[amsat-bb] ARISSat-1 update

G0MRF@aol.com 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.

Lou McFadin
ARISS US Hardware  manager

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