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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS008 (2006)

ARLS008 New two-ham crew, first female civilian visitor on way to 

QST de W1AW  
Space Bulletin 008  ARLS008
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  September 19, 2006
To all radio amateurs

ARLS008 New two-ham crew, first female civilian visitor on way to 

The next International Space Station crew plus the first female
civilian visitor to the ISS lifted off from Kazakhstan early
September 18. NASA astronaut and Expedition 14 crew commander
Michael Lopez-Alegria, KE5GTK, and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin,
RZ3FT, will take over for the Expedition 13 crew of astronaut Jeff
Williams, KD5TVQ, and cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov, RV3B. Along for
the ride as a paying passenger aboard the Soyuz TMA-9 "taxi flight"
is US businesswoman Anousheh Ansari, who will visit the ISS for
about 10 days under a contract with the Russian Federal Space

The Soyuz rocket carrying Expedition 14 and Ansari took off from
Baikonur Cosmodrome. The trio should arrive at the space station
early on September 20.  This will mark Tyurin's second time as a
space station crew member. He was part of ISS Expedition 3 in 2001.

Remaining onboard the ISS for part of Expedition 14 will be European
Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter, DF4TR.

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program
says Ansari, 39, will attempt some Amateur Radio contacts during her
stay in space. A tentative schedule calls for her to speak with
students at George Washington University, her alma mater, on Friday,
September 22. Jeff Williams will serve as a control operator for
that event.

In addition, ARRL ARISS Liaison Rosalie White, K1STO, says Ansari
wants to speak with US-licensed school children in random QSOs.
Using the RS0ISS call sign, Ansari is expected to be on the air at
various times from Thursday, September 21, until Tuesday, September

The worldwide downlink frequency is 145.800 MHz. The FM voice uplink
is 144.490 MHz in ITU Regions 2 and 3 (the Americas and the Pacific)
and 145.200 MHz in Region 1 (Europe, Central Asia and Africa).
Ansari, who's standing in for Daisuke "Dice-K" Enomoto as the fourth
private citizen to fly to the ISS, has been trained in use of the
ARISS gear but was unable to get her license because of her
accelerated training schedule.


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