[amsat-bb] Re: AO-51 troubles

P.H. pholmes102 at gmail.com
Fri May 6 09:46:49 PDT 2011

Hi Drew & all,

I'm not 100% sure how the software uploads take place, however I have
a suggestion.

Would there be any benefit having one uplink station on the west coast
and another on the East coast, purely to allow the complete upload to
take place before an eclipse?

Perhaps the users of AO-51 would donate to a road-trip fund to send
one of the command stations /portable to a location of benefit to
assist ?

Just trying to think outside the box :-)

good luck with the uploads,




On Fri, May 6, 2011 at 1:31 PM, Andrew Glasbrenner
<glasbrenner at mindspring.com> wrote:
> All,
> We are having a difficult time trying to restore AO-51 to operation. Currently, the satellite will not retain the upload of the flight software across eclipse. The batteries are in very poor condition. We have a few more things to try, but with eclipses peaking around July at ~27 minutes, the long term situation is grim. There is a brief period around November where eclipses are as short as 16 minutes, but past that it is a long climb to 30 minutes or longer eclipses for many years. We have no expected "return to service" date. If you have 9k6 digital capability, you can listen in on our attempts at recovery on 435.150 on many passes over the US.
> Please support AMSAT-NA and the other AMSAT groups around the world, and help us get new satellites into orbit. Projects like Fox, FunCube, P3E, and Kiwisat need your financial support to keep our amateur satellite fleet flying.
> 73, Drew KO4MA
> AMSAT-NA VP Operations
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