[amsat-bb] Re: ARISSat-1 Die Hards

Bob- W7LRD w7lrd at comcast.net
Sat Jan 7 09:47:41 PST 2012

These potential ARRisats don't even have to be as sophisticated as the last.  A simple 16-20khz linear transponder (from http://www.qsl.net/pe1rah/ ) or a simple single channel FM bird.  One or two of these every six months or so would keep us happy campers!  Maybe even one with L/S mode.  The mind runs wild!  I am sure it takes a just short of an act of congress to work through the logistics and process.  However with a well defined process in place, and necessary hoops already resolved.  Just set up the assembly line..  As Bill O"Reilly says, "I' m a  simple man".  We have some very smart people who are involved with Universities, launch vendors and the like.  A bird could have a "gizzmo" that would  have   what a  univ ersity wants to accomplish (with added transponder) .  I always subscribe to the KISS (keep it simple stupid) principle .  This entire concept "appears" simple enough, however the devil is in the details, which is why we have smart people in charge. 

73 Bob W7LRD  

----- Original Message -----

From: "Trevor ." <m5aka at yahoo.co.uk> 
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org 
Sent: Saturday, January 7, 2012 3:01:24 AM 
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: ARISSat-1 Die Hards 

--- On Sat, 7/1/12, Gordon JC Pearce <gordonjcp at gjcp.net> wrote: 
> > Couldn't we have a "ARISSat-1-2-3 etc. sitting on the 
> > shelf and everytime they send up a supply/crew change bring 
> > another ARISSat.  Then throw it out whenever available.  
> I keep saying this over and over but no-one has taken me 
> seriously yet ;-) 

But there is already another ARISSat on the ground in Russia, two were shipped, also two engineering versions in the States. 

However, someone has to pay what must be in excess of $150,000 to get the sat to the ISS and then get half an hour of very valuable EVA time to deploy it. 

The Japanese Experiment Module Remote Manipulator System on the ISS Kibo module will be able to deploy CubeSats from the ISS without the need for a very expensive EVA. As I recall there are several amateur radio CubeSats slated for deployment by the Kibo Robot Arm later this year, see 

CubeSat to use 5.8 GHz and Optical Comms 

73 Trevor M5AKA 

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