[amsat-bb] PSAT2 preps for delivery (maybe June launch)

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Thu Feb 8 02:33:24 UTC 2018

No, everyone leave it be.  Im just informing you of the status.  We have
involved everyone already from the ARRL, AMSAT, etc.  The FCC does seem to
want to act favorably, its just that they want the DoD/NTIA process to be
involved too.

But just saying that is one thing, but moving the DoD and the Federals is
more than a mountain.

This forces us to go through the same DoD process that takes YEARS and tons
of paperwork for their billion dollar satellites, and those very busy
people are being asked to process a $5k student Amateur Radio project when
they have billon dollar projects on their desks.  And there is no
precedent.  Nothing to go on.

Striking all new ground…

Again, we get the impression that the FCC is trying to “help”…

So we just have to wait it out.

Bob Bruninga

*From:* Stefan Wagener [mailto:wageners at gmail.com]
*Sent:* Wednesday, February 07, 2018 8:50 PM
*To:* Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu>
*Cc:* Amsat BB <AMSAT-BB at amsat.org>
*Subject:* Re: [amsat-bb] PSAT2 preps for delivery (maybe June launch)

Do you want us to ship friendly letters to the FCC :-)

How about an address/contact?

Stefan, VE4NSA

On Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 7:37 PM, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:

As of tonight, PSAT2 finally has some photos as it prepares for final
testing in our long arduous 3 year campaign.


The Status is that the FCC still has not processed our 2 y ear pending API
notice as an Amateur Satellite because they claim there is some Federal
"mission".   But they have not said what they perceive that Federal
mission is?  Maybe its because  our undergraduate students are "DoD
employees" even though the satellite is 100% Amateur Radio with four
transponders including AX.25, DTMF, Voice Synthesizer, PSK31, SSTV and
HF,VHF and UHF amateur bands built as an undergraduate senior engineering
project purely for hands on education in the radio art.

Even the construction used only surplus student senior project electronics
from student bins and any purchases used non-DoD and no-federal GIFT

We have tried every argument in the book, but because the FCC is
sensitized to some past abuses of some Federal Labs in crossing the line,
we are being tossed into the same dirty bathwater.

Oh well.  We have 2 weeks to resolve this long going 2 year SNAFU with the
FCC or lose this long awaited launch.

Oh, and it is going up on the next SpaceX HEAVY launch.... Either to space
or the ocean... or into the closet if the FCC does not act favorably

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