[amsat-bb] Re: NASA Kills Ulysses
andres at msu.edu
Wed Jul 1 09:49:16 PDT 2009
Thats a neat idea. We'd have to build the whatever to the physical
specs provided, and pay for the extra fuel needed. Sadly, I think
in order to make this work we're talking real money, but perhaps I
am wrong. Perhaps there is a tax-writeoff somehow? I'd like to
hear of what the amsat folks have thought of along these lines;
they know of the conditions of business in the field.
On Wednesday 01 July 2009 12:43:39 David - KG4ZLB wrote:
> 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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