Archive - Feb 6, 2009 - Story
Because of an ongoing review of the space shuttle's flow control valves, NASA managers are rescheduling meetings next week to assess the launch readiness of shuttle Discovery's STS-119 mission to the International Space Station. The Space Shuttle Program will hold a meeting Feb. 13 to review data and determine whether to move forward with a flight readiness review on Feb. 18. The official launch date will be set at the readiness review, but for planning purposes launch now is no earlier than Feb. 22. There are three valves that channel gaseous hydrogen from the shuttle's main engines to the external fuel tank. One of these valves in shuttle Endeavour was found to be damaged after its mission in November. As a precaution, Discovery's three gaseous hydrogen valves were removed, inspected and reinstalled.
Via Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1642 - January 30 2009
The K6DUE callsign of the late NBC Newsman Roy Neal is now the call of the International Space Station Amateur Radio Club. According to ARISS International Chairman Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, the call letters will initially be used for ground station operations but may be used for other activities in the future.
For those not aware, Roy Neal, K6DUE, spent more than five decades as a broadcaster specializing in science and aerospace reporting for the National Broadcasting Company. He is generally credited with convincing then NASA chief Jess Moore to permit ham gear to be flown on board the early space shuttle missions. The first of these was STS-9 that carried Spacelab One and Mission Specialist Owen Garriott, W5LFL, who made the first-ever ham radio contacts from a spacecraft on-orbit.
College of Agriculture, Central Agricultural University, Imphhal, Assam, India, Sun (Feb08) at 10:05 UTC
An International Space Station Expedition 18 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at College of Agriculture, Central Agricultural University, Imphhal, Assam, India along with Maniput University on 08 February. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 1005 UTC.
The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and VK4KHZ. The contact should be audible over eastern Australia. 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.