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    Дата: 26 февраля 1998 (1998-02-26) От: Alexander Bondugin Тема: H2 Second Stage Fails - COMETS in Useless Orbit Привет всем! Вот, свалилось из Internet... Japan Space Net Brief http://www.spacer.com H2 Second Stage Fails - COMETS in Useless Orbit Tokyo - Feb 22, 1998 - A key feature of Japan's heavy lift H2 launcher failed today when the second-stage engine shutdown 44 seconds after being reignited for its second 3 minute burn. The $360 million COMETS payload has been left in a highly elliptic orbit - similar to ETS-6 an earlier experimental communications satellite that was also destined for geostationary orbit, but was left in a useless orbit after the payloads apogee engine failed. Japan's space industry has been left stunned by the launch failure, and follows a string of big ticket failures with its large satellites programs. The launch was the sixth for the H2, and followed five previously successful launches. For full details visit Japan Space Net at http://www.spacer.com Hа сегодня все, пока! =SANA=
    Дата: 26 февраля 1998 (1998-02-26) От: Alexander Bondugin Тема: VentureStar RLV Will Need Capital From U.S. Привет всем! Вот, свалилось из Internet... SpaceCast Briefs http://www.spacer.com VentureStar RLV Will Need Capital From U.S. Washington, DC Feb. 16, 1998 - Development of a commercial version of the X-33 Reusable Launch Vehicle prototype by Lockheed Martin will be impossible unless the U.S. government provides significant additional funding, says the author of a major study recently completed on the future of space transportation. Ray F. Johnson, a Principal Director of the Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, California, says his company's study of the capital needs of the Lockheed Martin vehicle indicates that it's commercial development costs would exceed all of the Wall Street financing that us expected to be available for investment in commercial space projects. full details on this exclusive SpaceCast story at http://www.spacer.com Hа сегодня все, пока! =SANA=
    Дата: 26 февраля 1998 (1998-02-26) От: Alexander Bondugin Тема: * SpaceNews 16-Feb-98 * Привет всем! Вот, свалилось из Internet... SB NEWS @ AMSAT $SPC0216 * SpaceNews 16-Feb-98 * BID: $SPC0216 ========= SpaceNews ========= MONDAY FEBRUARY 16, 1998 SpaceNews originates at KD2BD in Wall Township, New Jersey, USA. It is published every week and is made available for non-commercial use. * 70-cm SPECTRUM LOSS * In late January, the Telecommunications Authority in the country of Guatemala auctioned off four frequencies between 430 MHz and 435 MHz for commercial use, despite their use by amateur radio operators in that part of the world. Amateurs in the region have been trying to convince authorities not to auction spectrum that is shared by amateurs to commercial users for over a year, but as is often the case, the money that could be gained through such a frequency auction spoke much louder than reasonable arguments by hams against the selling of spectrum rights to the highest bidder. Mexico also recently lost UHF amateur band spectrum to commercial interests, and this appears to be a disturbing trend. Although the 430 MHz to 435 MHz spectrum loss in Guatemala does not directly effect OSCAR satellite communications, a precedence has now been set, and just as arguments against such an auction by amateur radio operators largely fell on deaf ears, there is no guarantee that frequencies within the 435 MHz to 438 MHz UHF amateur satellite sub-band will not be auctioned off to the highest bidder in the future. The implications of frequency auction involving spectrum used by OSCAR satellites are staggering. While commercial interests buying rights to UHF spectrum are primarily concerned with short-range communication services, it is well known that even low-power transmissions can be relayed half a world away via a transponder carried on-board a communication satellite in earth orbit. Clearly, something needs to be done to prevent future spectrum grabs that affect worldwide amateur satellite communications if OSCAR satellites are to continue to utilize spectrum that is not exclusively allocated to the Amateur Radio Service. The situation is not all doom and gloom, however. Frequency allocations used in amateur radio satellite communications did fare well at the World Radio Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland late last year. WRC 97 delegates did agree to upgrade the Earth Exploration Satellite Service from secondary to primary at 1215 MHz to 1300 MHz, which should have only minimal impact on amateur use of 1240 MHz to 1300 MHz. The presence of these satellites reduces the possibility that other, less-compatible services might later be introduced into this band. * WT0N SK * It is with great sadness that the passing of B.J. Arts, WT0N, is reported. BJ, who was 37 years old and had suffered for a number of years from acute diabetes, reportedly succumbed to flu soon after being taken to the hospital on the evening of 08-Feb-98. BJ was very active on the satellites and VHF bands, and acted as editor of the AMSAT-NA's AMSAT News Service bulletins for the past several years. AMSAT News Service bulletins are available on amateur packet radio and via the Internet. BJ sent a QSL card to SpaceNews on 17-Mar-91. On his card, BJ wrote: John: Just wanted to let you know I like SpaceNews. Great Info! 73 es God Bless BJ BJ was a very special person who gave of himself to help others, and will be sorely missed by all. * OSCAR-11 NEWS * During the period 14-Jan-98 to 16-Feb-98, good signals have been received from UoSAT-OSCAR-11's 145.826 MHz VHF beacon. Three reports of the S-band beacon have been received. Masa, JA0BES, reports signals of one S-unit above the noise using a 34 element beam and Maki-Denk1 converter. Joe, KC6SZY, uses a 76-cm dish with 2.5 turn helical feed into an SSB Electronics converter. He reports S3 signals, compared to DOVE's S6. Joe has very kindly sent Clive Wallis an audio file of the signals which he has added to his OSCAR-11 Web site (details below). Ken, G8VR, also reports hearing OSCAR-11 and DOVE on S-Band. UoSAT-OSCAR-11's telemetry has been nominal. After a slight fall, the internal temperatures have stabilized at around at 5.4C and 3.0C for battery and telemetry electronics respectively. The change in temperature is due to variations solar eclipse times. In recent years, the satellite has been subjected to long periods of continuous sunlight which has produced fairly high internal temperatures (eg. battery 22C, and beacons around 34C). Eclipses are expected throughout 1998 which should result in lower temperatures with fairly small variations. A single WOD survey has been transmitted during the reporting period. Channels 10, 20, 30, 40 (+Y, -X, +X array currents, array voltage), dated 06-Jan-98. This shows the effect of solar eclipses on array currents and voltage. OSCAR-11 users are welcome to visit Clive Wallis' OSCAR-11 Web site. Clive has recently added some audio files, including the Mode-S recording made by KC6SZY, which plays for 20 seconds. The other audio files are examples of each type of data transmitted by OSCAR-11, and each one plays for about ten seconds. All the audio files are compressed (ZIP), so that they can be played off-line. They should help listeners identify the various types of data transmitted by OSCAR-11, and give an indication of the signal quality required for successful decoding. The web site also contains some software for capturing data, and decoding ASCII telemetry and WOD. There is an archive of raw data (mainly WOD) for analysis, which is continually being expanded as new data is captured. The URL is: http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/clivew/ UoSAT-OSCAR-11's operating schedule remains unchanged: ASCII status (210 seconds) ASCII bulletin (60 seconds) BINARY SEU (30 seconds) ASCII TLM (90 seconds) ASCII WOD (120 seconds) ASCII bulletin (60 seconds) BINARY ENG (30 seconds) There are also additional status blocks after each bulletin is transmitted, and between ASCII TLM and WOD. The Mode-S beacon is ON transmitting an unmodulated carrier, but telemetry indicates that it has partially failed and delivering half power. This beacon is a useful test source for those testing Mode-S converters, prior to the launch of P3-D. It is considerably weaker than DOVE, which should be used for initial testing. Any reports of reception of UO-11's 2401 MHz beacon would be most welcome, and should be directed to Clive Wallis at: g3cwv@amsat.org. The 435.025 MHz beacon is normally OFF. However, it can sometimes be heard when the satellite is being commanded by ground control (ie. within range of Guildford, UK). When the 435 MHz beacon is transmitting, the 145 MHz beacon is normally OFF. The data transmitted is mainly binary. [Info via Clive Wallis, G3CWV, g3cwv@amsat.org] * FEEDBACK/INPUT WELCOMED * Comments and input for SpaceNews should be directed to the editor (John, KD2BD) via any of the paths listed below: WWW : http://www.njin.net/~magliaco/ PACKET : KD2BD @ KS4HR.NJ.USA.NA INTERNET : kd2bd@amsat.org, magliaco@email.njin.net SATELLITE : AMSAT-OSCAR-16, LUSAT-OSCAR-19, KITSAT-OSCAR-25 <<=- SpaceNews: The first amateur newsletter read in space! -=>> <<=- Serving the planet for 10 years -=>> /EX -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- John A. Magliacane, KD2BD -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Internet : kd2bd@amsat.org | Voice : +1.732.224.2948 Satellite : AO-16, LO-19, KO-25 | Morse : -.- -.. ..--- -... -.. Packet : KD2BD @ KS4HR.NJ.USA.NA | WWW : http://www.njin.net/~magliaco/ Video : 426.250 MHz/439.250 MHz | FAX : +1.732.224.2060 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Linux: An OS That Doesn't Break Like Glass -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Hа сегодня все, пока! =SANA=
    Дата: 26 февраля 1998 (1998-02-26) От: Alexander Bondugin Тема: * SpaceNews 23-Feb-98 * Привет всем! Вот, свалилось из Internet... SB NEWS @ AMSAT $SPC0223 * SpaceNews 23-Feb-98 * BID: $SPC0223 ========= SpaceNews ========= MONDAY FEBRUARY 23, 1998 SpaceNews originates at KD2BD in Wall Township, New Jersey, USA. It is published every week and is made available for non-commercial use. * VOYAGER 1 NEWS * PASADENA, Calif. (Feb. 17) - More than 6.5 billion miles from home, a U.S. spacecraft carrying the sounds of a human kiss and the best wishes from a former president has become the most distant man-made object in the universe. Voyager 1 - so far away after more than 20 years hurtling through space that its signals take more than 9 1/2 hours to reach Earth - surpassed the distance of the older Pioneer 10 spacecraft by midday Tuesday, 17-Feb-98. "Now the baton is being passed," Edward Stone, director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Voyager project director, said in a statement. Voyager 1 and the elderly Pioneer 10 are headed away from the sun in nearly opposite directions. Both are powered by nuclear batteries that keep them functioning in the freezing blackness of space. On the edge of the solar system, Voyager 1 still returns data, although the power of the signal reaching NASA antennas is 20 billion times weaker than the power of a digital watch battery. Voyager 1 was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 05-Sep-77, carrying scientific instruments for planetary exploration and a message to the universe. The latter is a 12-inch gold-plated phonograph record containing a variety of sounds, 115 analog images, spoken greetings in 55 languages, printed messages from former President Jimmy Carter and then-U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim and a selection of music. The sounds include wind, rain, surf, a chimpanzee, a Saturn 5 rocket, footsteps, a heartbeat, laughter, a mother's kiss and a blacksmith, among others. The images range from the structure of DNA to a diagram of continental drift and a violin with sheet music. The record was assembled by a committee that was headed by the late astronomer Carl Sagan. Voyager 1 passed by Jupiter on 05-Mar-79 and Saturn on 12-Nov-80. Saturn's big moon, Titan, bent the trajectory northward out of the plane of the ecliptic, the plane in which all the planets except Pluto orbit the sun. Pioneer 10 was launched on 02-Mar-72. Its mission officially ended on 31-Mar-97, but science data is occasionally sent to Earth in a training program for flight controllers. Barring breakdowns, Voyager I is expected to have enough electricity and propellant to operate until about 2020. By then, the spacecraft will be almost 14 billion miles from Earth. AP-NY-02-17-98 2216EST [Press release via Pat Kilroy, WD8LAQ] * KF2WN SK * It is with great sadness that the death of Mel Roman, KF2WN is reported. Mel started out many years ago as an AMSAT-NA Area Coordinator. Although he had to resign from that position due to poor health, he remained an active AMSAT volunteer. Mel ran the AMSAT Bulletin Board in New Jersey that carried AMSAT News Service bulletins, SpaceNews, and satellite Keplerian data elements sets. Mel died at the age of 54 on 21-Jan-98 from complications associated with diabetes. His warm personality and willingness to help will be greatly missed. [Info via Martha Saragovitz] * MIR NEWS * Andy Thomas has been active recently from the Mir space station, making two-way voice contacts as time permits. There has also been reports that the Mir Personal Message System is back in operation, but this has not yet been confirmed. * PACSAT NEWS * AMSAT-OSCAR-16 and LUSAT-OSCAR-19 continue to perform well in "Pacsat" operation. ITAMSAT-OSCAR-26 is currently silent, and WEBERSAT-OSCAR-18 is only transmitting occasional MBLCTL packets on its downlink. * RS-12 NEWS * Rusty, NM1K, reports that Pedro, KP4SQ, has been active for the past several weeks on RS-12 with good signals. Pedro's QSL manager is KD8IW. * FEEDBACK/INPUT WELCOMED * Comments and input for SpaceNews should be directed to the editor (John, KD2BD) via any of the paths listed below: WWW : http://www.njin.net/~magliaco/ PACKET : KD2BD @ KS4HR.NJ.USA.NA INTERNET : kd2bd@amsat.org, magliaco@email.njin.net SATELLITE : AMSAT-OSCAR-16, LUSAT-OSCAR-19, KITSAT-OSCAR-25 <<=- SpaceNews: The first amateur newsletter read in space! -=>> <<=- Serving the planet for 10 years -=>> /EX -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- John A. Magliacane, KD2BD -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Internet : kd2bd@amsat.org | Voice : +1.732.224.2948 Satellite : AO-16, LO-19, KO-25 | Morse : -.- -.. ..--- -... -.. Packet : KD2BD @ KS4HR.NJ.USA.NA | WWW : http://www.njin.net/~magliaco/ Video : 426.250 MHz/439.250 MHz | FAX : +1.732.224.2060 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Linux: An OS That Doesn't Break Like Glass -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Hа сегодня все, пока! =SANA=
    Дата: 26 февраля 1998 (1998-02-26) От: Alexander Bondugin Тема: A different view of the eclipse Привет всем! Вот, свалилось из Internet... February 23, 1998: Watching the moon's shadow - Eclipse may help probe atmosphere - While most eyes turn skyward to watch Thursday's solar eclipse (with the appropriate filters to protect your eyes) one satellite will look earthward to watch the moon's shadow race across the globe. The images, available live on the WWW, will provide a unique opportunity to study the chemistry of the upper atmosphere. http://science.msfc.nasa.gov/newhome/headlines/ast23feb98_1.htm :) D2 Dave Dooling / D2 Associates 555 Sparkman Drive, Suite 820C / Huntsville, AL 35816 205-890-0972 deesqrd@advicom.net http://advicom.net/~deesqrd/d2.html Hа сегодня все, пока! =SANA=
    Дата: 26 февраля 1998 (1998-02-26) От: Alexander Bondugin Тема: WDC-A R&S Launch Announcement 12920: COMETS Привет всем! Вот, свалилось из Internet... COSPAR/ISES WORLD WARNING AGENCY FOR SATELLITES WORLD DATA CENTER-A FOR R & S, NASA/GSFC CODE 633, GREENBELT, MARYLAND, 20771. USA SPACEWARN 12920 COSPAR/WWAS USSPACECOM NUMBER SPACECRAFT INTERNATIONAL ID (CATALOG NUMBER) LAUNCH DATE,UT COMETS 1998-011A 25175 21 FEBRUARY 1998 JOSEPH H. KING, DIRECTOR, WDC-A-R&S. [PH: (301) 286 7355. E-MAIL: KING@NSSDCA.GSFC.NASA.GOV 23 FEBRUARY 1998, 17:20 UT] Dr. Edwin V. Bell, II _/ _/ _/_/_/ _/_/_/ _/_/_/ _/_/ Mail Code 633 _/_/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ NASA/Goddard Space _/ _/ _/ _/_/ _/_/ _/ _/ _/ Flight Center _/ _/_/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ Greenbelt, MD 20771 _/ _/ _/_/_/ _/_/_/ _/_/_/ _/_/ +1-301-286-1187 ed.bell@gsfc.nasa.gov NSSDC home page: http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/ Hа сегодня все, пока! =SANA=
    Дата: 26 февраля 1998 (1998-02-26) От: Alexander Bondugin Тема: Shuttle Veterans Depart NASA Привет всем! Вот, свалилось из Internet... Jennifer McCarter Headquarters, Washington, DC February 23, 1998 (Phone: 202/358-1639) Eileen M. Hawley Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX (Phone: 281/483-5111) RELEASE: 98-33 SHUTTLE VETERANS DEPART NASA Astronauts Jerry M. Linenger, M.D., (Capt., USN), Blaine L. Hammond (Col., USAF) and M. Rhea Seddon, M.D., have retired from NASA to pursue private interests. Linenger, who lived aboard the Mir space station for 122 days from January to May 1997, has retired from NASA. He arrived at the Mir as a member of the STS-81 crew and returned with the STS- 84 crew, logging 132 consecutive days in space during those combined missions. Selected as an astronaut in 1992, his first space flight was on board Discovery for STS-64, an 11-day mission, in 1994. Hammond retired from NASA and the Air Force to join a private aerospace firm in California. He was selected as an astronaut in 1984 and is a veteran of two Shuttle flights. He served as the pilot on STS-39, the first unclassified Department of Defense mission in 1991, and again as pilot for STS-64, an 11-day mission in 1994 to study the atmosphere and the Earth's environment. Seddon, one of the first six women selected as astronauts in 1978, retired to pursue a private career. She is a veteran of three space missions, accumulating 722 hours in space. She flew first on STS 51-D in April 1985 on a mission to deploy two commercial satellites. Seddon then flew on two life science research missions, Spacelab Life Sciences 1 and 2, in 1991 and 1993. From September 1996 through November 1997, she was detailed to Vanderbilt University Medical School in Nashville, TN, to assist in developing experiment protocols for the Neurolab mission set for an April 1998 launch. "Jerry, Blaine and Rhea contributed greatly to the success of the missions they flew," said David C. Leestma, director of Flight Crew Operations. "We wish them the best of luck in their new ventures." For information on Linenger, Hammond, Seddon or any NASA astronaut, see the NASA Internet biography homepage at URL: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/ -end- Hа сегодня все, пока! =SANA=
    Дата: 26 февраля 1998 (1998-02-26) От: Alexander Bondugin Тема: Southwest Climate Conference To Be Held In El Paso Привет всем! Вот, свалилось из Internet... David E. Steitz Headquarters, Washington, DC February 23, 1998 (Phone: 202/358-1730) Walli Haley University of Texas, El Paso, TX (Phone: 915/747-7507) NOTE TO EDITORS: N98-18 SOUTHWEST CLIMATE CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN EL PASO NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin will deliver the keynote address at "Tilting the Balance, Climate Variability and Water Resource Management in the Southwest," a conference to be held at the University of Texas at El Paso, March 2-4. The conference is part of an in-depth investigation of regional climate variability and its effect on the availability and quality of water resources critical to the region. Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) and ten other members of Congress will co-chair the event. The goal of the conference is to provide farmers, ranchers, industry leaders, planners, utility managers and others whose livelihoods are affected by climate change with practical information about climate variations, such as El Nino, and how they can affect regional decision making. Water resource issues will be a special focus of the meeting. Other sessions during the workshop will include topics such as water resources, agriculture, understanding change, drought preparedness and management, environmental education, regional and urban air quality and human health issues. The workshop will be supported by the new Undergraduate Learning Center, under the auspices of the Pan American Center for Earth and Environmental Studies (PACES), a University Research Center funded by NASA. The center's mission is to conduct basic and applied research that will contribute to NASA's Earth Science enterprise. The center is providing an opportunity for students and researchers to gain an improved understanding of geological, ecological and environmental processes and changes in land usage taking place in the region. Media wishing to cover the conference should contact Walli Haley at the University of Texas at El Paso at 915/747-7507. Complete information about the conference, including discussion papers and background about NASA's Earth Science enterprise, can be found via the Internet at URL: http://www.southwest.hq.nasa.gov/southwest -end- Hа сегодня все, пока! =SANA=
    Дата: 26 февраля 1998 (1998-02-26) От: Alexander Bondugin Тема: Mars Global Surveyor Update - February 20, 1998 Привет всем! Вот, свалилось из Internet... Mars Global Surveyor Flight Status Report Friday, 20 February 1998 For the second consecutive month, conditions in the Martian atmosphere have remained calm, and aerobraking progress continues to proceed at a slightly faster than normal pace. As of today, Surveyor is completing one revolution around Mars every 15.7 hours. This orbit period is 93 minutes shorter than that predicted for this time prior to the winter holidays last year. The ability of the flight team to maintain the current level of aerobraking progress will depend on continued cooperation from the Martian atmosphere. Dr. Richard Zurek of the atmospheric advisory group reports that data from Surveyor's instruments indicates a slowly increasing amount of dust in the Martian air over the last month. Consequently, the flight team will continue to remain cautious because dust storms have a great potential to slow aerobraking progress. Historically, most global dust storms tend to occur during summer in the southern hemisphere on Mars. Although summer on the red planet began on February 7th, there is no indication at this time of the onset of another major dust storm similar to the one experienced over the Thanksgiving weekend in 1997. In other news this week, the flight team sent commands to the spacecraft on Wednesday to power off the Mars Orbiter Camera and Thermal Emission Spectrometer science instruments. The reason for this decision is that aerobraking operations and associated activities consume the majority of time during a single orbit. With the time of revolution around Mars shrinking orbit by orbit, there is no longer enough time to conduct both aerobraking and science operations. Despite the power off of the science instruments, the radio science team continues to collect data. This collection is made possible by the fact that the spacecraft currently passes behind Mars on every orbit as seen from the Earth. During this time, communications with the Earth is lost because Mars blocks the radio signal from the spacecraft. However, just before Surveyor enters this occultation zone, the radio signal passes through the thin Martian atmosphere on its way to Earth. An analysis of the distortion of the signal's strength and tone as it fades enables the radio science team to determine the atmospheric properties at specific locations on Mars. Science data collection by all of the instruments will resume in late March when the period of revolution around Mars has shrunk to 11.6 hours. At that time, aerobraking will be temporarily suspended by raising the low point of the orbit out of the atmosphere. This plan will allow for a concentrated period of science data collection during the spring and summer months of this year. Aerobraking will resume in September, and Surveyor will reach its Mars mapping orbit in late March or early April 1999. After a mission elapsed time of 470 days from launch, Surveyor is 213.04 million miles (342.86 million kilometers) from the Earth and in an orbit around Mars with a high point of 14,566 miles (23,442 km), a low point of 73.8 miles (118.8 km), and a period of 15.7 hours. The spacecraft is currently executing the P140 command sequence, and all systems continue to perform as expected. The next status report will be released on Friday, March 13th. Status report prepared by: Office of the Flight Operations Manager Mars Surveyor Operations Project NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA 91109 Hа сегодня все, пока! =SANA=
    Дата: 26 февраля 1998 (1998-02-26) От: Alexander Bondugin Тема: Mars Surveyor 98 Update - February 20, 1998 Привет всем! Вот, свалилось из Internet... Mars Surveyor 98 Project Status Report February 20, 1998 John McNamee Mars Surveyor 98 Project Manager Orbiter and lander integration and test activities are proceeding on schedule with no significant problems. The flight Mars Color Imager (MARCI) was installed on the orbiter and functional checkouts were completed on Feb 19. The four solid rocket motor configuration of the Delta launched successfully for the first time on Saturday Feb 14. Four Globalstar commercial satellites were successfully orbited by the Delta 7420 launcher. This represents a major milestone and risk reduction item for the '98 orbiter and lander missions which both use the Delta 7425 launcher (i.e., Delta 7420 plus the proven STAR 48 third stage) to achieve trans-Mars injection. For more information on the Mars Surveyor 98 mission, please visit the following web site: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msp98/ Hа сегодня все, пока! =SANA=
    Дата: 26 февраля 1998 (1998-02-26) От: Alexander Bondugin Тема: PEGASUS/SNOE SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED Привет всем! Вот, свалилось из Internet... NASA News National Aeronautics and Space Administration John F. Kennedy Space Center Kennedy Space Center, Florida 32899 For Release: Bruce Buckingham Feb. 26, 1998 Kennedy Space Center, FL George H. Diller Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA KSC Release No. 35 - 98 PEGASUS/SNOE SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED The launch of the Student Nitric Oxide Explorer (SNOE) spacecraft aboard an Orbital Sciences Pegasus rocket occurred as planned on Feb. 25 at 11:05 p.m. PST. The Pegasus was dropped from an L-1011 aircraft 100 miles west of Monterey, CA, over the Pacific Ocean. "It was a quiet and uneventful countdown," said NASA Launch Manager Ray Lugo. "The launch was perfect." The first data from the spacecraft was received at 12:30 a.m. PST by the Poker Flats, AK, tracking station and relayed to the NASA telemetry facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. "After the first orbit, the data from the spacecraft was exactly what we were hoping to see," said Dr. Charles Barth, SNOE Principal Investigator from the University of Colorado at Boulder. SNOE is an Earth-orbiting satellite designed and built by a team of Boulder students, faculty and engineers who were selected to develop the mission by the Universities Space Research Association with funding from NASA. SNOE carries an ultraviolet spectrometer and two photometers to measure the effects of the sun's x-ray radiation and magnetic field on nitric oxide production. This is believed to affect the variability in the Earth's upper atmosphere. -- end - For automatic e-mail subscriptions to daily Shuttle status reports or KSC originated press releases, send an Internet electronic mail message to: domo@news.ksc.nasa.gov. In the body of the message (not the subject line) type the words "subscribe shuttle-status", or "subscribe ksc-press-release" (do not use quotation marks). The system will reply with a confirmation via e-mail of each subscription. To remove your name from the list at any time, send an e-mail address to domo@news.ksc.nasa.gov. In the body of the message (not the subject line), type (no quotes) "unsubscribe shuttle-status", or "unsubscribe ksc-press-release." Status reports and other NASA publications are available on the World Wide Web at: http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/kscpao.htm . Information about the countdown and mission can be accessed electronically via the Internet at: http://www.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/countdown/ and at http://shuttle.nasa.gov/ Hа сегодня все, пока! =SANA=

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