[amsat-bb] Molinya

John Hackett archie.hackett at hotmail.com
Sun Jul 5 08:47:39 PDT 2009

         My use of the word Molniya was ambiguous.

I should !!! have emphisised *LEO* elliptical. Let me explain ...

The word Molinya in Russian means (literally) 'lightning' but in a space 
context it is accepted to mean ELLIPTICAL ... as per their TV satellite 
orbits which are in English dialogue would be classified as *HIGHLY* elliptical.

The planned space station is envisaged in a 70 degree LEO orbit.

I apologise for my misleading remarks.

73 John.   <la2qaa at amsat.org> 

From: G0MRF at aol.com
Date: Sun, 5 Jul 2009 11:32:56 -0400
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb]  An alternative ... or ... competition !!!.
To: la2qaa at amsat.org

In a message dated 05/07/2009 15:17:02 GMT Standard Time, 
archie.hackett at hotmail.com writes:

  new Russian station is *NOT* intended to be a laboratory like the ISS but 
more of an in-orbit contruction platform for future Mars-like and outer 

The station will comprise a maintainable 'ball' 
  section with several docking ports 
with attachable modules.

  propose that amateur radio satellite operators get together and form a group 
  to suggest/try to influence/impliment an ARISS type of project for this space 

A Strela type frame could be attached to the underside of the 
  'ball' and since the station is planned for a Molinya type orbit the coverage 
  would be suitable for DX.

Hi John.
Just wondering....  Is a Molinya orbit highly elliptical  
??   If so, then it cant really go above 1000km high or the crew will 
get zapped by the protons in the lower van Allen belt.

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