[amsat-bb] ARISS Equipment on SpaceX Launch

KA3HDO ka3hdo at verizon.net
Sun Feb 19 15:28:48 UTC 2017



Included as part of today's successful launch of the SpaceX Dragon vehicle
to ISS is an ARISS Ericsson 2 meter VHF radio.  This radio will replace the
Ericsson radio that failed a few months ago.  The VHF radio is used for
school group contacts and amateur packet radio in the Columbus module.  Once
the Dragon vehicle is berthed to ISS, the Ericsson will be unstowed and, at
some point, installed in Columbus, replacing the UHF radio that is now
supporting APRS packet and some school contacts.  


Our thanks to SpaceX on an outstanding and historic flight from Kennedy
Space Center's Launch Pad 39A, where many Space Shuttle missions  and nearly
all the Apollo moon missions were launched.  We also would like to thank our
ARISS benefactors-NASA and CASIS, the Center for the Advancement of Science
in Space.  And, of course, our amateur radio long-time sponsors-our national
amateur radio organizations around the world, including the American Radio
Relay League (ARRL) in the US, and our international AMSAT organizations,
including AMSAT-NA.


Before closing, I want to let you know that ARISS is making great progress
on the development of the new interoperable radio system that we hope to use
to replace our aging radio infrastructure in the Columbus module and the
Service module.  The hard (and expensive) part of this effort is just
beginning, with testing and human certification on the horizon.  We thank
all that have donated to the cause thus far.  We hope you continue to help
ARISS move forward through your support, including your volunteer time and
talent and, of course, financial contributions through the AMSAT web site
donate button.


73 es Ad Astra!


Frank Bauer, KA3HDO

ARISS International Chair

AMSAT-NA V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs

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