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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS007 (1995)

ARLS007 SAREX STS-70 postponed
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Space Bulletin 007  ARLS007
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington, CT  June 5, 1995
To all radio amateurs
ARLS007 SAREX STS-70 postponed
Space Shuttle Mission STS-70, which is scheduled to carry the
Shuttle Amateur Radio EXperiment, has been postponed. Mission
managers have decided to repair damage done by woodpeckers in the
foam insulation of the external fuel tank. The foam prevents ice
from building up on the tank. The repairs will be done at the
shuttle Vehicle Assembly Building, requiring the Space Shuttle
Discovery to be removed from the launch pad during the week. The
mission may be rescheduled for sometime in August.
Mission STS-71, which will also carry the Shuttle Amateur Radio
EXperiment, is still scheduled for no earlier than June 22.
Following a Flight Readiness Review last Friday, mission managers
decided not to select an official launch date due to ongoing work
aboard the Russian Mir Space Station that needs to be completed
prior to the Space Shuttle Atlantis' rendezvous and docking. The
launch team at the Kennedy Space Center will continue vehicle
processing work so that Atlantis will be ready for launch anytime on
or after June 22.  An official launch date is expected to be
announced in about one week.
Thanks to SAREX Working Group member Matthew Bordelon, KC5BTL, at
NASA Johnson Space Center and the Kennedy Space Center Public
Affairs Office for the preceding information. For more information
about SAREX, contact the American Radio Relay League's Educational
Activities Department.


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