[amsat-bb] Joe "Pollyanna" Fitzgerald on ARISSat-1

Joe Fitzgerald jfitzgerald at alum.wpi.edu
Thu Apr 14 19:32:47 PDT 2011

The ARISSat-1 project can chalk up many successes, here is my list so far:

AMSAT has:

Built and launched a spacecraft which has sent signals back to earth
Grown up significantly in our project management capabilities, now 
bearing fruit as AMSAT-Fox is developed
Developed a telemetry scheme that gives us several dB advantage over 
anything else previously
       flown on an amateur or small university spacecraft
Gown in our understanding of and implementation of ITAR compliance
Learned a fair amount about extracting the most power out of solar 
panels and putting it to work or storage

And on a personal level, I have:

Learned a lot about project management -
Learned a lot about BPSK demodulation and channel codecs
Been privileged to work with a lot of smart people

-Joe KM1P

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