[amsat-bb] Re: NASA Kills Ulysses
John B. Stephensen
kd6ozh at comcast.net
Wed Jul 1 10:23:08 PDT 2009
This sounds like the AMSAT-Intelsat deal except that the Intelsat agreement
would allow the amateur payload to operate in parallel with the primary
payload. A number of the RS series amateur satellites also operated this
----- Original Message -----
From: "STeve Andre'" <andres at msu.edu>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 01, 2009 16:49 UTC
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: NASA Kills Ulysses
> 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.
> --STeve Andre'
> wb8wsf wn82
> 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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