[amsat-bb] ARISSat-1 battery.
G0MRF at aol.com
Wed Apr 13 07:11:21 PDT 2011
Hi Nitin / Vince.
Although the non appearance of ARISSat-1 has been a little disappointing,
in the overall scheme of things we are still looking at a major AMSAT
achievement here. There is after all a satellite awaiting 'launch' on the ISS.
We know it's a success because so many people have named it and want it to be
identified as belonging to them. We even have some working telemetry
decoding software 3 months ahead of launch. - Yipee.
I'm really not sure what all the confusion over the last few days tells
us. Prepared press releases full of mistakes, a complete lack of preperation
following the long period of testing which left the battery delpleted. No
plan B to charge it during the sleep period - One wonders if the switches
were even returned to the correct positions when it was last turned off.
Despite a turbulent last few days, the main event is yet to come and as
long as the designers have anticipated it being deployed with a completely
flat battery, then we can all sit back and wait for July more prepared from
this rehearsal than we would have been.
In a message dated 12/04/2011 21:13:19 GMT Standard Time, vlfiscus at mcn.net
At 10:49 PM 4/11/2011 +0530, vu3tyg at amsatindia.org wrote:
>Nothing heard on the 16.20 UTC pass, watch the live feed from ISS from
>http://spaceflight.nasa.gov looks like the crew is working on addressing
>issue, the last comment I heard is recharging the batteries ( Please
>if I am wrong J ).
That's what I was thinking because someone should have heard it by
now. Maybe in two months pass the time since it should launched, even
though it was off there might have been a small drain on the batteries and
now they're in a discharge state.
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