[amsat-bb] Unused Sats

Dave dave at mynatt.biz
Wed Jul 1 10:22:42 PDT 2009

This is an intriguing possibility and perplexes me somewhat they (AMSAT)
hasn't mentioned it, or something similar. For instance, every launch has a
ballast load. Why is it that the ballast cannot be replaced with a cubesat?
Why aren't commercial sats required to have a amateur band transceiver
installed, as mentioned here and elsewhere, to activate when the primary
mission ceases? Public utility companies and regulated companies such as
AT&T help us routinely.

Of course the easy answer is 'no', but a thoughtful consideration from the
people who deal with this on a daily basis might be more nuanced. It's not a
technical issue, is it?

Moreover, rigging a series of sats with a transmission system that switches
on in the event of catastrophic failure or switching off of the main system
offers the possibility of establishing a sat network capable of vast
distance datacom at no expense to the primary carrier and of great benefit
to the general public and science.

Isn't it time we move to working on a deep space internet system that the
commercial folks don't want to spend a lot of money on, and that we (ham
folks) can help by proving-in the concept? Seems to me we can do this
without a lot of expense but with the foresighted help of the commercial


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