[amsat-bb] Re: RS series mode A downlink power

James Duffey 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

James Duffey
Cedar Crest NM

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