[amsat-bb] Re: FO-29 schedule Jan, Feb.

Andrew Glasbrenner glasbrenner at mindspring.com
Thu Jan 14 10:08:25 PST 2010

As I understand it from Mineo's postings, when the battery voltage on 
FO-29 hits a certain set point the satellite turns off. By design it 
should turn back on when the voltage recovers, but that part is 
malfunctioning. This makes it impossible to accurately determine how 
long the transponder will stay on, because it is dependent on use as 
well as other parameters.

For those that remember FO-20's last months of operation, the 
transponder would often be on until someone used too much power on the 
uplink, or there were too many users and it would then shut off. Later 
as the voltage recovered it would turn back on. At the end it was only 
operational while illuminated. I think FO-29 is behaving the same way, 
except it requires command intervention to turn back on.

Is this essentially correct Mineo?

73, Drew KO4MA

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