March 25th, 2005
From AMSAT website:
AMSAT's request to redistribute Keplerian data has been APPROVED as of 18 March 2005 in accordance with Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) Commander's authority.
We are "good to go" and next weeks AMSAT Keplerian data distribution will originate from AFSPC Space Track web site.
Ray Hoad, WA5QGD said, "I want to acknowledge the help and support that LtCol Maloney at AFSPC has given to AMSAT and the Radio Amateur Satellite Community at large." Ray continued, "Thank you LtCol Maloney for your help and consul in preparing our request."
Thanks also are extended to all the AMSAT and ARRL leaders who helped in preparing AMSAT's response to AFSPC. Thank you for your timely support.
From Dr. T.S. Kelso Celestrak website:
Update #14 (2005 March 25): On 2005 March 24, CelesTrak received the following message from Air Force Space Command authorizing redistribution of Space Track data:
Your request to redistribute CFE Pilot Program data/analysis (TLEs and Space Situation Report (SSR) data) obtained from the Space-Track web site (http://www.space-track.org) via the CeleTrak web site (http://celestrak.com/) has been approved on 24 Mar 2005 in accordance with Air Force Space Command Commander's authority dated 8 November 2004.
I had gone out side for a breath of fresh air, at around 7pm, tonight.. Always look at the stars if the sky is clear. A small blip of white caught my eye, out of the West. As it got closer, I noticed there were no running lights, so ran in and got the 10x50's for a closer look. By now, it had literally passed over the top of the house. With the brightness of the full moon, and by pining the glasses to the porch railing, I could see the whole thing.. wings and all!! What an awsome sight - Hope I get a chance to see it again.
The amateur radios will be turned off during the preparation stage prior to the planned March 28 spacewalk by Expedition 10 crewmembers Leroy Chiao and Salizhan Sharipov. The radios will return to normal operations during the post EVA reconfiguration of ISS back to normal operations.