[amsat-bb] Re: Eagle?
kl7uw at acsalaska.net
Thu Jun 19 00:44:36 PDT 2008
At 12:11 PM 6/18/2008, ANTHONY JAPHA wrote:
>I guess there's still an Eagle sometime in our future, but seeing no
>mention at all of it in the most recent Newsletter is
>disconcerting. As our most important project, shouldn't we have
>updates in every Newsletter? For example, is there any news about
>the Intelsat connection that was introduced several months ago?
>By the way, the writeup currently on the Amsat home page mentions
>ACP with a 3.4 Ghz (sic) downlink. Just a misprint? The nice Eagle
>flyer shows both up- and downlink on 5.6 Ghz.
>Most important. of course, is the projected date for completion of
>Eagle. Maybe it can't be completely finished before the launch is
>determined, but the transponders have been identified for some time
>now. Chicken and egg problems are solved by producing either a
>chicken or an egg and then nurturing the other. Right now, we have
>neither. When do we expect to have our chicken, i.e. a complete
>I have great admiration for our designers and builders, and I also
>think that we should have some more visible time targets. If
>funding is an immediate issue that is limiting design and
>construction, or if it will be an issue in the near future, we
>should also to informed about that situation.
>Tnx and 73,
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It was probably mentioned in some of the Amsat Journals, but it was
determined that the original "C-C Rider" project (5.6 GHz up & down)
was not feasible to build. Thus discussion ensued that ended up with
using 3.5 GHz as a downlink. It is much easier to build full duplex
filters for the wider freq. separation.
Although 3.4 Ghz is not a world-wide ham allocation, anyone can
receive there. The Flyer probably needs an update. I cannot answer
on that. All Amsat is done by volunteer work. I suspect some tasks
are begging some help!
I would like a little more info on Eagle and P4, as well. Likewise
news from Amsat-DL on P3E would be nice.
I think most of us appreciate that a lot of work goes into getting
these new Heo's into orbit. Most of use are armchair observers!
73 Ed - KL7UW
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