ARISSat-1/KEDR Project Manager Gould Smith, WA4SXM provided the latest deployment information to the AMSAT News Service.
Gould said he and ARISS Hardware Engineer Lou McFadin, W5DID participated in a teleconference call this week with NASA to review the Roscosmos EVA procedures for the release of ARISSat-1/KEDR during Russian EVA 29.
Gould says the preparation procedures include the battery being charged and assembled into the satellite.
Also discussed were the procedures to remove the protective quilts from the solar cells and turning on the safety switches prior to deployment.
As to the date of deployment, Gould summarized, “The deployment date for ARISSat is still soft, a major factor is the shuttle launch. As of July 6 the EVA date is in early August, but the shuttle launch and docking are driving the timeline.
“During our discussion it was noted that the ARISSat/KEDR deployment is the first task of the EVA, so it will occur fairly soon after the EVA begins. Since we have no firm date or time for the EVA we cannot predict where the satellite will be heard first. We will let everyone know more as we know more.”
Amsat News, Gould Smith, WA4SXM