[amsat-bb] Re: KickSat - a personal spacecraft of your own in space
domenico.i8cvs at tin.it
Mon Oct 17 14:51:25 PDT 2011
Hi William, PE1RAH
Well said !
----- Original Message -----
From: "William Leijenaar" <pe1rah at yahoo.com>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2011 9:23 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: KickSat - a personal spacecraft of your own in space
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
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