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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS016 (1998)

ARLS016 Sputnik 41/RS-18 QRT

QST de W1AW  
Space Bulletin 016  ARLS016
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  December 15, 1998
To all radio amateurs

ARLS016 Sputnik 41/RS-18 QRT

The second mini-Sputnik satellite, Sputnik 41, went silent on or
about December 10, according to reports.  The little satellite, also
known as RS-18, was launched by hand from the Russian Mir space
station during a November 10 space walk by cosmonauts Gennady
Padalka and Sergei Avdeyev.

Sputnik 41 was powered by nonrechargeable batteries and designed to
operate for up to a month.  Its predecessor, Sputnik 40--launched in
November 1997 to commemorate the launch of the original Sputnik
satellite in 1957--continued to transmit for 55 days.  The later
Sputnik 41/RS-18 transmitted recorded voice beacons in English,
Russian, and French as well as a beacon tone that indicated the
satellite's interior temperature.  It transmitted on or about
145.815 MHz

Sputnik 41 was financed by the Aeroclub de France to mark its
centennial as part of a program of satellites made in a
collaboration of Russian and French students.  AMSAT-France
cooperated with the education department of the Russian Aeronautic
Federation in this most recent Sputnik reprise.

Reception reports go to AMSAT-France, Sputnik 41/RS-18 QSL Manager,
14 bis rue des Gourlis, 92 500 Rueil-Malmaison, France.  Reports
should include a 5x7, self-addressed envelope and two IRCs.

An updated list of reception reports received by the French QSL
manager is available at  The
page lists reception reports from some 40 countries around the

For more information, visit the 1998 International Year of Air and
Space page,


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