[amsat-bb] Re: Probably a silly idea...
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Thu Jan 19 12:36:12 PST 2012
Hi Ed / Dave / Group.
It seems a very long time ago now, but in the dim and distant pass ESA
approved a plan to have a permanent amateur station installed inside the
European Columbus module.
As a European (Well, on a little island over here) I'm almost embarrassed
to mention this because having spent a lot of contributors money...and a lot
of ESA's money on some very nice antennas, the organisers of this project
seem to have gone into hibernation.
Occasionally, you hear rumours of plans and rumours of rumours but the
reality probably is that they don't have the ability to do the job. - I always
think of the scene from Life of Brian where small ineffective groups sit
around plotting the overthrow of the Romans and just have endless meetings.
In a message dated 18/01/2012 21:04:43 GMT Standard Time,
kl7uw at acsalaska.net writes:
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
>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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