[amsat-bb] The Next Generation of Amateur Radio Satellites

Alex, N3SQ amsat at elkmtn.org
Sun Oct 18 13:44:01 PDT 2009

Congratulations for volunteering to organize development of an analog 
linear transponder.
Please contact me and the AMSAT Systems Engineering team for mass, 
volume, power consumption, and heat generation requirements for your 
linear transponder board. We will provide you the interface 
specification to the IHU for control and ICB (Interconnect Control 
Board) for power distribution.

Oh, and they're not 10 year olds, they are 22 year olds who are about 8 
months away from receiving their Electrical Engineering or Computer 
Engineering or Mechanical Engineering or Systems Engineering or 
Industrial Engineering Degree from the State University of New York 
system. And there are 34 (thirty-four) of them working on the NextGen 
Project for AMSAT.

I will gladly set up a conference call next week at 6PM EDT  on 
Wednesday where you can talk with the Systems Engineering team to 
discuss the details of the requirements. We are scheduling the CDR 
(Critical Design Review) for the last week in January 2010. I expect you 
will be ready for this design review because since "such people exist" 
and they will have designs that meet the spacecraft's requirements. You 
must have the board ready for Systems Integration Test in Mid-March 
2010. We will be putting the system on AMSAT's table at the Dayton 
Hamvention. Please have your prototype board budget and schedule ready 
for PDR (Preliminary Design Review) during the 2nd week of December, 2009.

They are tight time frames but we are just doing evolutionary, not 
revolutionary changes to the design. We also have a team of 27 
upper-division undergraduate senior Systems Engineers, university System 
Engineering professors and experienced professional Systems Engineers 
with multiple decades of industry experience working on the project.

I suggest, you and anyone else who wishes to declare their intension to 
volunteer on a board project should read our presentation from the AMSAT 

Alex Harvilchuck, N3NP/SO4NNP
Program Manager,
AMSAT NextGen Program


Message: 4
Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2009 12:37:44 -0500
From: Rocky Jones <orbitjet at hotmail.com>
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Why do hamsats? (Or anything else...)
To: <bbj at innismir.net>
Cc: Amsat BB <amsat-bb at amsat.org>, k6hx at arrl.net
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> > 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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