[amsat-bb] Re: AO-16

Mark L. Hammond marklhammond at gmail.com
Tue Jan 18 03:20:40 PST 2011

Hello Ryan,

The problem with AO-16 is that when we turn it on, it goes OFF almost immediately.  It won't stay up long enough to be useful.  The reason remains the same--it's temperature related.  The orbit doesn't appear to change enough to warm up the internal temperature of spacecraft for over 10 years...

I did turn it ON just a few weeks ago.  It stayed up for about 10-15 secs.  It is possible that the hardware issue (a transistor is the best guess) causing the problem will change--but that is not very probable. 

We will keep checking and hoping, but don't expect it to become operational for a long time...


Mark N8MH 

At 10:20 PM 1/17/2011 -0800, ryan woods wrote:
>What is the status of ao-16 are we still playing it by ear (its on when ever a 
>command station turns it on)
>Thanks for the help and 73
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