[amsat-bb] Re: ARISSat-1 and FOX fundraising

P.H. bbjunkie at f2s.com
Fri Nov 19 10:41:56 PST 2010

Forgive me if i'm asking a question which has been asked before, I don't
seem to see any reference to it on amsat-bb or anywhere else online.

ARISSat-1 is due to last *around *6 months, after which time the batteries
will become exhausted and it will deorbit. Does the time in space (and
research obviously, it's not just a repeater) really justify the money

As a percentage, how much cheaper was it to build and launch than Fox (which
I assume will have a longer lifespan) will be?

I'm sure there are lots of factors which make ARISSat-1 viable that I am

Just wondering


On Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 3:55 PM, Andrew Glasbrenner <
glasbrenner at mindspring.com> wrote:

> I'm proud to announce that the Facebook and PayPal widget campaign has
> raised $1,000 over the last 48 hours! This is a great first step towards
> replenishing the funds used in the construction of ARISSat-1, and
> beginning the design and construction of AMSAT-FOX. Thank you to those
> who posted the fundraiser to their own pages, and to those who donated.
> Did you know:
> ARISSat-1 will broadcast live slow scan pictures from space? All that
> will be needed to receive these pictures is a 2 meter FM receiver and a
> soundcard equipped computer.
> ARISSat-1 has a Mode U/V (B) linear transponder using SDR technology as
> a testbed for future transponder missions.
> ARISSat-1 uses a new robust telemetry format including FEC to counteract
> signal losses during long fades.
> ARISSat-1 is set to deploy early in 2011, just months away.
> Our PayPal widget is now on the front page of amsat.org (thank you
> JoAnne!), where you can donate and download the widget for your own
> webpage or blog, and our Facebook application is available at
> http://bit.ly/c861N7 . With these two fundraising tools, it is as
> important to share and post the widgets on your own page as it is to
> actually donate. To succeed we must reach those amateurs and space
> enthusiasts not in the normal AMSAT circles. Please visit and share
> today, to help us fund these two projects. Thank you for all your support!
> 73, Drew KO4MA
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