[amsat-bb] British Satellite Prospero heard ??
wd3q at starpower.net
Fri Oct 27 22:13:24 PDT 2006
When I was in the Regulatory Affairs group at Orbcomm from 1996-2001, we
had an issue with Prospero occasionally showing up in the Little LEO
downlink band of 137-138 MHz.
I contacted some folks in Farnham who were involved with that satellite
(launched from Woomera, Australia, if I'm not mistaken), and was able to
collect some documentation on the satellite, long considered dead, and
most of those involved retired.
The long and short of it was that the problem went away, everyone was
pleased, and I had some interesting documents. It's been some time
since that happened; I've moved on twice (first to Iridium Satellite and
am now with the US Government), and all that's left of Propero is the
backup satellite and Black Arrow rocket, both of which which sit in the
Science Museum in London. I haven' a clue where the documentation I
had is -- it may be in the boxes of material I donated a couple of
years ago to the Historic Electronics Museum outside Baltimore. If I get
a chance, I'll sift through the debris in my basement and see if they
rise to the surface.
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