[amsat-bb] Re: NASA Kills Ulysses

STeve Andre' andres at msu.edu
Wed Jul 1 09:21:17 PDT 2009

About the only thing we could do is use them as training guides for
receiving weak signals.  Satellities are not designed to qsy, or do
anything other than they actual function(s), specified long before
they were ever built.  Add more to a bird increases complexity, and
also failures.

I'll bet they turned it off to free up that frequency for something
else.  If that is the case then we can't even really try monitoring.

I've often wondered about the ham community using old systems
but except for really rare cases, they are just too specific to do
anything for us.

--STeve Andre'
wb8wsf  en82

On Wednesday 01 July 2009 12:13:19 w7lrd at comcast.net wrote:
> I often wonder, is it is not possible to configure any of these
> "non-functioning" satellites to suit our needs?  I mean we can do an awfull
> lot with very little.  There are alot of "non-functioning" satellites up
> there.  We are a creative bunch and enjoy the challange.
> 73 Bob W7LRD
> Seattle
> ---- Original Message -----
> From: "Clint Bradford" <clintbrad4d at earthlink.net>
> To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
> Sent: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 9:00:01 AM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
> Subject: [amsat-bb]  NASA Kills Ulysses
> After 18 years of operation, NASA has switched off Ulysses, the space  
> probe designed to study the properties of solar wind, the heliosphere  
> magnetic field, and the solar radio bursts that can greatly affect our  
> gadgets, telecommunications, and every electronic system here on  
> planet Earth. It was the first object to see and study our Sun's poles.
> Read Ulysses Mission Operations Manager Nigel's email message to the  
> Ulysses community ...
> http://tinyurl.com/mvneu4
> Clint Bradford, K6LCS
> 909-241-7666

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