Two Radio Hams scheduled to head to ISS today

ISS Amateur Radio

The ARRL reports that NASA will televise the launch and docking of
its next mission to the International Space Station (ISS) beginning at 1930 UT on Thursday, March 28

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR, and Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov, RV3BS, and Alexander Misurkin are scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2043 UTC.

They will join Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield, VA3OOG/KC5RNJ, NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, KE5HOC, and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko - already aboard the ISS - for Expedition 35.

It will take Cassidy, Vinogradov and Misurkin only six hours to reach the ISS. NASA will begin its live coverage of the docking at 0030 UT on Friday, March 29. The trio will dock at 0132 UT, and hatches are scheduled to open between the Soyuz and the ISS at 0310 UT.

Hadfield, Marshburn and Romanenko are scheduled to return to Earth in May 2013. Cassidy, Vi