[amsat-bb] The need for telemetry data -or what happened to FO-29-
stefan_wagener at hotmail.com
Mon Apr 30 07:37:46 PDT 2007
Satellites are a precious commodity and the recent loss of FO-29 has made
it clear again that we cannot just fix them in space. One key component of
failure analysis is the availability of data, especially telemetry.
Right now the FO-29 team is looking for telemetry data helping them in
figuring out what happened, which brings up an interesting problem. Many of
us are used to work the satellites but few are capturing telemetry. I
dont remember the last time I actively captured telemetry form FO-29. Many
times I focus on the new birds, the CubeSats and others to get them going
and will respond to telemetry requests from teams assuming the sat is
working. But the routine capturing of telemetry is not normally on my
horizon. Maybe it should be and maybe here is an opportunity to use some of
the automated old satgate stations and others who are interested in having
their equipment run 24/7. I hope that the FO-29 team will find some data,
although I dont have high hopes. However, this loss is also an
opportunity for all of us since the next satellite that will stop working is
not far away.
My question is, can the satellite user community at large come up with a
system that allows the routine capturing of satellite telemetry? Is there a
role that AMSAT can play? What would it take?
Thoughts are appreciated.
73, Stefan VE4NSA
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