[amsat-bb] Re: NASA Kills Ulysses

David - KG4ZLB kg4zlb at googlemail.com
Wed Jul 1 09:43:39 PDT 2009

I know it would be expensive but on the "if you spread your net wide 
enough" view of thinking, could we not approach commercial satellite 
projects prior to launch and bung a transponder on them only to be used 
when the primary mission fails? OK, so you might win some, might lose 
some and I know it would be expensive but it seems better than the 
situation we have now, plus we could be potentially building in some 
long term birds that would replace the current ageing fleet. It would be 
a long term view, but it would be something!

Presumably this has been brought up before but no harm in re-hashing it 
for any new ideas especially with the BoD voting soon to happen! :-D




STeve Andre' wrote:
> 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:
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