[amsat-bb] Re: Probably a silly idea...

Trevor . m5aka at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Jan 18 09:02:57 PST 2012

PCSAT-2 did exactly that on the ISS in July 2005, however, it was returned to Earth Sep 2006.

It requires an expensive EVA to install and there may be frequency coordination issues with the two amateur radio stations already on the ISS. 

I wonder what the capabilities of the Kibo Robot Arm are ? I believe it can attach payloads to the exterior Exposed Facility (EF) with the need for an EVA.

73 Trevor M5AKA

--- On Wed, 18/1/12, Raidel Abreu Espinet <cl2esp at frcuba.co.cu> wrote:

> From: Raidel Abreu Espinet <cl2esp at frcuba.co.cu>
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Probably a silly idea...
> To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
> Date: Wednesday, 18 January, 2012, 16:06
> Hi all,
> This is probably a silly idea but who knows....
> ARRISat-1 was a wonderfull satellite but with a short life.
> The ISS instead is a wonderfull platform, of course I know
> how difficult is to install inside it new radios and
> antennas for cross-repeaters, but how difficult is really to
> take a small box and firmly attach it to some low risk part
> of the ISS, the satellite-box will use its own power solar
> cells and antennas and the ISS is just the carrier.
> It may be something silly but probably not difficult, if
> the astronauts made a "hand launch" with ARISSat-1/KEDR why
> can not them just hold it with latches in a low risk part of
> the ISS. Of course if a battery is a risk we can just design
> a simple system capable of work only in sun light.
> If you think this is a bad idea, just ignore it, if not,
> well who knows, may be some day an astronaut attach an small
> satellite in the ISS side....
> 73,
> Raydel,
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