[amsat-bb] Re: Re-purposing ATVs
rmann at latencyzero.com
Thu Apr 3 13:40:57 PST 2008
On Apr 3, 2008, at 1:06 PM, Graham Shirville wrote:
> Nice idea but one of the major uses of the ATV is to fill it up with
> literally tons of garbage before it is deorbited, I doubt NASA or
> ESA would
> be happy to happy to do away with that facility:)
No reason it can't be filled with garbage, and then parked in an orbit
that would be useful to amateur radio (assuming sufficient fuel
remains after ISS operations). It should have abundant power available
for a powerful transmitter(s), and if they hang on to a little bit of
fuel, it could be deorbited if it ever becomes a problem.
AMSat would have to pay for the radio equipment, and be willing to
lose it at a moment's notice. ESA would have to donate the mass, and
whatever time is necessary to accommodate our use.
The hardest part (aside from the convincing) is probably getting
approval for adequat antennas.
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