Wednesday, February 23, 2011

ARISSat Launch Delayed Until July

NOTE: The following updates information in both March and April issues of CQ.

Lou McFadin, W5DID, with ARISSat-1 mockup at Orlando
Hamcation. (W2VU photo)
The launch of ARISSat-1, currently on board the International Space Station (ISS), has been delayed until July. The satellite was initially scheduled to be hand-launched by the ISS crew during a spacewalk in mid-February. However, a change in the work schedule for the February spacewalk pushed back the ARISSat launch and the ham community was initially told it would be launched in April, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first manned space flight, by Yuri Gagarin. The latest information, however, indicates that the next spacewalk by ISS crew now will not take place until July at the earliest. For more information on ARISSat-1, see the "VHF-Plus" column in the April issue of CQ and the ARISSat-1 website at <>.