[amsat-bb] Re: ANDE and Amateur Astronomers?

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Fri Dec 8 15:43:37 PST 2006

> Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] ANDE and Amateur Astronomers?
> Bob - Do the lasers have any modulation on them we might try
> receive? 

Yes.  They are pulsed at different rates so the ranging station
can tell which one they are seeing.  The rates are between 1 to
6 flashes per second or so... Simply ON/OFF.

> >The next Amateur Satellite, ANDE, to be launched any day now
> >will have six lasers on board that we can turn on at any
> >But the lasers are each dispursed over at least 45 degrees so
> >the actual illumination is no brighter than a common red LED.
> >
> >I doubt anyone will be able to see it, so don't bother
> >
> >However, there are a few very dedicated amateur astronomers
> >have the high precision tracking capability that have taken
> >photos of the Shuttle and the ISS.  They might want to take a
> >crack at it.
> >
> >I'm looking for someone with a foot in that camp to be a
> >point of contact for such an effort.
> >
> >It would not be soon after launch, but a little while after
> >have developed a really good track on it.
> >
> >Bob Bruninga, WB4APR
> >
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