[amsat-bb] Re: A query.

Chris Bloy chris at photofuture.co.uk
Tue Jan 8 04:53:20 PST 2008

Hi John and all,

This seems to be what happens with all these up and coming cubesats and the 
like.. they launch a web-site and then never update it to current 
information. I am a new member to AMSAT and although the Journal is very 
good, we seem to lack current information on current and future satellites 
to the fleet.

I am not only taking about AMSAT NA, who's sat status pages up-dates about 
once or twice a year and show different status on the main page, and then 
when you click on the actually satellite to see transponder details the 
status shows as being down..

Its very hard to keep things up-to-date, but we should be a bit more pushy 
for info otherwise, will there not be an amateur sat service in 5yrs time?

Sorry to rant, and please dont flame me, but I joined AMSAT to get more 
information and get involved! This doesnt make me want to donate to 
something I cannot see or know about..

Thats my pennies worth....


-----Original Message-----
From: John Hackett <archie.hackett at hotmail.com>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Cc: allan_gm1sxx at hotmail.com, "Eu-amsat at yahoogroups.com" 
<eu-amsat at yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2008 12:25:23 +0100
Subject: [amsat-bb]  A query.

Hi all,
         Does anyone have any current information on the whereabouts/state 
of the SUMBANDILA (lit: 'pathfinder') satellite that was built by 
Stellenbosch universdity. South Africa.

The last I heard - (a year ago) - it had gone for "testing".

This satellite with a 2m/70cm transponder was to be launched at the end of 
2006 ... then May 2007 ... it is now January 2008 and I can't recall seeing 
any pertinent info: on any of the bulletin boards.

If anyone has any 'recent' information I'd appreciate a hands-up.

73 John.   <la2qaa at amsat.org>
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