[amsat-bb] Re: ANDE and Amateur Astronomers?
bruninga at usna.edu
Mon Dec 11 12:15:28 PST 2006
David, I have added a text file to the ANDE web page with all
the laser info...
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> From: G0MRF at aol.com [mailto:G0MRF at aol.com]
> Sent: Saturday, December 09, 2006 9:47 AM
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> Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] ANDE and Amateur Astronomers?
> Hi Bob.
> That sounds very interesting.
> I and several friends have laser reception equipment and
> telescopes to go with it.
> What is the modulation or switching frequency of the lasers?
> What is the divergence of each beam?
> If they are switched on and off at an audio frequency you can
> detect very low levels using an audio analysis programme such
> as Spectran or Argo from www.weaksignals.com.
> This may be a good opportunity to increase my 'best dx' from
> e.g. http://www.g0mrf.freeserve.co.uk/laser5.htm
> I understand that the laser experiment on AO-40 had a station
> equipped to receive it on the island of Teneriffe.
> David G0MRF
> In a message dated 08/12/2006 21:59:55 GMT Standard Time,
> bruninga at usna.edu writes:
> The next Amateur Satellite, ANDE, to be launched any day
> will have six lasers on board that we can turn on at any
> But the lasers are each dispursed over at least 45
> the actual illumination is no brighter than a common red
> I doubt anyone will be able to see it, so don't bother
> However, there are a few very dedicated amateur
> have the high precision tracking capability that have
> photos of the Shuttle and the ISS. They might want to
> 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
> have developed a really good track on it.
> Bob Bruninga, WB4APR
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