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Space Pioneer Astronaut Owen Garriott, W5LFL, SK

ARRL reports the US astronaut who pioneered the use of Amateur Radio to make contacts from space — Owen K. Garriott, W5LFL — died April 15 at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. He was 88. Garriott’s ham radio activity ushered in the formal establishment of Amateur Radio in space, first as SAREX — the Shuttle…

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ISS Fan Club Closing Down

ISS Fan Club closing down on January 1st 2019 After almost 17 years of service to the amateur radio community, the issfanclub.com site will shut down on January 1st 2019. The ISS fan club website has been an excellent source of information for tracking the ISS and crew activity. The website has also provided frequencies,…

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Astronaut, Cosmonaut Safe in Wake of Soyuz Launch Failure

ARRL – A Russian Soyuz spacecraft crew launch to the International Space Station (ISS) suffered an emergency booster failure shortly after lift-off from Kazakhstan on October 11, but the crew is safe. On board the Soyuz MS-10 were US Astronaut Nick Hague, KG5TMV, and Russian Cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine was in attendance at the launch in…

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ISS Air Leak Fixed

The International Space Station’s (ISS) oxygen breach was contained by NASA and Roscosmos astronauts after the space station began losing air pressure yesterday. The ISS’ cabin pressure is now “holding steady” after ISS Expedition 56 crew members hunted down a breach in the spacecraft’s hull. Alarm bells went off in Houston, Texas, and outside of…

ARISS Packet System Revives

An Amazing Recovery: ARISS Packet System Revives ARRL – Similar to the AO-7 satellite resurrection several years ago, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet radio system on the International Space Station (ISS) has begun working again. NASA ISS Ham Radio Project Engineer Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, said over the weekend that reports he’d…

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International Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit. Its first component launched into orbit in 1998, the last pressurized module was fitted in 2011, and the station is expected to operate until 2028. Development and assembly of the station continues, with components scheduled for launch in 2018 and 2019. The…

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ARISS Packet Radio System Expected to be Back Late this Year

ARRL – The currently silent packet radio system on the International Space Station could be back on the air by year’s end. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) hardware team members have located an original duplicate of the packet module that had been in use on the International Space Station (ISS) before failing…

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Slow-Scan TV Transmissions from ISS

Slow-Scan TV Transmissions from International Space Station: July 30-31 RAC/ARISS – ARISS Russia is planning another of their popular MAI Slow Scan Television (SSTV) experiment events. Transmissions are scheduled to begin at 16:00 UTC on July 30, then powered down at 19:30 UTC. The next day (July 31), the system will be active from 13:25-19:15…

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Manned Space – SpaceLodge

Formerly known as the SpaceLodge BBS during the good old Fido BBS days. This area is devoted to the communications that occur in near earth and deep space. This includes satellites, ranging from weather, navigation, military, geographical study and those that men and women call home while in orbit. Yes, you can listen to the…

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Receive SSTV from Space June 29-July 1

RAC – ARISS Russia is planning a special Slow Scan Television (SSTV) event from the International Space Station Station around 09:00 GMT on Friday, June 29 and continuing until 18:30 GMT Sunday, July 1. Supporting this event is a computer on the ISS Russian Segment, which stores images that are then transmitted to Earth using…