[amsat-bb] Chicken Little Contest Update

Fri Dec 30 14:43:15 PST 2011

Now that ARISSat-1 is in its last days, the Chicken Little Contest web site
has been updated to include the individual submissions in each category
nearest its likely reentry time.


You can see how you are doing compared to the competition!  It appears that
the submissions are sufficiently spread out that we will be able to
determine unique winners in each category.  However, you can help with this
by keeping the telemetry submissions coming.  Space Command does not
maintain precise Tracking and Impact Prediction (TIP) for minor spacecraft.
A small satellite is considered to have reentered when three consecutive
tracking stations fail to acquire it, which leaves a considerable window.
While the formal last telemetry contest is only open to submission through
the telemetry programs, keep listening and note the time and place where you
hear it last.  After it has been confirmed to have reentered, the last
reception including voice and CW, may help narrow that window unless
transmissions cease significantly before reentry.    


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