[amsat-bb] Looking for someone who is Intelligent, Ambitious, Not Too Old, and Dedicated.

Koos van den Hout koos at kzdoos.xs4all.nl
Sun Jun 7 20:03:05 UTC 2015

Quoting Thomas Doyle who wrote on Sun 2015-06-07 at 11:46:

> The fact that you opened this message means you are all of the things
> mentioned in the subject line and probably even good looking.

No, it was just the next message in my inbox.

But besides that bit of bad marketing:

> This fellow has come up with what I believe is the first really good
> portable rotor controller (even better than mine !). He is planning on
> releasing the plans to the public. Fabrication was done with a 3D printer.
> It is a work of art. It is not some pie in the sky all talk and no action
> thing we are all used to hearing about.
> http://www.mobypicture.com/user/MeltdownCore/view/18165109

This looks good. This seems to be moving an Elk Antenna with little problem
with for a sat antenna 'high' speeds so it may move an Arrow Antenna or
even heavier stuff (given a good center of gravity) at 'normal' speeds with
little problem.

I must say it also looks more solid than SatNOGS, to be honest.

It will be in roughly the same 'market' : an antenna rotator that is not
too expensive, doable to build, can be controlled from tracking software
such as gpredict and isn't weather proof but can be set up on a dry day
on a tripod easily.

> Perhaps there is someone or a group out there who would be interested in
> taking this project on for possible sales that could benefit AMSAT.

There are people who can take the bill of materials, the stl files, the
software and can build it themselves. Or take the stl files to a 3D printer
service or makerspace.

There are people who want to buy the parts sorted with instructions and
will build it.

But there are lots of steps between 'it moves!!!' and 'it is something
someone else should be able to duplicate' and even more steps before
'someone can sell the parts and instructions for someone to rebuild it'.

Keep us posted!

                                       Koos van den Hout

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