Fwd = [ans] MIR to be placed on autopilot
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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
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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