AMSAT Phase 3D DC Vibe Tour Sked!
Fri, 23 Jul 1999 12:33:36 -0400
TO ALL IN AND NEAR THE DC AREA
All is GO for the two separate AMSAT P3D vibe tours today,
One at 3 p.m. and the other at 6 p.m. Visitors please be
sure to arrive several minutes early to sign in at the
guard desk at the Goddard main gate. We depart for the
Building 7 vibration facility promptly at the scheduled
time. Don't forget your camera!
AMSAT Area Coordinator
Washington, D.C. area
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At 04:01 PM 7/21/99 -0400, Pat Kilroy wrote:
>AMSAT PHASE 3D DC VIBRATION TOUR SCHEDULE
>The AMSAT P3D vibe schedule is changing fast because with all the
>HST and EOS-1 space hardware competing for time in environmental
>testing at GSFC, P3D is kind of riding on "stand by" right now.
>You are invited to this evening's Goddard Amateur Radio Club
>(GARC) meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. at the WA3NAN club site. By
>6:15 p.m. a group will break for the GSFC Building 7 vibration
>facility. Cameras and flashes are okay but attendance must
>be limited to *adult* U.S. citizens with legal picture ID. No
>RSVP is required under these conditions.
>There are TWO additional tentative P3D "tour" opportunities. One
>is this Friday, July 23 at 3 p.m. and then again at 6 p.m. For
>the Friday tours, all should meet at the guard shack at the GSFC
>main gate on Greenbelt Road no later than 15 minutes before tour
>Please note that all tour arrangements are tentative based on
>a number of constraints, including critical P3D work such as
>attaching the solar panels and vibe table availability. P3D
>at this moment is in an acoustic chamber in queue for the
>vibration tables. Watch the AMSAT-DC e-mail list closely
>to check for last minute changes, otherwise you may show up
>and the tour date or time had changed! To subscribe to the
>AMSAT-DC list -- even for a just few days is okay -- go to
>http://www.amsat.org/amsat/listserv/menu.html and the Mailing
>List services link there. It's all automated so subscribing
>and unsubscribing is a snap!
>Talk-in is on 146.835 MHz FM WA3NAN/R.
>Coordinates, lat/lon: DD MM SS.S DD MM SS.S
>WA3NAN club station N 38 59 57.2, W076 50 47.6
>GSFC Main Gate N 38 59 30.9, W076 51 08.5
>GSFC Building 7 N 38 59 54.1, W076 50 59.6
>Closest APRS digi is N3IYI (Bob) in Lanham, MD (3 miles away).
>From Washington, DC:
>Take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (Route 295) North to Greenbelt
>Road (Route 193). Take Greenbelt Road East for approximately two
>miles. The main gate guard shack is on the left at the first traffic
>light after Cipriano Road. Visitors to WA3NAN should continue on
>to the next traffic light and turn left onto Soil Conservation Road.
>The GARC facility is on the right (Gate 10) after the second traffic
>light. Can't miss WA3NAN club antenna farm.
>Take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (Route 295) South to the
>Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. Exit at Powder Mill Road
>and follow the signs to the Goddard Visitor Center. WA3NAN is on
>the left (Gate 10) across from the large cleanroom building bearing
>the NASA "meatball" logo. For the GSFC main gate, continue past the
>turn for the Visitor Center to the next traffic light (Greenbelt
>Road). Turn right on Greenbelt Road, then turn right at the next
>traffic light to enter the main gate.
>Take the Capitol Beltway. From either the inner or outer loop,
>exit to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (Maryland Route 295)
>North. Then follow the directions "From Washington, D.C." above.
>Other Info and Maps:
>Please re-read the info above about the contingencies that
>you may encounter in attempting a visit. Remember that
>the schedule can change in a moment's notice.
>W3IWI PHOTOS http://www.clark.net/pub/tac/p3d.htm HOT ONES!
>GARC STATION http://garc.gsfc.nasa.gov/www/garc-home-page.html
>Before visiting to Greenbelt you may wish to visit the AMSAT
>Phase 3D web site at http://www.amsat.org/amsat/sats/phase3d.html
>to get the latest scoop to show the AMSAT team that you have been
>staying abreast of their very hard work. The team here includes
>Lou, Stan, Dick, Rick, Bob, Chuck & Jay. Please memorize their
>names, offer them your verbal support, and thank them madly.
>At 05:50 PM 7/20/99 -0400, SCHULTZ@cddis.gsfc.nasa.gov wrote:
>>Amsat's Phase 3D satellite is presently at NASA Goddard Space Flight
>>Center in Greenbelt to undergo vibration testing. The satellite team
>>from Florida has spent the past two days assembling the spacecraft
>>into its final launch configuration to prepare it for the shake test.
>>Prior to the shake test its fuel tanks will be filled with isopropal
>>alcohol to simulate the mass of rocket fuel that will be carried on
>>the actual launch.
>>The test schedule is very uncertain, the team hopes to complete
>>the test and be ready to ship everything back to Florida by this
>>weekend, but other test activites at Goddard, most notably the
>>preparations for October's Hubble Space Telescope service mission,
>>may cause the schedule to slip into next week.
>>If any local Amsat folks or other interested persons would like
>>a chance to inspect Phase 3D in person while it is here, please
>>contact myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pat Kilroy (email@example.com),
>>we will try to make arrangments to get you in to Goddard if
>>possible. We do not presently have plans for a public open
>>house event because of the short notice and the uncertainty of
>>the testing schedule. If the satellite is in the test chamber
>>there may not be very much to see from outside. We will post
>>any updates to amsat-dc as we learn more about the schedule.
>>I regret that because of Goddard security regulations, this
>>offer is limited to persons who are US citizens only.
>>Dan Schultz N8FGV
Patrick L. Kilroy WK
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