[amsat-bb] Re: FW: A Proposal for ARISS

JoAnne Maenpaa k9jkm at comcast.net
Fri Jul 1 16:26:57 PDT 2011

Ed mentioned ...
> My only thought is a new satellite must find a launch and launch 
> money.  MY proposal would get a ride to ISS with cargo.

One fact in today's launch environment is that a single-purposed mission
goal such as 'contacts-with-a-bunch-of-ham-radio-operators' will have little
chance of success.

The key element to getting AMSAT satellites launched is we need to have a
strong link to NASA's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
guidelines. Could we improve upon the RF link for school contacts? When
there aren't school contacts then our proposed transponder could be
re-purposed for our ham activity.

>From what I've read in the specifications, the software defined transponder
on ARISSat-1/RadioSkaf-V is a flying prototype of an AMSAT flexible SDX
(linear, FM, digital). The AMSAT package also includes power management, IHU
and an interface to potentially STEM-financed experiments ... compare that
to other transponders that provide an RF-only PC board.

This could be a "next-logical-step"!
73 de JoAnne K9JKM
k9jkm at amsat.org 

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