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September 23rd

China Counts Down to Shenzhou 7 Launch

Space News

China this week launches its most ambitious space mission yet, a sign of rising confidence as Beijing cements its status as a space power and potential future competitor to the United States.

The Shenzhou 7 mission, to launch as early as Thursday, will be the first to carry a full complement of three astronauts, one of whom will perform China's first spacewalk, or EVA for "extra-vehicular activity." It is China's third manned mission.

PY4MAB – Tue, 2008 – 09 – 23 14:37

Hubble Astronauts Set for Practice Countdown

Space Shuttle

The Atlantis astronauts aim to complete a critical training exercise at Kennedy Space Center this week while managers sort out the effects of Hurricane Ike and minor technical problems on an Oct. 10 target launch date.

Mission commander Scott Altman and his crew jetted to KSC for standard emergency training and a two-day practice countdown that will culminate Wednesday with a launch-day dress rehearsal.

PY4MAB – Tue, 2008 – 09 – 23 14:36

Michael Sobell Sinai School, Harrow, Middlesex, United Kingdom, Thur (Sep 25) at 11:34 UTC


An International Space Station Expedition 17 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at Michael Sobell Sinai School, Harrow, Middlesex, United Kingdom on 25 September. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 1134 UTC.

The contact will be a telebridge contact between stations NA1SS and WH6PN. The contact should be audible over Hawaii. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.

The Michael Sobell Sinai School opened in 1981 and is the largest Jewish Primary School in Europe. It caters for children aged 3-11 and offers a challenging curriculum and the highest standard of education. It receives excellent Ofsted reports on a consistent basis.

N5VHO – Tue, 2008 – 09 – 23 07:47

September 22nd

ARISS Status September 22, 2008


Topics in this report:
1. Upcoming School Contacts - Status
2. Richard Garriott - ISS Flight
3. GSFC LaunchFest Update
4. ASTC - ARISS Presentation
5. ARRL Posts ARISS Update
6. ARISS Volunteer Receives Award

1. Upcoming School Contacts - Status
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team continues its work on scheduling the next school radio contacts. Johnson Space Center was closed the week of September 15 due to Hurricane Ike, delaying contact approvals. Scheduling is expected to resume this week.

2. Richard Garriott - ISS Flight
Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, will fly with the Expedition 18 crew to the ISS on Soyuz TMA-13 which is scheduled to launch on October 12, 2008. He plans to participate in several Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contacts during his mission. A press release has been posted. See: PR Final.doc

N5VHO – Mon, 2008 – 09 – 22 14:26

Training for civilian space travel is no picnic, Garriott says


Aside from the obvious financial limitations which restrict space tourism to the rich and the ridiculously rich, there are also significant training programs and testing to be completed before proceeding to lift-off.

To gain a better insight into this training, well-known video game programmer and designer Richard Garriott, who is preparing for his own space adventure in October, is detailing in a blog what he and others have to go through in order to make it into orbit as a space traveler.

Garriott has been in training since the beginning of the year and told CNN the first major thing to surprise him was the intensity of preparations.

PY4MAB – Mon, 2008 – 09 – 22 09:27

September 19th

Richard Garriott's Flight to ISS


Through multiple agreements with NASA, the Russian Space Agency, RSC Energia, Space Adventures Ltd, and ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station), Richard Garriott will fly to ISS and will communicate with students, ham radio operators, friends, and family world-wide using the ARISS amateur radio station on-board the ISS.

Richard Garriott, with the amateur radio callsign, W5KWQ is the sixth private citizen to be flown by the Russian space agency to the ISS. A legendary video game programmer and designer, Garriott will be traveling to orbit this October and will speak with hundreds of students while thousands more listen in during a series of ten-minute ham radio contacts. His on-orbit stay on Soyuz and ISS is planned for October 12 - 22, 2008.

N5VHO – Fri, 2008 – 09 – 19 08:42

September 18th

ARISS Status September 15, 2008

ARISSTopics in this report 1. Upcoming School Contact - Status 2. Boy Scouts Contact Successful 3. ARISS at Launchfest 4. Garriott Prepares for Ham Radio Activities 1. Upcoming School Contact - Status The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team continues working to schedule the next contact. Contact approvals for the week have been delayed due to the closure of Johnson Space Center, which was closed for Hurricane Ike. 2. Boy Scouts Contact Successful On Saturday, September 13, Prairielands Council Scouts attending the Space Jamboree at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois participated in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with Greg Chamitoff, KD5PKZ. Telebridge station WH6PN in Hawaii assisted with the contact. Thirteen Scouts were able to ask 17 questions of the astronaut during the pass. Scout leaders replayed the question and answer session later in the day for all 3,000 Scouts attending the Jamboree. The audio was fed into the EchoLink AMSAT server and Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP) Reflector 9010. The News-Gazette printed a press release for the event:
N5VHO – Thu, 2008 – 09 – 18 08:47

September 16th

Hurricane Ike Delays Space Station Delivery

Space News

The impact of Hurricane Ike has reached out into space and delayed the planned Friday arrival of Russian cargo ship at the International Space Station.

The unmanned Russian space freighter Progress 30 was slated to arrive at the space station tomorrow at 5:01 p.m. EDT (2101 GMT), but flight controllers at NASA's Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston had yet to move the orbiting laboratory's expansive solar arrays into position for the docking before closing down Thursday to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Ike.

"The Russians and [NASA] came to an agreement today to postpone docking until Wednesday," said John Yembrick, a NASA spokesperson at the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

PY4MAB – Tue, 2008 – 09 – 16 13:26

Senator Pushes for NASA Waiver to Buy More Soyuz Seats

Space News

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson pledged Thursday to fast-track efforts to get congressional approval for a waiver NASA needs to get astronauts to the International Space Station after the space shuttles are retired in 2010.

"We are going to make a full, true-blue push to get (the waiver) passed," the Orlando Democrat said after emerging from a meeting with NASA Administrator Michael Griffin.

NASA needs the exemption to send crews aboard the Russian Soyuz vehicle beyond 2011. Otherwise, the United States has no way of reaching the $100 billion space station until the shuttle's replacement becomes available in 2015 or later.

PY4MAB – Tue, 2008 – 09 – 16 13:25

NASA: Hurricane Won't Delay Shuttle Flights

Space Shuttle

NASA still aims to move Endeavour out to Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39B this week, and it appears that the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Ike in Houston will not delay the agency's next two shuttle missions, officials said Monday.

In a widely distributed e-mail, NASA shuttle program manager John Shannon said employees whose lives have been disrupted by Ike should take care of their families first.

Many who evacuated in advance of the monster storm have not been able to return to their homes in communities that surround Johnson Space Center, which escaped major damage, but will remain closed to all but recovery crews this week.

PY4MAB – Tue, 2008 – 09 – 16 13:23

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