w9ae at charter.net
Sun Feb 25 11:30:54 PST 2007
I am VERY impressed with the description of FalconSat3 in the AMSAT News
Service special bulletin ANS-056.07. With a frame that is roughly 24
inches on a side, it should get enough solar energy for powerful
downlinks. Perhaps the downlink will be similar to UO-14.
Has anybody heard an estimate of the time duration of the science
mission? That is, how long might we have to wait for the amateur
payload to be open to the public?
Also encouraging is the final statement that FalconSats 4 and 5 will
also have amateur payloads. This could return us to the "LEO glory
days" when RS-10, RS-12, and UO-14 were all operational with strong
downlinks. I wonder if they would consider a Mode A or Mode B linear
transponder in one of the future FalconSats... The global shift to
code-free HF licenses could result in renewed interest in Mode A.
I've always felt that it makes the most sense for AMSAT-NA and AMSAT-DL
to focus exclusively on HEO satellites and let universities and smaller
AMSAT groups focus on LEO satellites. This is happening in a big way
now, thanks to King Abdulaziz University (SaudiSats), US Naval Academy
(PCsats), US Air Force Academy (FalconSats), AMSAT-VU (VO-52), and
Wayne Estes W9AE
Oakland, Oregon, USA, CN83ik
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