[eagle] FWD: Eagle Update - Discussion of Plastic versus Military parts]

Jim Sanford wb4gcs at amsat.org
Mon Apr 30 17:12:07 PDT 2007


Info. A little history on our off-and-on discussion about what kind of 
parts to fly.

I have responded regarding his volunteering.
wb4gcs at amsat.org

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Subject: 	Eagle Update - Discussion of Plastic versus Military parts
Date: 	Mon, 30 Apr 2007 19:17:39 -0400
From: 	Daniel Kekez <va3kkz at amsat.org>
To: 	wb4gcs at amsat.org

Hi Jim,

I read your recent Eagle Update in the AMSAT journal, and I found it
interesting that you were having the Plastic versus Military parts
discussion. I work at the Space Flight Lab at the University of Toronto,
and we were trained by AMSAT almost a decade ago on the Microspace way.
And part of that has been the careful selection of plastic parts in
conjunction with intelligent designs. This combination has proved to be
quite successful on the MOST microsatellite.

On the other hand, I've also wondered about the suitability of COTS
components for a HEO mission like Eagle which will pass through the
radiation belts twice per orbit. So I'm quite curious to hear the
details. I am wondering if the discussion you describe took place on a
mailing list or some other forum to which I could subscribe.

Now, since there is no such thing as a free lunch :), I have to ask what
work I should contribute to get "in the loop". I don't have a lot of
free time, given the demands of my job, but I could be of use in the
immediate with digital electronics or software type of work. Anyway,
please let me know.

-Daniel, VA3KKZ

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