[amsat-bb] ANS Special Bulletin ANS-116.01 AMSAT-NA Opportunity for Rideshare to Geostationary Orbit

David Carr dc at dcarr.org
Mon Apr 27 00:24:31 UTC 2015

A challenge for the group:

Can AMSAT build a satellite with a design lifespan in excess of 20 years?

These launch opportunities seem to come along once every 15+ years.
Unfortunately, most of our birds seem to last a much shorter time than
that.  What architectures and design features can we incorporate to achieve
virtually infinite lifespan?

David KD5QGR

On Sun, Apr 26, 2015 at 6:52 PM, Douglas Quagliana via AMSAT-BB <
amsat-bb at amsat.org> wrote:

> On 4/25/2015 9:10 AM, JoAnne Maenpaa wrote:
>> AMSAT is excited to announce that we have accepted an opportunity to
>> participate in a potential rideshare as a hosted payload on a
>> geostationary
>> satellite planned for launch in 2017.
> All,
> This is excellent news.
> Do we have an official name for this yet? Will it be Project Golf (that
> is, the next one after Fox?) or Phase IV-A (our first Phase IV satellite),
> or Eagle-2, or perhaps something else?
> While I know the frequencies/bands have not yet been announced, have any
> decisions been made about whether the transponder (or transponders?) will
> this be all analog, digital or both? What other payloads will we have?
> Does anyone know if we will have our own telemetry downlink?
> 73,
> Douglas KA2UPW/5
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