[amsat-bb] AO-16 status update
Mark L. Hammond
n8mh at embarqmail.com
Sun Apr 27 05:24:28 PDT 2008
There are reports at http://oscar.dcarr.org/ that AO-16 has gone silent. Should this be the case, there is no cause for alarm. Over the last month AO-16 has gone from full illumination (0 minutes of eclipse) to over 250 minutes of eclipse. Since the bird has no fancy housekeeping code running, a reasonable explanation is that the battery voltage dropped low enough to put the bird into a protected (and silent) mode.
Over the next few days I'll work at collecting telemetry and restoring the voice mode operations of AO-16. Please refrain from transmitting to the satellite until further notice.
On behalf of the AO-16 Command Team,
Mark L. Hammond [N8MH]
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