[amsat-bb] Re: KickSat - a personal spacecraft of your own in space

William Leijenaar pe1rah at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 17 12:23:58 PDT 2011


I really wonder if this ever can and will be launched.
AMSAT started with eperimental communication systems on the early oscars, and grown into highly complex satellites like AO-40, which was a real achievement for ham radio amateurs. However recent years there is a big trend on CubeSats, of which most are bleep-sats as they only send digital data (as cheap downlink ?). Luckily not all CubeSats are like that :o)  

At least these CubeSats are under some kind of control, and don't survive very long or can be switched off to minimize RF polution.

When I see the idea of 100 chipsats that will all send digital RF signals I wonder where amateur satellite hobby will go into. 

I see these ChipSats more like RF polution and I believe you can better put your money and effort in designing a real communication satellite. 

I wonder what is the mission of these 100 chips ? (commercial ? publicity ?)

Is there any technology thing we learn from this ?

73 de PE1RAH
William Leijenaar

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