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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS032 (1997)

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ARLS032 Sputnik model launch delayed

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Space Bulletin 032  ARLS032
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington, CT  October 10, 1997
To all radio amateurs

SB SPACE ARL ARLS032
ARLS032 Sputnik model launch delayed

It now appears that the launch of a working model Sputnik 1 from the
Russian Mir space station won't happen until October 18-20, and
perhaps later. According to AMSAT News Service, the model Sputnik,
assembled by students in Russia and equipped with a 2-meter
transmitter by students in France, was to be aboard the Progress
rocket that docked aboard Mir this week. Earlier information from
several sources--including the sponsors--had indicated the model
satellite would be launched from Mir October 4, the 40th anniversary
of the original Sputnik 1 satellite.

The Sputnik-40, as it's called, reportedly will be hand-released by
the Mir crew during a space walk. Latest information indicates the
mini-satellite will transmit a ''beep-beep'' signal on 145.800 MHz
(FM) from its 200-mW onboard transmitter. The batteries are expected
to last a month or two.

For additional details and photos see
http://www.oceanes.fr/~fr5fc/spoutnik.html.
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