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2003-12-26, AO-40 Update

The drifting has proceeded at about 85% of the predicted rate, so we have 
been a little slower moving then we would have liked.  However, we are now 
at about ALON/ALAT =342/28.  We are past the sun so we have some room now 
to lower ALAT and take some pictures.  For the moment, we will hold ALON at 
~342 and lower ALAT to approx. 10 degs, take some pictures and proceed from 
that point.  The passband will probably be off for another 7-10 days, but 
will be active as soon as possible, with the first half of the orbit favored..

M  QST AMSAT OSCAR-40                                2003 Dec 26

            ALON/ALAT ~ 342/28   ** Passbands off **
            Holding ALON and starting to lower ALAT.

           The AO-40 team would like your telemetry files!
Please "zip" compress your daily telemetry files and e-mail to:

--W4SM for the AO-40 Command Group

  Stacey E. Mills, W4SM    WWW:    http://www.keplerian.com
   Charlottesville, VA     PGP key: http://www.keplerian.com/key

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