[amsat-bb] Re: Why do hamsats? (Or anything else...)

Rocky Jones orbitjet at hotmail.com
Sun Oct 18 10:37:44 PDT 2009

> Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2009 12:57:34 -0400
> From: bbj at innismir.net
> To: orbitjet at hotmail.com

I wrote:
> > In my view better engineering doctrine would imply that we try and
> > put the digital transponder ON ISS and let it "cook" there for a bit.

you replied
> Yup, that would be ideal, I'm nominating you to head that project. This
> is right up your alley, as since you and your friends within the JSC
> can navigate the political process easily. Lets run this in tandem with
> the ARISSSat project.
> Thanks for volunteering!
> -- 
> Ben Jackson - N1WBV - New Bedford, MA
> bbj <at> innismir.net - http://www.innismir.net/

one has to wonder Ben why didnt they try it?  There would have been a few more issues involved in terms of operating the thing on ISS other then just deploying it (mostly RF work)...


as for me heading the project.  I'd deep six the entire software defined transponder, put it on a development effort with some heavy program guidance...find some people who wanted to build linear transponders even if they were overseas (such people exist already) and start flying as many of those as possible.

Right now what in my view the satellite community needs is a 100 percent Oscar 7 or 10...not some technological development issues.

If I were king we would have something to offer the USAF if they had spare lift on a Centaur as they just had...remember the original Oscar's flew on USAF vehicles.

in the meantime I will continue to keep my technical skills sharp (grin) by helping the 10 year olds put together a buoy that is going to float in Clear Lake...

Robert WB5MZO
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