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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS007 (2005)

ARLS007 Shuttle Discovery launches successfully

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Space Bulletin 007  ARLS007
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  July 26, 2005
To all radio amateurs

ARLS007 Shuttle Discovery launches successfully

NASA's space shuttle fleet is no longer grounded. The Discovery
orbiter took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, right on schedule
July 26 on the Return to Flight mission (STS-114). The Discovery
flight is the first for a NASA shuttle since the Columbia disaster
on February 1, 2003, that killed seven astronauts.

Discovery's seven-person crew includes six Amateur Radio licensees.
The spacecraft is also carrying the PCSat2 Amateur Radio payload. US
Astronaut Eileen Collins, KD5EDS, is the commander for mission. The
international crew also includes James Kelly, KC5ZSW; Charlie
Camarda, KC5ZSY; Wendy Lawrence, KC5KII; Soichi Noguchi, KD5TVP;
Andy Thomas, KD5CHF/VK5MIR, and Stephen Robinson. Thomas and
Lawrence both did tours of duty aboard the Russian Mir space station
and conducted many SAREX (Space Amateur Radio EXperiment) school
group contacts.

Discovery is undertaking a 12-day flight to deliver equipment and
supplies to the International Space Station, although Amateur Radio
operation by the licensed shuttle crew members from the space
station's NA1SS is considered unlikely. PCSat2 will be installed
outside the ISS during a spacewalk.

For the latest information on the Space Shuttle's Return to Flight,
visit the NASA Web site at,