[amsat-bb] ARISSat-1 update
G0MRF at aol.com
Thu Apr 21 08:56:25 PDT 2011
This is an update on the ARISSat activities.
We had a telecon with the ARISSat team in Russia. Here is the situation as
described by them. The Russian suit battery that was intended to be used
on ARISSat was used during testing both on the ground and onboard ISS when
it first arrived. When it was tested prior to the planned April 12
operation, it was discovered that the battery was low on charge.
The suit battery's are specified for only five cycles of charge.
It was decided to not recharge the battery at this time in order to keep
the number of cycles as low as possible and thus saving the battery for the
actual mission. That deployment is currently scheduled for July 26. We are
still trying to get more information on the storage status and the battery
health from the Russian team. We will keep you informed as we prepare for
the eventual deployment of ARISSat.
ARISS US Hardware manager
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