[amsat-bb] Re: Messageboard Post

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Sun Jan 25 11:50:33 PST 2009

> Now all that Amsat seems to be able to 
> do is ... is launch grapfruit sized 
> microsats.

Ever looked at an Ipod or cell phone or anything else modern?
What's wrong with grapefruit size, especially if it can save
volunteer's hard won donations?   

> With today's improved solar cells...

Which cost about $300 per single cell, or maybe $10,000 per
square foot.

> and hardened electronics...

Which can cost about $500 to $1000 per chip...

> it would last for quite awhile, and actually 
> provide a (non-digital) communication service 
> to the amateur radio community.

But it will serve amateurs wourldwide and and so it makes sense
to organize internationally to get it up there...


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