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

Edward R. Cole kl7uw at acsalaska.net
Wed Jan 18 10:54:57 PST 2012

AS I understand there are four antennas on the ISS available for ham 
use.  So why does a package have to go outside?  It can be installed 
inside, use ISS power, be turned on/off by astronauts at will or even 
unplugged?  No batteries, no rocket propulsion, dangerous chemicals, 
no space-rated enclosure, no EVA.

Last time I propose this I was told to shut my mouth and go away.

73, Ed - KL7UW

At 08:02 AM 1/18/2012, Trevor . wrote:
>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,
> > CM2ESP
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