[amsat-bb] Re: More Future Thoughts

Tony Langdon vk3jed at gmail.com
Sat Jul 4 16:44:44 PDT 2009

At 11:13 PM 7/4/2009, Jeff Davis wrote:

>What about other orbits that may not be as desirable as HEO but that offer
>better coverage than low-earth?
>I recall reading something from G0RMF about adapting a CubeSat to include
>some sort of a propulsion system to get to a mid-Earth orbit:

This idea does have merit.  As you've implied, we'd probably never 
get a ride directly to such an orbit, so some means of (relatively) 
foolproof and (relatively) inexpensive means of propulsion would need 
to be utilised.

Someone would also need to do the delta-V calculations, to see what 
sort of orbit would be feasible for such a small satellite to 
achieve.   There's also the possible issue of the satellite spending 
most of its life in the Van Allen belts, unless we can get the 
altitude "just right".

73 de VK3JED / VK3IRL

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