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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS005 (2003)

ARLS005 ARISS contact delayed

QST de W1AW  
Space Bulletin 005  ARLS005
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  February 7, 2003
To all radio amateurs

ARLS005 ARISS contact delayed

An ARISS contact set for February 6 with students at a high school
in Germany was postponed, although the contact schedule is expected
to resume later this month.

"The German school QSO was postponed because of the Columbia
accident and the re-planning taking place for ISS," said ARISS
International Chairman Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, "and because of the crew
unloading a ton of equipment from the (Russian) Progress rocket."
Bauer said he was expecting further clarification from NASA
regarding future ARISS school QSOs.

The all-ham ISS Expedition 6 crew of Commander Ken Bowersox, KD5JBP,
Don Pettit, KD5MDT, and Nikolai Budarin, RV3FB, will have an
extended stay aboard the ISS. Under normal circumstances, a shuttle
mission next month would have brought a fresh crew to the ISS and
returned Bowersox and his crewmates to Earth. With a Russian
Progress 10 cargo rocket delivery February 4, the Expedition 6 team
now has sufficient supplies to sustain the crew until late June or
early July.
In other amateur space news, A. R. "Pop" Kumar, VU2POP, of
AMSAT-India, has announced that a geostationary weather satellite
launched by India last September will be named Kalpana-1 in memory
of Columbia Mission Specialist Kalpana "KC" Chawla, KD5ESI.