[amsat-bb] Re: Probably a silly idea...
Stephen E. Belter
seb at wintek.com
Wed Jan 18 09:07:40 PST 2012
Unfortunately, nothing concerning the ISS is easy.
The ISS has had problems with radio frequency interference (RFI) in the past, and an RFI problem could affect the docking of supply vessels (e.g., a collision) or spacewalking astronauts. Astronaut safety is paramount. As a result, all non-critical radios (including ham radios) are turned off during docking, repositioning of the Soyuz escape capsules, and space walks. So a hitchhiking amateur satellite would need to be *reliably* remote controllable from inside the ISS and maybe from the ground too.
It should have been simple, but one *major* component of both SuitSat and ARRISat was the triple redundant timer that kept the transmitters off for 15 minutes after 3 toggle switches were turned on. This allowed the satellites sufficient time to travel away from the ISS before the low-power transmitting began.
Catching a ride on an unmanned rocket is difficult and expensive. Getting to the ISS and on any manned mission is near impossible. It is a real credit to the dedicated volunteers of AMSAT that we've ever been on board the shuttle or ISS.
73, Steve N9IP
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Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Probably a silly idea...
Op 18-1-2012 17:06, Raidel Abreu Espinet schreef:
> 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....
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Not a bad idea, in fact it has been done before and at one time was planned a seccond time, lookup pcsat 2 and pcsat 3.
Not sure why pcsat 3 never flew, from what I understood it was ready to go awaiting rfi aprovement.
73 Andre PE1RDW
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