[amsat-bb] Re: Probably a silly idea...

charlie Cantrill ki4rdt at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 18 18:31:09 PST 2012

A fantastic idea! Thank you for suggesting this! This is just what is needed to promote ARISS and STEM. How about just like ARISSAT with telemetry and SSTV with a schedule switching between SSB and FM transponder like HO-68 did? My students would love to get pictures and data from the ISS on orbit plus take advantage of an easy to use transponder. How about having cameras, one inside and one outside. I know this is a tall order, but this would be a killer app for the ARISS program. 

Charlie Cantrill

----- Mensaje original -----
De: Edward R. Cole <kl7uw at acsalaska.net>
Para: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Enviado: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 21:43:43 +0100 (CET)
Asunto: [amsat-bb] Re: Probably a silly idea...

My thinking is this package could be designed as the (needed) 
upgrade/replacement for the existing digi-peater/ham radio equipment 
used in the "school contact" program.  The advantage is a long-term 
orbiting transponder with much easier maintenance access.  As with 
most of the advanced satellites being put up one would have a fully 
functional spare.  Since the environment would be much more friendly 
so the unit could be built modular for additional ease in maintenance.

To aid in the "selling to NASA", I propose the telemetry system be 
provided with data-ports for connection of school experiments in 
support of STEM.  Thus Amsat would be providing comm support in those programs.

A local mic, power on/off and channel selector would enable astronaut 
use (both for ham and personal use).

So we hams would get part of what we want while providing support of 
what NASA wants.  Get creative on what this could do.

73, Ed - KL7UW

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