[amsat-bb] Re: All Satellites
Alan P. Biddle
APBIDDLE at UNITED.NET
Fri Sep 25 13:51:02 PDT 2009
At a SmallSat conference I attended on behalf of AMSAT this summer, I was
amused at the casual assumption by a researcher that 50, Five Oh, cubesats
could be launched as part of an upper atmosphere project using ham
frequencies for the downlinks. (They would have a lifetime of only 3-4
months.) Jan King, W3GEY/VK4GEY, who does coordination of satellite
frequencies, gently but firmly brought them down to earth a bit.
On the one hand, we get new hams with interests in space communications from
these projects, but on the other we need to prevent the de facto
appropriation of needed frequencies. A fine line to walk.
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