During 1996, a group of amateur radio operators involved in the communications with the MIR Space Station, decided to join into the "Mir Fan Club". In a very short time over 1200 enthusiasts from all over the world asked to participate, including Cosmonaut Valery Korzun, while leading crew #22. Nowdays MIR is not flying anymore, but here we are again with the same spirit and the same enthusiasm for the ISS, the new International Space Station.
A new Russian Progress space freighter loaded with nearly three tons of food, fuel, supplies and holiday gifts for the International Space Station’s Expedition 38 crew launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:53 p.m. EST Monday (2:53 a.m. Tuesday, Kazakh time). During its four-day journey to the orbiting complex, the ISS Progress 53 cargo ship will conduct a “flyby” of the station to test an enhanced docking system for future Russian spacecraft.
At the time of launch, the station was flying about 260 miles over southern Russia, near the northeast border with Kazakhstan.
Say Happy Birth(Launch)day to ISS!
Today on 20th November 2013, International Space Station Completes 15 Years from the launch (launch dt. 20/11/1998).
NASA Celebrate this wonderful occasion. I also greets all ISS Fan Club members on this precious occasion.
LIVE LONG ISS...
Thanks & 73's
Rajesh P. Vagadia
ISS is football field sized man made satellite, in fact 3rd Brightest object in space (after Sun & Moon) which can be viewed with naked eye.
International Space Station crews commuting to and from their orbiting laboratory will be busy this November, and NASA TV will provide live coverage of their launches, landings and relocations.
NASA Television will provide extensive coverage live from Kazakhstan of the Sept. 25 launch of three crew members of Expedition 37-38, as they begin their journey to the International Space Station.
Michael Hopkins of NASA and Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) will depart from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 4:58 p.m. EDT (2:58 a.m. Kazakh time Sept. 26) aboard a Soyuz spacecraft headed for the space station. NASA Television coverage will begin at 4 p.m. and will include video of pre-launch activities leading up to spacecraft boarding.
NASA Television will provide live coverage Tuesday, Sept. 10, as three of the crew members on the International Space Station return home, ending more than five months in space.
The ARISS Ham Video transmitter is presently onboard Columbus. The transmitter was delivered by Japanese cargo spacecraft HTV-4, which launched August 4 and docked 5 days later.
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano IR0ISS reported that the bags are stored in Columbus. There are two bags: one for the transmitter, the other for the power, camera and antenna cables.
Francesco IK0WGF (AMSAT Italy) informed us that the IR0ISS callbook is now available via QRZ.COM.
The log can also be consulted at the following url's:
Luca Parmitano (NA1SS) speaks to scouts at the 2013 Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree at Mount Hope, WV, USA, at 1535 UTC on 20 July 2013 via K2BSA. He answered the following questions:
1. Were you in Scouting as a youth or as an adult leader?
2. In Scouting we practice “Leave No Trace”, meaning that we leave campsites as we found them. How do you practice “Leave No Trace” in space?
3. I am working on the Robotics Merit Badge and would like to know how robots are being used on the space station.
4. Have you ever put up a satellite in space?
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Luca Parmitano (NA1SS) - K2BSA - 20 July 2013
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS http://ariss.rac.ca/) program hopes an Amateur Radio digital TV system will be up and running aboard the International Space Station by later this year. A project initiated by AMSAT-Italy http://www.amsat.it/, HamTV would provide one-way video and audio from the ISS to complement the FM radio voice link used for ARISS school group radio contacts.
ARISS-Europe Chairman Gaston Bertels, ON4WF has drafted an overview of a new 'Ham Video' DATV downlink system on S-Band being developed for placement on the International Space Station later this year.