[amsat-bb] Re: DANDE launch
m5aka at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Feb 20 11:37:56 PST 2013
Great news Ron. I thought DANDE were flying on a SpaceX flight so I'd assumed a very low ISS type orbit, interesting to hear they are going out to Van Allen belt.
73 Trevor M5AKA
--- On Wed, 20/2/13, Ronald Cox <w9kfb1 at mac.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
> On Feb18th I visited 4 Labs at UC Boulder as a part of
> Lockheed-Martin's Engineering Explorer Post program
> (www.engpost.org) that meets every other Tuesday evening
> from September to May each year. I am sponsoring two young
> men without fathers as members of this Post. What was
> interesting to me and potentially other AMSAT members was
> that they are getting ready to launch a satellite named
> DANDE that will transmit in the 430 MHz Amateur Radio band
> using a "modified AX.25" packet radio protocol for the
> beacon and data. In the control room I saw the TS-2000 they
> are using for communications. The control room and all other
> activites for this satellite are located in the Colorado
> Space Grant Labs on the University of Colorado's Bolder
> Campus in the Discovery Learning Center. It is my
> understanding that a launch of this satellite could be as
> early as next month (March) as the hardware is now through
> testing and being prepared for launch on an
> experimental Orbital-Science vehicle. !
> I was told that the orbit would be very elliptical and that
> the DANDE was designed for low earth orbit, but this orbit
> will take it through the Van Allen belts, so the DANDE could
> have a more limited life as a result.
> For more info on DANDE I recommend the following sites:
> Ron, W9KFB AMSAT LM-0185
> Greenwood Village, CO
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