[amsat-bb] Re: Can we get them to fix AO-40 first then?
myles.landstein at gmail.com
Thu Oct 15 18:01:22 PDT 2009
if a 'special' camera is required, often, cameras (even really
good ones, or special purpose )
can be rented for a short time for a very very reasonable rate
On Oct 15, 2009, at 6:53 PM, Samudra Haque wrote:
> I reached out today and talked to a professional astronomer, and here
> is the response. Before we start a project to actually take a detailed
> photo of the AO-40 in Space, could someone work with me directly to
> determine the coordinates that we could provide as requested:
> Hi Samudra,
> We would have to know the exact coordinates ahead of time, point the
> telescope there, then start imaging as it flies through the field of
> Since we've never done it, I don't know how doable it actually is. I'm
> pretty certain we don't have the cameras...
> It's possible, but we would need more info and possible differetn
> The group I approached is a reputable one associated with their own
> observatory, locally to the Washington DC area. If anyone is
> interested to help out with the mathematics required, please contact
> me directly at n3rdx at amsat.org. I know of two other groups who can be
> approached locally, but we must given them all the details of
> size/configuration etc. Could be an interesting intellectual challenge
> while people are waiting for new sats to be designed.
> On Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 5:30 PM, Peter Guelzow <peter.guelzow at kourou.de
> > wrote:
>> Hi Robert,
>> that's indeed the big question... We do not know in which
>> attitude the
>> spacecraft is.. is it still spinning very slowly or tumbling?
>> What is
>> the Solar-ß-Angel?
>> If the S/C has a good orientation to the sun and the battery opens,
>> there should be enough power to operate the IHU and Beacon etc... do
>> some magnetorquing to improve attitude.
>> Something like this was done when AO-10 was hit by the last rocket
>> stage, spinning the wrong direction with sun directly on top and
>> no power...
>> Unfolding the solar panels would give very high power only when
>> they are
>> oriented towards the sun. With folded solar arrays, all panels
>> the satellite can still see the sun around it's spin axis.
>> Only when it shines on top or bottom, we will have problems...
>> 73s Peter
>> Rocky Jones wrote:
>>> In the current configuration (or the last known config) of the
>>> does the vehicle have sufficient solar illumination to "spin" and
>>> maintain the DC busses without a battery?
>>> Robert WB5MZO
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