March 15, 2005. Korolev Moscow region.
On March 2-3 next practice training within the plan of
the International Space Station expedition 11 (ISS-11)
crew preparation was performed at S.P. Korolev RSC Energia.
the direction of Corporation specialists Russian cosmonauts
Sergei Krikalev and Mikhail Tyurin (RSC Energia test-cosmonauts)
and their US colleagues John Phillips and Daniel Tani
(NASA astronauts) worked through operation techniques
with flight video and photographic apparatus, as well as
performed training in operations required to implement
space experiments Matreshka and RadioSkaff aboard the
Activities on the Russian-European Matreshka experiment
are underway once Alexander Kaleri and Michael Foale have
installed an analog of a human body in spacesuit on the
Zvezda service module surface during extravehicular activity
on February 27, 2004, under the ISS-8 expedition program.
RadioSkaff experiment performance is scheduled within
the ISS-11 expedition program. During crew EVA the Russian
Orlan-M spacesuit, which spent its life and into which
the crew will install appropriate equipment while being
aboard the ISS, should be launched from the station to
free flight in a near-earth orbit. It is expected that
the spacesuit-satellite will send voice messages in several
languages in amateur band every 2 minutes for no less
than two months, as well as Earth or space images taken
by the WEB-camera installed by the crew. The action is
timed to the 175 anniversary of the N. E. Bauman Moscow
State Engineering University and the 75 anniversary of
the S. Ordzhonikidze Moscow Aviation Institute students
of which participate in the support of the experiment.
At the Corporation too, on March 4, scheduled practice
training sessions under the program of the ISS visiting
expedition 8 (VE-8) preparation were performed. RSC Energia
specialists familiarized astronaut Roberto Vittori from
European Space Agency and astronaut Robert Thirsk from the
Canadian Space Agency with video and photographic apparatus
and amateur radio communication equipment, instructed them
in operation techniques with this equipment.