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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS013 (2000)

ARLS013 Phase 3D Now Set to Launch November 14

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Space Bulletin 013  ARLS013
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  October 19, 2000
To all radio amateurs

ARLS013 Phase 3D Now Set to Launch November 14

The next-generation Phase 3D Amateur Radio satellite is scheduled to
go into space Tuesday, November 14, from the European Spaceport in
Kourou, French Guiana. Launch agency Arianespace announced the
revised launch date for the Ariane 5 Flight 135 this week. The
launch was delayed from a tentative October 31 window.

AMSAT-DL Executive Vice President Peter Guelzow, DB2OS--who's
heading up the Phase 3D launch campaign--says Phase 3D is ''ready to
fly'' and has passed all of its pre-launch inspections, testing, and

AMSAT News Service reports that Phase 3D was being moved into the
final assembly building at the European Spaceport, where it will
remain ''on hold'' until the launch date. Once the other Flight 135
payloads arrive, all will be mated to the Ariane 5 launch vehicle.
In addition to Phase 3D, the Ariane 5 will attempt to orbit the
PanAmSat PAS 1R communications satellite and two British Space
Technology Research Vehicle microsatellites, STRV 1C and STRV 1D.

Phase 3D will be the largest Amateur Radio payload ever put into
space. Once launched, Phase 3D will be nudged by its onboard
thrusters into an elliptical orbit that will put it some 2500 miles
from Earth at its nearest point, and nearly 30,000 miles at its

For more information, visit the AMSAT-NA Web site,