[amsat-bb] Re: Identify AO-51 Payload

Andrew Glasbrenner glasbrenner at mindspring.com
Mon Feb 8 17:44:16 PST 2010

Clint Bradford wrote:
> In that famous photo of the entire payload of satellites that included AO-51 (where AO-51 is at about at the 6:30 position - with that largee Italian engineering bird to its left), there's another satellite at about 02:30 that looks exactly like AO-51 (size and visible panels are alike).
> Whose satellite is that?
> Clint Bradford, K6LCS
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There is a second one hidden behind the main payload. Those are 
Aprizesat-1 and -2, aka Latinsat C and D. They belong to a SpaceQuest 
related company, hence the common appearance to AO-51. The tall guy 
upfront is Saudisat-2. The hex shaped sat is Unisat-3 that was operating 
in the ham bands, but was never opened for general use or telemetry 
formats published. It was said to have a V/U repeater capability when 
coordinated. The small AO-51 sized satellite with the smaller sized 
solar cells is SaudiComsat1 (or 2) and the second one is also hidden 
behind the main payload, Demeter.

73, Drew KO4MA

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