[amsat-bb] Re: a little perspective

Phil Karn karn at ka9q.net
Wed Aug 3 23:16:59 PDT 2011

On 8/3/11 8:21 PM, Jim Jerzycke wrote:

> At least AO-40 had a usable life for some. This thing is just another 
> squawk box in space, like all the "student" satellites that are using 
> the Amateur Radio frequencies for a free downlink.

ARISSat is still a little more than that. It's a good engineering test
for a new spacecraft bus that was primarily built by AMSAT volunteers
and who can apply that design and experience for future spacecraft.
There are a number of new amateur technologies on ARISSat-1, and aside
from the transponder input they all seem to be working.

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