[amsat-bb] ANS Special Bulletin ANS-116.01 AMSAT-NA Opportunity for Rideshare to Geostationary Orbit
mikesprenger at gmail.com
Sun Apr 26 20:38:08 UTC 2015
A hearty thank you to you and all the folks sitting around the table on
April 13, 2015 contemplating possibilities how to fast forward our Amateur
Radio Satellite capabilities by leaps and bounds. The FOX program has been
looking great, this is more in the unbelievable category (but we can
certainly work under these conditions...<grin>).
On the note of Radio Scouting / K2BSA - National Jamboree (as one of the
staff at that event)
...We sure kept the birds we had available busy at the K2BSA Boy Scouts of
America Jamboree in July of 2013 in West Virginia where we had more than
25,000 Scouts in attendance, and couple thousand visit our K2BSA operation
in one way or another probably more.
I'm not sure if this satellite will fly before the July 2017 National
Scouting Jamboree, but it would be great if we could showcase it, that
would be an outstanding opportunity. Else, the World Jamboree happens in
Summer 2019 at the same location I believe.
For annual Radio Scouting:
Imagine the impact for JOTA, Jamboree on the Air, where we know lots of
Scouts eventually become Amateur Radio Operators, because when we do Radio
Scouting events, we find lots of folks say, I started my interest in radio
Just dreaming, Thanks for giving us the opportunity to dream, and see what
comes to fruition.
P.S. I knew I needed to hang on to that Primestar dish from AO-40 for the
eventual possibilities, here we are...
On Sun, Apr 26, 2015 at 2:15 PM, Robert McGwier <rwmcgwier at gmail.com> wrote:
> Yes, but we will have to have a tracking antenna flown and mounted on the
> truss. When you find the millions to get beyond manned space flight
> hurdles, I would LOVE to do it.
> On Sun, Apr 26, 2015 at 1:03 PM, Gus <gus at 8p6sm.net> wrote:
> > On 04/25/2015 11:45 PM, Paul Stoetzer wrote:
> >> Well, there is some truth to that. Minimal Doppler shift, no checking
> >> Keps, no running predictions to check mutual footprints with those you
> >> want to work. Just point your dish at the satellite and talk to the
> >> entire hemisphere!
> > Hmmm. Would the ISS be able to use it to extend school contacts? I
> > any school in the footprint would not need to use a telebridge, and the
> > contact could begin as soon as ISS entered the footprint and last until
> > exited. Or more correctly, for the entire time the two coverage circles
> > overlapped, unless my brain is misfiring. The question is, i) would the
> > ISS be able to carry a suitable transceiver and antenna? And ii) would it
> > be able to point/aim said antenna?
> > --
> > Gus 8P6SM
> > The Easternmost Isle
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> Bob McGwier
> Co-Founder and Technical Director, Federated Wireless, LLC
> Research Professor Virginia Tech
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> Faculty Advisor Virginia Tech Amateur Radio Assn. (K4KDJ)
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