p.m. EDT. It reached orbit in less than 10 minutes. Automatic commands deployed its solar arrays and navigational antennas. Engine firings are scheduled later Thursday to adjust the Progress' orbit for an automated docking at 8:44 p.m. Saturday to the aft port of the Station's Zvezda Service Module.
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