[amsat-bb] Re: AO-16
Mark L. Hammond
marklhammond at gmail.com
Tue Jan 18 03:20:40 PST 2011
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...
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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