[amsat-bb] Re: RS series mode A downlink power
jamesduffey at comcast.net
Wed Sep 16 19:36:07 PDT 2009
RS10/11 was a wonderful bird, with a high orbit and relatively high
transponder power, it was very easy to work and the coverage was quite
wide. It was a perfect beginner's satellite and a lot of guys got
started in satellite operation with RS-10/11.
It is too bad the Russians have not been able to continue this series.
They took over the LEO/MEO activity from AMSAT when AMSAT decided to
concentrate on HEOs and took it in a new and exciting direction.
I still think that the discussions we have over LEO vs HEO should be
shifted to linear vs FM birds. Moving people from FM birds to linear
birds opens up a whole new world of satellite operating to them and I
think we would have a lot more satellite enthusiasts if we encouraged
the FMers to try the linear birds. Then the progression to higher
satellites would have a lot more support. - Duffey
Cedar Crest NM
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