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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl Originally from: Dan James Original Subject: [ans] ANS 149 Original Date: Wed, 31 May 2000
    Message 1 of 1 , May 31, 2000
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      Forwarded by: fwestra@...
      Originally from: "Dan James" <nn0dj@...>
      Original Subject: [ans] ANS 149
      Original Date: Wed, 31 May 2000 02:45:57 -0500

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      MIR TO BE PLACED ON AUTOPILOT

      AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 149.01 FROM AMSAT HQ
      SILVER SPRING, MD, MAY 28, 2000
      TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
      BID: $ANS-149.01

      Several news agencies are reporting that the Mir mission control center is
      planning to put the orbiting space station on autopilot in the near
      future. Apparently, disruptions in financing for the next mission and
      uncertain future prospects are the main reasons for the decision.

      Cosmonauts Sergei Zaletin and Alexander Kaleri will return to Earth about
      mid-June, first closing down the station and switching the flight control
      systems from the on-board computer to an analog system. No additional
      flight crews are scheduled to visit the station until much later this year
      -- at the earliest.

      The orbiter has been raised to an operational orbit of 375 to 390 km.
      Mission control reports they will not need to perform any orbit maneuvers
      until early 2001.

      AMSAT's Bruce Paige, KK5DO, earlier reported to ANS that the two
      cosmonauts arrived on Mir after an April 4, 2000 launch from the Baikonur
      Cosmodrome and the successful docking with Mir.

      Amateur Radio activity aboard the station has been limited during this
      mission. No ham radio activity has been reported from the orbiter during
      the last several weeks

      [ANS thanks Florida Today for this information]

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